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surfer_53VancouverSince December 30, 20054 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.9)
  • Food4.5 (4.5)
  • Service4 (4)
  • Value4 (3.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 4 of 4 Reviews Found
Wolf and Hound, The3617 West Broadway, Vancouver
The Sum of Its Parts
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

If you've been to this place anytime in the last year and prior to that, you probably know this place is under knew management. The atmosphere has shifted somewhat from a place where you bring kids and some guy plays the fiddle on a Sunday morning over a full Irish breakfast to a slighty schizophrenic little place that isn't sure if it wants to maintain what made it great or become a run-of-the-mill sports bar. I'm still giving it high ratings, because the food and service are still solid, but if you wanted a place that felt like an authentic Irish pub and got some mildly impressive decor and a Guinness, you'd probably be disappointed.

The menu itself is notable for its fries, poutine and onion rings, which have all maintained their standards. Everything else is slightly unremarkable, e.g. the fish and chips are very good (I mentioned the latter before), but they're not the best I've ever had. As a whole, it still comes together quite nicely, and is still a cut above pretty much every other pub in the area.

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Flamingo Chinese Restaurant7510 Cambie Street, Vancouver
The single best overall Chinese restaurant in the city
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

Fine, I'm biased. I've been coming to this place all my life (27 years), and for good reason. There isn't a single better place to come day in and day out for anything from dim sum to hot and sour soup. Their lemon chicken is easily the best and most well thought out of the city. Most places envision lemon chicken as the Asian equivalent of fish and chips, and if you have a gluten sensitivity like I do, that ain't workin'. Fortunately, for $11, what you get is actually real chicken breast, lightly coated and pan fried with a reasonable lemon sauce, as opposed to that gelatinous gunk they try to give you at most places - and you get 2 full breasts of chicken. The other dishes vary, but by and large they're top tier.

For me though it's their Sunday dim sum that is the hero. Maybe I just like 9/10 of my items to be served hot, but maybe that's just me. These guys have you covered, and aren't too heavy on either the fried stuff or the steamed stuff.

Most of all, and this is going to delight and turn off some, this isn't a greasy spoon. What you're getting is highly authentic, but I seem to remember a chop suey dish for those inclined. And I've probably been hitting on the same cute, helpful waitress for the last 27 years, and she still hasn't aged. Maybe that's too personal, but some places give you that feeling of home, whether you've been there all your life or not.

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Moby Dick Restaurant15479 Marine Drive, White Rock
Best Fish and Chips
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

Now I'm sure as a responsible person I'm supposed to state information that if you're not already aware of - oh well, more for me. Eating deep fried food of any kind is probably not going to keep you around into your 90s, but if you're coming here every single day, first let me restate MORE FOR ME, and God bless you - at least you'll leave us with a great taste in your mouth. I hope I spoke slowly enough for the people who have inevitably become addicted to this place.

Also, is it really ethical to give someone 3 pieces of fried fish when they order 2? Sorry, I must have gotten distracted with all the beer in my stomach and the fish I've managed to cram into my mouth. Oh yah, and the hot waitresses. They're going to kill all of their customers, just saying. Or at least there will be a lot of really symmetrical people out there. There probably should be a city bylaw that treats the products at Moby Dick like other illicit drugs, so I wouldn't be surprised if there's a little somethin-somethin in the batter besides beer, know'm sayin'?

Fresh food, great service, the owner is really personable and if you can't read the menu too well, he makes you feel like you're not getting ripped off. This is what White Rock was all about for me growing up.

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Mona's Mezza Bistro and Lounge1128 West Broadway, Vancouver
It's a good thing I'm at work
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

Why? Because I don't have the time to go on and on about how great this place is.

Now that business seems to have picked up and the doubters have caught on that the people responsible for this shrine that is now my proverbial crack dealer, Wassan and Miss Mona and their devoted group of servers/friends/cute girls (and guys, occasionally - this is an equal opportunity establishment) hoping for free food have realized the quintessential lunch spot in the Kitsilano-Fairview area.

Lunches range from $4 for a small soup or salad (made from scratch and varies day to day, week to week) to $8 for a Lebanese sandwich (basically the best donair you've ever had) made on freshly baked dough). The place is also versatile in the sense that if you have allergies, or are a little person (cheese manakeesh, that's all I'm saying - they'll never eat at McDonald's again), there are usually enough accommodating options. Be prepared to for a short wait for the hot items, as this place doesn't just flop turkeys. On the plus side, if you're worried about being late coming back from work, you'll probably be so full you'll just call in sick and drink lebanese tea or sip Arak (similar to Ouzo, without going chefy on you) all afternoon and get a taxi home.

If you're still not looking for someone to carry you out of the restaurant (whether it's because you're bursting or the Arak knocked you into the middle of next week), they have an excellent dessert menu, including several different types of the best not-too-sweet baklava on the planet (which is great, because by the time they make me a diabetic, Wassan should be financially able to pay my medical bills when the country and the health care system goes broke). PLEASE COME TO MONA'S BISTRO... it might just save my life. And if you don't, I don't care - just keep them in business and there'll be more zataar (lamb sandwich) for me. Fortunately for me, Mona's Mezza Bistro is easily the healthiest spot on the strip.

If I sound like some hack with a financial stake in the business, you're half right. I'm just trying to get on the payroll and make some easy money, that's all this is. I'm just counting on working tastebuds and a frugal wallet. What did I say about work?

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