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SarsaparillaSoMa, VancouverSince September 15, 20074 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value4 (4)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Royal Restaurant1855 Burrard, Unit 1, Vancouver
Pho + Movie @ Fifth Avenue
Submitted Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

Bit of a left field location tucked in the strip mall on the west side of Burrard & 3rd (there's a Starbuck's on south side) - kind of hard to see unless you know it's there - but well worth a visit if you live in the 'hood and love Pho. As the temperature drops I find myself craving a hot comforting bowl of Pho with a fiery bird's eye chile, Thai basil, beansprouts, wedge of lime on the side on the side. We stopped by Royal Restaurant before walking up to a movie at Fifth Avenue last night. Pho (#8 on menu) was very tasty - aromatic stock (not too salty), fresh thin slices of rare beef, perfectly cooked rice noodles - a generous bowl of soup. BBQ Lemongrass Porc on Steamed Rice was good, but I'd definitely return for the Pho.

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Bon Cafe4909 Main Street, Vancouver
Great Vietnamese
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

There are scores of decent or poor Vietnamese restos in Vancouver, but few that stand out in a good way - Bon Cafe is one. It's not that the food will begin a culinary revolution - but care, thought and attention breathes life into the food. The broth for the Pho is aromatic, tasty, and free from MSG - the noodles have more body and taste fresher than most places. The spring rolls are wrapped and cooked to order - so come to your table tasting fresh and not too greasy. The Lemongrass Chicken is really fragrant - generous portion grilled to perfection (love the crispy onions that garnish it) - even the rice is delicious (there could be a hint of coconut added).
The couple that own Bon Cafe seem to care about their food and are trying to build something that will last. Thursday night my wife and I were the only ones there. Great value and worth a visit - I know we'll be back soon.

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Subeez Cafe891 Homer Street, Vancouver
Nice for a pint - but food tired
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

Stopped by Subeez for a glass of wine and a bite before a show in the 'hood. I had been there once before and recalled the food being half decent. The space itself is fairly engaging - large enough to hang out with friends, etc.
My big gripe this time was the food which was hurtin'. They might also upgrade their wine list which shows little attention. The Chicken Quesadillas were lifeless - chicken must have been cooked earlier in the day and was completely dry. Salsa was tasteless. Even the tortillas were stale. The Ploughman's platter which consisted of 'cold' slices of grilled beef, a couple cherry tomotoes, a decent wedge of aged cheddar and some again stale slices of baguette was disappointing for $11 0r $12.
Subeez is a nice space - maybe Sunday is the wrong night to go. Maybe burgers and beers are the better route.

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Thai Son Vietnamese373 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Vietnemese Comfort Food
Submitted Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

Thai Son is my neighborhood Vietnamese joint, so when I'm feeling hungry and lazy it's a frequent destination. I don't go to Thai Son for Pho unless I have rabid craving - the broth is one-dimensional, lacks depth and hints at an instant stock. The beef is respectable but a great bowl of Pho begins with an aromatic homemade stock. The Lemongrass Chicken or Pork with broken rice and a fried egg fares much better - nothing fancy but good Vietnamese comfort food. The Seafood Crepe is a treat to share with a buddy. Shrimp Salad Rolls with peanut sauce a treat in summer.

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