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The Main Street TrollVancouver, BC CanadaSince December 21, 200911 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 11 of 11 Reviews Found
Athens Pizza & Italian Food2444 Main Street, Vancouver
Great food and quick!
Submitted Friday, February 5, 2010 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

I've gone to Athens twice now to order take-out. The menu is great and the food was served quickly. This is a pizza joint with some good Greek food.

I ordered the gyro and salad and I can say this is up there regarding bang for your buck on Main street. The gyro was typical with all the usual toppings and my only minor complaint would be the overwhelming garlic taste left in your mouth from the tzatziki. The Greek salad was amazing and perhaps one of the best ones I've had in awhile.

I'm not sure if this place was a restaurant back in the day but now it just felt like my Grandma's dining room. They have old battered up tables with some off-putting white wall paper and a giant menu that looks like it hadn't been changed from the 70s. If this is just a waiting area then cool but I would never have a serious sit-down meal here. I wouldn't know if it was a fast-food McDees atmosphere or a nicer diner where you tip the waiter.

Anyways great take-out!

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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill4075 Main Street, Vancouver
Awful service... disappointing compared to our last visit
Submitted Friday, February 5, 2010 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

Our hostess seated us in a small booth next to the wall. I noticed that there were several of these and indeed they were cramped. Considering this was a tapas place where multiple dishes are brought out I felt like they didn't make the table large enough.

The menu is great and the food is delicious. We ordered 2 plates of skewers, one roll, and one congee dish. Everything was great except the skewer plate they forgot to bring out.

We followed up with the bus boy (our waitress disappeared) and he said he would check in to it. Unfortunately nothing came of it and we ordered our last drink for no reason. I'm a little confused at how they could screw up 3 times on a simple highball but at Zakkushi this happens. I had to ask 2 times for a lime in my gin and soda. Citrus in highballs is common practice pretty much anywhere in North-America, but apparently not at Zakkushi. I don't recommend ordering highballs there as they only filled the glass up with soda half-way, and don't seem up-to-date on bar-tending.

The decor is cool if your sitting at a regular table, but like I mentioned before we felt cramped in our booth. It was also annoying to hear the hostess scream something in Japanese every time they seated someone. The once amusing novelty wore off fast.

So all in all I'd say our experience was disappointing due to the lack of service. It was really annoying when the waitress decided to make an appearance with our bill in which she charged us for the dish that never arrived. We won't be back anytime soon.

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Well Restaurant, The3048 Main St, Vancouver
Great food with good portions
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice now and had a good experience both times. The service and food were great. I ordered the Jambalaya the first time and was thoroughly impressed. It was a very large portion that also included cheesy garlic bread. I could barely finish it all. This is an excellent dish with a lot of meat and seafood. The second time I was there I ordered the veal and also enjoyed it very much. The portion wasn't as big but the taste made up for it. I should mention that both of these dishes were very reasonably priced.

One thing my girlfriend and I both noticed about the menu was the fact that it was trying to be too much. It had a little bit of everything which makes me think it specializes in nothing. It had mini burgers, veal cutlet, halibut burgers, penne, and nachos to name a few. I think it would be better if they cut down the menu and had a specialty and focused on it. If I were to guess it would be Italian, but then again I overheard a waiter saying the owner was German.

The service was great and the waiter was very friendly and liked to chat. I did find that there was a lack of privacy and it had a banquet hall feel. The ambience was a bit strange and again, it felt like it was trying to be too much. There was a cartoonish sketch of some musicians on a protruding red background blended with a single LCD TV in the corner.

Overall this place has fantastic food and we had a good experience both times.

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Locus, The4121 Main Street, Vancouver
Great atmosphere and good food
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

I have been to The Locus several times in the past few years. What I love about it the most is the atmosphere. The Locus has a cool feel to it that makes it unique. There are vines going from the bar to the ceiling as well as some other funky fixtures. There are booths, tables, and a bar to choose from.
The beer selection isn't the best but it suffices and quenches the thirst. They don't seem to change it very often either. The menu is great and what I love to order the most are the burgers. The last time I went I had a juicy lamb burger and god potatoes (not greasy fries) and a salad. I was fulfilled and could barely finish my second pint.
The service is good and I've never had a problem with it. There is a high turnover in staff but perhaps that is just coincidence since I only go every couple of months.
I wouldn't recommend this place to relax on a Saturday night however. We learnt this one evening as our experience felt more club-like than lounge like. They had a DJ (well 2) and the music was WAY to loud. We had to shout at our table to communicate. I think the DJ idea is cool but they just need to lower the volume and keep the lounge atmosphere intact.
All in all this is a good place with great food.

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Five Point, The3124 Main St., Vancouver
Good food good consistency
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Five Point many times over the past few years and what I can say is the food, service, and drink have always been consistent.

The food has been served on time almost every time I've been there. There has only been one or two occasions (out of 25+ visits) where the food came out in an untimely manner.

The menu is good and offers a bit more than the traditional pub fare. They pretty much take a burger and fancy it up a bit by using ciabattas or romaine lettuce or something to that extent. The portions are of a good size and you will be full after dining.
The beer selection isn't the greatest as they have too many local brands with all the same choices (pale ale, amber, etc.)

I do find 9 times out of 10 the service hospitable but not friendly. Aside from one bartender most of the waitresses seem very business like and lack the customer service needed in that environment. No small talk, no conversation, just business. I also noticed that perhaps the Five Point has one of the largest turnovers of staff on the block. Every time I go there there is someone new working. This leads to me to suspect that whoever is hiring is doing a poor job as they perhaps are choosing the wrong candidates.

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Nikkyu3302 Main Street, Vancouver
Great bang for your buck
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

We have eaten in at Nikkyu many times but ordered out more. This is a great place for takeout and they can have your order ready for pickup in 15 minutes.
We often order the Yakisoba, sashimi, and special rolls and all are delicious on a consistent basis. I would recommend any of these choices and I'm sure the rest of the menu is good as well.
With some many Sushi joints to compete with Nikkyu offers incredible value for your money. The portions are good and the price is right.
I would recommend the place but warn folks that this isn't the place for a date or a dining experience. The restaurant is bland with a large TV randomly placed to compliment the bizarre music playing in the background.

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Public Lounge Eatery3289 Main Street, Vancouver
Great service, great ambiance
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

I have gone to Public many times in the past couple of years. I really enjoy the ambiance and the patrons that frequent there. From time to time you will come across a place in which the "regulars" are friendly and invite you into their conversation. Albeit rare, this does happen and it happens at Public.
They have a good selection of beer and it is reasonably priced. The owner changes them up every few months which is great and refreshing. I do believe they have a good wine selection as well.
One thing I've learned to do is eat before going to the Public. The portions are small, and a few are completely unfair. We spent $25 on an antipasto plate once and got 7 or 8 thin slices of cold cuts, olives, cheese, and not enough bread. At the pub down the street 2 people could have gotten a complete meal and a curbed appetite. I do realize this is a Tapas place but that doesn't warrant small portions on everything.
The ambience is lounge-like with dim lighting, rotating artwork, and booth and table options. The service is fantastic and 9 times out of 10 is smooth sailing. There have been a few occasions when the bartender was busy on their cell phone text messaging but no big deal, doesn't happen too often.
Overall good place to hang out!

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Overhyped
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

I have only been to Toshi once but I walk by almost everyday to see a massive line of people waiting to eat there. Unfortunately folks I hate to say it but this place doesn't quite live up to the hype. The sushi is very good but to me it doesn't justify the lines and word of mouth. We had sashimi with rice as well as a few rolls and all were scrumptious.
The place was busy (always is) and the privacy was minimal. I did feel a bit rushed but not as much as I expected to be. I do believe they are focused on quality but at the end of the day it is a business and all customers need to be satisfied (including those in line). The ambiance was nothing to remember.
I would eat here again but I wouldn't wait in line so in lieu of that I won't be eating there anytime soon.

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Windjammer Inn, The3079 Main Street, Vancouver
Good food good service
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

We used to frequent the Windjammer more often before they switched owners. They used to serve a mean halibut and salmon burger, perhaps the best around. For some reason when the new owner took over he decided to take the burgers off the menu because that wasn't how "England did it."
They lost our business and we haven't been there for a little while. Overall their menu is very tasty and the service there was consistent. They had a good selection of beer and the liquor was priced well.
If you want a solid meal and aren't too concerned about the ambience this is the place to go.

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Coppertank Grill3835 Main Street, Vancouver
Decent sports bar
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

When I go to a sports bar I can pretty much name off half the menu before even looking at it. Such items that seem to be consistent of all sports bars are burgers, clubhouses, chicken wings, nachos, pizzas, etc. With this being said, I don't expect anything extraordinary from a menu. As long as there is ketchup on a cooked burger and the right toppings on my pizza I'm usually content. This is pretty much what you'll find at CopperTank but I suggest sticking with the pizzas or wings. Most other things are quite bland.
This is perhaps one of the biggest - or the biggest - sports bars on the Main street strip. It is elegant in a subtle way and it boasts 10+ large flat screen TVs. This is a great place to catch the game and is often full.
One thing I can't let go is the refusal of the owner to buy in to the ever popular UFC events. I don't understand how he can't see the success he will have. Currently The Five Point has a monopoly on UFC events and if you don't get there an hour beforehand, don't even bother coming. This place has the potential for a loyal UFC fan base and I believe they are actually losing a lot money by not showing the UFC.
Mr. owner if you're reading this please give it a try and you will have my business and a lot of others!

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Good cozy stay
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

I have been to Burgoo several times and have had good experiences. It is a "healthy" restaurant so to speak so those wanting greasy fries or burgers, stay away. Burgoo doesn't even give you that option. Its choices include mac and cheese, stew, soups, meatloaf, and more home style dishes.
Overall the service is good and consistent and the prices are reasonable. They also have a nice bar so if you want to hang out at one, Burgoo is a good option.
I'm not a huge fan of the menu but that is just my personal taste. I have had a chicken caesar and a clubhouse and both were good.

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