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semipickyVancouverSince December 13, 200742 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.4)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value2 (2.2)
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Old Spaghetti Factory53 Water Street, Vancouver
I just come here for memories
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 3:10am [Dine in]

The atmosphere is nice, I like saying the name aloud, and I like my childhood memories. The train is neat, carving into the hot fresh sourdough bread, spreading on all that whipped butter. I like the combos with a mini individual salad and ice cream for dessert. And that's all.

The pasta is pretty much terrible here, laughable sauce portion to pasta portion ratio, the alfredo linguine is so dry, it's embarrassing to have to ask for more. Now it'd be alright, I woudln't complain if the sauce was amazing but it's far from it. So bland, tastless and not creamy. The alfredo sauce I buy in a jar far surpasses it, shame on them. The seafood pasta bowl is almost $20, the portion is too small and again not enough sauce.

Spaghetti and meatball is a blasphemy, everything is just so bland and there is nothing italian about it. Better just to open a can of Ragu (yah that's right, the worst supermarket pasta sauce you can buy) and cook some spaghetti and (dry) meatballs at home

Come here ONCE for the atmosphere, order maybe a lasagna, take some pictures and don't expect much of the food

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Water Street Cafe300 Water St, Vancouver
I like it here
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 3:04am [Dine in]

Ate here for dinner-not sure if they include the complimentary (fresh daily baked foccacia bread for lunch) Well, the bread, was delicious! I ordered anglo de marie or something (triangle stuff pasta) $16- The portion was satisfying, and it was very tasty, rich and creamy. The seafood stuffing was fresh and had just the right amount of herbs. Friend ordered a meat entree-lamb, potatoes and steamed vegetables. The lamb was cooked nicely.
We used our entertainment coupon, which when the server saw wasn't pleased (it was /too/ obvious) but that's okay! because we'll definitely recommend this restaurant and come back soon

Portions are generous, as I looked at others' plates of pasta and salads. The atmosphere is just alright, dark, candlelight, a bit cramped. Make reservations for a table near the windows for a spacier seating area. I don't know why anyone would prefer to eat at old spaghetti factory when you have this place. It's cheaper here, much better quality and the food isn't bland!

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Thai Son Vietnamese373 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Not the best anymore
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 2:44am [Dine in]

This is still their authentic location, the one that started it all, the one that recieved all the raves but the food's been going downhill for years. It's hard to maintain a reputable food consistency, it's understandable but too bad for them there's a lot of competition for pho in recent years and thai son doesn't do it. The soup base is WAY too salty, too much msg, and isn't flavourful so much as salty like i already mentioned. The beef is just alright, the noodles is fine. Overall, I look for a decent soup base and thai son doesn't impress me. Their spring rolls are just okay.

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Dolce Amore1588 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Gelato is Gelato
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

There is a lot of variety (probably 50 flavours at least), the gelato seems fresh and the quality is consistent. For almost $5 for 2 scoops (relatively medium sized scoops) it is not a great deal but it is not too overpriced either. One scoops is 3.75 so obviously people go for 2. You may ask to try some samples. I've tried over 10 flavours and so far, nothing has really impressed my taste buds enough for me to be raving about this place to family and friends. Nonetheless, drop by and give this a try. Only unforunate thing is how they moved a couple stores down, their old place was much roomier and you could choose to sit outside.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
I like not having to tip
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

and have the food served to my table. (Alright, I do tip but not as much as a conventional restaurant) It's fast, efficient and for most people, edible. It's oily, salty and filling. Most dishes are less than $6 including tax, for a pretty big portion, not much to complain about, you even get it brought to your table! It's cramped and small inside with dust and car exhaust getting blown in through the open window (especially if you decide to sit and eat there) Can't say the food is particularly great for malaysian/singaporean food but for $6 on main street which is getting trendier by the minute, they put out a good effort.

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Red Burrito1700 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Bland
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

People working behind the counter seemed authentic but food sure didn't taste like it. It was so bland, no spices or anything. I ordered the soft shrimp tacos, 3 it listed. 3 TINY TINY tacos. You could finish each taco in two bites. I ordered a side of sour cream since they didn't offer anything! I can understand if they wanna skimp on sour cream but it was so watered down, they weren't even trying. The ratio of the sour cream to water must have been 1:4. Overall, I ended up using a lot of hot sauce at the condiment section and left hungry

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Cafe Gloucester3338 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Don't eat here, EVER!
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

(Cantonese reviewer) The only reason why I gave 2 stars for food rating is because their french toast was pretty good. ($6 with hot drink) But one decent thing on the menu can't uphold an entire (relatively) big cafe! What kind of cafe can't even serve a drinkable coffee? My family and I of four ordered 4 items which included 4 drinks. Firstly, the waitress got one drink order wrong. Whatever. The problem was none of the drinks were drinkable, forget tasty. There was a cold milk tea (gross!), hot milk tea (how hard is it to make milk tea!?), hot lemon tea (gross!) coffee (how can you possibly screw this up?) "Baked pork chop and rice" "baked" ox tongue spaghetti and blackpepper beef sirloin and rice. These weren't baked at the slighest, the tomato sauce was digusting, it was worse than no name's tomato sauce because there was absolutely no taste, no salt, no herbs, nothing. it was so bland, the rice was so mushy, the porkchops were almost inedible. The oxtongue dish was even worse, it was just so tasteless! These are the most common dishes in a hk cafe.......if they can't get these right, it's an indication of how lousy the cafe is.

What angers me is the crowd they had for lunch. Are people so easily taken on the clean. spacious setup of the cafe, and the affordable dishes? ($7 including a hot drink)

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Mekong House Vietnamese and Thai Cuisine850 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
it's alright
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 2:36am [Dine in]

I posted a review yesterday, who's able to delete reviews!? Anyways
i'll make this short

it's more of an asian restaurant directed towards the people wandering on commercial drive. I sincerely doubt anyone would enjoy coming here for authentic asian food. (viet/thai apparently)

the lunch special is cheap $5.50 for rice and two items. $1 for additional the spring rolls are just rolled up flour, it's bland and there's barely any strange paste-y filling
the stir fried vegetables are fresh but it's just vegetables....the chicken looked appetizing. service is really mediocre, could be better. (one server for busy lunch hour) = slow

(perhaps the previous post was deleted becuase I mentioned it was for mekong on commercial which it is)

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Cafe Crepe796 Granville Street, Vancouver
cheap eats and beer
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 2:18am [Dine in]

Come here for the cheap beer/pitchers (10.35) The burger platter is quite the deal, the thick patty (2inches or so!) is delicious and juicy and fresh. the fries are usually too thin/crispy for my liking. The crepes are terrible though, don't come here for that

It's usually way too loud in here, you have to shout to talk to a person right beside you. Too dark and cramped

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Boston Pizza1333 West Broadway, #190, Vancouver
terrible food for price
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 2:14am [Dine in]

I used to go to BP at metrotown and once in a richmond location. For the price of the pizzas and menu items, it was alright.
had a simple cheese pizza, it skimped out on the cheese, barely any sauce. bland and disgusting. it was 21$ for a large. uncle fatih's kicks its ass so much. $1.50 is the equivalent of 2 slices and probably the cheese was probably that of half the pizza! $3 for a coke (refillable) is still overpriced

I'm sure the $15 lasagnas are not worth it. even at marcellos on commercial, the dishes are around $15 and it's ten times better than BP

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Mui Garden Restaurant4265 Main St., Vancouver
just don't go here
Submitted Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

don't. it's not exactly good value/lunch specials
food is disgusting. oily, bland, very sloppy. it's not the mui garden it used to be. this used to be the best location in this chain restaurant. the ambiance is like eating in a cafeteria except it's dirtier.
i'd rather eat instant noodles

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Nishiki Sushi6501 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
changed owners
Submitted Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

no more incredibly cheap lunch combos with super crispy terriyaki chicken and rice and sushi/soup for only 3.95

rice for sushi is not sticky enough and has too much msg. the imitation crab/pollack is of cheap quality. sizes are small. $7 lunch combos include half a cali roll, salmon roll and bc roll

overall i wouldn't drop by even though it's a convenient sushi stop

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Cactus Club Cafe4653 Kingsway, Burnaby
Nothing special, too much msg
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:55pm [Dine in]

Two people with no drinks came up to $32 (incl.tips) for lunch....overpriced for what we had. My cousin ordered some "bowl" it was "thai noodle" $16, big portion but it was terrible, what do you expect though, ethnic food at cactus club.....it wasn't overly salty but you could tell there was too much msg and oil. A variety of ingredients but the sauce itself was nothing special.

I had tandoori chicken quesidilla ($9) with yam fries ($3) The fries were better than white spots but the order could be slightly bigger! The quesadilla flour/pita was nice, not enough cheese, tandoori is a strange combination.

Overall "decent" 2.5/5
Of course we went to the washroom, checked out the automatic seat cover thing, it is a ridiculously small washroom though. Just a tiny stall and one sink.....

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White Spot650 41st Avenue, #613A, Vancouver
Just don't go to this location!
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

I remember eating here as a kid. Last time I went it was a year ago. Food is below average at this location, the service is slow. I usually go to the one on marine drive near knight bridge and the one downtown near vpl is alright.
The side salad is ridiculous (overpriced and lack of dressing here). $5 for a puny dish. You should just order an entree.

The server we had last time I went (just a friend and I) was aloof, and just not what I expect from a white spot franchise.

What makes me shake my head every time I eat at white spot is how they ask if we'd like drinks/sleeve...surely at the time I looked like 16, even if one of us did pull off looking 19+ they never cared to check for i.d. or was overly casual. it was even around morning/brunch time for god's sake.....(haha matter)

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Da Rae Korean Restaurant3510 Kingsway, Vancouver
Not as good as before
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

Used to be really good, 2 years ago. They changed owners last year, it was too bad. My family and I used to eat there almost every weekend, and the owner didn't even let us know they were changing owners.

Best "beef bone soup" here. "french chicken" has smaller portion, not as tasty/enough sauce/fried as well. The prices have gone up (not much value anymore) and the food ingeneral is above average, but it's always lacking satisfaction. Their black bean sauce noodles are good.

The worst thing would probably be the service. There's usually only one server, she's in charge of all tables (when full, there are 10). Slow service due to lack of servers. Tea refill may take 10mins.

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Samosa Garden Restaurant3502 Kingsway, Vancouver
Hmmmm, went there for lunch buffet today friday $10.95
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

I always wanted to try samosa's garden, didn't know if they had lunch buffet. Apparently, it's an ALL DAY BUFFET 11:45AM-11PM (that itself already sounds unappetizing) Was planning to eat at the korean restaurant next door but it was busy, so peered through the tinted windows and decided to try it out.
I've read all the other reviews and perhaps my dad and I were lucky this time. There were 10 other people eating at the time, so 2/3 of the restaurant was empty. It did give a cold vibe inside, the chairs are strange (wick with plastic covered seats). The dishes were of "contempary style" square and not big enough for buffet with curries etc.

THE FOOD was alright...it wasn't bland but nothing special either. The butter chicken was strange, i've never had any like that. it really tasted like they used evaporated milk and it had gone slightly bad or something....i don't prefer it. I even prefer new india buffet on broadway (and that's not all that great either). rice pudding for dessert (really good), there is yogurt(alright), and plain rice, naan is fine, not too oily/burnt, chewy texture. only chicken or lamb fried rice (more like lamb bone rice) I think there were 12 different dishes to choose from. They were all over lukewarm temperature (which is good enough). The server was a chinese man, I'd say he almost was too efficient to where it got uncomfortable. Washrooms were clean enough.
For $10.95 it's not bad at all.
I wouldn't come here again, even with entertainment coupon.

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Hon's Wun Tun House408 6th Street, New Westminster
Hon's has gone downhill for all locations
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

ate here maybe two years ago. worst hon's experience ever. My family and I were avid Hon's fans, often ate at chinatown's location as a kid. Recently in last half year, even my parents have given up hoping for a good meal at hon's. (chinatown's was the best location out of the others).

west min's one is really cramped (forget ambiance as hon's is like a cafeteria setting anyhow), totally different style soup and noodles (short and what seems like broken noodles), bland/just salty soup and the wontuns ddidn't taste the same

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Samurai Sushi House5888 Cambie Street, Vancouver
for the price don't complain
Submitted Saturday, January 5, 2008 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

i don't understand why people are making negative comments on the size of the sushi/ rolls.

they're huge. they are surprisingly TASTY, (the ingredients have that mmmmmmmm) sometimes, for the end pieces of the roll, there's a bit too much rice, but generally they are modest about the rice, unlike many restaurants

takeout is better than eating in. usually takes 15 mins for your order to be done. the sashimi is okay, it's fresh but lacks taste. they could cut them into smaller pieces as well

excellent value for party trays.

(the tea is disgusting)

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Tokyo John3349 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Fine
Submitted Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

Turns out Shiro's closed on Tuesdays, so walked couple blocks up to the next sushi restaurant spotted. Ambiance...whatever, at least it was clean; chairs were uncomfortable.

$3.50 for appetizer (rice noodles with tangy vinegar,1 gross shrimp, cucumbers) $6.95 for chicken udon. The serving was big, soup was really good, but chicken bland and overcooked. The noodles were too mushy and didn't have a nice texture. Also ordered the bento dinner box 12.95, 4 big pieces of sashimicalifornia roll, salad, chicken terriyaki chicken (didn't look that crispy) The tea was nice. The waitress can't really speak english but oh well.

Lunch specials are cheaper (as usual)

Would come back again

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Capers Community Market3277 Cambie Street, Vancouver
It's okay, even for organic
Submitted Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

My dad always gets the coffee and muffin deal from here $3. He loves the blueberry bran muffins but I don't see what the big deal is. I get the Power muffin here sometimes. (chocolate chunks, pumpkin seeds, raisins) They're medium sized muffins ($2 each) Almost all the ingredients are "organic" or geared towards the healthy side. 2/3 times, the muffins here are burnt on the bottom and too hard on the top. The best part of muffins is the top "elaine's muffin top bakery anyone?", but the top is the worst everytime here. How is that!? We've probably had over 20 muffins from here, 3x not enough blueberries in the muffin and 1x they used black raisins instead of green (big difference)! Unexpectedly, the muffins are VERY GREASY. THEY SOAK THROUGH THE PAPER BAG. My dad also swears by the coffee here (the W4th location is slightly better)

I've had the soup once here. DON'T GET IT NOTHING SPECIAL. $6 for a med bowl. ridiculous. you could get a much better one at safeway for half the price.

GROCERIES, you can get anything here for half the price and still organic anywhere else

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