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sushiman989East VancouverSince March 6, 200636 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Displaying 21 - 36 of 36 Reviews Found
L.A. Chicken11780 Thorpe Road, 160, Richmond
Fried Chicken Destination
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 1:14am [Dine in]

I found out about this place through an attempt to find the best fried chicken in town so a couple friends and I went to try it out. The menu is pretty standard, similar to KFC and we opted for 3 piece meals that come with fries, a drink and gravy. I think it used to be a Lee's Famous Recipe joint at some point and they have probably preserved most of the menu items. The chicken was very fresh, straight out of the fryer and quite moist. The extra crispy lived up to it's name although the seasoning on the regular chicken was much better. Great peppery gravy too. The atmosphere isn't much to speak of, a few chairs and tables and wallpaper that looks to be straight out of a 1980s dentists office. Who cares though, when the chicken is delicious. This place is out of the way but worth the trip for chicken lovers.

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Ovaltine Cafe251E Hastings Street, Vancouver
May have nostalgia for some but not for the faint of heart.
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:19am [Dine in]

My dad loves to go down to the Ovaltine whenever he's in town as he used to go down there in the 1960's before the DTES became a haven for the homeless and drug addicted. The interior of the Ovaltine is kind of neat, it looks as though it probably did in the 1940's when it opened and the neon sign is one of the few remaining reminders of the heyday of old downtown Vancouver (a moment of silence for Save-On-Meats, please). Every time I've been there it's the same server, a middle aged woman who seems rather worn down from working the Ovaltine day after day. The food is average diner fair, burgers, breakfast all day, club sandwiches etc. I usually get the 3.50 breakfast special with a stack of pancakes. Decent food but nothing special. Breakfast is comparable to Bons or any of the other cheap greasy spoons.
The main drawback to the Ovaltine is the other patrons. Many of them have apparent mental health issues and there is the occasional argument between couples and you might have to endure some incoherent ramblings directed your way. I've never felt unsafe there but it could be a shock for those who have never left Kits or Yaletown. There is a police station behind the restaurant so cops often cut through the kitchen for a coffee. I guess this is worth checking out for snapshot of an old Vancouver diner, but it's also a sad reminder of what has been lost down there with the combined the social problems and historical buildings being torn down for new condos.

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Red Sea Cafe670 E Broadway, Vancouver
I'm hooked
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

I've been taking the bus past this place for quite a while and decided to finally check it out yesterday. We went mid afternoon on a Sunday so the place was empty but we sat down anyways and were greeted by the owner who promptly brought us menus and water. The two of us shared the dinner for two which consists of two vegetarian and two meat dishes. The food came on a large platter accompanied by crepe-like bread that you tear off and use to pick up food. It's rare to find utensil free restaurants in town that aren't fast food so this was a unique experience. The chicken and beef dishes were quite spicy but very flavorful and balanced by the mild bread. The vegetarian fare was milder but still quite enjoyable. Great value and quality food. I highly recommend this for something different.

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Burger Heaven Restaurant77 10th Street, New Westminster
Not quite heaven but worth a visit.
Submitted Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

I had heard of this place through a friend so a bunch of us from work went to check it out. I ordered the Hulk Burger which turned out to be two massive patties with loads of cheese. The patties are hand packed beef which was nice to see given that the burgers aren't cheap. Mine was juicy with a good amount of condiments. Everyone in our party seemed happy with their meals including my buddy who ordered the "Awesome Awesome Awesome" which had 4 patties. I think it's debatable whether that is a burger since he needed a knife and fork to eat it but he seemed satisfied. Burgers come with massive wedge fries that are plentiful and tough to get through. The milk shakes are decent but could use more flavour. You will definitely get your burger fix at this place, bring your appetite.

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Helen's Grill & Restaurant4102 Main, Vancouver
Yep, it's a diner.
Submitted Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

I recently checked out Helen's as part of my endeavor to eat my way through the finest greasy spoons of Vancouver. My friend and I sat in a booth on a Saturday morning, complete with a comfortable dent for my rear end from years of patrons eating at Helen's. I ordered the standard breakfast, sausage, eggs, hashbrowns and toast. Our server was pleasant enough and efficient. Our order came roughly 5 minutes after we placed it. No complaints although I would prefer chunky hash browns over the shredded potato ones they use there. Coffee, breakfast and tip came to around 15 dollars which is on the expensive side compared to some of the east side diners. I would go back but you won't get an experience that would make this a destination if you're not from the neighbourhood, just reliable diner cuisine.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1465 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Pulled pork is the way to go
Submitted Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 1:52pm [Dine in]

In a city with more vegetarians per capita than anywhere else in Canada, Memphis Blues House is a pretty decent way to tame your inner carnivore. I've been there several times with friends and tried the Memphis and Elvis platters. I've had better BBQ at various festivals but you get a lot of meat for your money. The pulled pork is melt in your mouth tender despite the fact it's drowned in BBQ sauce. Decent sides include potato salad, baked beans with a nice little kick to them and corn bread. My main problem with this place is the brisket. Every time I've been there it's dry and lacking flavor. I will stick with the pulled pork or the BBQ chicken in the future. Overall, solid BBQ if you don't have time to cook it slow at home.

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Nooru Mahal4354 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Great little Indian Place on Fraser
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

Nooru Mahal is gem in a stretch of Fraser street that is lacking in culinary diversity. Most of their meals include rice, pappadums and a small salad and will leave you full but not stuffed. The dosas, which are similar to savoury crepes, are also excellent although I would recommend getting them when you have time to sit down for dinner in the restaurant as they are prepared smaller for take-out. The service is great as well. I can't say much for the atmosphere here as it's a pretty small restaurant but they often have Bollywood films playing if you're a fan of the genre. I've been back several times whenever I have a craving for good, affordable Indian cuisine.

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Modern Club3446 Dunbar, Vancouver
Stick with the sushi
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

The specialty at Modern Club is the okonomyaki, or japanese pancakes. While mine was filling, I noted that it was mostly cabbage which is unacceptable for a 16 dollar dish. My dining partners ordered some of the specialty rolls which were generous and pretty good quality. The teryaki dishes are also ridiculously expensive. Quite honestly, I've seen similar quality teppanyaki from Edo Japan in any food court. I would return for the sushi but their so-called "signature" dishes aren't worth the money.

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Fuku-san Japanese Izakaya Karaoke Restaurant4380 No.3 Road, #1150, Richmond
Good Izakaya
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

I've been to this place a couple of times. The prices are quite reasonable with attentive service and excellent quality of food. Excellent yam fries and okonomyaki and a good mix of Japanese and Korean dishes. Karaoke selection is decent, better if you speak Chinese or Japanese than English but Fuku-San is worth checking out for a different take on Japanese food. The only drawback is the horrendous parking in Parker Place.

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Mayflower Cafe5083 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Classic Diner Food
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

Don't expect anything Fancy at the Mayflower. This is a standard diner with a basic menu. I've been there for several filling breakfasts and although the interior is rather spartan, it's neat to eat in a place that probably hasn't changed since it opened. Prices are quite affordable and the service is decent.

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Save On Meats Coffee Shop43 West Hastings St, Vancouver
Get in there before it's gone
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

This building is a throwback to a bygone era of downtown and with all the condo development going on, it may not last. The burgers are pretty standard, meat, cheese, lettuce etc. but the hand-packed double patties make this burger outstanding. The fries were pretty greasy but for 5 dollars you can't beat this burger. It's as good as anything you'll get at Vera's or Fatburger and worth the dining experience if you don't mind the quirky folks that hang out there. Staff were very friendly and service was quick.

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Budgies Burritos44 Kingsway, Vancouver
Hard to find better vegetarian burritos.
Submitted Friday, November 9, 2007 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

I stop by this place every time I'm near Main and Broadway. The burritos are huge albeit more expensive than your average Taco Time fare, not that I'm complaining. Try the Henry burrito with soy sausage, it's fantastic. No complaints about the service, I always get my food and I'm on my way. There's not much space here so I haven't sat down to eat and listen to the melancholy indie music the staff love to play.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Dine here if you're afraid to leave the West End for Indian Cuisine
Submitted Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

I ate here with some people from work. The server was rather surly and suggested that we go for the buffet even though half our group wanted to order off the menu. The buffet was average with series of generic Indian dishes and little for dessert. The a la carte food was slightly better although it took nearly 30 minutes to arrive. The decor is ok though. The main drawback was the servers attitude and poor service after our initial seating. I won't be back since I'd rather make the trek to Main Street or Commercial any day.

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Fritz European Fry House718 Davie Street, Vancouver
Best frie shack in town
Submitted Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 6:57pm [Dine in]

I've stopped by this place a couple times after work. The poutine is excellent, best I've had outside Quebec and better than most of the stuff you'll get in Montreal. Their regular fries are great too, freshly cooked with great dipping sauces.

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Frenchies! Montreal Smoked Meat751 Helmcken Street, Vancouver
It sure isn't Schwartz's
Submitted Friday, March 10, 2006 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

I'm a big fan of the Montreal smoked meat but don't go to this place if you prefer Schwartz's deli in Montreal over anything else. The portions are incredibly small and over priced and you can buy smoked meat like this in the Safeway deli. I didn't try the poutine but I wouldn't ever go back for a smoked meat sandwich ever at this rip-off joint.

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Shabusen Yakiniku House755 Burrard St, Unit 202, Vancouver
Low grade sushi and service
Submitted Sunday, March 5, 2006 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

A few years ago the food at Shabusen wasn't too bad for an all you can eat place. Sadly, it has gone downhill. The sushi is sloppy and hastily put together. Most of the hot dishes are too greasy to be enjoyable. The service was pretty terrible, we practically had to get up from our table and chase down the servers. Although I appreciated the all-you-can-eat concept here as a starving student, I won't be going back.

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