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sbarkerWest End, VancouverSince February 16, 20087 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)

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Cafe Zen1631 Yew St, Vancouver
decent food, cramped environment
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 8:06pm [Dine in]

Having eaten here a few times, it's got decent breakfast. Nothing special. But I keep coming back here because I live so close.

My only complaint about their food is that their Hollandaise sauce is from a package. So I get my benny at other restaurants, even though half their menu is just eggs benny combos. Everything else on the menu I've tried is good.

Service is quick and friendly.

Brunch hours on weekends tend to get busy. Which brings me to my biggest beef. The layout. When it's busy, it's cramped. Depending where you've been seated, it can be difficult to relax and enjoy your meal without feeling rushed. Essentially, they've got a few table locations they should really remove.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
cheap - but not cheap enough
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 2:48am [Dine in]

Let's be honest. If you love Stepho's, it's not because you love the food. It's because you're cheap.

First time I came here, I did so because I kept seeing a big lineup out front. I figured they must be doing something right. Since then, I'll come here only if a friend strongly insists. Which happens.

Service:

Let's start with the lineup. I've waited anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. I eat here with friends though, so it's a good chance to talk if the weather is nice. However, most people in the world are not as patient as I am, and you'll see others in the line getting visually frustrated. And it makes for a consistently uncomfortable atmosphere.

But sometimes it even tries my patience. Consider this scenario: you've been waiting outside for an hour, and you're at the front of the line. The hostess comes out, and asks you "how many?" and you reply "2." The people behind you are a group of 2, and behind them a group of 2. She finds a group of 3 about 20 people back in the line, and brings them in immediately and seats them. I'm assuming the justification is that she has a table for 4, and doesn't want to "waste" it on a group of 2. But for f@#$ sakes, we've been waiting an hour. The group of 3 at the back just arrived. And there's no chance that getting that 1 extra person through is going to make or break the efficiency of the restaurant. It just pisses off the 20 people standing in front of them.

Furthermore, it's not uncommon to see an empty table inside for extended periods. During my 2 hour wait, the table by the window was vacant for about 45 minutes. There's just no excuse for this.

Food & Value:

Once seated, everything moves quickly. You'll get your drinks and food shortly after ordering, which makes me wonder if they actually prepared it prior to my ordering it.

I order the chicken souvlaki. $8. The meat is consistently overcooked to the point where I struggle to get it off the skewer. "Roast" potatoes are so god damn chewy I don't even bother touching them anymore. The greek salad may or may not come with any dressing on it. At least one piece of the pita bread will be scorched to the point of being inedible. I think the rice is my favorite part of the dish. And the greek salad when they remember to dress it.

People rave about the "huge" portions. I dunno. It's about the same as any greek place I've been to. And I've been to quite a few.

For a chicken souvlaki dish, your average greek restaurant is typically $11, so you're saving $3.

Drinks (pop/iced tea) are *not* refillable, and come in tiny glasses. $2 for a half a can of coke? No thanks. Stick to the water like everyone else. I'll give them credit. My water glass is never empty.

Ambiance: Not worth mentioning.

So the question comes. Is it worth it? My vote is: no. Long waits, subpar food, and all you're going to save is about $3. Which means you can have dinner paid for with tip for $10. But for what you get, I think that's too much.

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Olympia Pizza3205 West Broadway, Vancouver
Very Enjoyable
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 1:50am [Dine in]

I've eaten here a few times now. I love the food. And everyone I've gone with has gone home satisfied.

It's not the cheapest place in town for Greek food, but I'm more than willing to spring an extra 2 or 3 dollars for a quality dinner.

Wait staff has been attentive and polite every time.

It's also got the best pizza I've found in town.

I'll be back, many times.

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Poncho's827 Denman St, Vancouver
excellent food
Submitted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

Service isn't top priority here... it's got the "maƱana" kind of feel to it.

That being said, I found the margaritas and the food delicious. And every time I've been here, there's been a live musician playing a guitar, belting out some spanish tune.

Definitely quenched my craving for Mexican, and I will be back.

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Ukrainian Village Restaurant815 Denman Street, Vancouver
Tasty
Submitted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

I invited my folks to this place for dinner recently, and I was very satisfied. I'm a big fan of perogies. And this place didn't disappoint me. Wonderful hand-made perogies stuffed with potatoes and cheese, smothered with sour cream, bacon, and friend onions... a guy can't go wrong.

I'll be returning.

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Burger Heaven Restaurant77 10th Street, New Westminster
not $10 or less...
Submitted Friday, March 7, 2008 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

Value: Not the best value on the block if you ask me. $20 including tip for a burger, potato wedges, and a pop.

Food: I wasn't blown away by the burger, but it was good. Potato wedges were ok, and plentiful. But again, nothing to write home about.

Service: Prompt, nothing special.

Ambiance: Not my style, but probably about the best thing going for them...

Overall: There's no real reason for me to return now that I've been once. It would definitely be worth checking out if you're really into big burgers.

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Grove Inn Restaurant1047 Denman Street, Vancouver
horrendous customer service
Submitted Friday, February 15, 2008 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here a couple times now, and the service was never stellar. I came because they serve breakfast all day, and quite cheaply at that.

Today I ordered a 3 cheese omlette, and the cheese inside was mouldy. When I told the waitress, she asked "if i was sure, because it might be the parmesan cheese." No, I know the difference in flavor between cheese and mould, thanks. Not to mention the VISIBLE green mould that was in the cheese of my omlette.

She retrieved another dish for me, french toast, which was fine. But she sarcastically asked whether or not it was acceptable. Then at the end of the meal, she tried to charge me for the mouldy omlette, although the french toast was about $1 cheaper. When confronted, she stated that "there was nothing wrong with the omlette, so they were going to charge me for it."

So if your idea of "acceptable" is mouldy food, eat here. You won't regret it!

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