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sonatinaVancouverSince November 19, 200729 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
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Greens and Gourmet2582 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Healthy, delicious food in a relaxed, casual setting
Submitted Monday, November 1, 2010 - 2:24am [Dine in]

I have done both dine-in and takeout. This place stands out because most of the dishes are really healthy, and I always feel great for hours after eating there! Nothing is ever too salty or too greasy. The spinach pie is plain delicious, and the miso tofu is yum as well. I don't like that they charge extra for brown rice, but I don't feel the need to eat rice when I'm there anyway because everything else is so good. You can eat alone at the restaurant and feel completely comfortable because the ambiance is casual and quite charming. I agree that it's not cheap at all. I would say at least $9 for a girl and more for a guy to have a full meal, but the [healthy] quality of the food can't be beat!

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100 Days350 Davie Street, Vancouver
Really dry halibut and boring, over-priced food
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 5:04am [Dine in]

We went for Taste of Yaletown and paid $35 for a three-course menu. My salad was very decent, but it had chunks of salt that was distributed unevnely so some pieces of vegetables were alarmingly salty. Then came the halibut. I normally LOVE fish, but I could barely eat this dish. The fish was cooked really dry, without much seasoning, so it was basically dry and bland. The dessert cake had a bad texture, almost watery, and I again could not bring myself to eat the whole thing. With tax and tip, the dinner came to about $50, and it was definitely not worth the money. The restaurant was very loud so you need to shout across the table for people to hear you. Service was excellent though.

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Whole Vegetarian Restaurant3068 Main Street, Vancouver
Excellent food and service. Delicious and healthy dim sum
Submitted Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 4:48am [Dine in]

We've gone for both dinner and weekend dim sum. Everything I've eaten there was delicious. I love healthy tasty vegetarian food, and this place does some incredible dishes (esp dim sum) that you can't find at other restaurants in Vancouver. The restaurant is always clean, spacious, bright, and the service was polite and helpful every time I've been there. Prices are very reasonable for what you get, especially for dim sum. The dim sum portions are big and every item is between $3-5. There's free parking at the back to boot. Will go back for sure.

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Shaughnessy Restaurant5251 Oak St., Vancouver
Declicious Brunch, but waitress MIA
Submitted Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 4:35am [Dine in]

A group of us went for weekend brunch. Upon entering, we were seated immediately (we had a reservation). The menu has something for everyone. We ordered and our food arrived fairly quickly. The complementary biscuit with butter was delicious. Some of us had the eggs benedict and we were all pleased with the quality of the food. I've had bennys elsewhere and I have to say this restaurant does some of the best bennys I've tried. The ingredients tasted very fresh. The only unpleasant thing was that our waitress never refilled our water during our 2 hour stay, and we had to wave her down if we needed something. She also seemed to have to repeat everything we say to fully understand what was going on (we are not difficult customers by any means).

Ambiance wise, this restaurant is classy and quiet, but not pretentious. It was definitely a comfortable dining experience.

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Golden Fortune Restaurant4963 Joyce St., Vancouver
Bo Kong chefs moved here!
Submitted Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

So Bo Kong on Main closed down, and this is where the chefs went. I believe Golden Fortune is now a vegetarian restaurant? I was a major Bo Kong fan, and I find that the food here tastes and looks very much like that of Bo Kong: deliciousness! There wasn't anything we had that night that I didn't like. The only thing that prevents me from going back is 1) location 2) horrible smell inside the restaurant. You know how some restaurants that use carpet have that damp smell? Well, Golden Fortune's got it. As soon as I walked in, I was very displeased with the unpleasant smell. You get used to it after sitting in the restaurant for a while, but I don't really want to step inside again becaues of it.

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Candia Taverna4510 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Delicious halibut
Submitted Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

We went for Sat night dinner and were thorougly impressed with the food. We had the halibut and scallops souvlakia, and it was DELICIOUS. I never thought halibut on a stick could taste so good! The flavours were wonderful and the seasoning was just perfect. Even the complimentary garlic bread was very good. Each plate came with potatoes, rice, and a side salad. We both got the small size (one skewer), and we were both very full by the end of the meal (I ate everyhing on my plate). The salad was fresh and refreshing, and the potatoes were just about perfect.
The only complaint I have is about the service that night. We had to wave someone down to give us the menu. AFTER we ordered, we had to ask for water, and even then, we weren't able to get water or the waitress' attention. Our meals came, and we asked for water again and it finally came. So service was terrible, but the woman said they were short-staffed. I don't know if that's true, but the food was so excellent so I think I will go back again to see if the service improves.

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Athene's3618 West Broadway, Vancouver
Worst Greek food but nice ambiance
Submitted Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

We went for lunch on a Sunday with the Entertainment coupon. The restaurant was almost empty. We were seated promptly and the waitress was very friendly. We ordered the vegetarian plate and lamb. Everything, starting from the bread, was very unimpressive. I came here because I thought, well, what can go wrong with Greek food? I love Greek food! I was also pretty hungry, but the food still tasted really bad and very salty. The potatoes looked and tasted like they had been soaked in salt water. I've never seen a restaurant serve potatoes that looked mushy like that, and I'm usually a big potato fan. My spanakopita was again way too salty and otherwise flavourless. The bread they served looked and tasted like those buns from Safeway. I expected fresh bread. The only okay thing was the side salad. For a better quality meal, I'd suggest Candia Taverna or Panos. The only positive thing about this meal was the nice ambiance.

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Shuraku833 Granville Street, Vancouver
Okay food, not quite worth the price
Submitted Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 5:58pm [Dine in]

Three of us went for dinner. I've visited many Japanese restaurants around Lower Mainland, and I find that the most authentic and delicious ones to be located in Richmond. So far, I find that Vancouver downtown has the worst "Japanese" food, and the prices are outrageous for the quality and quantity we get because well, we are paying for their downtown rent.

Shuraku has a modern feel to it, which makes the dining experience rather pleasant. However, I found that the service was extremely slow, and it annoyed us that the waitresses' English skills were so poor that we had to repeat ourselves. The salmon and tuna sashimi were fresh, but tiny tiny slices for $12 as another reviewer said below. It was good, but not THAT good.

Overall, if you know how authentic, quality Japanese food tastes like, you'll be disappointed by Shuraku. However, if you are looking for a fun downtown dining experience and you must have Japanese, then this is an okay place to visit.

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Seto Japanese Restaurant8460 Alexandra Road, #155, Richmond
Delicious, fresh sashimi, great ambiance
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 12:38am [Dine in]

Two of us went for lunch. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by the chefs and waitress, all politely said their greetings in Japanese. The waitress sat us in a booth, and I was immediately impressed. Each booth was kind of like a little room that provided privacy. You don't see other people or hear them much. We were very quickly served tea and handed menus.

We both ordered lunch Box B with teriyaki chicken on rice, sashimi, salad, sunonomo, tampura, and soup. Everything was light tasting (they don't drown your food in some sweet weird sweet sauce) and delicious, and the portion was just right. The sashimi was especially good, very fresh and tasty. The tampura was surprisingly not greasy tasting at all. Even the sunonmo had a great flavour to it, and I don't usually eat that at other restaurants.

Service was friendly without being intrusive. We had a great dining experience. Will go back for sure.

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I Sushi2568 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
One of the best sushi places in Vancouver
Submitted Friday, June 5, 2009 - 1:25am [Dine in]

We eat quite a bit of sushi and love trying new places. However, most places disappoint. Not this one!

As we walked in we were immediately impressed. It's not your typical cheap sushi bar/restaurant setting. It's nicely decorated, very clean, comfortable, with nice tables and chairs, etc. In fact, it looked so nice my friend wanted to check the menu prices to make sure it was not a really expensive restaurant. We sat down and the waiter immediately served us with menus and really good tea. That's another thing, the service! I kind of don't expect any kind of service anymore at Chinese-run restaurants, but our waiter is friendly and funny, very attentive. The menu had a good variety of rolls, dinner boxes, and we ordered two dinner boxes and one sushi box.

The portions were much larger than expected, as was the quality. Everything tasted fresh and delicious, even the miso soup was above average. Everything was nicely flavoured, and they don't drown your food in some overly-sweet teriyaki sauce.

At those prices, we will definitely go back.

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Taste Of Vietnam, A1016 W Broadway, Vancouver
Delicious food, but really slow.
Submitted Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 5:31am [Dine in]

We found this restaurant in the Vancouver Entertainment Book and thought we'd give it a try. Two of us went there for dinner around 6pm on a Sunday. The restaurant was only 30% full. Everything looked simple, casual, and clean enough. The menu offers lots of options, including a vegetarian section.

There was only one waiter, and he dressed like he just got out of bed. I thought he was probably the son of the restaurant owners. My friend inquired about the difference between egg and rice noodles, but the waiter did not seem to understand what my friend was asking. We ordered vegetables with rice noodles and chicken on rice noodles.

Then we waited and waited, for about 40 minutes for our food to arrive. Four people came in for takeout after we ordered and they got their food first and left. The customers that came in after us also got their food first. I thought it was either because we ordered hot food instead of salads and rolls so it took longer to cook, or because we used the Entertainment coupon so they decided to cook our food last. Either way, there were so few people in the restaurant that I thought the 40-minute wait was unacceptable. However, when the food came, it was delicious. Good portions with lots of veggies and chicken in delicious sauces. The fruit at the end was also fresh and very tasty (watermelon, melon, cantaloupe).

I will go back but probably only for takeout because of the long wait. I highly recommend the food. Simple, delicious, and healthy.

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Thai House Restaurant1766 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Dishes are way too sweet
Submitted Friday, May 22, 2009 - 2:30am [Dine in]

We tried 4 different dishes: Ginger Beef, Red Curry chicken with bamboo, Seafood platter, Pad Thai. All dishes had a good amount of sugar in it and none of us could eat much of it. I should mention that the three of us normally eat healthy and do not like sugary foods (except dessert of course).

I have travelled to Thailand in the past and do not remember their food being this sweet, so I think Thai House has an Americanized version of Thai food. Sugary foods seem to sell well in North America. Sweet and sour chicken/pork dishes are some examples. Thai house portions were generous, but I can't believe they charge $1.95 for a small bowl of jasmine rice (most dishes do not come with rice).

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Kelsey's11300 Steveston Highway, #100, Richmond
Best service in the city, great dessert!
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

We've always enjoyed eating at Kelsey's. I love the ambiance. It's clean, not too casual or too pretentious, it just makes us feel welcomed. I agree that the portion size can be kinda small, but we always order dessert after. We had the calamari to start and while it was tasty on its own, the dip it came with had no flavour. I usually order the Sonoma Valley salad with chicken, and it's always been really delicious with fresh veggies and nuts and fruits. The chicken strips are always full of flavour and well seasoned. My friend ordered the BBQ chicken pizza and we both thought it was great but maybe a tad too sweet. Still good though! We ordered 3 desserts after and all were excellent.

Their dinner and movie deal: but any entree more than $9.99 and get a Cineplex movie ticket for $7.50. Regular ticket price is usually $11.99 so it's a good deal if you don't mind standing in line to use those tickets (you can't use them online to order tickets in advance).

We'll be back again and again for sure!

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Asa Sushi2178 West 41 Avenue, Vancouver
I don't like sweet sushi, but you might
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

We eat Japanese food quite a bit and wanted to try this place. We went for dinner and ordered 5 different rolls to try(salmon, tuna, california, cannack's, gozilla). The california roll fell apart easily and was tasteless. Very stingy amount of avocado. The salmon and tuna rolls were just okay. The cannack and gozilla rolls had this sweet soy sauce on it and it were way too sweet. Sushi should not be sweet! Also, you don't get miso soup or even tea at this place, just tap water (not even with ice cubes) in extremely cheap-looking colourful plastic cups that looked pretty old. I thought it was kinda gross.

Service was bad. Neither of us liked the waitress. We signaled for her to come wrap our food up and give us our bill, and she came over, got distracted by other things and had her head turned away, then she walked away! This place can get busy because of the location, but given the choices we have in this city, we would never eat there again.

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Pisces Fish & Chips3675 Westminster Highway, #115, Richmond
Large pieces of fish, a good value!
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

We went for lunch on Monday and ordered Halibut fish and chips and Salmon fish and chips. We each ordered 2 pc so we could share, and also because we didn't know what the portion size would be. Turns out, you get a pretty large piece of fish! And definitely not just batter like most other places, this is actual fish with a thin layer of batter. Both the salmon and halibut were tasty, and the fries aren't bad either. The coleslaw tasted fresh and the tarter sauce had a pleasant, mild taste.

One thing I love is that the restaurant is so CLEAN! Nice tables, chairs, menus, and the owners are really nice and polite, plus they don't play any type of obnoxious music so it's really a clean and quiet dining experience. One thing to note though is that if you want to use the entertainment coupon, there is a small sign at the entrance that says the coupon does not apply to grilled fish platter and something else. I thought the sign was way too small to see. It should be written directly on the menu.

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Cheshire Cheese Inn5645 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Okay food in a very casual setting
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 6:35am [Dine in]

We went on a Sat. evening and were immediately seated. The watitress was extremely friendly and helpful, which is rare these days. The restaurant is very casual with a mix of family with children, the elderly, and people between 20-30. I went there with the Entertainment coupon and they were happy to take it. I ordered the Fisherman's Pie and my friend ordered the Chicken Pie, and there were both decent. I did think the chicken pie was too salty, but the fries were delicious! I don't think I'd go there too often, but if I want quick food at a friendly casual setting, I might.

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Dishes too sugary. Loud music.
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 6:24am [Dine in]

I love going to vegetarian restaurants and I eat fairly healthy. I'm also a huge fan of the Naam so I decided to visit Foundation. So my friend and I went on a Friday around 11pm, stood by the entrance for 7min before anyone seated us even though there were quite a few empty tables. The music was loud enough that we had to shout across the table.
I ordered Sesame Society and my friend ordered a pasta. I thought mine was supposed to be on rice but it was couscous instead. The dish was disgusting. The entire thing tasted like it was soaked in maple syrup. The vegetables were nowhere as fresh and tasty as the Naam, and the portions were not as big either. My friend's pasta was again really sweet. We had originally wanted dessert, but not after those meals. I barely ate my dish because I couldn't swallow that much sugar.
When we walked out, we noticed that almost every table had nachos and not a lot of main dishes, so I guess that's what I should have ordered. I'll stick to the Naam though. They offer fresher, bigger portions of veggies and much, much better flavours.

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Miki's Restaurant2106 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
Food is worse than Denny's
Submitted Monday, April 27, 2009 - 7:32am [Dine in]

My friend and I eat out in Vancouver often, and we both agreed that Miki's is the worst restaurant we have ever tried. The food is so bad! But we should have known when we saw that the menu had everything from macaroni and cheese to teriyaki chicken.
I ordered a Korean Bibimap and my friend ordered the Chinese set. First came the miso soup with tofu. omg I have never had "miso" soup taste like this: greasy, salty, and you can barely taste the miso. My bibimap had a bad smell, and it tasted pretty gross. The broccoli was boiled, and the salmon had no flavour. We even thought the rice tasted bad, which we didn't think was possible. I think they should try to specialize in one type of food and try to do it well. The thought of what we ate still makes me feel grossed out. Man I can still smell that seafood rice. yuck.

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Chez Faye Cafe1168 Hamilton Street, Suite 101, Vancouver
Okay food
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 4:55am [Dine in]

I've been to lots of Yaletown restaurants for lunch, and Chez Faye is my least favourite. I've tried a few items from their menu (curry chicken, noodle soup, sandwiches, etc) and none was very good. Nothing tasted very fresh. The price is def. okay and the setting is casual and fine, but I'd only go if there was nothing else open.

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Urban Thai Bistro1119 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Cheap for Yaletown and quantity
Submitted Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

This is one of the best deals in Yaletown. $8 lunch including spring roll, salad, and a curry dish with rice of your choice. The portions are generous for the price. The first time I went I ordered the Thai platter and hated it (way too sweet). The second time I ordered the $8 curry lunch and it was decent. The curry was very rich and filling (don't eat there if you're on a diet).
The restaurant is clean enough for my liking, and the service is okay even when they're busy.

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