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ryanthekiwiFairview, VancouverSince August 19, 20088 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

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Olie's Pizzeria1833 Anderson Street, #106, Vancouver
Take-out only, please
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

From the other reviews of Olie's Pizzeria, I was expecting "outstanding ambiance" or at the very least, "solid ambiance". But make no mistake about it, although Olie's has tasty and unique pizza, their ambiance is yellow walls, the game blaring from the tv, and 4 bar stools. It's cheerful, it's lively, but it's a pizza by the slice place first and foremost. It is not a trendy, upscale dine-in pizza restaurante.

We ordered two pizzas - Meat and Pepper (Salami, capicollo, with chorizo sausage subbed in for peppers) and California (pesto, feta cheese, spinach, fresh tomatoes, sundried tomatoes) -

The pizzas were quite unlike any pizza I'd ever tasted. The crust was thin and had no droopage when you picked up a slice. The ingredients were very fresh (we watched as they sliced the chorizo sausage off a big stick of sausage for our pizza) but in all that freshness and tastiness we kinda missed the greasy cheesy goodness of "normal" pizza.

In that regard it was a bit pricey for what it was (I needed 4 pieces to feel full - a single slice sells for $3).

The service was a little interesting. We asked if we could substitute toppings, and then the pizza guy answered, yes, we could do a pizza half-and-half. (what?) In the end, he let us sub chorizo sausage for the peppers so it ended up being pretty sweet.

I'm not sure if I would return to this place for a pizza craving, but it is a tasty, light meal that may leave you craving grease cuz it is quite healthy tasting.

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Pad Thai Cuisine132 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Great food, good service and fair prices
Submitted Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 2:04am [Dine in]

The curries are the star here. Although all dishes I've tried are a hit (except the ketchupy pad thai), the curries keep me coming back. Red, yellow or green with your choice of beef/chicken or prawns. About 10 bucks for a good size serving.

They always have just the right amount of spice for me, and served piping hot. Delicious. Also a bonus is that the servers speak and understand English well. I usually customize my dishes a bit so it's nice to feel reassured that the food will come out correct.

The only downsides are there is little to no atmosphere inside, and it is obviously been designed as primarily a take-out place with a few tables available for those wishing to dine in.

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Olympia Pizza3205 West Broadway, Vancouver
Best lasagna I've had in Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 1:58am [Dine in]

I'll admit, I've only been here for take-out, so my service and ambiance ratings are only what I've observed while picking up my food. But this place serves the best lasagna ever. For $11.50, you get the Olympia lasagna, with a layer of sour cream baked into it.

Greek restaurants always serve a unique variety of lasagna that I'm a big fan of, but whoever thought of layering in fresh sour cream is my hero. Just below the top layer of cheese is a nice, if uneven, layer of sour cream. If it sounds off to you, just try it and tell me you're not hooked like I am.

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Ikea Restaurant & Cafe1000 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
Its cafeteria food at its best
Submitted Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 1:56am [Dine in]

This isn't a fancy restaurant. No servers, just line up, grab a tray, pick your entree and supplement with some salad or sides if desired and then line up again to pay.

However, the food is awesome. Better, faster and cheaper than the fast food chains. 20 meatballs with potatoes for $8 and it'll feed 2 easy. There are also sandwiches, salmon, some salad options as well. Drinks are self serve and thus come with unlimited refills. Great deal on food that tastes like it should be sold somewhere far nicer than a home store.

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Portobello Ristorante1429 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Mixed feelings
Submitted Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 1:49am [Dine in]

My meal at Portobello was a mix of highs and lows. It started on a low, when upon arrival we were greeted and offered any seat in the restaurant as we were the only patrons at 6PM on a Friday night. We chose a table and the server (manager as well?) came by and very quietly rattled off some specials. It was almost like a 14 year old asking a girl to a dance. He seemed nervous and uncomfortable, and spoke so quiet we could barely hear him in an empty restaurant.

After a few awkward trips to our table to bring some bread and the different menus we ordered some drinks and appetizers. The Bocconcini and Tomato Salad ($10) was good, nice and fresh. The size was also pretty good for the price, with a good amount of cheese. But beware, if you ask for it to share, they will bring it out on 2 plates (handy!) but then charge a $2 share charge on the bill.

They were sold out of Stella, disappointing but the wine selection was decent. Waters were brought out with lime but no ice. Strange.

Entrees were solid, but far from spectacular. Again, ordering was a challenge as the communication from the waiter was bad. It's hard to describe. He was not around much when you needed him, but way too much when you didn't. Regardless, our food came in a reasonably timely fashion. We had the Veal Parm, Salmon Fettucine, Rib Eye and chicken fettucine. The pasta was fresh and perfectly cooked, although the sauces were disappointingly bland. THe steak was a thinner piece, but cooked well. Veal was delicious, but the side of gnocci was disappointing. Prices were around $22 for meat dishes and $17 for pasta.

Dessert was the definite highlight. Tiramisu was good, and the Creme brulee was amazing. If I ever go back it will be for the creme brulee. Great vanilla flavour and a good way to end a so-so meal.

If this restaurant could inject some personality into their servers, and spice up the entrees a little more it would be a much better place. Props though for allowing us to use 2 entertainment coupons for our 1 table of 4.

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Cristos Greek Taverna4624 Hastings Street, Burnaby
My favourite Greek place in Burnaby
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

While I sadly do not get to visit Cristo's much anymore since I moved out of the area, whenever I do go it's a great experience. The souvlakis are nice and moist, never dry, and the Spanakopita is perfectly crisp, and doesn't even get soggy on the bottom. The place is a bit "kitschy" inside, but the service is generally good, and the the prices are fair. Lunch specials are barely smaller than dinner, and for under 10 bucks you get a meat, plus all the Greek sides (greek salad, a full round pita, tsatsiki sauce, rice and potato). Lunch is a tremendous deal.

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Amsterdam Cafe, The4232 Village Stroll, Whistler
Edible, but a poor choice when you are in Whistler
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

We came here wanting an affordable meal that was not a chain restaurant. The service was really bad, no attention whatsoever, and no willingness to accommodate special (but reasonable) requests. I suspect this place has some good specials though, because on winter afternoons it is always busy with the "post-snowboarding" crowd. Please stay away though as there are many better choices.

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Barista Cafe1038 West Broadway, Vancouver
Doesn't look that great
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 1:45am [Dine in]

I'll preface this by saying I have not actually eaten/ordered from Barista Cafe, but felt the need to reply to their obvious self-promotion in the review below mine. This place is wannabe modern/trendy/Starbucksish, but fails by a fair margin. Tacky bright signs and by the looks of things has ripped off Starbucks menu style (order tall, grande or venti sizes).

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