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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)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


Displaying 41 - 42 of 42 Reviews Found
East is East4413 Main St, Vancouver
Food surprisingly bland even with the sauces (sweet taramind/spicy)
Submitted Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

There's a small eating area inside. You can either rest against the carpet covered walls or sit on a low bench on the other side of the low tables. It's small and intimate and quite dark. The servers had to constantly change the candles.

Eating in, the roti wraps are $10.50 for one, 2 for $13.50. We each had a drink.$5.50 Turkish chill with frozen yogurt (expresso, hazelnut, cinnamon...) It was strong and rich, much better than any starbucks drink.& Himalayan something, (mango). DELICIOUS. it had a sweet frangant smell as well. We each ordered an entree platter (which we shouldn't have because the server told us AFTER the meal that they came with complimentary refills) $15 for small bowl of soup, salad, 1roti, rice, and 2 side dishes.

Overall, the food was REALLY BLAND. All except for the soup was lukewarm to cold...I had the sang paneer (alright, just mushy spinach) and lamb kebab. Friend had eggplant (overpowered by tomato paste) and lamb too. The lamb was alright, but lacked taste. The roti was like a pita, basically everything lacked spice.

I would come back just for the drinks/tea. "Darjeeling masala chai" was DELICIOUS. $3.50 with one complimentary refill.

The server was patient, helpful and answered our questions (there was no one else there at the time either) All until the end of the meal when we paid, she didn't even smile or say thanks! It wasn't even because of how much we tipped because she didn't get a chance to check inside the folder. It was unexpected.

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Ma's Restaurant5628 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

Went there at noontime, only 3 tables filled including us. My aunt and uncle who have apparently impeccable taste for foods like this reccommended this place. "Even better than Taiwan Beef Noodle House" (on Granville and 70th) Otherwise I would never try a place like this...typical small home business establishments. Many different restaurants have tried and faild at this location so I didn't expect much

Ordered the beef brisket noodle (lunch special + 50cents which included a hot/cold drink) Good deal but the hot lemon tea was disgusting (bad) 6.45
Also ordered their popular or well known for beef onion pancake thing...4.50 for 2 cup sized pieces

#1 the soup was TERRIBLE it was like instant noodle msg soup!!!, the noodles were bad, the beef had so much tenderizer in it, it was soggy. They did marinate it enough so at least it had taste. There was more fat than actual meat in the end (bad) The noodles were TASTELESS and soggy and nothing special. Ramen style, tasted like instant noodles once again

#2 4.50 for this "special" beef pancake thing isn't so bad. I personally prefer shanghai steamed pork dumplings instead. Like a previous review stated, it's the pan fried onion pancake used to wrap the beef, ginger, onion inside. Tasted too oily and MSG galore.

Overall, NOTHING SPECIAL. My throat hurts now from msg. I DEFINITELY RECCOMMEND Taiwan Beef Noodle House" (on Granville and 70th) worth the drive. For only $1 more, the knife cut noodles are specialty cooked and made by the cooks there, and the soup is AMAZING. Check out my review for that restaurant for more details

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