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rockstarrrVancouverSince July 26, 200920 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
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Kim Phung Vietnamese Restaurant5764 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Yes. A little bit overpriced, but hey, it's mom and pop
Submitted Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

I usually steer away from the pho at this place because there is better and cheaper elsewhere. Dishes you should try include the dry noodle and the shrimp paste soup noodle. Those two are delicious. Other than that, we usually just order a side of spring rolls. Like any other typical Vietnamese restaurant, it just doesn't look that clean - although I'm sure it's passable in CFIA terms. Just put your Mr.Clean thoughts away and enjoy the food.

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Sushiyama371 East Broadway, Vancouver
I love this sushi place
Submitted Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

I've ate here countless times, but have never written a review for this place. Here are a few things I love: (1) They have their typical rolls and a few interesting, but delicious rolls, (2) Free parking on the street, (3) solid service and food, (4) Very very very reasonable prices. There's nothing I don't like about this place. The takeout sushi is just as good at the dine-in sushi. This place is not fancy or anything. When you walk in, there is a sushi bar with stools and booths along the side of the restaurant. As for food, I recommend the BBQ salmon neck and the real crab meat California roll. I know there's nothing special about a California roll, but the real crab meat really got to me! Rolls like Japan mania and Mango mango are really good and different as well.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Pretty good Mother's Day meal
Submitted Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

I emailed this restaurant ahead of time to see if they were offering a set Mother's Day menu. They weren't, but I neglected to ask if they had a set menu of ANY type. I had made reservations and was seated promptly when I arrived. I opened up the menu and they were still serving their Dine Out menu. Oh well. We were able to choose a la carte but had to stay within the limit of the Dine Out menu. Service was okay. It took a while for the waitress to take my order. The water came after my order was placed. The Tuna carpaccio was very good, but $17 for very very thinly sliced tuna might not have been that worth it. Mind you, I'm the biggest fan of the tuna tataki at Cactus Club! The mussels in the tomato cream sauce were all right. I've had better here before. The mussels were very tiny and tasted a bit like dirt. The tomato broth was tangier than other times I've had this dish. Overall, it was pretty good still. The braised beef shortrib served in a tagine was really, really good. This was the best dish of the evening. Service lacked a bit at the end. There were several waiters/waitresses serving us. I requested for the bill and the waiter was too busy talking to a friend or something, I had to do the whole transaction myself with the wireless machine and my credit card. I waited a few minutes for him to give me my pen to sign, but he kept on chatting. Eventually, a few minutes after, my mom dug into her purse for a miniature pen. Despite all the minor unpleasing details, I'd still keep on coming back to this restaurant for special occasions.

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Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
I love this small joint on Main Street
Submitted Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

Because of all the great joints in and around East Vancouver, I rarely eat in downtown anymore. This sushi joint is awesome because it serves sushi as well as izakaya-style plates, they ONLY use sockeye salmon (sockeye salmon is always wild and never farmed), the prices are reasonable depending on if you choose the regular rolls or if you decide to go with the extravagant $14 deluxe rolls, and there's plenty of free parking on the side streets. My favourite dishes include the assorted sashimi salad, the majority of their rolls, and their ebi mayo. I highly recommend this place for both eat-in and take-out. Two thumbs up.

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Short black skirts, animal print chairs, spacious place - all intentional
Submitted Monday, February 15, 2010 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is definitely NOT a family restaurant. With sushi rolls ranging from $2 to $7, $3 drink specials, some flat screen TVs and top 40 music, I'd say this place has transformed into a restaurant/lounge. It's a great place to chill with your friends. The food is solid, not outstanding. There is no sushi bar. You get what you pay for for the $2 robata items. I totally agree with the last reviewer about short skirts though. The dress code should be tasteful; Cactus club is a good example. The waitresses where black dresses/skirts there and it's tasteful. Show off your legs and cover your top. That's pretty much the rule of dress anyways. Great place to go if you're on a bit of a budget. Recommended.

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Pourhouse Restaurant162 Water Street, Vancouver
Mixed feelings about this place
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

I eat out a lot and I love trying new restaurants. This joint threw me off a bit. It's right by the steam clock in gastown. The restaurant has no signage outside, except for "Pourhouse" embossed on the front door. When I walked in, there was live music, which was nice. The red velvet wallpaper was really nice; however, I couldn't figure out the theme of the restaurant. My friends were joking that it was Victorian-vampire themed, like a scene from True Blood. The restaurant wasn't busy at all. There were a few people at the bar a 4-5 small tables. The service was unbelievably SLOW! The water came really quick at the beginning, but that was IT. We asked for the appetizers and entrees to come out at the same time. We waited...and waited... and waited... There was no bread to start, so we waited a very very long time for the food. The boys at the table devoured their entree in 10 minutes! The grilled cheese sandwich is better at Burgoo. The foiled trout wasn't too bad. I expected a small whole trout, like what we get at Boathouse, but it came as a filet of trout instead (much like the filets you get at Costco). The carpetbag steak wasn't a real carpetbag steak. Carpetbag steaks are stuffed with oysters. This one had a really small oyster on the side and the steak looked like a 4 oz. steak. It was quite small. The martinis/cocktails range from $10-$12 and the selection is really limited. For that price, I would recommend the specialty ones from Chambar. The draft beer was a bit flat. The dessert menu was unsatisfying. The apple crumbler for two was $12! The chocolate cake sounded good but $10 was a bit expensive. I don't think I will be coming back to this place. Slow service, mediocre food, lack of a good drink/dessert menu.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
My favourite, totally affordable French bistro
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 11:50am [Dine in]

What more can you ask for? I've been here before, but this time around we had more people, which means more food variety! Our server was really nice and competent. The last time we were there, we had a really good French wine. We didn't remember the name and just explained the wine to the waiter and he came back with the exact wine. For appetizers, we had the scallops, pork pate and french onion soups. The scallops (only two) were a bit pricey for $11, but the dish was done very well. Reminded me of oyster motoyaki. I wasn't a big fan of the pork pate only because I don't really like pork. I don't have too much experience with pate so I can't comment on this dish. I like the Vietnamese pork pate a bit better. The french onion soup is to-die-for. This is the BEST french onion soup I've ever had. You get "stuff" in every bite (bread, cheese, bacon bits, onions). The filet of beef is really good, as with the steak and fries. We also had the ling cod. I didn't try any of that. My friend said it was good though. So, after 4 appetizers, 4 entrees, 2 bottles of wine, and a dessert, the total bill was $200-something. What a great deal, considering I paid $200-something for only 2 people at Le Crocodile...

Atmosphere here is great. It's not pretentious at all. Highly recommended.

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Szechuan Chongqing2808 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Review on Chongqing's take out food
Submitted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

I had take out food from here about 1-2 weeks ago. Their wontons are horrible. Please don't order these. The chicken and cashew dish is good, as with their Szechuan green beans dish. Fried rice isn't too bad either. Out of all the take out Chinese food places in the area (i.e. Renfrew and First Ave, Happy Valley), this one is the better one. I didn't pay, but I heard the prices here are a bit more than your average Chinese food place.

I would recommend this place for take out - probably not so much for dining in. This place makes a good "hung over or snowy/rainy/muggy day stay in the house meal".

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Bandidas Taqueria2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
My new favourite Mexican restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 1:00pm [Dine in]

This place is on Commercial and 12th. You won't miss it. There's free and metered parking around the area. This place is absolutely delicious: fresh ingredients, hand-made tortillas, and great mix of flavours. Great for sharing too. My friends and I only had enough stomach room for 3 tacos (Ronny Russell, Wolf and Goat, and Estelle) and the Dave's enchilada. The Estelle and Ronny Russel were the best out of the 3 I ordered. The enchilada was good (melted cheese and savoury spicy tofu), but I probably wouldn't get it again. I'm going to try their nachos next time. I'm more of a taco fan.

Ambiance is pretty good. Small, cozy place that looks like it will get very very busy on the weekend. They use empty jars as cups. It's kind of neat. My friend had the tequila lemonade and she said it was really tasty.

PS. No meat here but the waiter "guaranteed we won't be disappointed" and we weren't.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Nothing too special
Submitted Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 12:54am [Dine in]

After reading all the GREAT reviews about this restaurant, I decided to try it out. Perhaps I'm just a very hard person to satisfy when it comes to food. I was hoping this restaurant would give me that "wow" expression, but it didn't. Let's start with the service. Upon entering, the hostess wasn't very friendly. She's didn't have a smile on her face. To me, smiles represent warmth and welcomeness. That didn't happen. Nonetheless, I had a great table. The waiter was awesome. He was soft-spoken (not to disturb the other guests) and recited the many daily specials from memory. I picked out a decent wine that was a bit over-priced, but pretty good. The wine list is okay (lots of choices ranging from local to international, ranging from approximately $45 to the price of a Toyota Yaris). The crab cake, chocolate crepe, and the "free-of-charge" hickory-stick-like-fries were the highlights of the evening, including the "free-of-charge-Chef's-tart". All very very delicious!! The main course was a bit disappointing though... Perhaps we ordered the wrong things?! We had a caribou dish paired with a Cuban lobster tail (daily special)+ veal medallions (off the regular menu). I liked the caribou. It was paired well with the lobster tail. Great suft and turf, but the green couscous-tasting risotto-thing surrounding the meat just didn't go with meat + seafood. The sauce was tasty though. The veal from the veal medallion dish was... I don't know how to explain it, but it tasted like not very great meat. It was a bit..."water"...tasting (if that even makes sense to you guys). It just wasn't very veal-y tasting. The vegetables with both plates were done very nicely, cooked perfectly and paired well. The french onion soup was 8/10, but not as good as the one at Le Faux Bourgeois. The one there is a delicious french onion soup - perfect blend of cheese and soup broth. The soup should have been a tad richer, to complement the taste of the cheese - just a tad. Overall, I was a bit intimidated when I walked into the restaurant. The crowd here is well over 30 years old to about 50-55. Ambiance... very pretentious. Washrooms need a bit of work. Chairs are comfortable. Waiters/Waitresses are very nice. I might come back, just maybe...

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Enigma4397 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Very enjoyable evening
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

I don't know what to say about this restaurant. Here are my random thoughts: very modern, delicious thai curry prawns (excellent bread came with the dish, sauce was very tasty, prawns were cooked to perfection), generously-portioned, to-die-for brie dip with oh-so-yummy apple crisps (i could have just came here to eat the brie dip and apple chips for the whole night), wine list is very affordable and the selection is pretty good (around $30 for most bottles), snapper was a bit overcooked, lamb was delicious, short rib has a very nice smokey flavour and their fries and onion rings reminds me of those you get at sports games! The restaurant was slightly hot. I think I saw the owner serving dishes as well. I will definitely come here again. It's a very cozy neighbourhood restaurant.

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
Higher-class-than-normal-Szechuan-food. To die for peking duck!
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

I visited this restaurant last week. I ordered hot and sour soup (10/10 just the right amount of hot and sour + lots of ingredients in the soup), 2 course peking duck (10/10 - lettuce was really fresh, the tortilla-looking wraps were warm and soft, and the crispy skin had close to no fat stuck on the bottom), mongolian beef (6/10 a bit too salty), pea shoots (8/10 $15.99 for this dish of vegetables is very expensive and the pea shoots were on the "old growth" side), green onion pancake (9/10 a bit too oily), and chilled mango layered dessert. The ambiance is solid. Sometimes you get cheesy 103.5 QMFM music playing in the background. This is, by far, my favourite place to go for Szechuan food. If you're in the area during lunch, their lunch specials are quite filling too for a total amount of $10 (meal plus tax and tip).

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Busy even on a Wednesday night
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

This place only takes reservations for parties over 8, so instead of waiting 30 minutes for a table even at 6:30pm on a Wednesday night, I chose the bar. The seats are really comfortable there and there is a ledge to rest your feet. The bartender was really attentive, making service really good. The lamb tagine was pretty good for $16. The spices were a bit strong though, as with the butternut squash soup. The beef bourguignon was really good. Tastes like how I make it. The food served here is really hearty. I hope it's healthy. I didn't taste too much oil, so I think it's okay. The last time I came here, I had a candied salmon salad. I guess that was part of their "features" menu as it wasn't on the menu this time. That was delicious. I hope it's back on the menu someday. The ambiance was so=so because the temperature in the restaurant was too hot. Overall, I had a great experience and I will definitely come back.

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Chivana Restaurant & Lounge2340 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
An alternative to lounging downtown
Submitted Friday, September 25, 2009 - 12:31am [Dine in]

This should have been for August 28th. I came here for drinks after dinner. There was a fundraiser so a $3 cover charge was needed. I've been here a couple of times. Sometimes there isn't a cover charge. Most of the time they do have events going on - like huge birthday parties. They gave me this weird bracelet (the long, white plastic ones that act as handcuffs). This wasn't very smart. I ended up scratching my own face with it. Service was great. I didn't really have to wait too long for the bartender. Drink prices were decent - I think $6 for a regular shot. Music was pretty good. There is also a heated patio. No smoking allowed though. I would definitely come back. One more thing, I came here a year ago to try their sangria and I remember it being horrific, so don't order it.

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Wings1162 Granville Street, Vancouver
Very good service. Decent food prices. Ghetto location...
Submitted Friday, September 25, 2009 - 12:19am [Dine in]

This restaurant is located in the heart of Granville where all the bums are. I visited this location at the end of August - August 28th to be precise. After being turned off by the Burnaby location, this location is so much better, well at least the day I went. The waitress was very attentive. I think she was new. The food came really fast and the food servers were really friendly. Ambiance was okay. The place is really big and my big party was stuck all the way at the back where we had lots of room. The front tables are a bit crowded. Drinks are pretty good. You can certainly taste the alcohol in doubles and martinis, unlike some other restaurants that don't seem to pour enough. I recommend the sampler platter. It's such a good deal and you get all your favourite pub finger food.

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Wings6879 Kingsway, Burnaby
Forgotten food, mixed up bills, wrong orders...
Submitted Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

I came here last Sunday for wings and drinks and overall it was a pretty good experience, minus a rowdy drunk Caucasian man attempting to pick me up. How hard is it to just come in for drinks/food and wanting to have a great time without interruptions?

So, my second experience. The waitress was a complete ditz. My friend's food order didn't come because she had "forgotten" to write it down! Empty glasses weren't being cleared off my table. There was barely enough room with 1/4 of the table being empty glasses. Drinks didn't come at a steady pace because she had "lost her order receipt". The first apology is always accepted. After the fourth apology, everyone was silent and rolling their eyes back. Horrible. Don't get me wrong. The wings here are pretty good. There are many flavours to choose from. The fries are delicious, as with the fish and chips and the martini menu is very good. Drinks are well made, providing the waitress puts down the correct order... And the hottest wings are really really hot.

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Very good izakaya
Submitted Friday, August 21, 2009 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

If you like the food at Guu, you will like the food at Kingyo. I heard a previous chef from Guu left Guu and opened Kingyo. This place seems to be always crowded. It's best to make reservations, but they don't take reservations the day off, so it's first come first served. Great ambiance. Place is very nicely decorated. You actually feel like you're in Japan when you walk in. It's a good dining atmosphere as you don't get all the yelling you get at Guu. The yellow tail carpaccio is really good. I wasn't a big fan of the bibimbap (Korean rice in a hot stone bowl). The plum wine is a must try. There is hot pot here too. It's kinda cool. Service is really good too, except my waiter kept on saying "cheers" after every dish was placed on my table. Overall, I'd recommend this place if you love izakaya food.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Happy Hour oysters are awesome
Submitted Friday, August 21, 2009 - 2:54am [Dine in]

This review is for happy hour only, 3-6 p.m, not the actual dining menu. Oysters are a buck each with a minimum $2.99 beverage purchase. I knew I should have ordered a dozen for myself and not a dozen for a table of 3. The drink special today was the raspberry mojito and that was delicious. I sat in the lounge area on the ground level of the restaurant with a great view of English Bay. The lounge area is very cozy. The tables, chairs and cutlery could have been a bit cleaner though. I recommend the garlic chili beef skewers and a oysters. The prawn skewers had a great BBQ flavour but I found them too salty. The sliders are pretty good too, but a bit pricey - combo of 3 sliders (halibut, salmon, sirloin) was $7.49 I believe. I totally recommend this restaurant during happy hour. Dining for dinner is another story...

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Angkor Restaurant4884 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
A Phnom Penh-like restaurant outside of Chinatown
Submitted Friday, August 21, 2009 - 2:48am [Dine in]

I've been here twice. Both times I've had very good service. The waitress/cashier is the owner's daughter. Don't expect anything fancy here. The restaurant is very bare. There are probably only 5-6 tables that seat 4-5 people. It's a great place for a good and quick meal. The beef stew with rice noodles is really really delicious. It's a must try. The dry noodles tend to stick together too much so that it's hard to mix. The deep fried chicken wings are delicious and my mom loves the spring rolls as they aren't drenched in oil. This place also has rice dishes and almost every menu item is under $10. Great deal for "Phnom Penh"-like food without having to go into Chinatown.

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Sushi Town5935 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Huge portions of poorly made sushi
Submitted Monday, July 27, 2009 - 3:04am [Dine in]

I remember this place being good a few years back, but the quality seems to have gone downhill. It reminds me Samurai Sushi in front of Oakridge Shopping Centre. Don't get me wrong. You get a lot of food for the money you are paying, but just not very nicely made food. For someone like me, one roll and one ebi sunomono will get me full. The "farmed" salmon sashimi was huge. The large pieces grossed me out a bit. I'm used to bite sized pieces, not monster 3-bite sized pieces. The rolls are huge with lots of filling and rice, but poorly constructed. The spider roll was pretty good as the soft shell crab had a lot of meat. Everything is 1.5X the size you would get at "regular" sushi places. Service is good as the waitress comes a few minutes after you've taken a good look at the menu and the food comes very fast. I would recommend this place for starving students and hungry people who want lots of good at economy pricing (who don't really care about sushi presentation).

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