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Sild_og_SnapsMountain View, VancouverSince May 7, 2008Try List (4)10 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2 (1.9)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2 (2.1)

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Pronto3473 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Brings me back to Umbria
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is a miracle in Vancouver - a decent Italian restaurant that serves REAL Italian food without charging a small fortune.
The porchetta is the star here and it is done well. The last time I had porchetta this good was at Fabrizio's delicatessen in Assisi. I've tried it in a sandwich and as the plate dinner. Was thrilled both times. My husband tried the gnocchi with porcetta and porcini in tomato sauce. Lovely - that's all that needs to be said. The food is well seasoned, but with a lovingly restrained hand so that all the flavours shine. The ingredients are elegant in their simplicity. Also, I had one of the best cappucino I've had in a long time.
The portions are "normal" size and are affordably priced. Both occasions that I've eaten here, I left feeling fully satisfied and glowing with a reminder of how lovely Italian food can be when done right. THANK YOU!

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Topanga Cafe2904 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Two Decades between visits and......
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

I can honestly say that I'm just as unimpressed with Topanga today as I was the last time I ate here, twenty years ago.
The food was bland - it all tasted like burnt black beans. The rice was crispy, likely because they'd nuked the entire plate, (it arrived scorchingly hot). I ordered a vegetarian burrito and the server helpfully suggested that I add the spicy eggplant in since it added a good deal to the overall flavour. Sorry, it didn't. I asked for hot sauce to "add flavour". The server brought me a small dish, explaining she mixed the hot sauce down with the salsa so it wasn't so terriby hot. I was touched she cared so much for my well being. Unfortunatley it just made the hot sauce watery. Overall a very disappointing experience.

The only positive aspect was my server. She genuinely seemed to care about the customers' eating experience and offered her suggestions. The cooks should be ashamed at the lack of pride they take in their food and presentation. They betray the faith that my server had in the food.

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Thai Express700 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Worst Thai Food you will EVER have
Submitted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 12:45pm [Take-out]

I've tried this place several times since in downtown Vancouver take out Thai is non existent in the financial district. Each time I hoped, by some miracle, the food would get better. Well, now I'm done. This is by far THE worst food you will ever have, Thai or otherwise.

The mee ka tee soup has absolutely no flavour, which is a feat in itself.

The pad thai was made with the wrong type of noodle and the noodles were brown. (Most pad thai that I've experienced are pale, delicate noodles). The taste was a muddy, stale soy sauce flavour. Thank goodness I store "flavour" at my desk in the form of either soy sauce or garlic sauce.

The tom yum soup was hot vinegar water with a miser's portion of tom yum paste.

How anyone can take a beautiful cuisine, such as Thai food, and drag it down to a level that even McDonald's would be ashamed to serve and still have people eating there is beyound me. The Thai government should step in and force them to remove the word "Thai" from the name.

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Splitz Grill4242 Main Street, Vancouver
This set up might work in Whistler....
Submitted Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

I will say the burgers are good but the fries and salads are not. Stay away from the Greek salad - it tasted like Kraft Italian dressing with sugar on it. The fries are alright but certainly not worthy of praise.
The atmosphere is definitely the "I've just come off the ski hill and want to eat". Even the attitude of the staff is very much "get em in, get em out". For the money, there are better places within walking distance of here.

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Clubhouse255 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Different Japanese food but still not great
Submitted Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 12:52pm [Dine in]

Used to be a favourite because they had out of the ordinary Japanese pub style food, the sushi was always okay but it was the tuna steak ponzu and okonomiyakis that made the place. Service was always slow but friendly. Stayed away for a while after the original owner sold because a few friends said it had definitely deteriorated and got sick after eating here.
So, after about a year, tried again. The food is alright but not great. The BC Roll has bbq salmon that looks like what I feed my cat, it definitely tasted like bullseye bbq sauce, not the elegant grilled salmon skin and caviar I like. The California roll was fine, nothing outstanding. The steak tataki, which should be steak, quickly seared, thinkly sliced with a picante ginger sauce was anything but. Once I scraped the topping (?) off, I discovered thoroughly cooked beef chunks. The topping did have ginger and green onions but I’m not sure what else. It did, however, comprise 80% of the dish, certainly NOT worth the $8 I spent on it.
Kinda like the Earls or Cactus club of Japanese food. Alright with a big pitcher of beer or sake.

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El Caracol5190 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Decent food, decent price
Submitted Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 12:47pm [Dine in]

The food was alright, not a 10 although I did have a 7 moment. The meat used seemed a bit questionable, certainly not the prime cuts. Service was friendly but slow but we were sitting outside and the Mexican clientele was inside so that may have had something to do with it.
Prices were a little higher than El Caracolita next store but the ambiance was better. Very lively on Mexican clientele on the night were were there.

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Closed
El Caracolito5178 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Good food in cafeteria style place
Submitted Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

Small, dodgy hours but very good food. We didn’t get the cerveza, probably because we are not in the “in” crowd. The service was reserved but not unkind, probably because the kid was along. The tacos were very good. The tortillas light and fluffy, melt in your mouth. The 10 moment came when we tried the CHili rellenos: grilled pepper, lightly battered, delicate filling – just wonderful.
Ambiance leaves a lot to be desired. The TV was blasting the movie 300 while we were eating.

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Taco Shack1937 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Tacos - straight up
Submitted Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

Finally had a chance to hit the Taco Shack. What we have here is a decent joint with good, basic tacos.
The husband and I both had fish tacos, I had a steak as well. The tacos weren't overly stuffed but the fish was flaky, tasty salsas, the salsa on the steak taco had a decent bite to it. The place ain't the cleanest but the owner and staff were personable. Left with a succulent aftertaste of chipotle, cilantro and chili in my mouth. At $2.79 each, a decent feed at a decent price.

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Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant2991 East Broadway, Vancouver
Just like in Yelapa
Submitted Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

Tried this resaurant after returning from Puerto Vallarta. What a lovely surprise. The tortillas were soft and melted in the mouth. Even my 8 year old loved the pupusas. The tacos were filled with flavourful meat, topped with lovely fresh cheese and cilantro.
The menu seemed to be only part of what was available. Above the cash desk was a lit section showing other food items available.

The furniture was a bit rough but the painted windows on the walls made me long to be back in Vallarta.

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Dona Cata Mexican Foods5076 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Where the heck were the Salsas?!?
Submitted Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

Went here expecting to be dazzled with the 10 different salsas based on Grandma's recipes. There were 10 empty bowls that stayed empty for the whole hour we were eating. Only when we were finished dinner did ANY salsa come out.
We were the only gringos there and it seemed that the other patrons not only got better service (were offered beer while we weren't asked what we'd like to drink) BUT they got salsa!
The food was decent, the meat in the tacos a bit gristled.
The food only rated a 6 on my gastronomic scale of goodness.
Better go to the El Caracolita a couple of blocks north. Still cafeteria like atmosphere but the Chile Relleno was a 10.

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