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synchroVancouverSince November 3, 200811 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.4)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.4)

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Omnitsky Kosher Delicatessen5775 Oak Street, Vancouver
Poor Value for your Money
Submitted Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

I've been to this address many times in the past when Kaplan's was here. The food was always very good, service and value for your money too.
The restaurant part has changed. The Ambiance is okay except for the overly bright lights hanging overhead. They could reduce the wattage and safe some money on the hydro bill. I ordered my standard sandwich and a drink taking note of a price hike for the sandwich. To 'supersize' it would have cost $14.95. What I failed to note is that their smoked meat isn't Montreal Style Smoked Meat. So I was a little disappointed in that. The meal came fairly quickly, delivered to my table (you now take a number on a stand to place on your table). I didn't find anything special about their smoked meat - just ordinary I'd say. But the sandwich was small, no slaw but they did throw in a pickle. It was on bread the size a ciabatta. I read the rest of their menu board and nearly choked on $12 for a hamburger and $16 for a double-burger. Maybe it came with lots of fries - who knows. So sorry, I won't go back. No Montreal Smoked meat. Small portion. Just not value for your money.

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Disappointing - dine elsewhere
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

When the best part of your meal was dessert and the wine, it begs the question: what's wrong with this picture?

Our waiter was good, attentive and polite. No negatives on that side of the house. But, it's cramped seating and a noisy ambiance. If that's your thing, then you're in the right place. We ordered different pasta dishes. One was acceptable but not great, the other somewhat warmly mediocre. The main courses ordered were pork chops and lamb. The pork chops were good and the just plain lamb tough. We had wine with our meals as well as dessert. The dinner was not worth the price. All I can advise is to shop around town for a better, more consistent Italian restaurant.

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Au Petit Chavignol845 East Hastings St, Vancouver
They Got My Goat...
Submitted Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 2:19am [Dine in]

Sorry for the punny title...
I dropped by Au Petit Chavignol mid-afternoon and just had to try their Mac & Cheese. It was a good solid dish, cheesy, creamy, hot, with a nice crisp topping of cheese. My only complaint was the portion size - too small for the price. I would need two to be full, so I ordered a size of bread and a beer. Total came to just over $20 so not too bad. Service was fast as there were only a few tables occupied. I dropped by their gourmet cheese shop next door which has a fantastic assortment of gourmet cheeses.

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Mac Shack, The5395 West Boulevard, Vancouver
A Bad Mac Adventure
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2012 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

Let me start off by saying that I love a good Mac and Cheese and I confess, it is one of my favorite comfort foods. So, when I saw a chef from The Mac Shack on TV cooking up what looked like a delicious Mac and Cheese, I was hooked. I found the address and headed out. The place wasn't busy and most everyone already had their food. I was the single customer at the order counter, waiting and waiting and waiting. The girl was on the phone then running around behind the counter. After standing there for about five minutes, I was finally served. I wanted plain old Mac and Cheese - no extras thank you. It's not that I'm not 'food' adventurous. It's that I wanted my first Mac meal here to be pure and unadulterated.

What should have been a warning sign was the 'you-pick-and-add menu board'. Yes, you pick your pasta, you pick your sauce, you pick your meat or vegies, and you pick your size. You pay and they give you a number and bring your food when your order is ready. The 'cook' takes a skillet, throws in pasta, pours in your sauce, adds the veg/meat, covers the top with a layer of cheese and throws it in an oven. I suddenly got a flashback to Ramsay's Nightmare Kitchens where there are multiple plastic bins of macaroni, white and red sauces, vegies, pre-cooked chicken, beef, shrimp, all sitting around waiting to be mixed together, heated and served.

I wait about ten minutes before my food arrived. It came in an iron skillet with a protector sleeve on the handle. It did look appetizing. There was a very thin layer of cheese on the top that had been browned. I punched in with my fork to discover a pool of milky sauce and elbow macaroni. I picked up a few morsels and tried to grab a bit of the top cheese layer. Tasteless. I tried a second bite hoping my taste buds had been momentarily shut off. Nada. No stringy cheese you pull away from your plate and wrap around your fork; no perfectly cooked macaroni bathed in cheese swimming in a thick creamy sauce; and no thick crispy layer of cheese on top. Just a milky, tasteless blob of over-cooked macaroni. I finished my drink and left after two bites. Pretty disappointing. (Not sure if this is related to what I ate, but an hour later, I spent the next few hours frequently visiting my bathroom.)

The price was right for the portion size but it definitely lacked quality. It was not traditional the Mac and Cheese I'm used to. I have my doubts if any of their cooks or the head chef has had a real Mac and Cheese.
I've had this sort of Mac & Cheese before when I lived in the southern states. It's very common in the 'all-you-can'eat' restaurants where quantity is more important than quality. And the similarity to The Mac Shack is uncanny. I wasn't looking for a gourmet meal, just some good old home cooked Mac and Cheese. But you won't find it here.

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Poncho's827 Denman St, Vancouver
A visit I will not repeat.
Submitted Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 9:19pm [Dine in]

We dropped by during the early evening when it was not too crowded or busy. Service was good - we had no problem there. The paella seafood dish was pretty bland with tough small shrimp. The enchiladas with mole sauce was terrible. Nothing special about the 'homemade' mole. Two enchiladas were drowned in an ocean of mole with a tasteless cheese spread on top. Greasy rice sitting on a lake of mole. It was not easy to get through our meal. Very disappointed and won't be going back.

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La Belle Patate1215 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good Smoked Meat and Poutine
Submitted Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

I had to try this place so I dropped by late on evening and had a smoked meat sandwich. Very fresh, hot, generous potions of smoked meat. Very tasty and authentic. Only thing is I wish I could put on my own mustard - but it was all good. I got a small poutine to go. It wasn't so good. I guess it needs to be fresh. The only downside I found really was the quite loud and always metal (trash/heavy). I guess it's there for the owners/staff and not for the customers. Still, I'd go back :-) )

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Moxie's Classic Grill1160 Davie St, Vancouver
Hit and Miss
Submitted Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

I've dinned here before, usually with acceptable results. This evening, however, it failed on three fronts, which I'm thinking might be caused by who happens to be on the grill in the back. The seating and service was prompt and polite. No problems on that front. I ordered my usual slow-roasted baby back ribs. They proved to be tough and hard to cut through. The broccoli bordered on raw as if it had been passed near a boiling pot of water but did not actually get in or near it. And finally, the 'coffee' was instant - Tassimo or some other instant mix. Terrible after you've had a bad meal and just want a decent coffee. I have no idea why they have the fireplace so hot - it was over 27C/82F anywhere near the fireplace there! Sorry, I'm not going back and wasting $40.

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Dunn's Famous827 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Save Your $$$
Submitted Friday, December 30, 2011 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

I'm a big fan of Montreal Smoked Meat having lived in Montreal and been to Ben's and the original Dunns on St. Catherine's St. So when I heard Dunns was coming to Vancouver, I was excited.

There are booths with small tables in the front of the place. Pop music plays in the background. The seats are uncomfortable and the table is tiny. A coffee, cream and sugar container, and my sandwich took up all the table space. How two people can possibly eat together, I'm not sure. Maybe these are for singles as I saw the booths in the back occupied with couples or more. My server was good at getting my order but never came back to refresh my coffee. I eventually had to wave someone down.

I ordered latkes and the small 'medium' smoked meat sandwich. Smoked meat at Dunns comes either lean, medium or fat. The latkes came with sour cream. I ask for apple sauce and was told it was not available but the server would ask the kitchen. A few minutes later and voila, applesauce appears! The latkes were greasy and not very good. The smoked meat sandwich was packed with lots of meat. I noticed the bread had been pre-spread with mustard on both sides but there was no mustard on the table. I asked for extra mustard and was given a mustard container from which a somewhat watery stream gushed. Warning: the hole in the container is large and not needle nosed. When I picked up the sandwich, the bread started falling apart. I mean pieces of it just fell onto the plate and the sandwich would not stay together in my hand. The smoked meat, while generous was not very tasty (despite being 'medium'). I also wanted to try some hot mustard or Djon on the meat but none of these condiments were available.

The mediocre smoked meat sandwich and greasy latkes were reasonably priced but coupled with downtown parking on Seymour, uncomfortable seating, annoying music and the lack of standard condiments I'd expect for any place serving smoked meat, all add up to a big no thanks, I'm not coming back.

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All India Restaurant1188 Davie Street, Vancouver
A Take-Out order
Submitted Friday, July 15, 2011 - 10:21pm [Take-out]

You'd think this one would be easy to do - no rush, no pressure. The place was basically empty. I sat at the bar and ordered from the take-out menu. Paneer pakora should never be this dry and chewy. Scattered among a few raw vegies were a poor imitation of the real thing. They tasted as if they'd come out of a Safeway frozen foods package, and not freshly made as I'm used to. The other big disappointment was the chicken curry. I ordered some naan and steamed rice and when I spooned the curry on top of the rice, I re-covered the container and got out some naan. There was a pool of watery tomatoe-like sauce on the side of the plate, ie the sauce had no body and very little flavor. So basically the worst curry I've had in 25years of eating East Indian food. The naan was acceptable but the rice... well, I've had better home-cooked basmati rice. It's not overpriced - it's just the food is bad. So, overall, poor. I won't be back.

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Golden Pita Lebanese Restaurant9630 Cameron St, Burnaby
Authentic, tasty & spice
Submitted Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

Okay, let me start by saying I'm biased about this place. I've eaten here a lot and rarely been disappointed. Seating is small, about 18-20. The'll put tables together for groups of people, so don't be afraid to ask. Decor isn't going to win any prizes but it's very clean and the staff are friendly and always helpful. You won't be seated so find your own table, then talk to anyone behind the counter. If you're a vegetarian, there are lots of great tasting dishes to fill you up: falafel, stuffed grape leaves, lentil soup, greek/fattoush salad, spinach pie, foule, and spice/zaatar pies. The are very accomodating when you are asking for substitutes.

The daily specials are simple, quick and tasty: Mousaka (roasted eggplant); chicken & rice plate; beef shawarmas. Their beef/chicken rockets, wow pie, chicken donairs are all tasty, quick and easy meals. Their kibbeh is heaven, wraped in a pita wedge and covered with baba ghanoush.

The humous is homemade and fresh as is the falafel - not premade mixtures most places use. The falafel is superb. The tabouleh is the best in town. Either lentil or chicken vegetable soup with greek salad and chicken fattoush is a great meal.

Personally, I think the place shines on Saturday when they serve several special items: Cheese Pie; Zaatar Pie; Meat Pie; and Foule. Think of 'pie' like pizza pie. The pies are made from homemade dough about 8 inches: meat pie - covered in spiced ground meat; zaatar - spices (thyme, oregano, etc); cheese - a mixture of mozzarella & feta. Foule - a mixture of several type of beans in a stew of delicious garlicy sauce eaten with wedges of pita bread. These are excellent and tasty.

Desserts - lots of fresh, homemade items to choose from. I liked baklava or tamara with Arabic coffee. They have excellent rice pudding, humus & garlic spreads in their take-out fridge.

You can't go wrong here. The food tasts great and the price is certainly affordable.

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Cafe Luxy1235 Davie Street, Vancouver
Cafe Luxy
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2008 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

Made reservations because it was Saturday but we went early, so they were not needed. Only a few customers were inside when we arrived. By the time we left, the place was full with a small line waiting at the door.

The waiter was attentive and let us ponder our food choices. Even as the place began to fill up, he came back to our table frequently. The drinks, appitizers, and food came quickly.

I read the earlier comment about mussels and sure enough, someone in our party ordered them to share. They were not as fresh I would have liked. The ceasar salad and bread which came with the dinner were good. The pasta in all of the dishes was overcooked: cooked a minute or two less would have been perfect. There was too much sauce also and the scallops were tiny and infrequent. The portions are generous and we had to package up some pasta to take home. The wine we had was excellent, recommended by our waiter.

The decor, table, laybout is good. My only negative comment on this apsect is that when the place began to fill, the ambient noise level rose.

So an acceptable meal for the price. I was disappointed by the pasta. Get that right and I'll come back for more but for now, I'll come back and try their breakfast menu.

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