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sushiman989East VancouverSince March 6, 200636 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3.1)
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Pho Thai Hoa1625 Kingsway, Vancouver
That Best of Vancouver Silver Medal Was a Long Time Ago Now
Submitted Friday, September 30, 2011 - 10:44am [Dine in]

I've been to this place 4 or 5 times now so I thought I'd submit a review. Let me start off by saying that they do make good pho with tasty broth and generous quantities of garnishes. The wife and I usually split a pho and a rice dish. The grilled pork chops and lemon grass chicken are consistently well prepared, no complaints there. They also make a good salad roll and some good coffee.

My main issue with this restaurant is the service. The servers seem generally disinterested in your business and it often takes a while to get them to acknowledge your presence. I've also had them forget to bring beverages like shakes several times while other diners who arrived after us received the same thing I ordered. I'm not sure if it's bias towards the regulars or that's just how it is but I'm unimpressed.

Overall, the food is standard Vietnamese fare. Given the number of similar restaurants on Kingsway, I'll go elsewhere in the future.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
Go to the pub side and stick with the beer
Submitted Friday, July 29, 2011 - 11:22am [Dine in]

I've been to YBC a couple times over the years for drinks but never eaten there. The menu is pretty similar to Taylor's Crossing in North Van as there appears to be a Mark James Group template. The difference is, Taylor's Crossing has quite reasonably priced daily specials. Obviously, the rent is likely higher in Yaletown but I can't help but feel ripped off. Most of our group ordered burgers as they're probably the cheapest entrees and they looked impressive. Not a tonne of flavour in the beef so adding cheese and bacon is probably recommended. The onion rings are enormous here but coated in a beer batter so thick, it ends up being a greasy mess and left one diner longing for A&W rings. Myself, I ordered the meatloaf with mushroom and potato hash as I was in the mood for some comfort food. Everyone on my end of the table remarked that my meatloaf portion was incredibly small. For $16.99 I either expect large portions or a high quality product and this was neither. I've had better meatloaf at the average greasy spoon diner.

The wandering magician that visits tables was entertaining and they did shoot some confetti over us for the members of our party who had a birthday so that was a nice touch.

I went for the taster trio to sample several of the beers including the Nut Brown, Stout and IPA. Decent brews and miles ahead of the swill the mega breweries have convinced us we like. However, I find that the beer here doesn't really differ much from any of the other BC craft brewers in terms of quality or adventurousness. If you want a really interesting beer experience, I suggest St. Augustine's or the Alibi Room. If you live in Yaletown, the proximity to your home may be the only advantage of going to YBC.

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Bard & Banker Pub, The1022 Government Street, Victoria
A place to grab a beer and enjoy the interior.
Submitted Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

Stopped in at the Bard for lunch today with a couple of old friends. The interior of this place is fantastic and you can definitely tell they pumped a lot of money into building the interior. This is reflected in the price of food as many reviewers here have commented. I opted for a burger which was on the steep end at $15 but a good pub burger is hard to beat when done right. Sadly, the burger here is made with a frozen patty and tasted much like a Whopper from Burger King, but 3 times the price. I should have expected this given the location of this place as it's a tourist trap for people who will eat there once, drop a tonne of cash and then leave the city. I doubt this place has too many regulars.

Service was adequate but the servers didn't try too hard. I would definitely consider coming here again to grab a pint as the beer prices are comparable to other downtown pubs and I really like the atmosphere. I'll just make sure to grab a bite to eat beforehand.

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Suga Sushi Japanese Restaurant5728 University Boulevard, #201, Vancouver
Go for the Korean Dishes
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

I've always wondered why people expect that only Japanese-born people can make Japanese. Surely a Chinese or Korean chef could move to Japan and learn how to cook authentic Japanese food. Anyways, this is a Korean restaurant that serves Japanese food. I've had both in the past and the Japanese is nothing special, much like many of the restaurants across this city that is plagued with cheap, low quality sushi. The bento boxes are filling but students will find a better deal elsewhere. The best food at this restaurant is the Korean dishes including bibimbap and the spicy stews. My only complaint is the extra charge for the dolsot bibimbap. I don't think I should have to pay a couple dollars more for the hot stone bowl which is the best way to eat this dish. They also give you all the traditional side dishes you'll find at other restaurants. Mmmmm, kimchi! Anyways, I agree with other reviewers who claim that UBC has no really great sushi restaurants but they do have a pretty decent Korean one in Suga Sushi. They should focus on Korean as there are 3 other sushi places in the village as it is.

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Cheshire Cheese Inn5645 West Boulevard, Vancouver
It's a place to drink and not much more.
Submitted Monday, May 17, 2010 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Cheese a few times so I thought I'd write a review. It's supposed to have the feel of an English pub but it feels more like the inside of my grandma's living room. Still, it's a comfortable enough place to sit and have a few pints and they have TVs to watch the game. The beer list is pretty standard including Big Rock and the requisite Guinness but nothing too adventurous. Nothing too special about the food, it's average pub fare. They make a decent plate of nachos and the burgers are decent considering they use frozen patties but beware: My friend ordered a burger and then added cheese and bacon and they charged him an extra 4 dollars for these toppings. Ouch! I once had the turkey dinner that came in fairly generous portions but was severely lacking in seasoning. As mentioned by another reviewer, the clientele is fairly old, much like the neighbourhood.

Service varies here depending on the staff. Usually it's pretty good as the servers make sure you're taken care of without being overly in your face. On busy occasions you may find that you're ignored/forgotten if you sit on the patio. I go to this place because it's probably the best option on Dunbar, not because there's anything special about it.

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Two Parrots Perch & Grill1202 Granville Street, Vancouver
Great breakfast on Granville
Submitted Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 10:04am [Dine in]

Having burnt a few calories during the Sun Run, a few friends and I stopped by Two Parrots on a Sunday for some brunch. I'm not sure what the decor is supposed to be, maybe a Caribbean-themed place? Anyways, they have mostly tables and no booths so we put a few tables together by the window.
I ordered the Senorita vegetarian breakfast burrito which comes with hash browns. They use grated potato for hash browns here that are crispy and greasy with just enough seasoning. Mmmmm hmmm. The burrito was generous and came with copious amounts of salsa and sour cream. At $9.50 it was a steal.

Other dishes ordered included french toast (3 large slices of baguette dusted with powdered sugar), chicken strips and fries and a mushroom cheddar burger with a side salad. The burger was enormous and seemed to be hand packed. I'll have to come back and try it some day. Everyone was quite satisfied with their food and although the menu isn't incredibly innovative, the food is well prepared and comes in generous portions.

I noticed they have specials many days a week including a $9.99 burger and beer on Sundays which is a great deal. This is definitely a solid place to grab a bit without breaking the bank if you're downtown. Service was efficient but not in your face and they kept our jug of ice water full to rehydrate. Two parrot claws up!

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Kimono Japanese Restaurant869 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Average Japanese food at best
Submitted Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 9:53am [Dine in]

A group of my friends decided to check this place out as we had time to kill before a movie across the street. The interior is fairly dark and they don't really have seating for larger groups like the 7 of us so they pushed a few tables together. Our group ordered a variety of dishes including ramen, roll combos, bento boxes, gomaae and fried rice.

The ramen isn't anything that you couldn't make at home and not nearly on par with any of the places like Benkei or Kintaro. It also had a lot of non-traditional ingredients like peas, carrots and green pepper and the most bland broth I've ever tasted. I'll take a bowl of Nong Shim or Ichiban over this any day. The sushi looked OK but didn't really stand out from any other place in town. The gomaae looked enormous but closer inspection revealed that the spinach salad was buffered by a pile of lettuce which was disappointing. There is really no great value here, it's not super expensive or a bargain which is fine.

Service was poor. One member of her party didn't get her order until 15 minutes after the rest of us even though it was the same combo another person ordered. We shared some hot sake which didn't come until halfway through the meal. Considering this place was less than half full, this was fairly weak service. I think most of their business comes from their proximity to the law courts and the theatre and I won't be back. I'd rather get a Japadog up the street.

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Sushi Bang500 Broadway West, #100, Vancouver
The Bang is in the Bento
Submitted Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

I've been given a hard time for going to Sushi Bang by a friend who has heard some horror stories about the place. I've been going their on and off for about 9 years and I've yet to get food poisoning or some kind of parasite. That being said, I always avoid the cheap sushi specials because who wants to eat super cheap raw seafood anyways? I usually grab a bento box or a bowl of udon. The menu seems to be identical to that at Kitsilano sushi - is there a company selling generic sushi menus out there? Anyways, the bento boxes are $6.50 and you'll leave stuffed. I usually get the vegetarian one and you can add fried tofu to the veggie teriyaki for a buck. Nothing outstanding about the food here except the price and the fact that they finally got rid of the fluorescent lights during a recent remodel.

Sadly they have started serving shark fin items on the menu so I won't be back. I won't preach about how wasteful and cruel shark finning is but there are plenty of Japanese restaurants out there that don't sell it so they'll be getting my business, even if it costs me an extra buck or two.

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2001 Flavors Plus Potatoes595 W Pender Street, Vancouver
One of the Better Ghetto Slices in Town
Submitted Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Vancouver is awash in cheap pizza and most of it is fairly mediocre. The only standouts I can think of are 4 Brothers, Uncle Fatih's and... 2001 Flavors. This is probably the best purveyor of cheap slices in the downtown core. Lots of cheese and sauce and a pretty good selection of slices ready to go. The crust is pretty light and puffed up and the golden tinge to the cheese suggests they have their ovens turned to just the right temperature. It's oily goodness most of the time. It's an OK place to sit in if you don't mind staring out at the homeless guy by the bus stop but what do you expect from a $1.50-a-slice joint? Most of the staff are pretty friendly so no complaints. It's better than the other places in the same stretch of Pender and I make a point of stopping by whenever I'm heading to Waterfront. Solid!

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Ba Le Sandwich Shop701 Kingsway, #21, Vancouver
Grab a sandwich and go.
Submitted Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

I've had Vietnamese subs at a variety of East Vancouver restaurants and this is by far my favourite. I usually get the special sandwich which has several types of cold cut, pate, may and thinly sliced pickled veggies. The chicken sandwich is also pretty good although it doesn't have quite as much flavour. At $3.25 per sandwich, this is outstanding value. The interior isn't much to look at but then it's more of a take-out place than anything else.

I haven't tried any of the baked goods but the spring rolls aren't anything special and their dipping sauce isn't very good. Stick to the sandwiches and you'll leave satisfied.

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Aoki Sushi1888 W. Broadway St, Vancouver
Best Vegetarian Sushi in Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

Vegetarianism is a foreign concept in Japan so it's not surprising that there aren't too many vegetarian options at most Japanese restaurants. However, Aoki Sushi seems to have nailed it with a wide variety of rolls including pumpkin, purple yam, tofu, tamago (egg), gomaae and shiitake mushroom, oshinko and cucumber . They also make an awesome avocado roll which has avocado inside and thinly sliced on the outside. A work of art! I haven't tried the fish here but it smells like fresh seafood in the restaurant which is a good sign. The famous Pink Godzilla roll (kiwi and strawberry on a deep fried chicken roll with a variety of sauces) is interesting although I'm not sure all the parts work together. However if you eat them individually it's not bad but at $9.50 it's pretty steep.

Service has been good both times I've gone there and my tea cup was always full. I would definitely come back to this place for the vegetarian menu. Thumbs up.

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Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood Pub3728 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Excellent East Vancouver Pub
Submitted Friday, April 9, 2010 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

There aren't too many pubs in this neighbourhood which makes Cedar Cottage the local watering hole. The beer selection is OK, they have many on tap but it's kind of lacking in microbrews, sticking to Keiths, Molson, Guinness, Stella etc. It's quite spacious with several couches and a fireplace and a tonne of screens to watch the game which makes this a prime sports bar.

The food is the highlight of this restaurant. The Cottage burger is one of the best pub burgers in Vancouver and everyone I've taken their enjoys it. They do hand pack their patties contrary to what other posters say and the burgers are always moist and awesome. The rest of the menu is pretty solid including gigantic ballpark wings, bangers and mash that actually tastes home made and also a variety of daily specials. Great value too as many of the items come in at under 10 dollars and rarely above 15 unless you order the prime rib on the weekend.

So if you want to watch the game and check out a hidden East Van gem, check out Cedar Cottage. They have an outdoor patio in the summer too which is shaded by vines and away from the street noise. Thumbs up to this place.

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Cambie Vietnamese Restaurant4136 Main Street, Vancouver
Best Vietnamese Restaurant I've visited.
Submitted Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 10:11am [Dine in]

I used to go to Cambie Noodle Soup (as it says in the window) with my roommate all the time and I was sad to see that it disappeared when they built King Edward station. However, after I was pleasantly surprised to find it at it's new location on Main St. The owner is SUPER friendly and everyone I've brought here has been most entertained during the meal. Good variety on the menu including the usual grilled meats, spring rolls, vermicelli and rice dishes that you find in most Vietnamese restaurants but with generous portion sizes. The pho is also excellent with good quality thinly sliced beef - as it should be. Most of the reviews here sum up what a great place this is so I don't have too much to add. The decor is a bit cheesy but it's bright and clean so I'm OK with the array of plastic plants. Stop in for a steaming bowl of soup or one of their combination plates, some salad rolls and an iced coffee and you won't be disappointed with the experience.

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Cedar Cottage Coffee House1303 Kingsway, Vancouver
One of the better coffee shops on Kingsway
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

Kensington-Cedar Cottage is somewhat lacking in coffee shops so I was glad to find this place among the Vietnamese and Chinese places that dominate this stretch of Kingsway. They have a fair amount of outdoor seating under an awning so you can enjoy a coffee out there rain or shine. They make pretty good Americanos and lattes although the decaf Americano they brew is pretty week. I've also enjoyed the London Fogs and chai lattes on occasion. The best aspect of this coffee shop is the baked goods that they make in-house. Huge muffins that are 70% top which I always appreciate and they have solid paninis and breakfast wraps. The staff are usually quite friendly but they tend to play hipster indie music in there. I heard the place is expanding in the future so stop by and check it out.

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Jim The Greek's Taverna9441 120 Street, Delta
Basic Greek food in Delta.
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Jim's on and off for several years now so I thought I'd write up a review. It's a pretty average Greek restaurant complete with vines on the walls and ceiling and placemats with a map of Greece on them and nothing pretentious about the place. I've only seen it really busy once, on Valentine's Day, but most of the time the place is half full. Therefore, I would expect the service to be better than it is. The servers are friendly but often times the order takes upward of 40 minutes to arrive and the pita bread shows up after the entrees. On the aforementioned Valentine's visit the waitress lost our order so we paid for our drinks and left.
Food wise, it's very comparable to other Greek places in Vancouver like Olympia, Stepho's etc. Souvlaki, roast lamb, moussaka, dolmathes... all the usual suspects. The calimari comes with excellent tzatziki and lots of lemon and the pitas come hot out of the oven brushed with olive oil. My only complaint is that every dish comes with the same lemon potatoes, rice pilaf and Greek salad as every other Greek place I've ever been to. There must be more interesting sides in Greek cuisine and if anyone knows of a place that's different, I'd love to hear it. However, if you want basic Greek food, this place is quite reasonably priced and worth a trip if you're in the neighbourhood. Just be prepared to wait a while for your food.

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Felicia's2492 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Gambled and lost.
Submitted Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

My buddy and I were looking for a hole in the wall to check out so we stopped in at Felicia's which is run by an older woman who may or may not be Italian. The interior of this restaurant is pretty random with various newspaper clippings and paintings on the wall and decor straight out of the 1970s. There was only one other patron inside at noon on a Saturday. We both ordered a cappuccino and the lunch special which was a tomato-based beef stew with gnocchi, salad and bread. The food was actually pretty good with the exception of the burnt garlic toast. However, when we received the bill, things went downhill. It was $40 including tip which is pretty steep for a lunch at a relatively run down East Hastings joint. I doubt I'll be back because I could have made the same meal at home several times for that price.

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Cool place but the gratuitity policy is an issue
Submitted Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

I went to the Transcontinental on and Olympic Saturday because every other establishment in town was full or had a lineup. It's actually pretty neat grabbing a beer inside the old Waterfront station and the place has a great environment. Three of us split a plate of nachos which were actually pretty good with a nice cheese/chip ratio but at $18 were probably the most expensive nachos I've ever had. The beer is Steamworks fare and definitely hit that spot and came in aroun $6.50 a pint. Service wasn't super attentive but our server made sure we had everything we needed. My main problem is the mandatory 18% gratuity. Gratuity is not a right and if the services is horrible, I reserve the right to reduce the tip. With the pending HST, you're looking at 30% on top of your bill so beware before you go.

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Duffin's Donuts1391 41st Avenue East, Vancouver
The Social Hub of Kensington Cedar Cottage
Submitted Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

Duffin's is one of the few hangouts in this part of town that isn't a pub or a Vietnamese restaurant so I've been there many times over my 3 years living in the neighbourhood. It's always pretty busy whether it's bus drivers, cops, teenagers or workers grabbing a bite to eat. It's a doughnut shop and fairly clean and brightly lit. The menu is pretty scattered ranging from pastries to Mexican torta sandwiches to Chinese food. I've never ventured over to the Chinese side as I tend to stay away from steam table food where I'm not sure how long it sits there. However, the torta sandwiches are excellent value and delicious. I recommend the chorizo and egg or the machaca which comes with fresh avocado, tomato, banana peppers and lettuce. Given that Tim Horton's donuts have been shrinking over the years, Duffin's makes a superior product and has a solid variety. It's a no frills dining experience but if you're waiting for a bus, stop in and grab a bite.

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Mirch Masala9545 120th Street, Surrey
Left satisfied with my Mirch Masala experience.
Submitted Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

Tried this place last Friday after going past it on the bus for years. The interior is nice enough, tile floors and mood lighting. It was pretty busy on a Friday night which was nice to see. We ordered the chicken vindaloo, mutter paneer (peas and cheese), rice, naan and a sweet lassi. Service was excellent and our food arrived within 20 minutes of ordering. The vindaloo was great, filled with chicken and onions and no potato filler which I've encountered before. The matter paneer was also among the best I've had. The basmati rice is $3.50 which I thought was a bit expensive but you do get a generous helping garnished with fresh cilantro. We even got a complimentary gulab jamun to finish off the meal which, if you've ever had these syrup soaked dough balls, is more than enough dessert. I will definitely be back.

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Bon's Off Broadway2451 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
Cheap, but nothing special
Submitted Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

If you live in East Vancouver, eating at Bon's is a rite of passage. It's greasy and cheap hangover food. I've been there a couple times with friends although I've never had the $2.95 special, preferring to try the pancakes and omelets which are decent diner fare and nothing more. The interior is kind of interesting with movie posters haphazardly strewn on the walls and the servers are usually pretty friendly. My main problem is the cleanliness. There are often flies zooming around the dining area and dried food and ketchup on the walls near the tables. I guess Bon's has a lot of history to it, making it somewhat iconic in that part of town but if you're not from the neighbourhood, it's not really worth the trip.

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