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sgtocaKitsilano, VancouverSince September 15, 2005103 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
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Aree Thai Restaurant1150 Kingsway, Vancouver, Vancouver
No better Thai
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 9:03pm [Take-out]

3rd time at Aree today, well first 2 were dine in but today I drove 20 minutes for takeout cuz I was craving real pad thai, the kind that street vendors sell in Bangkok and I knew only one place in Vancouver has it. They finally recognized me as a regular I think, tho its only been 3 times, they gave me a complimentary tapioca with sago dessert, authentically Thai of course. I have been to almost every Thai restaurant in Vancouver and nothing comes close to the quality of Thai food that Aree cooks up. Service is always with a smile but although food can be slow as sometimes they are low in staffing and all orders are made to order, Aree will make the best Thai dish that you've grown to love. Their satays today were also outstanding, juicy tender chicken grilled to perfection! I love Thai food and I can't get enough of this place. Past few visits, I have tried their massman curry and fried rice which I can only say, its mind boggling delicious. If you crave authentic Thai food, look no further.

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Moby Dick Restaurant15479 Marine Drive, White Rock
The best fish and chips in BC!
Submitted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

Fish and chips is all about the batter. The batter here is light. You do need their house made tartar sauce to kick that fish up a notch and don`t forget their sea salt. Their fries is good but not really spectacular but what I enjoy in the last 10 times I`ve driven from Vancouver to White Rock just to eat here is the fish, it is light, and you don`t really have the guilt of eating something deep fried, well maybe a little but still. Our platter also came with deep fried scallops which was good, deep fried mushrooms which I can do without, the oysters were good. We kinda ignored the salad as I didn`t want to take up stomach space.

Service was quick and you pay at the counter when you are done. If you are a fan of fish and chips and have never been here, you simply have to!

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Talay Thai Restaurant8369 Granville Street, Vancouver
Authentic!!
Submitted Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 8:14pm [Take-out]

We've eaten here once and did takeout recently. I'd have to say having travelled to different parts of Thailand and loving their cuisine there, Talay Thai is as authentic as it gets here in Vancouver. If you are craving Thai, forget about the chain restaurants here in Vancouver as they sweetened their dishes and it lacks the correct spices to make a true Thai dish. Talay Thai makes a mean pad thai with the correct spices and sauce and their basil and lime fried rice with pork was worth the 20 minute drive to this place just for takeout. The service is down to earth, its almost like eating a friends, a very casual environment. The restaurant had a comfortable decor and we hope to return again soon. If you able to handle the heat, tell the staff and they will make it Thai style for you. This has become my favourite Thai place to go in Vancouver! Oh, also try their pork satay, its tender, flavourful, seriously to die for!!

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Green Lemongrass1086 Kingsway, Vancouver
There's Pho but there's better things to eat
Submitted Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

Checked out Green Lemongrass today for breakfast, we got there @ 9.45 am and were the first ones there. It seems they open from 9 am to 11 pm daily. That's dedication to providing good eats. By 10.30 am the restaurant was 3/4 full. As I've read and heard so much about their $5 breakfast menu, we ordered 2 of their bot chien which is a plate of pan fried rice/flour cakes with eggs, onions and came with a unique and tasty dipping sauce. This is something I feel I can eat every morning! I absolutely love this!! We had to order a second one as we were fighting for the last piece. The Phnom Penh roll was good but I'm not a huge fan of asian sausages so it did not quite do it for me. Their bake pork and shrimp cake that came wrapped in banana leaf was delicious, very unique and I would definitely order it again. I do believe dried shrimp can be an acquired taste but after one piece, I acquired it easily and ate most of it. As I am also a fan of Vietnaese dried noodles, I ordered the dried noodles with seafood and loved it. They also served milk shakes and I had the jackfruit shake which was yummy but too filling for me but as my eyes are greedy, I wanted everything in sight. I hope to return again soon as this is definitely now one of my favourite Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver. I hope to try their standard dishes next time like Pho, lemon grass chicken and spicy soup noodles.

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Gyudonya500 Robson Street, Vancouver
There are better options
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

I did not enjoy my experience at Gyudon Ya at all. The beef was stringy and chewy and served lukewarm and because it came out within seconds of my sitting down, I can only presumed it was pre-made and sitting under a lamp or pot :( the prices were reasonable but for the poor quality of meat you can really paying for a bowl of decent rice and pickles. The interior was clean and nice tho with a good window view for people watching but really, that's about it. Then on the way out, I overheard a male person whom I believe to be the owner speak to his staff, in Korean and not Japanese which totally meant this place is not authentic. Probably not returning anytime soon.

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Surfside Grill1305 Arbutus, Vancouver
Rating 5 for ambiance yes just the ambiance
Submitted Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

On a nice sunny day, the view is spectacular. Like last few days but that's where everything else becomes ho-hum here. 2 pieces of cod came to $15, there were lightly battered but kinda small. Chips were good. Its technically a concession stand even though its part of Boathouse. Not licensed yet so only pop. I also didn't care for the soda to be served in take out paper cups as we were dining in. The food was served in a regular plate so why not the soda right? The food was tasty even though the tartar sauce was not made in house but the kinds that were pre-packaged. I think next time I'd just go upstairs to Boathouse and pay a few bucks more but I get bigger portions, real sauces made in house and maybe a drink.

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Alvin Garden4850 Imperial St, Burnaby
Hunan cuisine is amazing
Submitted Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

Finally tried out this place last weekend! I love this restaurant and wish it was closer to home instead of a good 30 minute drive away. I highly recommend their spicy chicken dish as an appy, $5.95 a plate, its a starter size plate of chicken doused in a garlicy spicy sauce which looks extremely hot but turns out was just flavourful with a mild kick. We also tried their stir fried bolt with hunan chinese bacon, smoked duck and their egg plant. Each and every dish was a delight! My dining friend said it is by far the best egg plant she's ever had. I did like the duck but found there were too many pieces with bones but for the pieces with loads of meat, they were excellent. I highly highly recommend this restaurant as it is different from regular Cantonese or Taiwanese cuisine which is more rampant in this city. The service was friendly and the servers were patient to help us with recommendations. We also tried their apple and mango milk tea, both were delish without being overly sweet. Looking forward to return with a larger group for sure so that I can order more dishes.

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Saigon Pacific1481 W Broadway, Vancouver
Let me be the first...
Submitted Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

I've reviewed them before but in a different site. This is my go to place for lemon grass chicken and spring rolls. I do like their Pho but not their specialty. I like the bigger spring rolls served here versus the smaller ones in other Vietnamese restaurants as those remind me of Chinese springs rolls and I much prefer the meatier Vietnamese roll dips as they also have clear noodles in them and that sweet dipping fish sauce is so yummy! Previously owned by different owners, was called Lan's then but now its called Saigon Pacific but the menu remained similar. There aren't many Vietnamese joints west of Cambie really. The others on Burrard or West 4th are good and I've tried them all, I keep coming back to Saigon Pacific as their grilled chicken, grilled pork or most of their rice dishes are more substantial in both taste and portions. They have specialty entrees as well but I've yet to try them all. Oh, I do enjoy their curry beef brisket also. The room is clean and recently installed nice LCD televisions so if you are dining alone, there's entertainment. The service is friendly and fast. And they are licenced which is a nice touch. In fact, my spouse has made specific takeout request from there tonight so I'm going!

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Don Guacamoles1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Auto Grats! for 3 people??
Submitted Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 9:02am [Dine in]

I was so excited to try this place having read so much about it, I went against my best judgement despite many not so favourable reviews. The ambiance is good, much better than many other Mexican restaurants but in a rather generic way. Open concept kitchen but not well ventilated and the decor looked and felt like it could have been any diner or Vancouver restaurant and lacked any authenticity to the cuisine served. Nonetheless we feasted and while I did enjoy the tacos which I found were reasonably priced at $2.95 each, my favourite dish was the fajitas. The nachos were disappointing as most of the chips were soggy. We ordered way too much food as by the end of our dinner, I was stuffed for hours after. Service was a little slow but I never complain about slow service but I found our server nonchalant and the restaurant was not packed to the brim when we were there. It was ample service, not great, I don't expect stellar service unless its in one of the higher end restaurants. But when the bill came, at this time I was in the washroom so I was glad my friends tarried for me to return before paying as I noticed a 15% auto grat added to the bill. This was both surprising and disappointing as (1) we were not told about auto grat (2) this was last weekend so not during the Olympics (3) even while we were paying there was no mention of auto grat (4) who charges auto grats for a table of 3. We would have tipped the polite 15% anyways but having it added for a small group plus not pre-warned is not honest to me. I loved the tacos and was planning to return for lunch but sadly my opinion of this place is forever tarnished.

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Epicurean Caffe Bistro1898 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
It's all good except for the 2 owners
Submitted Monday, May 24, 2010 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

I totally agree with previous reviewer regarding the owners being unfriendly. From my observation, they appeared to be almost ornery, to both guests and staff alike. But if one can overlook their gruff attitude and abrasiveness, the experience is fun. The ambiance reminds me of Italy. The food was good but the brunch prices reflects its quantity. Brunch was approx $10 and for Kits you can expect the quantity to reflect as such. I did appreciate the 2 young servers today who tried their best to be friendly despite the lineups and customers standing around waiting for a table. I was at the front for a good 8 minutes and the 2 owners noticed me but totally ignored, despite multiple eye contact. Instead they decided to play with their grand kid. I would return for sure, but maybe on days when I know those 2 owners won't be there cuz sadly they put a damper on this place.

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L.A. Chicken11780 Thorpe Road, 160, Richmond
Gotta hand it to them
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

5 big big stars for the food! The service is also good, the lady behind the counter, probably the owner's wife is very friendly. I love their spicy crispy fried chicken, I love fried chicken and for lower mainland, nothing comes close, not KFC not Church's. The chicken here is made to order so be prepared to wait a few minutes before you order is ready. That already says a lot as the other fast food joints premade your chicken hours before and just let it sit under this heat lamp so how can one not love freshly made fried chicken. Oh yah, go for the crispy chicken, the original is good but the crispy one is uber flavourful. The fries are mediocre, not that good really. You can also get rice with your chicken if you choose. All order comes with gravy and its yummy home made gravy. I've been here twice, each time I am floored by how good this place is. I'm glad I don't live in Richmond cuz I would be morbidly obese if I did cuz I will eat here often.

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Tropika2975 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Good S.E. Asia grub outside of Asia
Submitted Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

First off, service at this location is way better than the one in Robson. I have been patronizing Tropika on Cambie for over 10 years. I grew up eating southeast asian cuisine, and although the food here is not uber authentic that does not mean it is not tasty cuz they do a great job with many dishes like their rendang beef which is my personal fav. Many of these asian restaurants canadianized their food so that it suits the mass palette. When I needed my dishes kicked up a notch, I ask for their sambal which is basically a chilli paste made with shrimp, with that condiment, I feel at home. The prices are also reasonable as the decor is nice, not greasy spoon but clean and pleasant, the servers are friendly and professional. I also do like how they have the 2 for 1 coupons in the entertainment book and when you use them, the service is equally good. They are also one of the few places that serve my childhood fav of fried radish cake, I can eat that stuff for breakfast everyday. For Singapore and Malaysian cuisine, they do a good job and has a huge menu. Tropika ranks up there for me when I feel like something spicy and flavourful.

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Tang Thai1626 W Broadway, Vancouver
Its Canadian Thai
Submitted Monday, March 15, 2010 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

Been here twice. First time was takeout of their so called authentic Pad Thai Krung Tep and recently ate in restaurant during lunch had their Kao Mun Gai Tod, both of which did not even remotely taste like Thai food. Having travelled to both north and south of Thailand and lived in Asia for over 20 years, I was disappointed with this restaurant. The food was too sweet and like previous reviews, lacked any kick. The pad thai although flavoured with tamarind, lacked in taste of wok fried pad thai, it was too saucy and not a far cry from the other fake ketchup pad thai sold in other restaurants in Vancouver. The kao mun gai tod that was supposed to come served with a piece of crispy fried chicken was utter disgrace as it was merely a dry piece of pad fried chicken breast served with soy rice and the incorrect sauce condiment. I truly want to like this place as the room was nice but the flavours were so bland. Hopefully they take their thai game up a few notches and be brave like the Thai restaurants south of the border. Don't dumb down the flavours for Canadians, cuz we can take the heat and for those who can't, there's always Chinese or Japanese food.

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Kushi Box520 Robson St., Vancouver
Kinda liked it
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

Didn't blow me away this place. It's the casual takeout version of Zakkushi which I've always come to love, what's not to love right, meat on sticks! This place is tiny, much like previous reviewer, there are 3 chairs but they are for you to sit and wait for your take out, there are some chairs and I think a small table outside but currently its too icy to sit out and dine. So twice I've been. First time, I took out their P-toro with half boiled egg. I loved it, it was flavourful although a tad cold. And the half boiled egg was done perfectly. The rice was extremely flavourful. Today I took out their chicken meat balls on rice with a side of 3 piece karaage and miso soup. Right off the bat, this was better than my 1st experience, the rice now has a sauce and the chicken meat balls with tender. The sauce could use a little less salt but I didn't mind really. The miso soup was do-it-yourself-mix-water-with-power type which imho, is sad. I drank it still cuz it was part of my combo but having to mix my own soup is tres sad. Having said that, I enjoy experiences like this and hope to return to try their mega box next time, that one promises everything!

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Bonchaz426 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Makes a light night snack
Submitted Monday, March 8, 2010 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

After hearing about this place from a blog friend, I checked out this little joint after dinner to see what the fuss is all about these baked brioches. For now they are serving The Original Brioche, Banana and Walnut Brichoe and my personal fav French Truffle Brioche. And for $1.75 you get a piping hot freshly baked light as air brioche which literally melted in my mouth. I'd have to say this is best eaten as soon as purchased as that impact it made after my first bite was unreal. My french truffle brioche had a 70% cocoa filling which had the perfect sweetness and richness. I love this stuff! And I had to order a coffee to go along with my piece of heaven and to my surprise, my coffee priced as $1.75 for now came served in a French press carafe which was such a nice touch, I was floored, impressed, all the good stuff. I hope to return for their soon to be introduced vanilla ice cream flavour brioche. If you can't decide which one to order, they kindly let you sample them all. Service was impeccable, friendly smiley people all around. The room seems a little bare but that could be because they are still new but as soon as you bite into these brioches, you will be a fan as I am.

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Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
I've tried them all and this one comes out tops!
Submitted Monday, March 8, 2010 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

Yep I've been to all the other ramen houses and today was my first successful visit to Santouka, last visit was met with a 30 minute line up but my trek for an early lunch at 11 am paid off. Even though 2 obnoxious losers sat next to me; that did not dampen my first experience at Santouka. First let me start with the room, its Japanese modern, one of the nicest communal tables I've seen, stools in front of the kitchen where the action is but there's a glass separating the kitchen so one can see but won't be affected by the steam. I was greeted with a nice glass of water followed by a nice menu with photos. I went for the Toriniku Kara Miso Ramen with pork belly + an egg and granted it was $15 for everything, it was the best $15 spent on a bowl of noodles. The broth was so flavourful then I drank every last drop, the soup had a different consistency from other ramen houses, this broth had texture which goes to show numerous ingredients went in to achieve that level of complexity. The plate of pork belly that melted in my mouth came with the fixins and the noodle was made al dente which perfectly complimented the broth. The service was prompt, friendly and authentically Japanese. I am already thinking of returning for dinner! This place has officially become my favourite ramen house in Vancouver!

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Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe, The850 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Unreal cocktail list!
Submitted Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

It took us a while to decide on our starter beverage cuz the cocktail list was pages long. I love that as half the time I don't know what to order and being unfamiliar with cocktails but loving them at the same time, I appreciate the restaurant in putting together a list to help me decide. I went for the Japanese Fizz which was a concoction that had the consistency of beer reminscent of Fruli beer from Belgium and yes I loved it! I went for the 24/7 two course tasting menu for $24.07 as I wasn't overly hungry and having no expectations on portions I was elated to see the entree, a baked sabelfish served with gnocchi was a nice entree size and my starter salad with poached egg and anchovies was so flavourful it had a nice kick and I never thought I'd like anchovy but I sure did! My spouse had their goat cheese salad to start and the mussel/fries entree and I stole a taste and boy those were some fleshy fresh mussels and the fries had the right salty taste, served piping hot that's crispy on the outside but lil' soft on the inside so imho, the perfect fries, we had every morsel of it.

I found the serive good albeit slow as it was Sat night and they were packed with every table filled. I didn't mind as we wanted a leisurely dinner anyways. 2 of the owners of the restaurant served our mains instead of bussers which I thought was a nice touch. The room was nicely done and I particularly loved the Tiffany blue chairs. It made such a nice evening that I was in the best mood when I got home and that is usually rare. Corner Suite was definitely worth the wait and a nice addition to downtown dining.

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Wo Fung4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Placed called Wo Fung dessert but its all about them wings!
Submitted Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

Ok, hands down the best deep fried wings yet. Definitely artery clogging but one feeding of 3 wings won't kill will it? Anyhoo, so glad my errands to Richmond prompted a reminder of this place I've wanted to try and finally did today! Heard tons about it from online foodies, blogs and reviews and boy they were right, KFC Church's doesn't close, the deep fried wings here are the bomb! Food + Value a 5 for sure, $3.50 for huge juicy wings made to order but as for the service, it was lacking as the lineup was olympic and the ambiance, well its a food court, can't expect much but better than most food courts.

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Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle4151 Hazelbridge way, 2800, Richmond
Worth the wait
Submitted Monday, February 8, 2010 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

I've had many noodles in my lifetime having lived in Asia for most of my adult life. So I can vouch that Chef Hung's noodles were quality. The 30 minute wait is worth it if you want to have tasty broth that is not overly salted and clearly work went into preparing them. Noodles made perfectly al dente not soggy or overdone. And for $10.95 you get 3-4 chunks of meat and a couple of slices of delicious beef. For those who say it's pricey, bear in mind that most ramen houses charge $8 for a bowl of noodles with only 2 slices of pork so in that context, the prices charged by Chef Hung was within reason imho. Another recommendation is this ground pork cake that is pan fried, its one of the tastiest pan fried buns I've had and the meat was well marinated and even tho it was fried, it remained moist and flavourful. We also tried the chicken nuggets which is the Taiwanese version of pepper and salt deep fried chicken and have to say this was meah, nothing to write home about but its all about the noodles here. I usually like my portions large but I realized after my first spoonful of soup that its quality not quantity here. The service was fast, not super friendly but then again one cannot expect top notch when the servers are runnin' off their feet. As for the room, its modern, clean and tables well spaced for even a Chinese restaurant. I cannot wait to return again this week and hopefully next time shorter line up!

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Could've been so much better...
Submitted Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

I've dined here twice. I like it but...space is cramped so unless you are with a group, you will feel uncomfortable if you are only 2 diners sitting next to groups of 4 or 6 as their conversation will certainly drown yours out as the tables have less than foot in between. Food is good especially the family style dining, nice variety, fresh ingredients, a unique experience much like eating at a home of an Italian family but minus the warm and inviting service typical of an Italian family. The service is almost rushed as they try to have you sit, drink and dine within 2 hours. One of the male owners/staff appears abrasive both times we were there and short of flinging the utensils on our table. Its the rushed service that disappoints cuz dinner should be a leisurely thing to be enjoyed, like in Italy where one is never rushed but its Vancouver, tables have to be turned over for profit, but this at a sacrifce of simple good service. I may return again I don't know as I like the food but I really hope they work on their service, even a little.

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