Decent pho but only one menu choice
Submitted Monday, April 29, 2013 - 9:45am [Dine in]
We were in Richmond with a craving for pho and we happened to stumble onto Hue Cafe. Its located in a strip mall on No 3 Road and doesn't look like much on the outside, or the inside. We both ordered the beef pho soup as its called on the menu (they only have one pho option). We also got an order of spring rolls.
The soup comes with rare beef and beef balls. The broth flavour was good although the noodles might have been overcooked and were really clumped together. The size was kind of small with no option for a larger size. The spring rolls were real Vietnamese, skinny-style spring rolls although not my favourite, they were still decent.
Overall the food was fine but given the lack of pho choices on the menu at Hue cafe, I probably won't return.
Decent, well priced
Submitted Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12:53pm [Take-out]
For the location, its hard to find a cheaper, more filling lunch. This location of Nu Greek is on Broadway, just west of Granville. For about $6, you can roll with a pita wrap with your choice of meat including chicken, lamb or beef. You can add a chickpea salad for a dollar as well, pretty good value.
Unfortunately I just don't think they taste all that great. This may be personal preference but the meat doesn't taste very good and the rest of the pita is bland. On top of that, every time I have been to Nu Greek for lunch there is only one person behind the counter so it can take a while to get your food. The service itself is fine, they are just understaffed.
Despite the very reasonable price, I probably won't return to Nu Greek.
One of the best Banh Mi in Vancouver
Submitted Monday, April 1, 2013 - 11:20am [Take-out]
I wrote a review about Tung Hing back in 2009 when I first discovered this gem on Kingsway. It has since become one of my favourite haunts in Vancouver and I go there at least once a month for a quick, cheap snack even though it is not really convenient for me location-wise.
My original review quoted a price of $2.75 for their house special. Unfortunately, inflation has obviously taken its toll because the house sub is now $3.25 and all subs are increasing in price by $0.25 as of April 2, 2013. I still think for the price, you will struggle to find a better snack in the city.
The other thing they have changed is the hot peppers, They now remove most of the seeds which is a nice touch. It adds a nice amount of heat to the sandwich without burning your mouth too much. I have tried all of the subs on the menu and every one of them is tasty. My favourite right now is the garlic shredded chicken ($3.75 as of April 2, 2012) but its probably been every sub on the menu at one time or another.
Overall, Tung Hing is one of the best deals in the city and still my favourite Vietnamese sub shop. I will return regularly!
Tonkin4288 Main Street, Vancouver Beef was dry
Submitted Monday, March 25, 2013 - 11:23am [Dine in]
Tonkin is a new Vietnamese restaurant on Main Street replacing Honolulu Cafe. We decided to try Tonkin after noticing it while driving by. It was clean inside and a similar layout as I remember Honolulu. I think we were one of the only people there but we were having a very late lunch so not really surprising.
I ordered pho with rare beef and brisket. The soup broth was pretty good but the rare beef and brisket was dry and seemed old. Perhaps they haven't been very busy and kept it around a little too long?
Overall it was a decent experience. The staff was friendly and the service was quick. But the beef quality was suspect and needs to be improved. I might give Tonkin another chance on a rainy day.
The best Cappuccino I've had in Vancouver
Submitted Monday, March 18, 2013 - 4:53pm [Take-out]
I am self admitted espresso snob. I accidentally stumbled upon Milano while in Gastown for brunch a while back. As usual, I ordered a cappuccino as its kind of a dessert for me after weekend brunch. The espresso took a while to get and the barista even asked us how exactly we liked our espresso. It may have taken an extra minute or two, but it was the best cappuccino I've had in Vancouver; lots of foam, crema and not milky like a latte. I will be back.
You will be hard pressed to find a better deal
Submitted Monday, March 18, 2013 - 4:27pm [Dine in]
I finally tried Save on Meats diner on the weekend for brunch. I've had a take-out sangy and been over on the butcher side of things, but never on the diner side.
The diner is old-school inside with a giant brick wall giving it a warm and friendly feeling inside. There is quite a bit of seating and a comfortable waiting area should it be busy. We were lucky to be seated right away.
I ordered the blackstone eggs benedict and a PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon) which at 8.95 and 3.50 is a great deal for brunch. The eggs were cooked perfectly and overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Despite it being so busy, the service was fast and courteous.
Overall I enjoyed my experience at Save On Meats and the prices can't be beat. I will return.
Good choice for delivery
Submitted Monday, March 11, 2013 - 1:21pm [Delivery]
I have ordered from Mali Thai a couple times for delivery and it is a good choice, at least for delivery. I generally go with sure hit Thai staples like the curries or stir fries, pretty hard to mess those up. The chicken red curry tasted good but could have had more chicken and less pineapple. If you like your food spicy, make sure you request it hotter than you think because none of the dishes I had were spicy at all even though we requested medium spiciness. When you are feeling lazy and don't want to cook, try ordering delivery from Mali Thai but keep your expectations tempered.
Very good brunch
Submitted Monday, March 11, 2013 - 12:20pm [Dine in]
I went to Lily Mae's for brunch the other day and had a pleasant experience. The place is small and quaint. The service was very friendly and accommodating. I ordered the Sunny Day eggs benedict which comes with crab, avacado and tomato. Normally I would just order the classic benedict but this was really good and a nice change. The benedict had a solid amount of crab on it and the hollandaise sauce was very tasty with a nice tang.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal here and would return; I would like to try their dinner menu. It would be nice to see a more expansive beer menu but considering how small the place is, not really surprising that they have to keep it small.
Good things sometimes come in small packages
Submitted Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 3:08pm [Dine in]
I tried Merchant's Oyster Bar for the first time last week and overall, my experience was a good one. The restaurant is small and intimate with a half a dozen tables and some barstools. I sat at the bar and got a dozen oysters which were perfectly shucked, fresh and very tasty. I ordered a few small plates including confit pork belly, flat iron steak and the tuna poke. They were all very, very flavourful and well constructed dishes although a tad on the small side.
Overall, I managed to rack up a fairly hefty bill and was still a little hungry. The food was really good but it would be nice to see a few more filling options. It is possible I just didn't order the right dishes. Next time, I will come back for the buck a shuck which runs all day on Sundays and Tuesdays.
Submitted Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 6:31pm [Dine in]
I came to Ramen Sanpachi a year or so ago but never wrote a review. I made a repeat visit recently and overall, enjoyed my experience. First of all, the service was very friendly and efficient. We both ordered miso ramen and had a side of gyoza. The ramen was quite good; broth was rich and flavourful and noodles were cooked perfectly with a bit of bite to them. I had a good experience and would definitely return to Ramen Sanpachi if I am on the West Side craving some Japanese noodles.
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 4:34pm [Dine in]
I had brunch at Raincity Grill and I enjoyed my experience. First of all, they have a fantastic view of English Bay. I ordered the bacon eggs benedict and it was great. The hollandaise sauce was quite tasty and the eggs were cooked perfectly. The hashbrowns had a puree underneath them which was quite good and made ketchup unnecessary. For $13, I think the price is quite reasonable.
One thing to keep in mind is that this place is not kid friendly. With the stemware and white table cloths, that should be apparent but it would be nice if they had high chairs. I wouldn't take my daughter to a place like this for dinner but think brunch or lunch is open season for kids. Anyways, we were forced to hold her the entire time which is not that big of a deal but this is the first place I have been to in 6 months that didn't have a high chair.
I probably won't be back because of the lack of child friendliness but did enjoy my meal here.
Good beer selection
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 4:12pm [Dine in]
I came to Local to watch the game the other day and it was a pretty decent choice. They have televisions on almost every open wall so no matter where you look, you have a view of the game. It would be nice to see them mute the commercials though like they do at a lot of sports bars.
They have a solid beer selection, lots of different craft beers to choose from. I ordered the deluxe burger which comes with cheddar cheese and bacon. The patty was really salty so I sent it back. Another one came out really quickly and it was not overseasoned this time so they did well to rectify the problem. I think each patty is hand pressed so I guess they come out differently, not sure.
Anyways, it was a good experience overall. The service was attentive and a drink was never empty for long. I would return if I'm I want to watch the game and in the neighbourhood.
Pigs Can Fly
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 6:06pm [Dine in]
I finally made it to the Flying Pig this week after a Canucks game. I rolled in at almost 10pm and sat at the bar, the restaurant was pretty quiet. The interior was dimly lit but still maintained a warm and inviting feel to it.
I ordered the red wine braised short rib which is served with bone marrow and a cheddar mash. The bone marrow is rich and tasty and goes nicely with the mash. The cheddar mash has a ridiculous amount of cheese in it and as you take a forkful, strands stay attached to your plate for probably 6 inches. The short rib is really tender but still juicy at the same time, cooked to perfection. Combined with the Fat Tug IPA I had, I would be hard pressed to think of a more satisfying meal. Ever.
Needless to say, I really enjoyed my experience at the Flying Pig and I will return. I think my next visit will be for brunch. Just a warning to management and staff, the bar has been set high!
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 5:24pm [Dine in]
We ended up for brunch at Q4 Ristorante last weekend and I was quite surprised at how good it was. I'd never eaten at Q4 before and I went in with no expectations. The place was empty which for a Sunday, was a bit surprising.
Upon first look at the menu, I was shocked at how reasonably priced the brunch items were. $12 for a traditional eggs benedict was definitely lower than I was expecting. I went with that and it was one of the best eggs benedicts I've had. It came with some scalloped potatoes that had been dropped in the deep fryer that were very tasty.
Overall, one of the best brunches I've ever had for $12. I also had a glass of beer which to my surprise was $9. And no, it wasn't a pint, it was a glass. If it weren't for that, I would be giving the value a higher rating.
The price of beer aside, overall this was a very enjoyable lunch and I will return.
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 5:16pm [Take-out]
I tried a cappuccino from 49th Parallel the other day and it was pretty good. It was actually a cappuccino with foam on the top. I find a lot of espresso places are calling lattes cappuccinos because they don't actually have any foam on them. Anyways, it was good and if I am in the area, I would visit 49th Parallel again for a espresso drink.
Bitter16 West Hastings Street, Vancouver You can't go wrong with beer and snacks
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:23pm [Dine in]
I've been meaning to try Bitter for a while and I finally made it. The first thing you notice when walking in is that its a very large open space with vaulted ceilings and a giant bank of refrigerators stocked with all types of beer. My kind of place.
I ordered a couple beers that they had on tap and I enjoyed both of them: Switchback IPA and a Renew Ale ESB. For a pre-game snack, I had the Bitter tasting platter which includes farmer sausage, a generous portion of Dubliner cheddar, and smoked mackerel. The standout for me was the mackerel which was not too fishy and had a nice smoky flavour, but not too strong. Overall the food paired nicely with beer.
I will return when I am in the mood for good beer and some snacks.
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2013 - 7:17pm [Take-out]
Smoke's Poutinery is a newish poutine chain started in Ontario and spreading everywhere with two more locations set to open soon in Vancouver. They have every kind of poutine you can imagine with beef, pork (bacon!), chicken and lots of different varieties including those meats. If you're a nostalgic person, they serve Pop Shoppe sodas as well.
I ordered the classic poutine: fries, cheese curd and gravy. Overall I thought it was pretty good but it had one major flaw: not nearly enough curds. There were a few sprinkled on top and then nothing. To me this is a critical component of a good poutine so I have to give this one a miss. Maybe it was just a one off, but...
I might give them another chance if I happen to be strolling by but there is a lot of competition out there.
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2013 - 5:39pm [Dine in]
Pho Xe Lua might have the nicest ambiance of any Vietnamese restaurant I have been to in a long time. Hands down if you compare it to east side pho restaurants which is where I generally like to eat Vietnamese cuisine.
I ordered the standard large pho with rare beef and brisket and I enjoyed it. The spring rolls were not my favourite but overall, I enjoyed my lunch.
I will return when I feeling like some Vietnamese soup but don't want to travel far, especially east.
Open 24 hours and good selection
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:20am [Dine in]
Pho Extreme Xe Lua opened a few months ago after the AYCE Japanese restaurant in this location shut down. I believe this is the same owners as the 24 hour pho restaurant that was on the other side of Cambie and Broadway but was forced to move due to a new building development.
The inside is decent and is pretty much the same as the Japanese restaurant before it although it looks a little shabbier. They use take out menus and don't actually have real menus; maybe they haven't had them printed yet but that seems odd as they have been open for a few months now. The menu is the same as before with small, large and extra large bowls available. They have chicken pho on the menu as well.
I kept it simple and ordered an extra large #2 which has rare beef and brisket in it. Not sure if the brown bean curd sauce (or something else) I put into it was extra sweet but my broth ended up being very, very sweet. The meat is pretty tasty and there is quite a bit quantity wise. They serve lemons with the side condiments; not a big fan of this, maybe limes are too expensive? The spring rolls were the same as the old location but tasted better than I remembered. They were very crispy as well.
It took a very long time to get some water even though the servers were basically sitting around (literally) doing nothing. We had to get up to ask the server. Not that I expect great service this type of restaurant but...
Overall the experience was ok and I may be back because of the close proximity to my home but it wouldn't be my first choice when seeking pho.
Minato992 W Broadway, Vancouver Good value and they offer delivery
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2013 - 9:56am [Delivery]
We ordered from here for delivery last night and all in all, it was pretty good. The value was the best part as we ordered about 6 rolls, gyoza and miso soup and the total was under $30 including tax, delivered. The salmon maki was wild. The delivery took under an hour during prime time delivery period which I think is pretty good. I think we will order delivery sushi from Minato from now on.