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SilverminkCommercial Drive, VancouverSince June 22, 200912 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
Kim Phung Vietnamese Restaurant5764 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Pretty good, but too expensive
Submitted Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

I dropped in to Kim Phung for lunch after fasting for 10 hours for a medical test, so maybe it just seemed like really good pho, but what I had was quite good - the beef and the beef balls were good, and the broth was rich and seemed to have a bit more kick to it than most. The iced coffee was also pretty decent.

I noted a bit of an odd smell when I came in; I got used to it pretty quickly, though I bumped the ambience down a point for it.

I think the place's main problem is its prices are out of line with the standard for pho in Vancouver. I'm used to getting a large bowl for no more than $7; here it's $9. Most places offer spring rolls and salad rolls for around $5/2; here it's more like $7/2. If I get both of those things, as I usually do, that's an extra $4, which is a pretty substantial amount extra considering pho places mostly aren't very expensive to begin with.

In any case, I'd happily drop in again if I was in the neighborhood, though I don't know that I'd make a special trip. I might get cravings for that broth, though, so who knows.

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La Taqueria322 W Hastings St, Vancouver
Unquestionably the best Mexican in Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

This is far and away the best Mexican place in Vancouver. Everything tastes amazing and their service is quick and friendly.

I'm particularly fond of the pescado and the al pastor, which is as good as the al pastor I had in Puerto Vallarta, something I frankly didn't expect to find up here. Vancouver hasn't classically been famous for its great Mexican food and it's nice to see that that's changing.

It's good value, too: $9.50 for four meat tacos. It's a pretty small place and the seating isn't super-comfortable, but the decor is nice. On a sunny day I could just about convince myself I'd wandered into a little taqueria in PV.

Well worth checking out.

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Sake Maki1414 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Probably the best reasonably-priced sushi on the Drive
Submitted Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

The sushi here's been really good every time I've been, and the tempura's great too - I especially like the rolls that combine the two, like the deep-fried spicy tuna roll. The "cooked" stuff is only so-so - last time I had the sukiyaki don, which was okay but was let down by a fairly bland sauce, and my partner had yakiudon which was pretty middle-of-the-road too. That said, I've mentally excluded those from my "food" rating and probably won't bother ordering them again.

Service is pretty average, though I do give them points for being quick - even when it's been packed they've been fast. Pretty good value, too; dinner for two of us was a moderate $40, but we ordered lots of food and ended up taking some home.

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Falconetti's1812 Commercial St., Vancouver
When did this place become a sports bar?
Submitted Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

I don't know if I'd just happened to be here at exactly the right times before, but I wasn't particularly impressed to go in and find it noisy and totally packed with a sudden focus on sports that I'd never come across before (this was probably two or three years ago now).

That said, I still enjoy it when it's not busy, and it's a good place to drop in for brunch.

The food is great as ever, with plenty of inventive sausage combinations and, of course, the trademark curved buns.

I had to bump the service down a point for a particular experience wherein my girlfriend went in and ordered a couple of sausages to go, and was provided with... a couple of raw sausages. Dumb, or what? I can understand offering that, but, you know, maybe confirm that that's what the orderer actually wants.

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Green Bamboo Vietnamese Cuisine4500 Kingsway, #1230, Burnaby
Good Vietnamese
Submitted Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

I've been here a couple times now and the food has been great both times - I've had pho and spring rolls both times. The waitress was friendly and wasn't afraid to make suggestions when I went to order.

The pho is good, though the noodles themselves are a little nondescript. I'd also appreciate it if they'd change the chopsticks they use since the current ones are extremely slick and make eating a big bowl of slippery noodles a bit of an ordeal.

The place itself is pretty cramped and the first time I was there they'd propped the door open, which in November made it a tad chilly (fortunately, they closed it shortly after).

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Kolachy Co.888 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Not bad, but not as good as it used to be
Submitted Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

I've been to Kolachy Co. a couple times, and had been to The Kolachy Shop a number of times before it changed hands. Unfortunately, I don't think the new ownership has done anything good for it. The food just isn't as good and it's more expensive to boot. I still recommend it, as it's still good and a good value, but I really miss what it used to be.

I'd go here if I was in the area, but I used to go out of my way to go here, and the new place frankly isn't worth that kind of effort. If the new owners wanted to do it right, they should've stuck to the original recipes.

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Fratelli Bakery1795 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great pastries, terrible service
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 12:47am [Dine in]

This place has some great pastries - I'm especially fond of their ham and cheese croissants. Their coffee's nothing to write home about (go across the street to Continental), but I don't go there for that.

However, Fratelli's service is unbelievably bad, and I'm normally pretty tolerant about service. They're slow and they've screwed up our order pretty much every time we've been there. Today we were told they were out of something that was right there in the case (I guess someone else had ordered it? At least take it out and put it somewhere else!)

If their pastries weren't so good, the fact of their lousy service wouldn't be so tragic, but I'm still drawn (mostly by the croissants) to go back occasionally and remind myself why I swore it off the last time.

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Ginger Sushi1437 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Decent little sushi place
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

Ginger isn't fancy, but it's a solid sushi place. Their food's pretty good, and the service is good. I've tried a few other sushi places on the Drive and it's still the best of them.

I've mostly just had their sushi, miso, and a few appy-type things, so I can't really comment on the other stuff, but I'm pretty confident that it would be decent.

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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill1833 West 4th Ave., Vancouver
One of my favorite Japanese places
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2009 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

We used to go to Zakkushi on Denman, but haven't been there in over a year since we discovered their location on 4th. It's smaller, but has great ambiance (check out the sink in their washroom) and the service is quicker and more attentive. I've found that the service at the Denman location can be kind of slow due to the restaurant's larger size, and the food has just that bit less attention paid to it.

The food at the 4th Avenue location is pretty sublime. I'm very fond of the tsukune and their various salads in particular. This is one of those places where I drag people from out of town - last year I took along a couple of friends from San Diego and they were blown away.

Looking forward to trying the Main Street location now.

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Asian 545212 Kingsway, Burnaby
Great, cheap, and good service
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2009 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

I really like Asian 54. It's probably my new favorite pho place in the Vancouver area, and it's centrally-located near Metrotown.

It's clean and bright and the service is quick and friendly. Their pho is great, with nice beefy broth and their spring rolls were a particular standout for me as well - much heartier than most. Good drinks, too, and last but not least, cheap, as pho places generally are.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
The grease is part of the charm
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2009 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

I have yet to find a better ramen place in Vancouver than Kintaro. It's usually packed, and anything more than three people in a party is usually a lost cause (I managed to sneak four in once), but this place is cheap and it's great. I usually have the cheese ramen, which is incredibly rich and not health food by any stretch of the imagination.

The ambiance is pretty good for a little hole-in-the-wall place, what with all the cooking going on right out in front. Sitting at the bar and watching them dish up your ramen is especially entertaining and I recommend it for first-timers. Service is quick and friendly, and I'm always kind of amazed that a couple of waitresses can keep up with the pace as efficiently as they do.

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Browns Socialhouse2296 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Decent
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2009 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

The food's pretty good, and I was surprised that the sushi is actually pretty decent, considering that this isn't a Japanese place and it doesn't focus on Asian dishes.

The ambiance is nice enough. Probably my main complaint was that it seems priced a little on the high end of this sort of Milestone's/Cactus Club tier of restaurants. Lunch for two of us came to $40 after tip, and I only had one beer and my partner didn't even have a drink.

I'd go back, though. It's a pretty solid choice in the 4th Avenue area.

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