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tahititradewindsSoutheast VancouverSince September 9, 20064 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Rekado's is THE FLIP Place to Eat!
Submitted Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 1:38am [Dine in]

As soon as the family stepped in, we instantly knew this was going to be a different dining EXPERIENCE. The decor was inviting...the quality wood laminate floors, the specially placed and arranged lighting, the mural, the music, the cleanliness, and even the washrooms had that fusion/ ultramodern feel to it.

The waitress and host were of course Filipino, but carried themselves as highly polished professionally. They knew how to really treat dining customers - very accomodating and paying attention to what we needed.

We were in a "soupy" and moist mood , so we had shrimp sinigang, kare kare, barbecue chicken on skewers, and for desert: leche flan and mini-turon with toffee cake. (Of course, we also had rice!!!). Firstly, great presentation! Nice mod-looking plates as well as the bowls in which the sinigang and kare-kare were lovingly cradled. How about the taste? To die for! The sinigang was just the right lime/sour taste (unline Pin Pin's restaurant which was too lemony). The shrimp I mean prawns were monster-sized. The kare-kare was very tasty, perhaps a little too thin in thickness, but delicious indeed. The barbecue chicken tasted homemade and savoury. The deserts had a nice twist. Leche flan had nuts and pineapple on top and surrounding it. The mini-turon/toffee cake/ice cream combo really complemented each other for our taste buds.

The price? It was reasonable; for the 5 of us: $70 total including the tip. We would have spent perhaps $20 less at Pin Pin Restaurant, but personally, because of the lack of the long-line up, the spacious and more private feel to Rekado's, and the feeling of being an important customer via the well-presented food and decor, I would say the higher price was worth it.

Overall, I'd recommend Rekado's if you like to be pampered and if you don't like eating in a noisey, over-crowded restaurant and which may also cause you the slightest concern about cleanliness.

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Duffins Donuts4898 Main, Vancouver
A Negative Experience
Submitted Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 1:28am [Dine in]

A Negative Experience
I had been going to Duffin's Donuts on Knight and E.41st since the first day it opened. I would be there with the kids for after-school snacks, or I'd be there entertaining business clients and partners. The food is okay. Beware, though, they do use MSG . The owner said that's just how it is and shrugged. Our personal favourites are the viet chicken sandwhich and also the green bean dish. I also like the fact that they have complimentary tea. This was also my go-to place for those times when the wife was at work, the kids were at school, and I just wanted to go somewhere out of the house to have a cup of coffee and read the paper. Parking was always available...nice. I'd spend on average $50 to $75 a month there. The only qualm I had was the poor clean-up service. Usually, they won't go around to clean up the tables right after someone leaves. Most of the time, I'd have to smile and ask them to do it. However, after July 1st, things started to go downhill. This was when I noticed they kept on charging the 7% GST, whereas they should charge 6%. I didn't make a big deal about this the first 3 or 4 times, since the difference was only a few cents. But then, in I did mention this in last week of July, and they said they were still working on having their cash register machines re-programmed, and that anyways, the were submitting 7% to the government . Fair enough. Now, at the end of August, I was pre-paying 3 large trays of food for a party, and the bill went over $110. I pulled out my cellphone calculator and discovered they still charged 7% GST!! I told them I was only going to pay 6%. The lady got her boss on the phone (who was perhaps at their other location), and the boss said they changed it to 6% already. I told them I had a calculator. There was a few seconds of silence. Then she told me to leave and to not buy anything from there again. Beware !!

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Pinpin Restaurant6113 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Pin Pin Restaurant for a Hungry Family!
Submitted Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 1:15am [Dine in]

We stopped by to dine at a Pinoy / Filipino Pin-Pin Restaurant located in Vancouver August 19, 2006 . My wife's co-workers had been raving about the food there, especially the super-sized halo-halo.

This evening we had daing, sisig, sinigang and bicol express. The sisig was to die for, ie. deliciously crunchy and tasy. The Bicol Express was spicy yet bearable and also tasty. My daughter loved it. I think she inherited my love of hot spicy foods. Our sinigang was too lemony, as my wife remarked.

The waitress was somewhat friendly. Overall, the ambience was comfortable, almost home-like cozy. It's a small restaurant, but apparently it's popular. There were at least 15 people waiting outside when we came in at about 6:45pm, and there were around 8 people waiting when we left 1 hour later.

Yummy!

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Duffin's Donuts1391 41st Avenue East, Vancouver
A Negative Experience
Submitted Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 1:08am [Dine in]

I had been going to Duffin's Donuts on Knight and E.41st since the first day it opened. I would be there with the kids for after-school snacks, or I'd be there entertaining business clients and partners. The food is okay. Beware, though, they do use MSG . The owner said that's just how it is and shrugged. Our personal favourites are the viet chicken sandwhich and also the green bean dish. I also like the fact that they have complimentary tea. This was also my go-to place for those times when the wife was at work, the kids were at school, and I just wanted to go somewhere out of the house to have a cup of coffee and read the paper. Parking was always available...nice. I'd spend on average $50 to $75 a month there. The only qualm I had was the poor clean-up service. Usually, they won't go around to clean up the tables right after someone leaves. Most of the time, I'd have to smile and ask them to do it. However, after July 1st, things started to go downhill. This was when I noticed they kept on charging the 7% GST, whereas they should charge 6%. I didn't make a big deal about this the first 3 or 4 times, since the difference was only a few cents. But then, in I did mention this in last week of July, and they said they were still working on having their cash register machines re-programmed, and that anyways, the were submitting 7% to the government . Fair enough. Now, at the end of August, I was pre-paying 3 large trays of food for a party, and the bill went over $110. I pulled out my cellphone calculator and discovered they still charged 7% GST!! I told them I was only going to pay 6%. The lady got her boss on the phone (who was perhaps at their other location), and the boss said they changed it to 6% already. I told them I had a calculator. There was a few seconds of silence. Then she told me to leave and to not buy anything from there again. Beware !!

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