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The_Mad_CatterVancouverSince February 8, 20107 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value2 (2.1)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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Max's Burgers521 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Should be Minimum's Burgers
Submitted Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

Drove by this place everytime we went to Whole Foods so we decided to give it a try one day. When you first walk in you wouldn't know whether you should seat yourself or walk to the front counter to order if it weren't for the "wait to be seated" sign. The layout feels confused with a full menu board up front the cafeteria style counter, and the longitudinal partition directly in front of you.

We were promptly directed to sit anywhere we wanted and we sat in a booth and I ordered the Five Alarm Funk burger and my gf had the British Columbian. The kitchen to table time is quite slow and we waited over 20 min for our burger even though we were the only new order to go to the kitchen. Everyone else already had their food.

Now I like spicy food, but the apricot-habenero sauce in my burger was insanely hot. It was the same intensity as of one biting a raw jalapeno pepper. Your mouth and lips just burn in pain and it will not go away even with water. It was actually painful to have food contact my mouth after that, I felt that the hotness didn't add to the burger's flavour as well. It just plain didn't taste good. It didn't match with the mayo and the little bit of blue cheese. The hotness was just too overpowering. After a few more bites, the apricot flavour goes away and it just tastes like eating a juiced habeneros. I can only explain it as eating something bitter and green. It has a smell to it to go with the extreme hotness. The brioche bun was cold, dry and stale tasting. It was dull with wet oil brushed on top of the top bun. Every fancy? diner's favourite kennebec potato fries were just ok. They give just like 3/4 of a cup serving. The bacon-cheese burger was just ok, but not worth the price point.

Our server was nice, but I could see if it were busier that they would not be able to wait on everyone.

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Afghan Chopan12888 80th Avenue, #104, Surrey
Nice and Average
Submitted Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

Came here over the weekend to try out some Afghani food. If you're not familiar with its location, it can take a while to find it. It's hidden in a huge East Indian strip mall complex. We had to go complex to complex looking for it, and we finally found it in a quiet part of the building around the corner beside the rail tracks.

It's a nice clean restaurant with comfortable space between the tables. When we came in though, because there is a stone waterfall wall blocking the view of the door from the kitchen side, and no hostess podium, there was quite a wait before anyone came out to seat us. The restaurant was quiet besides the two women sitting at the counter to the right. The have a traditional elevated seating area in the back left where you can sit on the ground, but we were seated in a booth.

This restaurant isn't owned by Afghani's though. It appears like it is run by muslim east indians instead. The server was very nice and took his time with you, but once the order was taken you'll never get waited on again. There was no other floor worker on staff, and as mentioned before, no hostess or even a bar staff behind the counter, so you were literally left sitting there in an empty restaurant with no way to get anyone's attention.

We ordered the couples combo for about $30. It comes with the Qabelli Pallow and some kabobs. The pallow was pretty plain. Not much meat and it was tough. The raisin and carrot rice was ok, but not amazing. Was kind of youthful in taste because of the sweet raisins. The chicken kabob wasn't bad, but nothing was that different or flavourful to bring me back. I tried the dough drink that they had. It's yogurt with salt and mint. It is interesting and refreshing in a way, but because of the salt, it is hard to drink too much at once and a small glass of it should be enough to satisfy most people. I saw the other reviews that said this place was authentic, but while we were eating, a group of teenage Indo Canadian kids in tracksuits came to eat here, and the guys started talking to someone in the back, and you could over hear the kitchen guy saying that he went from washing dishes to cooking the food. Not that a 18 year old can't cook good food, but it makes you question the authenticity or care that goes into it.

So, average food, and nice service when they're actually serving you, but probably not worth the drive to come back.

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WE. Coffee1696 Robson St., Vancouver
Boutique Looks With Off-The-Shelf Taste
Submitted Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I decided to try this place out for some coffee after dinner. We were quickly seated to a table in the back that was right beside another couple. Not sure why since there were other seats open. The tables were close and the bench seat was shared so it was like we were sitting with them. They've made the interior look like a modern lounge with the black ceilings, all-white tables and chairs, and large mirrors on the walls.

The menu itself wasn't that fancy though. Looked like it was printed at home and laminated. There actually wasn't much dessert to choose from. We were looking for cakes but they weren't on the menu. We didn't realize till we finished our food that they had cakes in the glass case at the front of the store. Not sure the prices though. Most of the items were very similar to each other and there wasn't much of a variety. We got the special waffle for the day which was the green tea and red bean one, and a cup of americano for the drink.

The waffle actually took a while to come out, and when it did, we weren't impressed. For the special price of $11 (reg $14) all it came with was a tiny table spoon of green tea, whip cream, and red bean. The waffle itself was of dull soft consistency. Not a fresh crisp crust with a fresh cake inside. It was very average in taste. The icecream was just as bad. No taste and iced over like it was in the freezer for 4 months. The coffee was just ok.

The cups and sugar containers look very nice but are not very practical. You can't even pick up the sugar container lid, and the cup was practically impossible to hold with the handle and the weight of the coffee. The plates and cups look nice, but are not designed very well for functionality at all, which leads me to think that they aren't really great brands. This theme holds true for everything else. From how the items looked from the menu, most things look like they're just store bought items that are resold here for boutique prices. It's more about the look than the quality at this place, and because of that it gives off a vibe of a HK owned business.

It would be nice to have a new coffee spot with high end desserts, but this place isn't it. They just overcharge you (a lot) for supermarket goods and it just isn't worth it.

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Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
One of the Best Raman in Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 8:22pm [Dine in]

Finally got to trying out this new Hokkaido Ramen chain store in Vancouver. There were quite a few people ahead of us, but the wait wasn't too long. Maybe about 10 - 15 minutes on a busy friday night. I wish they would be more aware of who's coming in, because they don't come by and take down your name and party size. You stand in line, but due to the tight space constraints, some people sit on the seats by the glass while the others stand by the counter, and it mixes up the order in which people came in. People are generally honest about when they came in, but I can see conflicts arising if people aren't more aware of who's with who. They do take down your party size once you're first and second in line for open seats, but they don't take down names.

We sat at the bar and I got the special spicy pork jowl ramen. They serve the meat slices on a side place with some pickled pieces. There were 5 or 6 slices and you can eat them on the side or put them in your broth. The broth was pretty good. A nice comfortable level of spicyness with a full bodied miso base. The Hokkaido style noodles are good too. They are different from other ramen noodles though, and if you're picky, you may not like them as much. They have a slightly spongy characteristic to them, but I found the softer texture held onto the soup flavours a little more. The pork meat was very flavourful and tender. Probably one of the best pork cuts I've had at a ramen place. The jowl doesn't have the gelatinous fat stripes like the traditional chashu, but it is just as tasty, if not more.

The restaurant has a modern dark wood interior and goes on quite deep. You can't tell how big it is from the outside. They have one large communal table at the front left. Because all the seats are stools, you can't hang your jacket anywhere. They do have these large square cubbies where you can put them, but I keep my phone and wallet in my jacket so I just kept it on. Plus the cubbies were behind a table and it would of been tight to go in and out of that area. Also they had no hooks for women's bags or purses at the counter.

If you like ramen, I would definitely recommend that you try this place at least once. Also, be aware that it is a cash or debit only place.

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Babylon Cafe716 Robson Street, Vancouver
Great Wraps
Submitted Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 7:49pm [Take-out]

This place is pretty much a staple on the Robson & Granville corner. The chicken shawarma is great and they are fairly generous with the meat portions. They have a nice selection of different veggies and pickles and nice flavourful sauces to finish it off. The wraps are a little under $7 and are pretty worth it considering it's the same price as a McDonalds combo, but more wholesome and "real" tasting. The line-ups can be long. If there are 5 people ahead of you, you can expect to wait 10 to 15 minutes. And the place is very small. Just enough space for a single file line to the register, so when you get your wrap and pay, it can get awkward shuffling your way out of the store. The wait is probably the biggest downside, but there are times when no one is in line. The workers are generally friendly enough to you. I don't expect much from a take out stand, and they haven't really been that rude to me. I just take it that they're busy and that it's nothing personal.

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Almanara13634 104th Avenue, Surrey
Shawarma Not Worth the Stop
Submitted Friday, February 25, 2011 - 12:23am [Take-out]

I noticed this place open up about a year or so ago and decided to give it a try since I was craving some shawarma. The first time I came by, it was a sunday and it was closed. So I tried again on saturday the next week and it was open.

It has a very small seating area. Maybe one or two tables, along with a foosball table in the corner. It kind of has a mom & pop Italian cafe kind of look. The store is long and narrow with a counter up ahead with the register, and an open kitchen with fridge and everything else behind it. We were the only ones in there when we got in, and it was dead quiet. It seems bare and empty inside, even though there are some decorative pieces on the wall. The owner (I'm assuming) was sitting in a chair way in the back of the kitchen and got up when he noticed us. He seemed almost angry that we came in to his restaurant. He appeared to have a black eye, so maybe that was why. It being our first time there, we tried to quickly scan the menu board, and decided to get the safe chicken shawarma. It seemed like he didn't even have food to give out. Everything seemed like it was turned off and he went to get the meat from some tin container in the back. He really seemed angry that we were making him work. Even the register was turned off and he had to turn it on with a key. The price on the window and board said it should of been $5 but it was $7 something each for the wraps when he rang it up. He didn't even ask or let us know he was going to give us the bigger wrap. And no thank you's or good byes from him either.

The wrap itself was not a good experience also. It's not large, and it was filled with very few varieties of veggies and they skimp out on filling too. No real sauce or flavour and the chicken was old. Who knows when it was cooked since the meat spit wasn't even on and it looked like no meat was cooked at all that day.

I'd stick to the middle eastern places in Vancouver. I don't think good ones exist in Surrey.

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Bon's Off Broadway2451 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
The Fuss for $3 Breakie Discovered
Submitted Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 6:27pm [Dine in]

Bon's has been in my neighbourhood for as long as I can remember. For the last 27 years at least. It's not until the past 7 years or so that people started getting excited about a "new" cheap breakfast hangout, and I went to go eat there for the first time recently.

Well, it looks like the interior hasn't changed in the three decades. Dim yellow light, and worn out mismatched furnature, but it's not too bad to deal with. A friend and I went on a Saturday morning at 9:00am. There was a small line of about four people ahead of us, and the place was pretty packed. We had to wait around 5 minutes for someone to acknowledge us for seating, and were pointed to our spot a little while later. The table top looked like it was freshly wiped with a damp towel, but it later turned out that it was grease smears because the streaks never dried away. Things are a little sticky to the touch.

I quickly thumbed through the menu to see what they had, since it was my first time, and they had burgers, seafood, and pasta, but at not so cheap prices. At least for a dive spot. I decided on the ubiquitous All-Day-Breakfast. Food took about 40 minutes to come. Not sure why griddle food takes so long, especially when everyone's getting the same 4 food items... Food was pretty decent, albeit a little on the greasy side. The toast is real low grade, like Sunbeam or McGavin's, and I found the eggs to be small. I don't eat much, but I didn't really get full off of the meal like I do after other breakfasts. Potatoes were good, but a number of them were on the charred side. Don't expect any service beyond having someone hand you a menu. I asked for a water with my meal, and it never came. Everyone there (including my friend who's been there a few times) refills their own coffee at the station.

Decent food, extremely cheap. Just be prepared for a wait.

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