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san-ming-zhiCommercial Drive, VancouverSince June 16, 20067 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value4 (4)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
New Yum Yai Thai Bistro1859 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Really Excellent Thai!
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 9:22pm [Dine in]

I had a hankering for some Thai food and found Yum Yai on this very website! The reviews looked great so I gave them a call. The owner was super friendly and helpful over the phone - I didn't know their menu but he helped me select some of his best dishes.

The decor in the restaurant is beautiful - very elegant and warm - unlike many Thai places I have visited before. I will definitely be back to eat in the restaurant itself and enjoy the ambiance.

And the food! So good! Everything was fresh, beautifully presented (even for take-out) and delicious. The Lemongrass soup had these wonderful little mushrooms and real lemongrass. The Pad Thai, which I was reluctant to have since it can be really bad at some places, was very tasty. It was quite a bit spicier than I usually have, and my mouth was burning, but I couldn't stop eating it. The balance of flavours was perfect and the portions of chicken and tofu were generous.

This review might sound like I'm gushing a little but I'm really excited to have found a great Thai restaurant! The owner is so sweet and charming and you can tell he puts passion into his food. I hope he is successful with his new restaurant - I know I'll be back!!

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Caffe Artigiano4359 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Finally, a good neighbourhood cafe!
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

I moved to Burnaby from Vancouver not too long ago and was sad about the lack of good coffee shops in the hood. Caffe Artigiano has a good reputation so I was excited to check out their newest location.

The room is beautiful, high ceilings, red and gold colours everywhere, and comfy seating. I tried a roasted veggie panino and a grande vanilla latte. The sandwich was very good, nicely grilled, and came out to my table promptly. The barista who made my latte was super friendly and did a cute little heart on top of my drink. They are obviously very proud of their new store!

I'm looking forward to coming back when the weather is hotter and trying an iced latte on the patio.

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Charlatan, The1447 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Thanks for ruining a fun night
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

Came to the Charlatan with a group of six on a Saturday night, hoping to have some drinks and conversation in a fun spot. The restaurant was not very busy, but, regardless, our group was squeezed into the worst table in the house. It was a table clearly meant for four, and five of us had to squish together on the bench seats while one person had a chair. Eventually another table left and we were able to get two chairs and spread out a bit, but we were still right in the way of the waitress walking back and forth to other tables.

And...the waitress. We had JUST sat down, were still squishing into the booth, arranging our jackets, waiting for one more of our party, had not even opened the menus, when she comes over and hovers, asking if we want drinks. Give people a chance, learn some timing, geez! So we get our drinks and of course over the night we want refills every so often. She would come over, ask if we wanted refills, take one person's order and then bolt off, leaving the rest of the table with their mouths hanging open, wanting to order as well. I'm sure it was annoying for her too, because she would come back with the drink and have to take another order. This lady needs to learn how to interact with her table.

Finally, for food, we ordered the chocolate fondue. It was pretty good but they sure were cheap with the dipping fruit. For $10 they could have provided more than three paper thin slices of melon, half a cut up orange and four halved strawberries. We ended up with half the chocolate left over, so we asked for more fruit, and were charged $2 more. Ridiculous.

The beers were good, so my friends might want to go back, but I won't be heading for the Charlatan any time soon.

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Megabite Pizza2440 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Beware the Delivery Man!
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 12:51am [Dine in]

I ordered a Roasted Potato pizza for delivery today. It arrived promptly and my total came to $15.99. I handed the delivery man a $20 bill, expecting some change. He says, "Thanks!" and makes a big deal about closing my screen door, and then takes off down the stairs to leave! I quickly called after him that I would like my change, and he acted very rude and surprised that I was asking for some money back. I DECIDE the tip, not you, Mr Delivery Man!

The pizza is always good...roasted potato and spicy mushroom are the best...but the place itself is a little icky. The floors are gross, which is kind of expected given the location, and the seating sucks. Good cheap pizza though!

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Addis Cafe Ethiopian Restaurant2017 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Mmm raw meat
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I had been curious to try Ethiopian food for some time and we decided to start with Addis Cafe.

The bare-concrete-and-yellow-walls "decor" wasn't particularly inviting, and neither was our waitress; she briefly acknowledged us and didn't seem to want to actually listen to our orders. I ordered a dish and before my bf could order his, she turned around and left the table. He was eventually able to order a meat dish and she asked if he wanted it raw or cooked. He decided for a minute how adventurous he was feeling, and told her "cooked". She asked a couple of times, "Are you sure? Cooked? Not raw?", and he told her for sure, "cooked." The meat came out raw and she dumped it out of its bowl onto our shared dish (I'm a vegetarian) where it sat in a lump after he tried a couple of bites.

We finished off the bread (interesting texture) and vegetable/bean dishes (non-descript and bland) that we had ordered and at the end of our meal were chastised by the waitress for "barely touching" the meat.

I might go to Harambe next time I am interested in trying something new, but I won't try Addis again.

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Tio Pepe's1134 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
I love this place!
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

Tio Pepe's is one of my favorite restaurants to frequent on the Drive. The servers are friendly and helpful, the drinks are tasty and refreshing, and the food is delicious and filling. The salsa that comes before every meal is addictive...mmmm fresh cilantro! The place is pretty tiny, so sometimes you are bumping elbows with your neighbours, but the decor is fun and bright.

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Nirvana Indian Cuisine2313 Main Street, Vancouver
Ignored for Takeout
Submitted Monday, January 15, 2007 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

I dined here with three friends on a Sunday night. The waiter vaguely waived us over to a table and eventually came to take our orders. Ten minutes later, he brought out three of our drinks. The fourth drink didn't arrive for another ten minutes. Our food arrived, borne by a different waitress, with the spiciness mixed up (one order requested hot was mild, and vice versa) and without the bread we had ordered.

We were completely ignored for the rest of our meal while our waiter took orders for take-out over the phone (at least that's what we assume he was doing on the phone all that time). All the other tables in the restaurant were well-attended to while we were left to languish in the corner, without our bread, any water or beer refills, or being asked how our meal was. Finally the other waitress came over and asked us if we were done and took our plates away.

The food was okay, nothing to rave about (the paneer is very plasticky and the sauces fairly watery), the restaurant itself is nice and smells good, but the service was terrible. If they are going to focus so much on take-out orders, to the detriment of those actually sitting in the restaurant, they should have another person on the phones, or at least tell the one waitress on the floor to attend to all the tables. As we left, she asked us if we wanted a take-out menu. No thanks!!

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