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TerrrrryVancouverSince March 15, 20109 Reviews
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3 (3.1)
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Displaying 1 - 9 of 9 Reviews Found
Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen1141 Davie St, Vancouver
Food 4 thought
Submitted Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

For those who have followed my experiences, you know I do not mix my words, nor do I hesitate giving a bad review if one is deserving. I am pleased to say that my experience eating at Gurkha was an experience that I would recommend to anyone who is not afraid of good, fresh food on the spicier side. The flavor of the food was not sacrificed for the spice, nor was the quality for the size of the kitchen (which is small indeed) I will be returning again tonight to take friends from out of town for one of the best new restaurants on Davie st.

The Chef came out to every table to ensure the quality and happiness of every one. I watched other tables enjoying their meals and nothing was left over. I told the Chef that I appreciated his point of view and noticed as he took pride in the compliments.

I started with the chicken skewers, followed by the prawn skewers. Potato salad was brought out on the house and was a nice mild break from the spiciness of the first two appetizers. I had the lamb dish with the chutneys and Roti. They were flavorful and the rice with a hint of clove kept my taste buds trying to guess the different flavors.

As I was having such a wonderful culinary experience, I did not finish my meal and also had dessert. the warm rice pudding was gone in about 30 seconds and left me wanting more. The service was relaxed and efficient and the mood of the place is calming and pleasant.

I will not attempt to try and spell all of the dishes, so I suggest you check out the menu at Gurkha.ca and look for yourself. I hope you take a chance and try this deserving restaurant on Davie street. The only drawback is that it is not wheelchair accessible, but if you can walk up the stairs, imagine climbing up a Himalayan Mountain to heaven.

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Panz Veggie1355 Hornby, Vancouver
Food4Thouught
Submitted Friday, December 16, 2011 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

As a non vegetarian, I resisted this restaurant because I like my meat dishes. I am glad that I went and tried it as I have been back 3 times. Sheila the owner really cares about what she puts out of the kitchen and wants her customers to leave satisfied. I have left full and the food tasted clean and fresh. the ambiance is calm and clean. the service is respectful and I am glad that I overcame my lack of wanting meat at all meals. I will be bringing back friends. enjoy.

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Grounds for Appeal845 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Food 4 Thought
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2011 - 9:43am [Dine in]

As someone who has eaten at this location for several years, I never really gave it any thought to review it, as the cafeteria style setting looks hardly like a restaurant, but if you look past the fact that there are only discard-able dishes and cutlery, you will find some excellent curries. the restaurant is clean, spacious and airy and has a mixture of professionals, students, tourists and locals.

Every day there is a lineup of fifty plus people who know the menu off by heart, myself included. Rita (the owner) takes great pride in her food and I can honestly say that her lamb curry is the best I have ever eaten. I also fall back on the butter chicken as one of my staples as well.

It has the usual daily menu board with soups of the day, sandwiches of the day and your choice of entrees. As it is in the Law Society building on Cambie st. (Just passed the library on Robson) most people will never have the chance to taste her deliciousness unless you need to come to the building.

Try it as an adventure and an outing with the reward of good food. I bet you will go back,

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Priscilla's1047 Davie Street, Vancouver
Food 4 Thought
Submitted Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:14am [Dine in]

After a couple of disappointing adventures, it was so refreshing to have good honest food again. Priscilla's (formerly Gigi's) Still the same owner, has started updating the look of her restaurant for the changing times and listening to customers is going in the right direction.

The Ambiance is still on the retro side with Moroccan lamps and a 60's feel, but it is extremely clean, inviting and warm without being intimidating. One of the hidden gems on Davie st. The service was excellent and attentive without being in your face.

As I looked around at all of the other tables, everyone was enjoying there food and having a relaxed time of it. The smells of the food passing by our table made me want to try the dishes going by. A good sign! People left with smiles on their faces, another good sign!

As there were three of us for dinner, I sampled all of the dishes. I had the roast lamb, which was fork tender and the vegetables were beautifully on the al dente' side. There was also a lasagne which had a good sauce, with plenty of meat and the salad was crisp, The Shepard's pie was very tasty and to my plesant surprize not over salted as with most Shepard's pies. The portion was perfect for all of us and we left full.

The owner came out to every table and chatted with the patrons checking on thier meals, which I thought was really classy. I am sure that when the restaurant is hopping, this might not be able to be the norm, but it was nevertheless a sign that she cares about her customers, food and the dining experience, who could ask for more!

The wait staff was professional and friendly and the manager made sure everyone was enjoying their experience. The Pianist Perry was a delight and took requests. I am looking forward to going back and sampling more the next time I go. I give it three golden toothpicks and a thumbs up!

Happy eating.

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Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant703 Denman Street, Vancouver
Food 4 Thought
Submitted Monday, July 25, 2011 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

I have never been so disappointed in a restaurant. I went on a Monday with 10 friends. It happened to be 50% off on that night. I ordered the 4 course meal for $30. It was a good way to check out the quality of the menu and seemed like a good deal,

First course was shrimp cocktail. tough and rubbery. Next I had what was supposed to be lobster and crab bisque. It tasted like canned tomato soup with some crab thrown in for texture. There was not a hint of lobster flavor and it was not a bisque. Entree was Veal steak with pasta. There was absolutely no flavoring on the meat, it was simply grilled and put next to cooked penne with a thin sauce on it. I have had better pasta sauce in a jar! Lastly, I had the Tiramisu for dessert. Once again it lacked flavor and after such a dissapointing meal I never finished the dessert. I also never finished the entree.

As there were 10 of us who went to this restaurant we called and specifically asked if they could do separate bills for the table over the phone and we were informed That that would be no problem. our waiter/owner? was a complete dud who couldn't get anyone's order correct and twice I reminded them at the table about seperate bills. When it came time to pay, the waiter/owner appeared after we had finished and told us that he couldn't do seperate bills for us. He also put on an 18% gratuity for the table.

Several of the people at our table seemed to be given random numbers for the amount to pay as some payed with credit card or debit. After being challenged on wrong prices, he would make up a new number for the person to pay. My meal came out to $ 42.90 and as there was already tip included, I payed and still did not get a receipt for my meal. I have not worked out if I was charged correctly, but it doesn''t matter as the bitter taste left in my mouth still lingers as I write this review.

Here is the kick of the matter, there was a lineup out the door, because people thought they were getting a good deal with 50% off. It did not seem to matter that the quality was sub standard, his formula seems to be working and he is doing a booming business, but if you like good food and care about your restaurant experience, I would advise you to keep clear of this restaurant. I will never reccommend this restaurant and I will never go back.

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Pho Goodness1183 Davie Street, Vancouver
Food 4 Thought
Submitted Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 10:37am [Dine in]

Those of you who follow my experiences in food, know that I like my hidden gems and hole in the wall delights. Pho Goodness, which has just opened on Davie st, could have possibly been one of those places. I am sorry to say that I don't think that this restaurant will be able to make it unless they drastically change their quality of food as Davie St. diners are a tough bunch of people to please.

I have eaten Vietnamese food for almost two decades and have traveled to Indonesia, so I have a basis on what good Pho is. Here is my experience at Pho Goodness and you decide from it. The first time I went and stood at the counter, I was told that it would be about 15-20 minutes before my food would arrive. As there are approximately 8 tables, I was not prepared to wait that long. I left, still curious and would return the next day to see how the line up was.

My hope was that the food was good and it was going to be the next hotspot downtown. I ordered the Pho Tai (plain beef) which came to almost $ 8 dollars, a little steep for Pho, but if the broth was special, I would pay more for the experience.

The first thing I noticed was that the broth was weak. After putting in the basil, bean sprouts and lime I dug into my first mouthful. I was very surprised to find that they had soaked the rice noodles in salt water to give it more flavor to offset the weak broth. I thought it was a cheap trick to maximize profits. Not at good start.

As someone who tries to be conscious of others who might be eating this, all I could think was that anyone who has high blood pressure should not eat this. I still tried to enjoy the soup and hope that it would grow on me, but after finishing only half of the soup, I gave it up for lost. The beef was a small portion, the broth was weak and the rice noodles were salty.

I do not give it any hidden gems, nor will I go back unless I hear that serious changes have been made to the quality of the food. The broth is the heart of Pho, and with a weak heart, there is no reason to go back. Happy eating and food experiencing.

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Cuu Long3911 Knight Street, Vancouver
Food 4 Thought
Submitted Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

I have been going to Cuu Cong for over 17 years and as someone who is hard to please, this is one of the most hidden gems in the city. It is an unassuming little hole in the wall and the decor is nothing to write home about, but the heart and love that this family put into their food keeps me coming back time and time again.

I/We, as my friends have all gotten hooked on Cuu Cong regularly call each other and say the words PHO SATAY! This Pho dish is one of our all time favorites as well as the GIA YO ( deep fried spring roll dishes) the red bean rainbow drink is a must as well.

They have recently introduced a green papaya salad which is also out of this world. Having watched the children grow up before me and now have children themselves, I can only hope that they will follow in the tradition of keeping this hidden gem going for another generation to come.

Tell them Terry sent you!

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Food 4 Thought
Submitted Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

As many of you know who follow my Food 4 Thought reviews, I am more into the little hole in the wall, mom and pop operations, but I also do enjoy fine dining. Diva at the Met, not only surprised me, but exceeded my expectations.

The service was outstanding and attention to detail such as individual bills being handed out correctly without even having to ask who's bill was whose( there were 14 of us at the table) to the 4 wait staff placing our plates in the correct order. The food was hot and well presented.

Dinner was $50.00 approx. per person, so it is not on the cheap scale, but as an experience it was certainly worth the money. I had the cauliflower soup with black truffle infusion and buttermilk chicken. for desert it was a delicious round of chocolate heaven mousse with miniature rum balls.

Please give this restaurant a try if you want to splurge and have a memorable experience with someone special

Terry Halliday

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Khunnai Chang Thai Cuisine835 Denman St., Vancouver
Food 4 Thought
Submitted Monday, March 15, 2010 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

Food 4 Thought.
By Terry Halliday

As a self professed food geek, whose hobby is eating as well as cooking it, I feel confident that I can pass on some hidden gems of restaurants and places to eat that won’t break the bank or aren’t so stuffy or pretentious that the only thing you get is attitude.
My passion is finding those Mom and Pop operations that believe in their food and not the formula operations that seem to pervade our communities and choke out the wonderful experiences of finding a hidden gem.
I am known to drive to different places for a craving in town or out, as I believe that food is one of our last sacred rituals that we still can all share.
One of my favorite in town restaurants is a small place called Kunnai Chang. Located at 835 Denman Street close to Robson and Denman, it is an unassuming front with a chalk board sign that greets the passersby.
If you are looking for a Planet Hollywood eatery, you won’t even notice that it is there. This is what makes it a hidden gem.
The owners, Loong and Bob, are kind, friendly and believe in their product. Having eaten there often, I have gotten to know them personally. Their staff is always gracious and attentive.
I have never had a bad meal there or have been disappointed in the quality. I do have some particular favorites such as the Chicken Satay skewers, the Prawn Panang and Pad Thai are usually on my list of must haves. Their peanut sauce is divine. I have watched with awe as they hand carve chrysanthemum flowers and leaves out of carrots. Try to get that from Earls.
Madame Elephant (It’s English name) is simple in its décor. Its plain walls are only meant to be the backdrop of a good time shared with friends eating good food. When you are enjoying yourself, who cares what a place looks like. It is clean, simply decorated and filled with the love of Thai cooking.
Try this restaurant, as I believe you will come to appreciate it as I believe in the honesty and integrity of the people who own Kunnai Chang and who make really good food.

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