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RichstockFairviewSince September 6, 200622 Reviews
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3 (2.9)
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Crisp Salad Co.861 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Not Classified Correctly by Dinehere
Submitted Saturday, October 6, 2007 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

The restaurant's name almost says it all. They also serve most of their salads as wraps. But no sandwiches and no deli foods that we could find on the menu. Choice of 2 soups, 1 sold out by early afternoon. Thus Dinehere's description of this place is somewhat inaccurate. Also, this is counter-service only which Dinehere should indicate in its descriptions so that readers can know in advance whether or not they can expect full service. To be fair, the salads did look very good and the prices were low. But we were in the mood for soup, sandwiches and full service when we walked in for lunch on a recent cold, rainy day. We settled for soups on hand which were just so-so. We'll try it again when the salad mood strikes and we are not so needy.

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Minato992 W Broadway, Vancouver
I Keep Hoping
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

**1/2 overall actually and I keep hoping that I can bump them up to at least a 3 star. They have some very good things on the menu, the waitresses are very courteous and friendly, it's a cute place and the seafood in the sushi is always fresh. Our favorites are actually the tempuras, either with or without seafood. The lunchtime bento box is also very nice with chicken teriyaki, a sushi roll, rice, and a few tempura vegetables. Both of these choices are not only scrumptious, but a real bargain. However, the negatives are: Uneven service - food sometimes served just luke warm. One person's order comes out, while other orders do not come out until the first person is finished. In the food department the udons and other soups are a bit flavorless and watery, the donburi dishes are missing something and the sushis, while always using the freshest of ingredients, are not very creative. Yet, I'll return because it's close to where I live and, well, I keep hoping.

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Railspur Alley Cafe and Bistro1363 Railspur Alley, Vancouver
Wanted: Good breakfast joint at Granville Island
Submitted Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

There's really no place in the public market at Granville Island that serves much of a breakfast. Too bad for those of us shopping there in the mornings who might like to start our foray with a nice, full breakfast now and then. To this end, we tried Railspur Alley Cafe which is on Granville Island and reasonably close to the market. However, it didn't measure up. In addition to the usual baked goods, they serve up a couple of egg dishes that aren't too bad but that's about it. The diced potatoes served with our order looked and tasted like they were from the freezer. Coffee service was, at best, sporadic and we had to wait forever for our bill. The server was friendly enough but seemed ill trained. When I gave her a $20 bill for our $15 meal, she asked me if I needed any change. I think you can guess my answer.

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Indian Oven2006 4th Avenue West, Vancouver
Every thing's Good
Submitted Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

We've had dinner here a half dozen times, trying various dishes on each occasion. They've all been very good, very flavorful. Examples: Lamb vindaloo, chicken tikka masala, malai kafta, palak chana, all in wonderful spicy sauces. The portions are large by Vancouver standards. The quality of the lamb and chicken used in the dishes seemed very high: In other words, low gristle factor with tender and tasty meat. Indian Oven also offers about twenty vegetarian choices. The service is very friendly and prompt, but not overly so. The decor is definitely nothing to write home about but certainly adequate. Apparently not too many people know about this place because there's never a wait and usually the dining room is half empty. So at least, for now, it's one of our favorite spots to enjoy a quiet dinner.

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Nice Cafe154 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
Not so nice for decaf devotees
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

We went for breakfast. The food was good, the service was nice, and the prices seemed even on the low side. But this is a decaf unfriendly place. They didn't seem to have a brewed pot of decaf ready and we were also charged by the cup, i.e. no free refills. So if you have a few additional cups at $1.00 per, your final bill will make you wonder whether these people really want to discourage decaf wimps (like me) from setting foot on their premises.

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Ocean 6 Seventeen617 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Unpretentious and intimate fine dining
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

We went here for a Dine Out treat and weren't disappointed. The portions were large and the various dishes we tried were all wonderful. Of particular note was the squash soup with scallop, the trout with a delicately flavored risotto, the lamb "T-bone" with a tomato butter, and the espresso pot Au Creme. What made the latter particularly scrumptious was the wonderful biscotti which went so nicely with the main attraction. The menu was not particularly large, but each of the dishes seemed carefully and creatively crafted so as to be quite unique. Nor was the wine list that extensive, but everything on it appeared likely to go with the fare on the menu. I am getting tired of fine dining presentations where the plate put before you looks as if Jackson Pollack was in the kitchen doing the decorating and ceramicist Beatrice Wood created the food pyre on top. This restaurant goes back to a simpler idea which I prefer: The colors and textures of the foods and sauces are the art of the presentation. Thought is put into how and where they should appear next to each other. That's all. Ocean 6 Seventeen is quite small and not memorably decorated. But its location on False Creek with some view of the water creates a romantic enough ambiance to top off a memorable dining experience.

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Shalin Noodle House656 W Broadway, Vancouver
Yes, the noodles are good but . . .
Submitted Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

It''s too starchy a meal for our tastes. The broths that go with the noodles are also tasty, especially the chicken broth. Each bowl has plenty of noodles- in fact too many noodles. One bowl of soup is definitely a cheap and filling meal. But it all adds up to a meal that feels rather unbalanced. Where are the veggies? The appetizers we tried, such as the pancakes, were also rather doughy. Sha Lin delivers what it promises, but our dough for main dish soup entrees will go to restaurants whose soups have a larger variety of ingredients, e.g Vietnamese pho.

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Simpatico Ristorante2222 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Weak for Greek
Submitted Friday, February 2, 2007 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

We were in the mood for Greek food so we only tried the Greek items on the menu. Their other fare includes about a half-dozen Italian dishes and a large variety of pizzas. The Greek dishes were adequate but nothing special. The lamb souvlaki was nicely seasoned, but the quality of the meat was just so-so. The accompanying greek salad consisted mostly of diced cucumbers accompanied by a few tiny pink tomato wedges, no peppers and a thin sprinkling of feta. The decor was very nice but the background music consisted of a certain Greek folk dance number played over and over again ad nauseum. The service was friendly, prompt and courteous but not incentive enough for us to return.

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Annapurna1926 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Good food, spotty service.
Submitted Monday, January 15, 2007 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

We like the many selections of vegetarian dishes available at this restaurant. Most of the ones we've tried have been very good. The prices are also quite reasonable and the portions are ample. However, the last time we were in, service was very slow even though it was a weekday evening with just a few diners. The waiter or the kitchen also mixed up our orders so that some dishes ordered mild turned up very hot, while others ordered hot were delivered mild. The people at the table next to us had the same problem. We'll probably give the place another go because the owner is very nice, seems very concerned, and hopefully will have the problem fixed by then.

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Cutting Edge Northwest Cuisine
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 1:08am [Dine in]

Creative, flavorful, memorable and special are adjectives that come to mind in describing the various dishes that can be found on the Raincity menu. This is fine dining at its best. But I wouldn’t recommend it to those unwilling to part from the elegant delights featured as the usual culinary fare of most restaurants in this class. For example, the “Northwest” shellfish bouillabaisse we ordered was spiced, not with saffron and related herbs, but with fennel as its major spice instead. It was great, with an abundance of fish, although I would have liked a bit more of the broth that went so well with it.. Other items we tried were a delicate and tasty truffle risotto, finishing with a sumptious, killer bittersweet chocolate torte with pear topping for dessert. The Raincity also has one of the best selections of BC wines we’ve ever seen. There are many to choose from and, based on the “by the glass” wines we selected, only true winners make the list. The only shortcoming: Not much in the way of greens to accompany the mains and some of the salads are a bit pricey for what you get. Bargain hunters alert! Raincity has an early diner special: 3 courses for $25 before 6 p.m. That alone will get us back sooner than later.

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
My Friends Liked It.
Submitted Monday, December 25, 2006 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

So I'll probably end up there again for lunch. What's good about it is the low prices and the large platters. (Often, although not always). But, I agree with earlier reviews that much of what is served is too oily. Also, some of the dishes are a bit bland and, finally, I don't like Chinese curry (my prejudice) which someone in our group ordered. Maybe it's just a case of "You get what you pay for." On the other hand, one dish, a spicy house mandarin beef concoction, was pretty good. Since there are so many things on the menu, I'll come out OK if dragged back there by my freinds enough times.

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Sunshine Diner2649 West Broadway, Vancouver
Atmosphere & Good Service, But Not Our Cup of Joe.
Submitted Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

This popular breakfast spot in Kitz features multiple posters and statues of King Elvis and Queen Marilyn with the occasional Beatles and James Dean thrown in for good measure. It's a nicely designed, sleek, confortable diner featuring 50s and 60s decor with the music of that era piped in without patrons having to toss coins into any machine. Add to that very friendly and good service. Yes we enjoyed it but unfortunately the victuals simply did not match the presentatiion. For starters, the coffee, which was not bad, was not up to the high standards set by good dining spots in Vancouver. And it was more expernsive! ($2.25 a cup). Next, some of our potatoes came not quite cooked through. Final gripe: Sunshine's menu boasts of the health benefits of some their fare, but does not offer a multi-grain selection for toast. OK, so we're picky.

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Atlas Restaurant5011 48th Avenue, Delta
Close Enough For Meal Stop Before Tunnel
Submitted Wednesday, December 20, 2006 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

Heading north from the border on 99 between 5pm and 6, we needed a dinner stop to avoid the usual rush hour tunnel jam. Atlas Restaurant in downtown Ladner proved a good pick. They serve the usual Greek fare with an additional smattering of mostly Italian dishes. We stuck to the Greek with an order of the lamb Souvlaki plate and a spinakopita appetizer. The souvlaki was well seasoned and quite delicious. The plate included a tasty (and ample) greek salad as well as rice, pita and a potato. The spinakopita had a nice filo crust but was a bit more "spinachy" than we're used to. Very healthy, certainly. The one rub: Although Ladner is not far off 99, on our first try it wasn't that easy to get to. Next time around, it should be a snap.

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Chianti Cafe & Restaurant1850 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Casual Pasta Dining At its Best
Submitted Sunday, December 10, 2006 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

The items on the menu look Italian and so do the tasteful docorations on the walls and ceilings. But no mistaking the fact that you're in Kitsilano and devouring yet another version of the real thing, whatever that might be. Purists might not care for Chianti but I'm definietely a big fan. I like the many selections of Gnocchis, lasagnes, pennes, parmesans, linguines, fettuccines, etc., that grace the menu. Many of these dishes are quite creative as well as tasty. Add to that my favorite kind of service: Friendly, attentive, but not obsequious. Capisce?

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Paul's Place Omelettery Restaurant2211 Granville St, Vancouver
Creative breakfasts and lunchs, but . . .
Submitted Sunday, December 10, 2006 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

We love to eat here. The problem is that the place tends to get mobbed on weekends for breakfast-brunch and the service tends to become unreliable, i.e. coffee service slow, food arrives just barely warm, etc. Other gripes include some dishes that are not very filling and some tables that are too close together. Having described the negatives, the various omelettes, egg dishes, hotcakes, sandsiches, etc. are very creative and delicious. The restaurant is also nicely decorated. The menus themselves are kind of beat up, but that just adds to the "jointyness" of the place. In other words, you're not at Denny's or White Spot. - thanks Paul. See you on week days.

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Cafe S'il Vous Plait500 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cute Place Close To The Library
Submitted Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

We dropped in here for a late lunch after viewing a flick at the film festival. It's just a hole in the wall kind of place, but the menu claims most of their selections are homemade. We both tried a bowl of the homemade split pea and barley (all vegetarian) soup with cornbread. It was tasty, thick and, yes, homemade. The cornbread was also very good although I was expecting a bit larger slice. The bowl of soup was quite filling. The sandwiches on the menu looked interesting but I'll have to be in a more experimental mood to try something like a banana and avocado sandwich. The service was good and very friendly. Original art school photography adorns the walls. I'll definitely return when I'm around the library

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
A great place for a formal celebration
Submitted Monday, September 18, 2006 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

I took my wife here for our anniversary. We had a wonderful dining experience. We ordered the rack of lamb and the roasted Filet of Black Cod with blood orange carrot reduction. Both entrees were superb. Seasons also has an excellent selection of wines, even so when ordering by the glass.

While eating , looking below us, we could enjoy a view of the gardens at QE Park. Eye level, to the North, was the city skyline outlined by the mountains, and off to the west the sun was setting.

The service was solid although the timing was a bit off. Also, the dessert selections seemed somewhat limited. Considering the dining expereince provided, the bill was not too steep. This place is definitely on our "short list" when we want to consider going to a restaurant for a special occasion.

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9th Avenue Grill1822 West Broadway St., Vancouver
How many diners can you fit in a phone booth?
Submitted Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

We went here for breakfast on a Sunday morning. The tables are way too close together. If you have a wall seat as I had, getting in or out presents you with the choice of staring down at your next door neighbors' half eaten plate of eggs, or jutting your posterior almost into their faces.

We ordered egg dishes which were decent enough. However, we also ordered multigrain toast which did not look or taste much different than plain wheat bread. The coffee was a plus: Very good and a fair trade blend at that.

The service was friendly but a bit slow at times. I noticed that the waitresses also had some difficulty navigating the spaces between the tables. We might try it again during off hours as they had some interesting selections for breakfast and lunch.

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Creative and tasty fare trumps the negatives.
Submitted Sunday, September 10, 2006 - 11:04am [Dine in]

Service not the greatest? True. Long queus to get in sometimes? True.
But we haven't found any other vegetarian restaurant in Vancouver that comes close to The Naan when it comes to the creativity and delectability of its meals. The menu also has an almost endless selection of choices including daily specials. We dine here when we're not in a hurry so the slow service doesn't really phase us. We also arrive here with an alternative restaurant in mind that's close by- in case it looks lik more than 15 minutes for a table. Summary: Kudos to the chefs at Naam.

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Chao Phraya Thai Restaurant2325 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Disappointing Experience
Submitted Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

We tried this restaurant after being advised that it was one of the better Thai restaurants in town. The dishes we tried were unexceptional and a bit greasy. Prarham is one of our favorite dishes. This is usually made with meat or tofu, with peanut sauce, spinach, and sometimes cashews and cucumbers. The tofu prahram we ordered here came up substituting iceberg lettuce for the spinach. Iceberg lettuce! Come on guys, you can do better.

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