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roferg69Kerrisdale, VancouverSince July 21, 200814 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Value4 (3.9)
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Adelitas5178 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Best Mexican in the city - and CHEAP.
Submitted Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

So this place used to be El Carolcolito, but they've rebranded, gotten some new signage, and painted - but it's the same people running the place (thankfully!).

Fantastic, authentic Mexican food for pennies. They give you Tupperware bottles of homemade salsas to go with your meal, which is a nice touch. And order the horchata - it's off the chain.

They have only a few tables and they're cash only, but worth the hassle. Their sister restaurant (El Caracol) literally two doors down is equally good.

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Jade Rabbit Restaurant1316 73rd Avenue West, Vancouver
We love this place.
Submitted Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 6:17pm [Delivery]

Think of Jade Rabbit as deluxe mall-food-court "Chinese" food that appears at your door (literally) within 15 minutes of you hanging up your phone.

Is it authentic? Pfft. The fact that you're even *asking* the question means that this place isn't for you.

Do you love "Chinese" food that your grandmother used to order? Sweet'n'sour pork, chow mein, chop suey - if that's the junk food "Chinese" you're into, this place can't be beat. Dinner for two is three HEAPING plates of food that's greasy, salty, and is as tasty as it is awful for you, and delivered to your door with a generous tip for $30.

Order Jade Rabbit. You won't be disappointed.

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Neighbour's Restaurant & Pizza House6493 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Pizza & pasta joint exactly the way you'd expect it.
Submitted Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 1:45am [Dine in]

Had dinner at Neighbour's for the first time tonight after reading some other reviews, and I can't agree more - the food was superb. I had a pizza and the crust was amazing, not to mention the toppings - the meat was piled on thick! My partner had the $13.95 steak, spaghetti, and garlic mushroom special, and he said it was really good as well...I had a bite of the mushrooms and they were awesome.

Not the cheapest place to eat (pizza was $17, plus the steak/spaghetti and two drinks with tip came to $50), but the food was awesome and we walked out with leftovers (which rarely happens for us). Will definitely be returning in the future.

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Sushi Star750 Nelson Street, Vancouver
Fantastic lunch for cheap!
Submitted Friday, October 29, 2010 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

I had some time left on my parking meter while I was downtown so I popped into this place for lunch today expecting the usual sushi fare. I was wrong - it was *way* better than expected!

The food was great - I had their teriyaki lunch box with beef. The rolls came with the tempura batter sprinkles on top as a nice touch, the tempura was fresh and delicious, and the beef teriyaki came with rice *and* yakisoba noodles! The waitress was always nearby with fresh tea and was friendly to boot.

Best of all? Only ten bucks. I'll definitely be back next time I'm downtown at lunch.

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Risty's Cafe and Sushi Bar8542 Granville St., Vancouver
Cafe AND sushi? Sound scary, but it works!
Submitted Friday, June 26, 2009 - 11:42am [Dine in]

We've been to Risty's several times now, and every time time they've not failed to impress. I was at first really skeptical about it - Canadian 'greasy spoon' diner food AND sushi? I figured for sure that at least one of the two would be nasty, if not both. I couldn't have been more wrong.

I've had a burger and fries there (the gravy was SO good), and it was definitely a cut above the typical greasy spoon diner fare you'd expect. As good as that was, it's the sushi that really keeps us coming back. Their prices are cheaper than reasonable, and the combos are a fantastic deal (we LOVE the Spicy Combo! Kimchee beef roll FTW!). And the sushi quality is a total knockout! Tempura rolls hit the table with HOT fillings, spicy rolls are actually spicy with flavour, and everything seems freshly prepared. Even their bubble tea is good!

The food is excellent, but the service is even better. Everytime we've gone it's been the same waitress working, and she's adorable. Always happy and friendly and smiling, she's happy to take your order and refill your drinks, and really projects a welcoming feeling throughout the place. It's a little restaurant, but it's very homey and cute inside, and absolutely spotless.

Risty's has become our de facto sushi spot - top notch food and service at a rock bottom price. Can't go wrong!

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Richmond Sushi8388 Capstan Way, #1488, Richmond
Great late night AYCE joint.
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

We tried Richmond Sushi for their late night AYCE and were really pleasantly surprised. The restaurant itself was huge - even though we arrived right when late night started and there was a lot of parties ahead of us, we were seated within 10 minutes.

The service was - shocking for an AYCE place - friendly and attentive! We ended up dealing with two waitresses and one waiter, and they all seemed genuinely happy to be there. Tea was refilled, glasses of water came to the table with a smile, and the food came out quickly and accurately. The food itself was solid - not amazing, but certainly not bad, and more than acceptable for late night all you can eat.

We'll definitely be back - the service alone made it worth the drive to Richmond.

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Bodhi Choi Heung Vegetarian Restaurant3932 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Awesome vegetarian food good enough to fool your carnivore friends.
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

We've been to Bodhi Choi Heung twice now for dinner, and have come away very happy (and very full!) for not much money (both times, dinner for two hungry big guys was $35 including a generous tip). The food itself is very, very good - lots of interesting flavours that come across as pretty 'authentic', and their fake meat is better than passable. Great textures and flavours, and their almond 'chicken' is outstanding.

One cool feature of their menus are the mini-appetizers they have...they're all priced around two or three bucks, so you can order a few (sort of like tapas) and get a nice variety of tastes to supplement your main dishes.

We had the same waitress both times, and she seems like she's always there - maybe she owns the place? Either way, she's super attentive and friendly, and seems genuinely happy to have you there. Tea and water refills come frequently, and the food hits your table from the kitchen so quickly that it's still too hot to eat.

If you're looking for an alternative to that other vegetarian restaurant on Main, this is a superb choice. Bodhi Choi actually takes debit, doesn't make you wait in line for a table, brings your food out fast, and is CLEAN. Highly recommended!

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Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe3292 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Kitschy, cute, and awesome food & service.
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

We went to the Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe for the first time this morning, and will definitely be going back. It's got a very kitschy, homemade style of decor inside, and that just adds to the charm - photos all over the walls of past diners, a huge collection of beer glasses and mugs from around the world, and lots of posters of Holland and the like. It's certainly not boring!

The server was a dream, too - genuinely friendly and happy to be there, and did an amazing job, especially considering the place was half-full and he was on his own. Coffee came fast and often, and he checked up on us three times over the course of the meal (not counting the initial food delivery and the cheque dropoff).

The food itself was excellent - great quality, lots of flavour. I had one of the eggs'n'hash combos, and my other half had the apple and cheese pannekoek - we'll definitely be going back to sample other items on the (expansive) menu.

Overall, we're extremely pleased with our experience, and will definitely return.

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Hanoi Pho406 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
It really is a diamond in the rough.
Submitted Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 12:49am [Dine in]

Don't let the fact that this little place is (literally) next door to the methadone clinic on the Downtown East Side scare you away - we had dinner here tonight after reading some of the other reviews, and came away extremely happy.

I had bbq pork chow mein, and my partner had veggie seafood pho - both dishes were excellent. They arrived on the table in record time, and both were so fresh that they too hot to eat at first! The service is exceptionally warm and friendly, and it seems to be a family-run joint - unlike a lot of other family businesses, it seems like everybody is genuinely happy to be there.

A nice little perk was the free wifi they have inside as well!

We were going to try their bubble tea and avocado milkshake but they were out of fresh avocado - we'll definitely be going back, so it wasn't a problem. You know you've found a good place when you're already thinking about what menu item you'll be trying on your next visit!

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Nakodhar Sweets & Restaurant6560 Main Street, Vancouver
My favourite butter chicken in the city (including Surrey!)
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 12:48am [Dine in]

We remember the couple that own this place from when they owned an indian buffet in Surrey - they sold it, took a year off, and opened Nakhodar. He does all his own cooking (which is why it's so consistently good) and she runs the till - they're a very sweet couple.

Amazing butter chicken - the best I've had in Vancouver, and I've had it at a lot of places. They bring fresh naan right to your table after you sit down, and it's to die for. Their aloo gobi is quite good, and they've even got pakoras on the buffet (not something I've seen anywhere else).

Ever since this place opened up we haven't been back to All India, and it's our first choice whenever we get a curry craving. Love it!

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Mexicali4424 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
It's only cheap if you order off the lunch special menus.
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 12:02am [Dine in]

We gave Mexicali a shot after reading some of the rave reviews on here, and we didn't think it was all that great. It's *not* cheap unless you know to order the lunch specials (which aren't on the menu - you have to go up to the till and see them taped to the counter), with dinner items at about the $10 - $14 mark.

As other reviewers have said, the ambiance is a joke - homemade murals on the walls, tons of neon signs, fake plants and a giant wooden cactus - but if you don't mind tacky, then who cares? It's actually fun playing a little game with your dinner companions to see who can spot the most spelling errors and typos on the menus.

We've been a couple of times because there's simply no alternative in the area...the food's been okay (with the exception of the chicken molé - disgusting), but nothing to write home about.

If we're in the mood for outstanding Mexican, and don't mind a bit of a drive, we'll head across the border to Bellingham to a joint across the street from Bellis Fair - it's worth the trip.

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Hachi Sushi2245 West 41st Ave., Vancouver
Our regular local sushi joint.
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

We're regulars at Hachi, and love it...their fish is always fresh, their prices are good, and out of the three dozen or so times we've been there, we only had bad service once (and we've never seen that miserable waitress since, so that says something).

Overall it's a solid little hole in the wall with a huge (cool) paper mache octopus on the wall with lots of veggie sushi options if you're so inclined - we're never disappointed!

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Tanpopo1122 Denman Street, Vancouver
Excellent late night AYCE!
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

We went to Tanpopo last night for their late night sushi, and came away thinking we've found our new regular AYCE sushi joint.

We were seated quickly, and the service was very good - friendly and upbeat, and very unlike the begrudging attitude that seems to be prevalent at a lot of Vancouver AYCE sushi places. Our drink orders came lightning-quick, as did our first round of food.

The food itself was quite good overall - and the portions were nice and little, which made ordering far less daunting. You could just order one or two of a dish you wanted to try without worrying about being buried under an avalanche of plates...the quality of the fish was also quite high, and they had some items on the menu that are typically quite rare for late night AYCE (mackerel!).

The server was right on top of his game, too - as soon as he'd cleared the last of our empty plates from our first round, he was right back to take our order for round 2 - again, a huge change from what we're used to experiencing, and a very pleasant experience.

Overall, we had a great meal there, and will definitely return!

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Moderne Burger2507 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Decent food, but *horrible* value.
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

I've heard nothing but good things about Moderne Burger, and since we were both in the mood for burgers, my partner and I headed down for a late lunch.

We were seated right away, and the ambiance was pretty cool...sort of minimalist for a 50's diner, but the music was great and the vibe 'fit'. The menu is also minimalist - it's *exclusively* burgers (your choice of steak, turkey, veggie, or salmon) and whether or not you want fries. That's it!

I got a steak burger, and my partner got a veggie burger. The price doesn't seem too bad at first blush at $10.95, but then you read how naked the burgers come: completely unseasoned, with just lettuce, tomato, and burger sauce. Want cheese, bacon, mushrooms, onions, dipping sauce for your fries, etc.? $1.25 more each, please! Add a couple of (essential) goodies on to your burger, and suddenly looking at a $15 meal without a drink.

I ordered a malted chocolate shake (also steep - $5 for the shake, and another $1 for the malt), and my other half got a vanilla root beer. The root beer was GREAT - the milkshake wasn't bad, but I was expecting a heck of a lot more for a $6 milkshake. Not very malty, sort of runny - not *bad* per se, but certainly not as good as you'd expect from a six-dollar shake.

After a fairly long wait (considering that it wasn't all that busy) our food arrived. That was the last time we saw either of the waitresses, too. The fries were good - skin-on, and a huge portion. The burger looked good, but after my first bite I knew that the menu wasn't joking when it said they used "no seasonings". It was bland and boring and completely devoid of flavour - I've had frozen burgers from Superstore with more kick. After a few bites I ended up disassembling it, eating the tomato separately, and putting ketchup, salt, and pepper on the patty to try to revive it (all to no avail).

My partner's veggie burger was a LOT better than my steak...it actually tasted like more than the cardboard box it came in. I only had a nibble of it, but he definitely made the better choice of the two of us.

We finished our meal and sat for about ten or fifteen minutes waiting for our bill before the busboy came by, took our plates, and let us know that we were to go up to the counter to pay (neither waitress came by to check on us during the entire meal). $40 for a two-burger lunch seems pretty steep to me, especially considering the lackluster service and underwhelming food.

Again, there was nothing *wrong* with the food - it's just when you're paying Cadillac prices for a burger, you're a little disappointed when they hand you the keys to a Hyundai on a plate. We certainly won't be in any hurry to head back!

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