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stc_jellyvancouverSince February 2, 20095 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value3 (2.8)
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Tom & Jerry's Restaurant2828 E Hastings St, #101, Vancouver
Thanks for the raw meat, Tom and Jerry.
Submitted Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

I kept hearing about the great deal at this restaurant. And I have visited a couple of times in the last few weeks and yes, the 10 oz. steak was pretty good for 9.95. The first time i got a wonderful steak (yes there was a ton of gristle on the edge, which i had to cut off, i would have happily ordered at 7 or 8 oz steak without gristle, but this is beside the point) with lots of veggies and mashed potatoes. About a week later I ordered the same thing, got way less veggies and potatoes, but the steak was still pretty good, so i was satisfied.
but today, I ordered the 10 oz steak medium rare (which is the only way to enjoy a steak imo) and got a thin, overcooked piece of meat. I told the waitress that it was not cooked the way i ordered and she took it away. I know it takes a little while to get a meal re-cooked so i was not worried. The waitress even told me it would be a minute or two, which i told her i expected.
Very quickly the next version of this meal was delivered. (too quickly, in retrospect) it looked ok. i cut off a piece of the end and spit it out because the texture was so gross. I flipped the steak over and it was raw on the other side, except for a few grill marks. I nearly threw up.
I could not stay after that, i did not feel like eating again for a long time.
What kind of establishment serves this kind of slop to customers?
I don't think i will be back.

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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House403 North Road, #302, Coquitlam
So Rude
Submitted Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

The pho here is not bad, and the vermicelli bowls are fair as well. But both times I came in here (solo diner) I was told to share a table. I don't mind this if it's busy lunch or dinner hour but this was mid afternoon both times and there were plenty of empty and clean tables! This is just rude beyond belief and the pair of girls whose table I was supposed to sit at didn't look to pleased either. I was stunned, and moved over to an empty table and just stood there. The waitress loudly told me if I wanted to I could take that table. How embarrassing! Later I overheard a couple come in and the female headed for a table by the window being admonished by her male companion that the staff "never lets him sit there".
And just so you know it's not a one time thing, this happened the first time I ate here last year. I'll try Pho Hoa down the street next time.

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Carthage Cafe1851 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great atmosphere, authentic food served
Submitted Monday, April 12, 2010 - 9:22pm [Dine in]

I have walked past here many times, and wondered how the food would be. This evening I was very hungry and in the mood for some lamb. So, after checking out the menu, I decided to give this place a try. The decor is very soothing and luxurious without seeming fussy. Dark woods, table linens and bevelled, squeaky clean glass! There is an excellent selection of wines, many available by the glass. I selected a glass of the featured spanish white, which was excellent and well able to stand up to the lamb that I ordered. This was served 'Tunisian' style, grilled, with a minted sauce that was very toothsome. My chops were a tiny bit overdone (I had requested medium rare) but the lamb was so tender I did not mind. I am really picky about meats when dining out and I was not disappointed, this was a little crispy/crunchy on the outside and pink inside and seasoned just right. And the frites were awesome! I know Belgian Frites is just a few doors down (and they do great fries! very very rich though) but Cafe Carthage could give them a run for their money. I also enjoyed the tunisian salad, which was a simple herbed blend of cucumber and peppers. I definitely want to come back and check out the moules frites and other dishes.

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Bao Chau Vietnamese Restaurant2717 E Hastings, Vancouver
The best Pho Tai!
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

I love this place and have been going there for over 10 years. I have a hard time enjoying my Pho anywhere else. I am not a fan of spring rolls, so I won't talk about that here.
This place is always packed at lunch. It opens at 11 am though, so you can get here early and be sure to be seated at a table. or come around two. otherwise, if you are dining by yourself you may have to share, and it can be very very noisy.
The small Pho Tai is 6.00. Yes, they did raise their prices in the last few months, but then, the price of everything has gone up in this economy and if it means the restaurant can keep up the quality of its menu, its fine by me. It's still an excellent deal, you might find cheaper pho but not nearly as good.
If you are not familiar with this dish, Pho Tai is noodles, onions and herbs in a clear, fragrant beef knuckle broth. Paper thin slices of raw beef go on top, and the heat of the soup cooks it. First thing i do when the bowl comes is separate the slices so they don't stick together. Then I tuck them under the noodles to cook, stirring the whole thing around a bit. This makes sure they don't stay raw (a review below complained about this, I say, you just don't know how to eat it! or you could ask for your soup to be extra hot, I am sure they would oblige)
Once the meat is cooked i add the bean sprouts, a couple of basil leaves and stir it up again. Taste, add lime as needed and the chili oil hot sauce that's in a jar on ever table. I love this sauce, I think they make it themselves, no other establishment seems to have anything similar. And I love spicy!
There also seems to be no MSG. which is a plus, lots of folks get a reaction from that.
On top of that they keep your glass filled with free hot chrysanthemum tea, or iced tea in the summer. Yes, the owner is friendly as are all the staff. Thats why I love this place!!!

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Taste of Hon's551 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Doesn't taste like Hon's!
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

I was very curious about this location, actually, i was excited when I went by on the bus, a new Hon's location. I love their noodles and soups and have been going there for many years.
The restaurant itself is very nicely decorated, if a bit cold. But very clean and bright and the waterfall is a nice touch. I arrived on a Sunday afternoon around 1:30, and the waitress sat me so i could watch the news and finance channel on the flat screen tv. I took the other side of the table, did not want to watch that!
Anyway, on the most important part, the food!
I ordered the hot and sour soup (4.00) and the chicken chow mein (8 3/4) (that's how they do the prices on the menu, cute.) Hot and sour is one of my favourites and not all Hon's locations do a good job of it, in my experience the Richmond location makes the best. I was also treated to a delicious sample of the Lychee black tea, which i would wholeheartedly recommend if you are looking for a fruity sweet cold drink.
My hot and sour soup came first, and I was happy to see a huge bowl and a smaller bowl to ladle it into. On closer inspection though, there was a scum on top (indicates to me it had been reheated in the microwave, not good) and it was quite thin in texture, but it did seem to be full of veggies and tofu. Unfortunately, the
soup was watery and quite tasteless, a tiny bit sour, but barely spicy. I looked in vain for the promised chicken and shrimps and found none.
Thankfully, my noodles arrived next. Lots of chicken and veggies, it was pretty good, not hon's style as I was hoping and a much smaller portion. It also tasted quite sweet, which is not to my liking but overall pretty good and I think some would be very happy with the flavor.
To the restaurants defense, when I told the waitress I did not like the soup and why, she agreed to take it off my bill. She then came back and told me the kitchen had offered to remake it but by then I was a little disgusted with it and declined. I would have been happy with a smaller bowl full of flavor and more veggies, ie mushrooms and scallions and the advertised chicken and shrimp.

Not sure if I will be back here, but perhaps in the summer I will stop in for a takeout tea, those seemed really yummy!

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