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sublime_eaterNew Westminster, B.C.Since November 27, 20105 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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East is East4413 Main St, Vancouver
My culinary home away from home...
Submitted Sunday, November 28, 2010 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

Whenever I'm in the neighbourhood, I always go out of my way to grab a chai to go. Their chai is to die for.

Food:

I would have to say East is East is one of my favourite places I go to whenever I crave middle eastern, curry dishes. Usually I go on an empty stomach so I order the Eastern Plate Feast. You get a large plate with bowls of homemade Dhal lentil soup, two types of rice of your choice (Afghan rice and basmati for me), side salad of mixed greens, beets, parsley and dill vinaigrette, roti, biryani and TWO items from the menu. I have tasted the Organic Lamb Kebab, Organic Chicken Masala, Wild Salmon, Saag Paneer, Afghan Eggplant, Mango Butternut squash (creamy, so delicious) and Alu Gobi- all tender, flavourful, juicy and seasoned well. The added bonus is that the refills are FREE, but to get the refills you can’t share the plate (that’s why I go on an empty stomach, wink wink). I think it’s great value when you get to try various menu items!

I ‘ve also tried the Double Roti Rolls. Great value for 13.50 which is served with side salad and dhal soup. I absolutely love the Chicken Mughal, the Gandhara Blues. They are filled with Afghan Rice, delicious seasoning and meat or vegetarian delights. Go to www.eastiseast.ca to get the full ingredients.

Beverages:
They have a great menu for cold and hot beverages. I’ve had their apple ginger shot (tart and spicey), Nutty Gyspy (pistachio, cinnamon, chocolate, cardamom, with a hint of rosewater smoothie; Ganges Nectar (honeydew, pineapple, lychee, rosewater, cardamom); Himalayan High(Mango, pistachio, rosewater, cardamom). These are some that I’ve tried. I think the portion could be bigger for the price, but they make up for that with the ingredients and flavour. Great cold treat! Once again, I love their chai. Made in house you have your choice of green tea or black which either can be made with soy or milk that day at the Main Street spot. At the West Broadway location, they have added a Rooibos chai to their menu. They really should bring it to the Main resto. Another feature is that if you bring your own take away cup you get a 10% discount AND if you want a refill, the drink is half off!

Ambience:

As for the interior, they really excelled on making this spot feel as though you stepped into another place in time. It has a very organic look. The walls are a textured plaster with Afghan carpets hanging on the wall. Tables and stools/benches are crafted to look like they took a tree, cut off circular discs for the stool seats, thick branches for stool pegs, long pieces of the tree for the table tops, lightly coated with shellac. There are plenty of pillows to add comfort to your visit and more Afghan rugs detailed into the banquettes. The warm palette of creams, browns, burnt red and oranges are reminiscent of my own home. The sensual lighting is perfect for my dining experience.

Service:

The service is fantastic! I’m always greeted when I enter. The staff is very attentive and I always have my water refilled. Whenever I’ve ordered my Eastern Plate, I’m always asked if I want more....OH YEAH! They do take out as well, for those on the go.

Yes, I could be the poster person for this place. I give East is East two major thumbs up!
They are doing something great. I just wish they would open one in New Westminster!

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Caffe Artigiano3036 West Broadway, Vancouver
Coffee on my mind
Submitted Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

Initially I was planning to eat at Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe on W 4th, but there was a line up. I’m like yeah right. The wheels of my mind were turning, figuring out where can I go that has good food/coffee, then...
Caffe Artigiano came up in filing cabinet of a brain. Cool, nice, ambient jazz in the background. Dry Cappuccino/sprinkle of cinnamon....mmmm. Grilled Tuscany Ham Breakfast wrap to perfection. A flavourful, light brekkie on a beautiful Sunday. This place in known for a fantastic cup of joe. I’m all about supporting local businesses.

Ended up hanging out for the next 1.5 hours before tackling my paperwork.

This place is clean, spacious; soothing colours from a warm palette, staff is friendly and they have outdoor seating in the front.

Music started to get a bit loud for my liking. Not my choice of tunes, at least keep it down for those who prefer personal music.

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Our Town Cafe245 E Broadway, Vancouver
Great pit stop for a time out
Submitted Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

Comfortable, homey cafe, with all its l’il parts of personality. Friendly staff. Had a latte and its gooey cinnamon buns. That’s what was drew my attention, driving by and seeing ‘Gooey Cinnamon Buns’ on the prowl for my next tasteful experience. 3-shot latte made with care, with latte art and my cinnamon bun. I lost myself in my book when the cafe began to buzz. I gave up my comfy chair, to give other people a chance to enjoy this space

Great location for a cafe, a must stop for java on Broadway.

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Revel Room238 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Great place to revel with friends
Submitted Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 5:08pm [Dine in]

I decided to gather my gal pals for a night in a newish restaurant in Gastown and was not disappointed. The name enticed me to do further research, so I went online. The site was a good gateway.
We were pleasantly surprised that Revel was featuring a Jazz band a band that night.
The space has two levels, nicely planned out. Great exposure of brick, clean, dark lines, and an intimate, classy atmosphere. Bathroom’s clean and elegant.

The staff was attentive, professional and warm. You can tell the staff has a good comraderie. We were informed that they had a mixologist in house hailing from England (his buddies ended up going to the land of OZ and he decided to come here – good choice, although, I have a deep love for the land down unda ) and it took him a week to come up with the drink menu. Posh. You get the vibe of posh in this place, however without the pretentiousness.

After a few glasses of wine, I ordered the Filipino dish which was cooked by a Filipino. It tasted like an authentic Adobo dish (being a rice lover, I would have wanted more rice, ha) the tapas was flavourful (amusé ma bouche) and light and my friends enjoyed their dishes and drink menu, hiccup.
We ended up closing down the house and they offered baked fresh cookies for their patrons an hour before close. What a great way to send your guests home. OOhh how a glass of cold milk would have been the cherry on top. Overall, two thumbs up~would I send people there? YES!

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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
Worth The Wait
Submitted Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

First Visit: Sept 2009
I decided to head over to Medina’s Cafe on Saturday before tackling my ‘wonderful’ paperwork. Since Chambar is my favourite restaurant hands down, I was curious what Medina would bring to the plate. First impression: Full house, buzziness of the place gives it a nice atmosphere for those who want to get lost in it. Narrow space but designed with intent. Beautiful colours of blue in a wavy pattern accents the bar counter. Warm, attentive staff. Service was great and good looking. You can tell this place is run efficiently and professional staff is respectful and communicates well to eachother.
The space really mirrors Chambar like a ‘bright-eyed and bushy-tailed’ version of the restaurant. Have a one too many the night before~go for a hangover brunch with a mimosa at M’s.
I ordered a mimosa and Les Boulettes: a morroccan inspired dish with baked foccacia bread( I would’ve liked four pieces- not two) hummus, with fresh salsa-cucumber, tomato and herb/spices. It was nice and mild to accompany the savoury beef meatballs swimming in fresh cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, crushed whole pitted olives, with two poached eggs in the middle (I think the Chef was reading my mind, as I love my eggs poached hard), garnished with fresh cilantro . The presentation was simple and elegant.
I would love to come for a coffee and read a few chapters of my book on a slower day or moment.
Plus, I’m glad I got to walk it off, as the meal was filling, flavourful, and fantastic.

Second visit: Nov 2010
Came again on a Saturday; this time to meet with friends. Was prepared for a wait, as I know this place is a hotspot for breakfast/brunch. I think it really depends on what mood you are in when waiting to dine in this place. Knowing what it’s like in the hospitality industry, I knew the staff was doing the best they could to accommodate their patrons. I thought the service was consistent; attentive and pleasant. Although we waited 45 minutes in the first coldest day of the winter, the lavender latte (delicious~ my first. I didn’t even have to add sugar, which I usually refrain from) and the company I was with made the wait more bearable. It helps to do scissor kicks or whatever it takes to stay warm.
Food: I was going to order the same thing as my friends, but a dish with chorizo called to me...The Paella was lovely. Served in a small skillet with a fried egg nestled in nicely seasoned, well cooked orzo rice, corn, chorizo and some greens. The only criticism I had was that I felt they skimped on the chorizo which should be a highlight of the dish. The chorizo pieces were thin slices and I maybe received 5 in my dish. For $12, one should be able to see the sausage. Otherwise, the dish as a whole was good. I’d order it again if they had better portions of the chorizo.

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