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superhunkdougalVancouverSince September 28, 200821 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value4 (3.8)
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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Steamy, Fun, and Tasty
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

The decor isn't anything special, but its highly entertaining watching the pork boil away in huge stockpots and the cooks pulling noodles out of the highly efficient pasta bath.

The entire set-up is highly efficient as a matter of fact. Boiled pork serves as the base for the stock, and then mixed with miso/shoyu/whatever plus some pork and vegetables. Basic, tasty ramen.

Service is friendly and cute.

I personally think the ramen here is delicious. The broth is simple (and salty), but combined with the fatty-melt-in-your-mouth pork and spot-on noodles it ends up being mouth-watering delicious every time.

A great place for a quick bite to eat, and an even better place to take out of town visitors for a unique taste of Vancouver.

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Pho Kim Penh Xe Lua540 West Broadway, Vancouver
My go-to hole in the wall
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 1:13am [Dine in]

The banh mi (Vietnamese sub) is absolutely killer here, everytime I bite into their pork sub I feel like I'm tasting it for the first time. Amazing, amazing value, especially at $3.50 or so.

Pho is solid, as are the noodles. Spring rolls are greasy and tasty, salad rolls are weak but still decent enough to order once in awhile.

Service is always friendly here, although the nighttime server doesn't bother giving you a hot tea like the daytime crew. She is friendly but usually a bit stressed out.

As a working chef, however, this place is a godsend at 1 in the morning on a Wed. when my hot food options are normally limited to food poisoning at 7-11. Always solid, always tasty.

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
Nothing says Vancouver like Gyoza King
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 1:07am [Dine in]

As a chef I love eating here late at night: cheap, tasty, and relaxing.

As a Vancouverite I love taking my visiting parents here: friendly service, unique menu items, and a sweaty/fun atmosphere you won't find outside of Vancouver.

The food here is always delicious. Simple and to the point. Most recently I had monkfish livers with ponzu sauce (a strong liver taste + a strong ocean taste balancing each other out), deep-fried squid balls, the awesome shrimp/chive gyoza, BBQ Eel with egg, and the mandatory kimchi fried rice. Awesome.

Service here is always spot on, although not always fluent in English. But at the end of the day who cares, it is genuine, friendly, and down to earth - just like the entire Gyoza King experience.

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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
Great value, average food
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

Despite all the hype Market is a (small) step above Earl's/Cactus Club in terms of food quality. Everything is nicely prepared but it is entirely bland and average. The setting is modern and comfortable, service perfectly competent, and the prices are very reasonable.

For starters I have tried the artic char sashimi (fresh and served very simply in an uncomfortable bowl), truffle pizza (again very simple with a mild truffle flavour), and the beef tartar with onion rings (poorly seasoned).

For mains the sable fish was nicely cooked but it was poorly garnished and served with a mild and rather bland broth. The steak was nicely portioned but again bland.

Desserts were barely worth noticing, with the passion fruit pavlova being almost overtly bitter to eat, chocolate cake being starchy and boring, and the ice cream trio being nothing you couldn't make for yourself by browsing through the ice cream section at Save on Foods.

In the end Market is a fine choice for the business lunch crowd but to have it uttered in the same breath as i.e. Lumiere, West, the Pear Tree (etc.) is laughable.

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Rich Ocean Seafood Restaurant777 West Broadway, 108, Vancouver
Shockingly terrible experience
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

We were led awkwardly into a corner with a few other tables of non-Chinese. I looked across the room and plates of steaming food and attentive servers were flying out of the kitchen towards tables of families celebrating Chinese New Year. This instant feeling of segregation was not a good start.

We attempted to order a number of items (offal, seafood) that were not available and when asked for recommendations our server simply replied 'mixed vegetables'. Again a sense that something was not quite right.

The squid dish that came out first seemed to be incomplete. It was deep fried, overtly salty, and entirely dry. No garnish, no sauce, nothing. The pork dish that followed reminded me at a college stir-fry attempt.

Our server dropped the bill and didn't even bother asking us if we enjoyed our meal or not. I have never felt like such a second-class citizen in a restaurant and with so many solid Chinese options around Broadway and Cambie I can assure you that Rich Ocean will be ignored forever.

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DB Bistro Moderne2551 West Broadway, Vancouver
Oustanding from start to finish
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

The DB burger is delicious but its really nothing but a marketing tool used to grab the attention of the masses. None of the components (foie gras/short rib/the beef itself) are really defined but it is unquestionably decadent and maybe a bit over the top. The fries are amongst the best I've had in Vancouver.

On other visits I had the Artic Char (cooked perfectly with the crispy skin left on) and the Duck Confit (as good as it gets in Vancouver, with an insanely rich 'Lyonnaise' style poutine served with duck jus and mushrooms).

Service is relaxed, friendly, but also entirely professional. The atmosphere is soft, comfortable and entirely neat. Combined with the fair pricing there are very few rooms in Vancouver with this sort of price point that can provide such a solid experience.

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
Amazing Charcuterie
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

The charcuterie at Campagnolo is in a league of its own - presented simply and incredibly delicious. The coppa di testa was especially memorable. Outstanding!

The agnolotti was delicate and cooked perfect but a few more portions would have made it feel like a truly excellent value.

My chicken was deboned and its crispy skin laid like a blanket over a bed of sausage and sweet red peppers. Amazing and comforting.

Service was unfortunately very poor: our server was cold and apparently wishing she was elsewhere, all of our attempts to ask her about the food were met with three-word blunt replies and then a quick escape back into the kitchen.

Italian food can get away with being simple and rustic, Campagnolo takes these two qualities and pairs them with perfectly prepared food. Worthy of a few visits!

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
Intense, high quality Chinese food prepared with skill
Submitted Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

I ended up here because 'Happy Together' restaurant was closed for the holidays. The restaurant was very clean (possibly newly renovated?), with an open kitchen. The friendly service only added to the deliciousness of the meal.

Savoury Pork Claypot : Meatballs sitting on top of of cabbage, translucent yam noodles, with hunks of shitake, ginger, and earthy tiger lilly buds. The meatballs were perfectly fatty and loaded with a rich flavor.

Mandarin Garlic Tripe: the tripe and sweet red and green peppers matched well, but it was the cloves of garlic that were cooked long enough to have the texture of potatoes yet the subtlest of taste the made the dish truly outstanding.

Xi'an White Lamb Stew: the server warned me that the lamb flavor was intense, and it was - but it was followed by the mellowing taste of cilantro, cabbage, sweet onions, and lightly starchy pieces of noodle. A stew with so many layers of true flavor.

The food tastes and appears as if it is prepared by a brigade that understands not only how to manipulate flavor but present it in an aesthetically pleasing way.The dishes have a homemade feel to them but also an incredible level of depth. I will be back!

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Legendary Noodle4191 Main Street, Vancouver
Fantastic Noodles
Submitted Monday, January 5, 2009 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

There probably aren't too many cities in the Western world where you can watch handmade noodles being prepared for you, and then paying around $7 to eat them.

The noodles are bold and delicious tasting, and go perfectly with the rich broth, loads of meat, and fresh vegetables.

A great hole-in-the wall establishment and an exceptional value!

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
Spicy!
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

I was truly impressed with the service here: friendly, caring, and to the point.

The steamed dumplings were brilliant, as were the flawless radish cakes (a must have!).

For the more daring diners who enjoy a challenge there are a number of offal and obscure items on the menu: the ox lung was delicious with its strong chile and cilantro flavours.

Spicy, top-notch Chinese food.

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Bin 942 Tapas Parlour1521 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Hit and Miss Food
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

Have eaten here a few times and it can be hit and miss.

The pork belly has been excellent the three times I've had it, and the hummus with fried bread is in a league of its own.

The 'pomme frites' plate is a disaster, a heaping plate of pommes alumettes drizzled in a balsamic glaze that ends up being not only difficult to eat but cold by the time you've had a few bites.

The hanger steak is covered in a painfully sweet maple syrup glaze that turned my stomach.

Service is always fine, if not a little faux-flirty transparent.

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Toyo Sushi2211 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Outstanding Sushi, one of Vancouver's Best
Submitted Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 2:23am [Dine in]

Having just moved to False Creek I decided to stop at Toyo while doing some late-night shopping on Cambie. I figured they could use my business as they are unfortunately ground zero with regards to the Canada Line construction. The restaurant was mostly empty and the place had an air of unhappiness to it, but the server was kind, outgoing, and down to earth.

I ordered the Toyo House maki and a combination plate with tuna, salmon, hokigai, tako, ebi, tekka maki.

The house roll was incredible. A beautiful presentation and loaded with eel, shrimp tempura, mushrooms, and cucumber.

The combo was a truly exceptional value with the freshest fish that was almost too delicate to be real.

This is expertly crafted sushi delivered with pride and a great level of skill, I will do my part in ensuring they stay in business by exploring the menu as much as possible!

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Asian Garden Restaurant636 Davie Street, Vancouver
Cheap, generic, solid
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

I've probably walked past this place a million times and never bothered trying it out for a handful of reasons: the business has changed hands a few times, the generic name, the fact that its usually empty, and I'm always weary of unfocused menus.

I tried the Pho Dac Biet (special beef noodle soup) and the Rice vermicelli with lemongrass chicken, both were perfectly edible but nothing to rave about.

The Pho was pretty bland and generic. I'm going to assume the stock was powdered and the meat processed.

The Vermicelli and Lemongrass chicken was pretty standard fare as well: bland with a light hint of lemongrass, but with enough flavours and textures (spring rolls, peanuts, fish sauce) to make it difficult to not enjoy in a fast-food sort of way.

Portions were huge and cheap. Service isn't there on any level: a couple of young fellas chatting away in their native language in between taking your money.

I'm going to assume this isn't a labour of love in any way shape or form, but it makes a filling and cheap lunch.

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Daikichi Sushi1346 Burrard Street, Vancouver
A poor knock off of Yamato
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

Below average sushi, hardly fresh tasting and sloppily prepared.

The menu is almost a clean knock-off of Yamato sushi on Davie and Seymour - the 'house rolls' are entirely copied - but everything is of a lesser quality and prepared with less skill.

There are many, many superior options within walking distance of Daikichi.

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Saigon Venture1310 Burrard Street, Vancouver
A rainy day saviour
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

Finding myself soaked head-to-toe after being caught in the rain on the Burrard Bridge, I immediately headed towards Saigon Venture hoping that there was some decent Pho waiting to warm me up.

I was greeted at the door by the husband and wife team who sat me down, grabbed me a towel to dry myself off with, and poured me a cup of tea.

My pho was decent enough - rest assured there are much better in this city - but it was piping hot, aromatic, and loaded with beef and tripe. The broth was simple and certainly could use some more depth, but it still hit the spot.

Soup, spring rolls, and a drink for under a tenner.

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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
It's all been said before...
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

Nicely presented charcuterie (paper thin slices of meat - lovely!), cheeses, and suitable accompaniments. 3 items (3 cheese, 2 meat 1 cheese, etc.) for $15. I would have personally ordered a few pates/terrines if they were available but wouldn't bother with a second plate.

Very nice wine selection, and a few tasty beers to boot. Was especially happy to have a 500ml bottle of Bombrdier available.

Service team seem bored but eager to explain the items available.

It's all been said here before - worthy of a curious visit but at the end of the day making your own plate by heading to Granville Island and choosing from Oyama's display case of vivid colours and mouth-watering descriptions is much more fulfilling.

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Solid food, nice pints
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

Fish and chips were very tasty, not overtly greasy and well seasoned. Curry sauce was...interesting to say the least - I believe a visit to a proper Irish take-away is in order to properly understand what a curry sauce can do for a nice plate of chips.

Bangers and mash was also very nice, sausages were very mild tasting but at least they weren't covered in charcoal.

Menu is very small at this point, but I believe time and an emphasis on the quality of the food will only lead to good things.

Very nice pours of Guinness (and reasonably priced), but I personally believe the Black Frog a couple of blocks away has the best Gastown pint.

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Salsa & Agave Mexican Grill1223 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Best and certainly most authentic Mexican in Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

This restaurant works on so many levels:

1) Beautiful tacos, flautas, sopas.: The lengua (tongue) tacos here are outstanding - lovely textures that go well with the fresh accompaniments. Also the closest one will get in Vancouver to al Pastor Tacos (someday!).

2) Weekend visits here are a must for the menudo (tripe). A Mexican friend mentioned to me that this is a Mexican hangover cure, and I must admit that it always hits the spot! Unreal!

3) The mole, when available, is rich and hearty. A perfect (if not punishing on this gringo's digestive system) cold day dish that fills you up for hours.

4) Finally, the tortas (think a Mexican sub) are the best deal in Yaletown for a quick and very cheap bite to eat.

Oh for a liquor license!!!

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Ukrainian Village Restaurant815 Denman Street, Vancouver
Delicious and down to earth
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

This is a family-run business and while clean and charming I believe its true strength lies in the fact that it is a refreshing change of pace from the increasingly plastic face of Vancouver dining. Husband or wife greet you, a few ladies working away in the kitchen, and an entirely relaxed and comforting atmosphere. Perfect.

Let's not forge the food though, which is always reliable, delicious, and filling. I love the schnitzel here - pounded super thin and always cooked perfectly. The paprika chicken falls off the bone and is wonderful on a rainy day. The perogies are mouth-smacking good.

A few bottles of Obolon beer or the incredible "tea" (made with a few splashes of red wine) round everything out, and always makes for a super cheap meal. I have nothing but good things to say about the Ukrainian Village!

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Beautiful, Classic Food
Submitted Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

The service at Le Crocodile is outstanding - professional, charming, and not overtly snobby. I loved starting dinner with a perfect Manhatten poured at the table.

My sweetbreads were perfect - crispy and nicely seasoned, and my duck main course was cooked exactly as I had requested.

Foie gras starters were flawless, and my dinner companions both agreed that their Halibut and Bass were expertly cooked.

Total professionalism from start to finish!

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