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Sister_SaffronvancouverSince August 28, 20095 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Red Pagoda1408 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Yummy Vegi-option.
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 2:40am [Dine in]

I usually tend to opt for the more authentic-open -late- neon-lights-kitchy Vientamese experience, so I went to Red Pagoda with some reservations. In fact I was really just joining friends for drinks so I initially did not order any food. My friend ordered a vegetarian spicy peanut soup ( I had a few drinks and the name of this dish escapes me). It had chunks of tofu in it as well noodles and of course sprouts and basil. The soup base was a delicious warm spicy peanut/ coconut flavour with a vibrant orange colour. I tasted this dish and immediatly ordered myself a bowl- It was a nice change from the usual Pho experience. Ye-ah to good vegi options!! As for the service, my friend had eaten there a few times and warned that the service was not great. I found that although the waitresses were friendly, the restraunt was very busy and it was hard to get another drink ordered. They also put onion in my friends soup although she had told them she could not eat them. Moreover, we ordered a mango/soho bellini that sounded amaising, but it was chinzi and the presentation was poor. .....But as far as the vegi soup went, ill be back to try another bowl!

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Tentatsu2430 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Go Big or Go to Tentasu!
Submitted Friday, September 11, 2009 - 11:40am [Dine in]

I've lived in this neighbourhood for some time but never really thought twice about this restraunt, as I usually go to the drive or davie street for sushi. However, recently I have been noticing that Tentatsu is quite busy all the time, so I thought something good must be going on here ( and we could really use a decent resonablly healthy restraunt in the neighbourhood!)

Tentatsu is not as cheap as commercial drive sushi, HOWEVER, the portions of sushi and sashimi are HUGE. The sushi arrives on really long plates and it is colourful, fun and inviting to eat. This restraunt has a large menu with a few things on it that make it slightly more interesting than your run of the mill sushi restraunt.

I tried the gomae which was a good sized potion, it was slightly more "saucy" then the usual but still enjoyable. The Tuna Tataki was really good with what i think was bonito flakes on it and a nice tasting dipping sauce. The California roll was decent and was a huge portion;. I look forward to trying the blackened cod, baked oysters and what looked like buckweat soba noodles.

As for ambiance, I had a cute friendly waitress with sparky glasses who was attentive and efficient. The restraunt is not huge and its private booths are a bit awkard (but are fun when your with friends). I was seated at a tabe next to another lone diner, as there were not any other availble tables. However, she was just as excited as I was about the colouful oversized sushi and was taking a photo of the colourful display !

Large portioned sushi is not for everyone (as it tends not to be as refined as the more delicately prepared), but this restraunt is fun and it is a great addition to the neightbourhood.I look forward to trying some of the more diverse items on the menu!

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Jade Dynasty Restaurant137 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Ho-Hum
Submitted Friday, September 11, 2009 - 11:05am [Dine in]

Jade Dynasty is located in Chinatown in what used to be a Buddist Chineese restraunt that pretty good, but I'd say things have gone down hill. I found that it was a bit smelly in there and the plastic table clothes are functional but not very inviting. I guess the pull for Jade Dynasty is that the serve Dim Sum all day, which is good news for Dim Sum addicts. But comeon, isnt part of the Dim Sum Experience:the Sunday crowds, the crisp white table clothes, and the tea! This is kinda a Dim sum greasy spoon. The steamed Dim Sum was bit overly sticky, and the steamed prawn dumplings were a bit questionable and kinda clamy.I have not tried the rest of the menu, but I dont think I will be going back there are just way too many great restraunts in this city!

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Pelican Seafood Restaurant1895 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Pumpkin and Pine Nuts
Submitted Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

Steamed Dumplings with Pumpkin and Pine Nuts will have me going back mmmmmmmm. Went On a busy Sunday at 10:30.. beat the rush by a hair, Service was ok, not overly friendly but courteous. Restaurant was clean and simple inside. Parking Lot was a Maze by the time I left but there is a lot more parking further North down Victoria.

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Revel Room238 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Lacks Consistency.
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

Drinks were good- but Yikes$$$$. One friend ordered the same drink twice and said the first was different from the second. Her Beet Salad, came with beans on it that were not mentioned on the menu and the beets were over cooked. I had the Chicken Burger: the pattie was chinzy and it felt like I was eatting a Ciabatta bun mostly (with no lettuce or tomato on the sandwhich although the fig dressing was nice) the salad was simply greens but bland and lacking. Rest of the food was average. The only person that left satisfied ordered the pulled pork. Service was attentive but thats a given when there are only one other party in the place( note that we were there in the late afternoon and I gather this is more of a night haunt). Ambiance was typical. All in all... Yawn...but then again these were $12 dollar light fares targeted for a drunk crowd, wadda ya expect!

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