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saintvlas22Vancouver (downtown)Since January 4, 201218 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Cinnzeo4700 Kingsway, #1155, Burnaby
Delicious
Submitted Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 7:02am [Dine in]

The smell of this shop is tantalizing every time I go to Superstore, though I haven't had Cinnzeo in years. I had a large cinnamon roll, and though I didn't get it straight from the oven, it was still nice and warm from the heating display. The counter woman was so nice to put an extra squirt of frosting on top of the roll, so the soft frosting melded with the hardened frosting already on it. It was amazing - warm, ridiculously soft and tender, and ooey gooey with loads of cinnamon flavour. It was a touch sweet, but I give that a pass because mine seemed to have more filling than normal; this means my cinnamon bun wasn't mostly bread.

I can't wait to have another one of these!

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Bubble Queen8888 Odlin Crescent, Unit 1200, Richmond
Sinful!
Submitted Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 2:14am [Dine in]

I had a Ferrero Rocher slush, and it was fantastic - a chocolate, wafer and hazelnut milkshake basically, and surprisingly, not too sweet! The only complaint is the price - at about $6, it's pretty steep. The only saving grace is that the standard size is huge, so if you come here after dinner, it's big and rich enough to split between 2 people.

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Tealips Cafe7139 Arcola Way, Burnaby
A Great Addition To The Neighborhood
Submitted Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 2:12am [Dine in]

I've been here twice for their delicious, freshly made waffles. I get their Belgian style, and it comes with a bit of ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and an assortment of berries. The price is right, though it takes a while as they are made to order. They also have fruit slushes - I had the pineapple, and next time, I'll ask them not to sweeten it as much. I can't wait to return!

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Herons West Coast Kitchen900 Canada Place, Vancouver
All Downhill
Submitted Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 2:06am [Dine in]

Came here for my sister's birthday, and 4 out of 5 of us ordered off a promotional menu at a reduced price.

Ambiance: The space is lovely, with high ceilings and fireplaces burning all around. It's very dark inside though. Good for a date, not quite so good for a family meal.

Service: Fantastic wait staff! After our main meals took a long time to come, they gave us complimentary amuse bouches. When my sister got a little queasy, they offered her peppermint tea (which we had to decline) and got a plastic bag for us when we asked (just in case!). The manager also spoke to us as we were paying, giving us a box of their chocolates to compensate for my sister-in-law's meal that was sent back.

Value: It's a high end restaurant with a dress code and waterfront views, but it is vastly overpriced. The quality and execution of the food is not worth the price they are charging.

Food: The evening started well, with hot, tasty bread and the biggest, juiciest mussels I have ever had. A 40 minute wait for our entrees though, was not worth it. "Overcooked" describes pretty much everything we ate, with the salmon, steak and scallops all being overcooked. The worst was our seafood pastas - rubbery seafood, bland and watery sauce, and mostly noodles. Terrible, to the point that my sister-in-law sent hers back (the first time I have EVER seen her do this). The amuse bouche was also rather lame - poached shrimp with cocktail sauce; we expected a little more innovation. The desserts were standard chocolate cake (couldn't taste the advertised Earl Grey flavour) and cheesecake (bland red velvet top). The drinks were quite tasty, though I was disappointed they only had one non-alcoholic option.

Nothing tasted BAD, just rather standard and boring - for the occasion and the price tag, we expected more - a LOT more. It's possible they shafted us because we didn't pay full price, and if that's the case, there's no reason to give them our money in the first place. Until they step things up, we will not be returning, not even for the wonderful wait staff.

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White Spot650 41st Avenue, #613A, Vancouver
Great Lunch
Submitted Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 5:00am [Dine in]

Went here for a proper sit-down meal, as it is the only restaurant in the Oakridge Mall. The place was a little bit understaffed when we arrived, with the restaurant rather empty, but the hostess taking forever to seat a small line of people. Our waitress though, was great. Attentive, friendly, and not intrusive. Did have to wait a touch longer for menus and getting the bill, but that's alright.

Maybe it's because it was early and there weren't many people, but I can't remember the last time I had such a good meal at a White Spot. I had the mushroom burger, which had loads of mushrooms rather than a small smattering of paper thin slices, and the fries with coleslaw. The fries are usually limp, soggy and lukewarm - these were freshly made and crisp. They also don't salt them, which I prefer, as I got a side of gravy for dipping. My dining mate had the traditional breakfast with sausage. The new 'smashbrowns' that they serve are DELICIOUS. They're 2 whole nugget potatoes pressed down into flat pucks, with beautiful roasted skins and pillowy soft interiors. They aren't very salty, but a dash from the shaker will fix that if you need it. The only disappointment were the scrambled eggs, which were rubbery and, oddly, really salty. Go for fried or poached eggs instead.

Overall, I enjoyed my meal greatly, and would definitely return for the smashbrowns alone!

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Boathouse Restaurant, The900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
It Adds Up...
Submitted Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

Went here with a total of 6 people to celebrate a graduation. My sisters have all been to the other various locations of this restaurant, mostly in Vancouver, and have enjoyed it, so I was eager to try this place out.

Ambiance: This is a beautiful restaurant. The lobby showcases a raw bar, and it's got high ceilings, chandeliers, and comfortable big wood tables and booths. It's a wonderful atmosphere, and w were lucky to be seated across from the big windows that overlook the water. Though it was a cloudy and rainy day, the view must be gorgeous in the summer light.

Service: The hostess was nice enough to tell us to move our car from the underground parking due to high water, and our waiter was a stand up guy. He was attentive, humorous, and went about serving us with great care. At the end, he chatted with my sister-in-law about what to do in rainy summer weather; really nice man! He did mess up our dessert order though, giving us one dessert that we hadn't ordered. He told us that we could keep it, and we expected it to be taken off the bill - it wasn't. We had to sort it out TWICE, once when we asked for the bill and made sure that we weren't going to be charged for it, and then getting a new bill when they did charge us for it after all.

Value: This was my biggest problem. Everything on the menu is expensive, with entree's wavering around $30. We had some small eaters, but even they had to fill up on bread in order to get full. We aren't really appetizer or dessert people, but we had to get both in order to make a meal out of the small portions of our entree. I know we're paying for location, but the fresh oysters were ridiculously overpriced - about $18 for a half dozen? Are you kidding? The desserts, though, are a good price.

Food: Their bread is fresh and hot, though I wish they would just cut it up for you. Sourdough can be kind of tough to rip open, and I nearly elbowed someone in the face a few times. The firecracker shrimp is spicy and the sauce goes well with the bread, while their calamari was wonderfully tender, and not the least bit chewy. I do wish the squid rings were bigger though, as they were a pain to pick up with a fork. Me and my brother had the 7oz sirloin with crab stuffed shrimp. my beef was cooked rare to order, but the shrimp - don't even bother. They had zero crab in it that I could tell. The ladies had the seafood duo of halibut and salmon. 2 orders were fine, but one had definitely overcooked salmon. The ravioli was a great choice - lots of pasta and topped with loads of sauce and seafood. For dessert, my sister was incredibly disappointed with the creme brulee, as it was gritty and served cold. She almost never leaves food behind, but simply couldn't finish it. The complementary brownie dessert was good,and so was my cheesecake. I like that they don't skimp on toppings - I had berry compote, Irish cream sauce, whipped cream and chocolate shavings all on one plate! The mocha pie however, was a BEAST - absolutely huge, as well as tasty!

Though we had a nice time and were pleased by the great service, the prices are ultimately what make me certain I won't be back. I left full, but only after several baskets of bread, and piling more than the usual orders of food on, which increased the already incredibly steep price tag.

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Hart House6664 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Needs to Live Up to Hype
Submitted Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 10:55am [Dine in]

Went here for Dineout with the entire family as a treat, wanting something moderately fancy and elegant.

Ambiance: The building is wonderfully charming, with a gorgeous vaulted ceiling and a burning fireplace in the front. This is a place I would not have minded waiting in, though we had a reservation and sadly weren't able to take in all the charming heritage sights in the front. Since it was night, we weren't able to take in the scenic location as it was pitch black out of the windows. The dining room, though, was a cozy and rustic setting, with mood lighting, and even a candle on the table. I really liked the chairs and how comfortable they were!

Service: The staff there seemed very eager to help, with an easy but still cordial manner. We had out coats taken by the hostess, and the servers were nice. Our waiter in particular was quite a charming fellow, being not only attentive but also having some wit. That being said, the 3 courses we ordered were spaced apart by quite the wide margin, with us waiting a long while for each course. I also would've liked for our dishes to have been cleared more promptly, though they re-filled our water and my brother's coffee often.

Value: The Dineout menu is a great deal, but, if you order the right things, you can still have a rather affordable meal that can fill you up. I didn't once do a double-take at any of the prices; they seem genuinely reasonable, though the steaks have an additional charge for side dishes. I like how for our Dineout desserts, they gave us a full portion rather than halving it, as I am told can sometimes happen.

Food: First off, the bread disappointed - it seems like they cut up a Safeway baguette and stuffed it in a basket. Not fresh, not particularly tasty. For appetizers, we had the mushroom soup which was rich and creamy though bland and lacking much mushroom flavor, the shrimp-avocado salad which was average and the ham hock terrine which was tasty but looked more like ground pork stuffing than anything. For entrees, I had the coq au vin. It had great flavor, but the chicken lacked crispy skin and the texture was mushy rather than tender. My brother had the steak with potatoes and mushrooms as sides. The steak was done well, and the sides had generous portions, enough for all of us to share. We also had the braised short-ribs, which, like the chicken, was overcooked and stringy; the ruby trout, which was quite small in portion; as well as the mussels with fries. Now that was a generous portion as well, with a huge bowl of mussels, and some crispy fries could have used some salt. The desserts were the pear cake (kinda like an upside down cake really) that had a sickly-sweet rum-caramel sauce and coffee creme brulee. The creme brulee was very good, though it was oddly served chilled. It came with an orange flavored biscotti that was tasty.

At the end of the night, we had an enjoyable time, and left feeling full. The food is somewhat hit and miss, and they need to step up their game since they are sitting on something that has so much potential. I will be returning, as I hope that they will continue to improve. Don't forget to grab some mini Italian fruit candies from the martini glass on your way out!

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Cheesecake Etc.2141 Granville, Vancouver
Forgettable
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

Coming here in the evening, this seems to be a good, quiet place at that time to just relax, or even study and read. Nice, interesting decor and the sole server seemed genial enough. I had the regular plain cheesecake, with strawberry sauce. They really, really loaded on the sauce - my slice was practically swimming in it all! It made the bottom crust soggy, and also overtook the tangy flavor. My sister got mocha cheesecake without sauce, which was quite a bit tastier. For the price, I don't think the portion you get is worth it - it's a fair size, but the bill for 2 slices was about $14. For that price, I could just get myself a whole cheesecake, and not drown it in red syrupy goop.

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Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
Average Noodles and Broth
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

After hearing such great reviews about this little place, I decided to try it. It's certainly popular, as there was a line out the door. We waited 15 minutes for a table, though we managed to chat with others who were, like me, quite excited to try the ramen.

Ambiance: A tiny enclosure is really the best descriptor of the inside. The 2 of us were really lucky to get an actual table in the very back, right in front of the glass where you can see the kitchen, so we didn't have to sit in the big long communal one at the front. It's very noisy and loud in here, though that's part of the charm, as having the chefs shout out Japanese greetings doesn't exactly make for a quite atmosphere.

Service: A little bit slow, with our waitress obviously frazzled. Still, she was good at keeping up as best as she could.

Value: A great value, and your ramen comes with a bunch of things, so it can be very filling.

Food: I got the ramen/donburi combo since I was super hungry. The donburi was good, though I wish the rice had more sauce to season it. It came with a dish of pickled veggies and a boiled egg; I wasn't fond of the latter since it was boiled too much for my liking, with a greyish yolk. The star of the show though, disappointed. I might get flak for me, but the ramen noodles themselves tasted like a well known brand of Chinese instant noodles, not homemade. The soup was also surprisingly flavorless; it was just too subtle, and I loaded up on the Seven-Spice. I also only got 2 slices of the pork cheek, though they were tasty as heck.

Overall, I was rather underwhelmed by the hype of this place. On a cold winter night, it's a reasonably priced place to warm up and fill up, but I certainly think there are better places to do so.

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
Decent Prices, Lackluster Food
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

Went here after a movie for a late night bite with the sister.

Ambiance: Small as can be! It's a tight squeeze, and you'll find yourself pretty close to other tables, to the point of personal space invasion.

Service: The place only had one waitress when we were here, but she was quick and attentive, not to mention friendly.

Value: Less than $30 for two people? For the locale, that's practically a steal.

Food: Deep fried shrimps in mayo was tasty. I had salmon/tuna sashimi on top of rice. I expected a little more... flair to the dish. It was 6 not-too-big pieces of sashimi for a whole bowl of rice, and it got bland quick. I had to lay on some soy sauce and wasabi to get through it all. My sister's breaded pork cutlet bowl was better, as it had some sauce and egg in it, as well as some onions I took for myself.

Perhaps I didn't get the right thing off the menu, but the experience was rather disappointing. I wanted to like Gyoza King, but it just underwhelmed me.

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Han Woo Ri5740 Imperial St., Burnaby
Great and Authentic Korean Food
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

We came here for my sister's birthday, the four us. It had been a long time since we had returned, and I have no idea why we waited so long.

Ambiance: It's quite fun if you can manage to get a booth, with a grill built into the table. You take your shoes off and sit inside, and it feels quite authentic.

Service: Most tables have a small control pad that has a button to call for service. I really like that, as it allows you to instantly call for what you need without any fake 'check ins' on your meal. The servers are generally quite brusque, but are very efficient. The tea has a roasted flavor to it (barley or corn?), which I wasn't fond of. I remember they used to give you a jug full of cold water as well; I guess they don't do this anymore. I couldn't figure out they managed to get their water so COLD without it turning to ice, beacuse it seriously could freeze the inside of your mouth with just one sip.

Value: For the quality, you are going to pay a bit more. We got the combo that serves fours, and it was almost $90. Overall, I don't think it will break the bank.

Food: You get a big plate of sliced meat to grill up yourself, with pork in a spicy sauce, chicken in a red glaze, and shredded beef in a savory marinade. The best, though, is the beef short-ribs. Cut off from the bone right at your table, they're melt-in-your-mouth tender, and packed with juicy flavor that didn't need any marinade at all. You get a few mushrooms to grill too. The meal comes with rice, pork bone soup (that has an almost creaminess to it), japchae (glass noodles sauteed with veggies) and 8 deep fried chicken wings. The wings were a little tasteless, though crisp and hot. You get the 5 banchan (side dishes) that can be refilled: bean sprouts in vinegar, steamed broccoli with chili sauce, kimchi, daikon and one other that I can't recall. We also got the seafood pancake, which though crispy, lacked much seafood. My sisters shared the tofu stewed in spicy sauce (topped with a runny egg), which they loved. The dessert was this odd cinnamon flavored sugar water with what looked like mushy oatmeal flakes floating on top; I didn't finish this

For some fun self-cooking, this is a great place to experience some real Korean food. Just make sure to wear something you can throw in the laundry straight away, as you're gonna come out smelling like a barbeque pit!

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Makoto Japanese Restaurant5213 Rumble Street, Burnaby
An Excellent Staple
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

My brother and his wife come here sometimes once a week, and I'm glad I finally tagged along.

Ambiance: This place is quite small, with not a lot of seating. Expect to either wait, or be crammed in with another table. We usually come here at odd hours to beat the crowd.

Service: The staff here literally come and go - sometimes, they aren't there. I have been in situations where it is just the owner by himself taking orders, serving, processing bills AND helping in the kitchen. When that occurs, expect to wait while he juggles everything. The owner man though, is always super nice. Friendly, and always willingly to drop by to check on you, and share some niceties. He's quite personable and funny.

Value: For the price of the bentos, you get a load of food. Those are the best deals. Also, they have a daily menu that changes spending on what they have in stock - make sure to check the chalk board at the front.

Food: Even when there is a rush, I am surprised by the presentation - it's always neat and taken care of. Their sashimi is fresh as can be, and I like the zesty dressing that comes with their green salad. Also, most bentos come with a mound of tasty potato salad - yum!

Though most of what they serve is very typical 'safe' Japanese fare, it's done well and with care. With the good prices and the friendly atmosphere, it's hard not to keep coming back. Maybe not once a week for me, but often.

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
Great AYCE
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

This is a place that I go to when I want to chow down on sashimi, with an emphasis on quantity not quality.

Ambiance: Not much to comment on their decor - typical Chinese owned Japanese place.

Service: The food comes very quickly - a lot of the times, I find myself having to re-arrange everything for the server so all the plates will fit. The servers themselves are not that pleasant, as they take your order without acknowledgement, then plop your food down. It's usually just apathy, but I have had waitresses that look downright pissed at having to do their job.

Value: There are varying levels of what menu you and your (WHOLE) table can order from - I always get the most expensive, which is $30 per person. This allows you the most options, like geoduck, hamachi and fresh oysters. You can bump it down to $23 for a wide menu as well, that has most of the bells and whistles. The cheapest is about $14, though unlike the former two, that menu does not contain unlimited sashimi, which is what I think makes this place worth the higher price tag.

Food: For AYCE, the quality is actually pretty good, and consistent. I mean, sometimes you can taste some residual defrosting of the sashimi, but I can deal with that. They have more varieties of sashimi than most AYCE places I have been to, like wild salmon (the lean red kind, compared to the marbled orange one), red snapper, and sea bream. They have tasty beef tataki that comes with some mashed pickled plum, and great unagi on rice. Their deep fried items are surprisingly good too - chicken wings, squid and tofu have all come out crisp and hot, though shrimp tempura is usually pre-made and soggy by the time it hits the table. They have grilled food like squid, steak, short ribs and salmon cheeks, so it isn't just raw stuff. I would stay away from sushi rolls though. Aside from being filler, they aren't well made. Get urchin, unagi or sweet shrimp nigiri though. They have baked tapioca pudding with black sesame on the bottom for dessert. It's baked in a dish just for you (watch out, it gets hot!), and is way better than their other dessert option, some rather bland mango pudding.

All in all, I enjoy coming here for unlimited sashimi and some decent bites, and variety. A bit of a steep price tag, though if you know how to eat (which is to say a LOT), then you can definitely get your moneys worth.

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Goldstone Bakery & Restaurant139 Keefer St, Vancouver
Great Rest Stop
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

My mom goes here every time she shops in Chinatown, and I have joined her on several occasions. This place is a carbon copy of Maxim's and The Boss in regards to their menu. How they actually execute their food though, is variable.

Ambiance: I much prefer the space to the crowded Maxim's. It's huge on the inside compared to outside, and has high ceilings and windows up front for light. The kitchen is in the back, and partially open, so you can see the cooks making the food.

Service: The waitresses execute in typical Hong Kong style - they are brusque in demeanor, but highly efficient. Food usually arrives quickly, and while you don't get smiles and cooing, you get get promptness of service. If you're a regular though, they are usually quite friendlier.

Value: Most everything is pretty darn cheap. The set meals (which change regularly) are the best value, though only available at certain times, depending on what you get. These set meals add an extra $1 for cold drinks (no charge for a hot one), though I say go for it - getting a cold drink off the menu by itself is ridiculously priced at almost $4. I could go down the street and get myself a whole jar of Ovaltine for that price, rather than just one cup.

Food: It can be rather bland in terms of creativity, but it's simple Hong Kong diner food. Not trendy in the least, it's fried noodles, watered down Ovaltine and that mysterious cut of 'beef' that seems too tender to be believed. You can get a breakfast set here with endless customization: ham, hot dog or bacon with your eggs, or get a chicken omelet instead. Pick from a possible half dozen noodles for your side of soup noodles, and of course choose what meat to go in it (or get pickled vegetable instead). Their lunch sets are quite tasty - I like the black pepper chicken, or the baked cow tongue in spaghetti. You also can get stuff from their store-front bakery, though I think they're too sloppy and ill-made (I prefer Maxim's awesome egg tarts to theirs.).

It's not gourmet by any means, but it is a good, cheap and filling place to eat, with loads of options so you can keep coming back to try something else.

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Old Spaghetti Factory53 Water Street, Vancouver
Not Worth Your Time
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

I remember coming here as a kid, dining in the train car, and I just had to try it again.

Ambiance: It's like someone turned on a high pressure hose and blasted "ITALIAN" all over the place. It's not exactly a bad thing, as their manufactured decor of jarred tomatoes and olive oil cans on shelves in random places is actually quite nice.

Service: Our server was quite adept, so nothing to complain about - he obviously had a lot of people on his hands though, as he took away my pasta dish before I wanted him to (I wanted to dunk my bread in the sauce.). I find it odd that they have a section of the restaurant where there is a service station (where they keep cutlery and refill water) right next to everything. No screen or separation, just up against the wall - which we happened to be right next to. It was a little distracting having servers clunk around with ice and glasses just an arms length away. The servers also use this wooden stool to place trays of food on, then distribute them to the tables. I get that it's to help take the load off, but it was right next to the hallway that connects to the other part of the restaurant, and aside from the possibility of a clumsy person tipping it over while walking in, I kept thinking how easy it would be for someone just passing by (like a kid) to do something to the unattended food...

Value: It's a family restaurant, first and foremost, so the prices will be good. Almost everything is a combo, that comes with unlimited bread and butter, soup or salad, your main, ice cream and coffee or tea.

Food: We started with the mussels in a white wine sauce cream sauce. Not great quality mussels, but okay. We also had the deep fried shrimp that came with a dipping sauce. The shrimp were TINY. We could hardly taste it all, it was mostly just breading. They did deep fry it well though. The sourdough bread was fine, and it came with packaged butter and garlic butter. I had the salad, which was a sad affair, as it was mostly some very tired iceberg lettuce. I was afraid I would get a stomach ache from eating it. The Italian dressing seemed packaged to me, though they claim in their ads they make it from scratch. My sister had the minestrone soup - it wasn't to her taste. I had the lasagna, which was alright. Pretty boring, and not a whole lot of flavor, but fine nonetheless. My sister's stuffed rigatoni was reported to be gross though. The ice cream at the end was good. It was part chocolate, and part - blue. I think it was vanilla colored blue, though it might have been bubblegum or even pistachio. The blue part had a flavor I just couldn't put my finger on.

The summary of it is that, for a kid, getting ice cream and plain spaghetti with tomato sauce is pretty awesome for a meal. Though most of the menu is a good price, it's boring and uninspired food. Worth a visit maybe for the decor, history, or to eat in that train car, but you don't need to come back. I know I won't.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
A Flawed Staple
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

I have been going going here since I was little - I have fond memories of fighting over the pork bone in their accompanying bowls of broth soup with my sister.

Ambiance: The decor is full of Cambodian/Vietnamese art, and has a definitely dated look. The same carpet, chairs, pink topped tables and even menus from when I was a kid. Also, the bar shelves full of liquor behind the service desk that I am sure have NEVER been even opened. If you've never lived near Chinatown, the location and entrance might seem a bit sketchy - for me though, I just shrug it off.

Service: Don't expect gushing service here. You order, and then get your food. The waitresses will be brusque, and there probably won't be smiles. Make sure you know what you want - the staff don't really know English, so having them explain the menu items to you will just be a hassle for all involved. Also, don't belly-ache about not having been 'checked up on' throughout your meal - Asian places almost NEVER do that. If you need something, flag down a server.

Value: I find it odd that their famous chicken wings are more than $12 - and are actually cheaper than their butter beef which is about $9. Anyways, some menu items are overpriced for what you get, like their curry with baguette. Most menu staples though, are quite reasonable and won't burn a hole in you pocket. The dry noodle dishes always include a bowl of broth soup, so these are the most bang for your buck items.

Food: Their menu is a hodge-podge of Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese, French fusion and Chinese dishes. Famous items include their mixed dry noodles w/broth soup. It's egg noodles tossed with fresh herbs, soy sauce and other seasonings, fried garlic, ground and sliced pork, heart and liver, as well as exactly two prawns. Fresh and with a little of everything, you can get a big or small order. Their deep fried chicken wings are marinated in herbs, garlic and pepper, and comes crispy hot with a lime dipping sauce. Butter beef is thin slices of rare beef with loads of fresh herbs, fried garlic and a soy dressing. Very delicious! Their take on pho noodles has a very different tasting soup - its a lot lighter, with a more pronounced star anise and pepper flavor, and is a lot less savory. I don't recommend it, as it can be weak in terms of flavor. Their Vietnamese fare of spring and salad rolls, lemon grass chicken and curry isn't the best. Go with it if you aren't adventurous, but their more exotic fare is the way to go. Their pan fried frog legs, though, are disappointing. They have a variety of mixed drinks, like fruit slushes, grass jelly, lime soda and red bean ice. These aren't really worth their price, but are refreshing. I have to admit, I have never tried their desserts...

Their original owners have retired, and the quality of their food has become less consistent. Their broth soup no longer seems to be a slow simmered treat, but something made with instant broth granules. Their dry mixed noodles skimp on the ingredients, the butter beef no longer contains anchovy fillets, and the MSG seems to run high in their chicken wings. Even with these changes, I still find myself coming back. Maybe it's because I can still taste the echo of what their food used to be like, but Phnom Penh is still a restaurant staple for me.

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7 Sweet Sins683 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Awful
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

My sister took me here after being intrigued by the funky pink decor, and the fact that Tinseltown might now have a bakery in it.

Ambiance: Pretty cute looking shop - the Pepto Bismol pink on the walls can get a little eye fatiguing after a while though. The chairs are too huge though - it's difficult to push them in and out. The music was also wayyy too loud - we were sitting across from one another and could barely hear each other.

Service: The service is a little odd - basically, you order at the counter, pay, take a table and wait for your cakes to be served up on white plates, then take them back to your table yourself. I don't really get the point of sticking the stuff in the display onto a plate when they already come ready to eat in their own little paper doileys... The guy servicing us was not the most pleasant - we were the only people there and he seemed annoyed at having to deal with us.

Value: It was more than $4 for most things. Each TINY thing. They have cakes and little portioned desserts, as well as ice cream and sorbet, coffee and teas. All of them in teeny portions, and vastly overpriced.

Food: I opted to play it safe and got the plain chocolate cake. Immediately, I thought the way the cake looked was exactly like Chinese pastry shop cakes. It was pretty bad - the cake was dry, and the chocolate coating tasting rancid, like the dairy in it had gone bad. Also, I think they labeled it wrong - instead of just being plain chocolate cake, there was some kind of fruity filling between the layers. I had to force myself to finish it, as I didn't want to blow nearly $5. My sister had the chocolate lava cake, which the guy stuck in a microwave oven in the back (we could even hear the beep!) to heat up. I had a bite, and it was pretty okay, though a bit dry.

I have no idea how this place can call itself a bakery - nothing is baked in-house, with everything in the display case having been ordered from somewhere, then simply kept in stasis. This includes the ice cream and sorbets, which are brand-name varieties. For the price, and the terrible quality, I would never come back. It seems Tinseltown needs to wait a little longer for a an ACTUAL bakery to make itself known there.

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Big Daddy's Pizza1975 Powell Street, Vancouver
Favorite Delivery Joint
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:02pm [Delivery]

This is a local, family owned pizza place that just popped up near where I live - they've been dropping off their flyers everywhere, so I decided to give it a try after having my patience exhausted by places like Pizza Hut and Megabite Pizza.

Service: I've never been to the actual store, only ever having called in delivery; however, their phone service is great. The guy who usually answers is really friendly, and often cracks jokes while taking your order. He even offers suggestions for toppings if you can't quite decide what you want. The pizza is not the cheapest, nor the most expensive out there, though for the convenience I think it's totally worth it. I like how you can substitute up to 2 toppings on their specialty pizzas for no charge

Food: They claim to use only fresh ingredients, and I was impressed by quality of the pizzas. I got a barbeque sauce chicken pizza, and their house special (pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, etc.). The crust was especially crackly crisp on the outside - you could really see and feel this while eating it. The inside though is nice and chewy. They don't skimp on toppings - I was surprised just how much they load them on! The only thing I didn't like was the Italian sausage - they don't remove the meat from the casing, so it gets rather chewy and unpalatable in texture.

I have ordered from this place very often (to the point of being embarrassed), and it has become my go-to place for pizza. Highly recommended.

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