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thecriticVancouverMmmmm foodWeb siteSince November 3, 2004Favourite List (42)Try List (21)376 Reviews
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  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
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Fat Mao Noodles217 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Great food but value is lacking
Submitted Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 9:35am [Dine in]

I've been here a couple times and the food is great. The duck confit lettuce wraps are delicious although the portions are incredible small. There was barely enough confit for two tiny wraps. All the bowls I've had are delicious but again, on the small side. Service is efficient. Bring your appetite and your wallet!

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Bau Down115 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Food was great, service was terrible
Submitted Friday, July 1, 2016 - 10:11am [Dine in]

As the review title says, the food was really good here but our server struggled with the service. We ordered a variety of dishes that we all shared including the bang bang prawns, fly rice, huli chicken and beef rib. All were very tasty and enjoyable.

The service on the other hand was brutal. Drink orders took 15 minutes or longer each round. Our bill took at least 20 minutes to get and then it had to be reprinted a couple of times because it was wrong.

Overall I would return because the food was great but I hope I don't have the same server.

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Bean Around The World175 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good coffee and breakfast sandwiches
Submitted Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 3:09pm [Take-out]

I usually grab an Americano at Bean Around the World in the morning on my way to work. Their espresso is pretty good and their cappuccinos are fairly authentic with foam (and not identical to a latte).

If I'm hungry, I will grab a ham and egg sandwich which is served on an English muffin and toasted in the panini maker. I usually avoid the bacon version because it can be a little chewy.

The service is always fast and friendly.

Overall, good coffee and tasty breakfast sandwiches make Been Around the World a solid spot to hit in the morning.

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Craft Beer Market85 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
Amazing beer selection but food needs work
Submitted Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

I came to Craft Beer Market after the Canucks game on Saturday night. The place was packed and lined up but because I was flying solo, they slid me into the bar immediately. The room is quite impressive; high ceilings, two mezzanines on either side (closed for now) and in the middle, a giant bar with tap after tap after tap. I think if I remember correctly there were over 130 taps when I was there. They have two brewmaster flights with 6 4oz glasses that change regularly. I will be coming back here just because their ridiculous beer selection; you could come here twice a week for years and still never try all their beers when you consider seasonals and changing taps.

The service was really good and their knowledge of beer was outstanding. My only gripe was that my burger was almost inedible because the patty was so overseasoned and salty. The fries were really good, however. Hopefully they fix their food because this place could be really stellar. Overall though, I will definitely return to Craft just for the ambiance and beer selection alone.

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Revolver Coffee325 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Good Capuccino
Submitted Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

I finally tried Revolver after hearing rave reviews about this espresso coffee shop. Every time I had walked by before, there was a long line up (usually first thing in the morning).

I ordered a cappuccino and it was pretty good, although not a lot of foam. The actual espresso tasted great though; nice full bodied flavour and no overpowering burnt taste. The service was quick and friendly.

Overall, I enjoyed my cappuccino and will be back.

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Baker & The Chef, The320 Cambie St, Vancouver
Great spot for a quick, healthy lunch
Submitted Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

I recently started working downtown and discovered the Baker & the Chef while walking down Cambie Street. Since then, I have eaten there a bunch of times and tried their vegetarian lasagna, sandwiches, soups, and breakfast sandwiches.

All the food has been great, but my favourite so far was the breakfast sandwich called the "bun on the run" with bacon. Its probably one of the best breaky sangies I have had. I would like to try their all day breakfast as it looks pretty good as well.

The service is fast and friendly and the food is is reasonably priced. Overall, a great place to eat for a quick, affordable meal. Will definitely return.

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Frankie's Italian Kitchen & Bar765 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Worst Server of 2013
Submitted Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

We arrived at Frankie's around 6:30 with a reservation. We were seated promptly but unfortunately no one came over to our table until the manager noticed after 10 minutes or so and got us drinks which was great.

Finally, our server came to our table and asked us if we would like a drink after we had our drinks served and they were full, sitting in front of us. Later on subsequent drink orders, we had to ask where they were. She forgot to ring in our appetizers and we were quite surprised when our entrees arrived and we hadn't see our appies yet. They comped us a drink since we just ended up skipping them in the end. Overall, she just seemed lost and quite clueless making our dining experience quite painful.

Aside from the awful service from our server, the rest of the experience was good. I ordered the seafood pasta which was very tasty and had a surprisingly generous portion of seafood on it. I would've given it a higher rating but there was some grit or sand in it, I guess some of the seafood hadn't been cleaned thoroughly.

The manager stepped up and helped out a lot with our table so that was the lone bright spot with the service. Our server should consider a career change though; I can't recall getting such bad service in Vancouver in recent memory.

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Sushi California388 West Broadway, Vancouver
Reasonably priced sushi, quick service
Submitted Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 10:52am [Dine in]

I tried California Sushi for the first time this weekend and overall, it was better than I expected. The interior is fairly clean and modern with plenty of seating. Based on the design of the menu, I would say this is the same owners as the Sushi California in Coquitlam.

We ordered a bunch of dishes including spicy tuna cone, spicy scallop cone, chicken yaki soba, wild salmon nigiri, prawn tempura, dynamite roll and a negitoro roll. Everything was good, except for the negitoro roll. It had a funky taste to it like it was off. It tasted a little buttery as well, sort of like escolar. Anyways, I'm not saying they are serving escolar as tuna, that's just what it tasted like.

The service was really good; I was impressed with how quickly dishes came out even though the restaurant was very busy. They were refilling tea and water constantly, almost annoyingly so. The pricing is very reasonable as well.

I will probably try Sushi California again even with the negitoro roll because its close to where I live and very reasonably priced.

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Max's Burgers521 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
I wanted to like it
Submitted Friday, July 26, 2013 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here a couple times and unfortunately, their burgers miss the mark. I really wanted to like it and I hoped I would because of the close proximity of Max's to my home. But their burger patties just don't cut it.

They have an odd and overwhelming cinnamon flavour that I just don't enjoy. Maybe its personal taste and I have nothing against cinnamon, I just don't think it belongs anywhere near a burger.

The fries were great. Both times they were hot and crispy. But I just can't get over the actual taste of the meat. I will try them again; perhaps they have changed their burger recipe.

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Pita Wrap Cafe565 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Good quick lunch, excellent value and lots of food
Submitted Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 11:16am [Dine in]

I have eaten here for lunch several times and enjoy their chicken shwarma plate; I believe its called the Mediterranean plate. It is served with choice of Greek salad or Tabbouleh, Greek potatoes, rice, hummus, pita and a dolmathes. They will give you some hot sauce on the side which I strongly recommend. For under $10, this is a steal for the sheer quantity and quality of the food.

The other item I like is their chicken wrap which is about $6 and also a good deal. I usually get double meat which obviously costs extra but is worth the money.

The staff is super friendly and they will prepare your food fast and fresh. Avoid going at peak times during the business lunch rush because it can be lined up out the door. Closes early (6pm?) so if you want an early dinner or pre-dinner snack, get here before they shut their doors! Definitely recommended.

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Red Onion2028 41st Avenue West, Vancouver
Still a great burger with very good value
Submitted Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

When the Red Onion first opened up years ago, there weren't a lot of gourmet burger joints in Vancouver. Well, things have changed and now there tons. I hadn't been here in years and I decided to pop in because I was craving a chicken burger. Its a little out of the way for me, but as it turned out, well worth it.

I had a chicken burger with cheddar and an order of fries. The chicken burger is the same as it always has been, lots of thigh meat and perfectly cooked so that its still really juicy. The fries are nice and crunchy.

The best part though is the price. For just over $12, you'd be hard pressed to find a better burger value in Vancouver. I've tried all the burger joints and they are usually a few dollars more.

This place is still recommended, give it another chance!

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Koho Restaurant and Bar3211 Grant McConachie Way, C3330, Richmond
Mediocre options in YVR before security
Submitted Friday, July 5, 2013 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

There are only a handful of restaurants located before the security checkpoints at YVR and Koho is one of them. The food is mediocre. For whatever reason, I felt like a thai curry rice bowl with chicken and it was OK.

The service was pretty good though; they were very friendly. We got some free samples of Granville Island beer so that was good.

I wouldn't recommend eating at Koho unless you are at YVR and not going passed the security checkpoint.

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Whet Kitchen Bar Patio1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver
Nice patio
Submitted Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 11:59am [Dine in]

I tried Whet Bar for the first time this weekend. We sat out on the patio which has a great ocean view.

After my first conversation with the server, I knew it was going to be one of those evenings. Maybe she was having a bad day but she was probably one of the top ten worst servers I have had. She had trouble dealing with simple requests such as we have a few more people coming to our table (the place was 3/4 empty) and this drink is wrong. In the end, everything was eventually tended to but it was really quite awkward getting there.

I ordered some clam chowder which was good but served luke warm. The flavour did make up for it though and it had a nice spicy kick.

Overall, I liked the food and ambiance and would definitely return for drinks on their patio. I would try and avoid that specific server though because our service was just plain bad.

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Cactus Club Cafe1085 Canada Place, Vancouver
This place is absolutely massive
Submitted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

I don't come down to the convention centre area often but I happened to be there to meet some colleagues so we ended up at the new Cactus Club in Coal Harbour. According to their inspection report, the capacity for this place is 750 seats which is no surprise because it is HUGE.

The space is impressive from what I could see from the outside. We already had a table outside on the patio so I didn't get to look around much from within. They state on their website that the menu has been exclusively crafted for this location but it looked like all the usual Cactus Club suspects. I ordered the grilled tuna which is served on a ciabatta bun and it was great.

You are always going to get good, consistant food at any Cactus location. There was a time when their steaks were one of the best values in town but they have raised their prices since then. They pretty much charge the maximum amount they can for the food.

Overall it was a good experience but I also didn't pay for the bill which worked out to about $40 per person which is not cheap for lunch.

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Epic patio but food and service lacklustre
Submitted Monday, June 17, 2013 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here a bunch of times, usually in the summer because I've been sucked into sitting on their amazing patio. Its really hard to beat sitting on the wharf with the view of the water and all the boats. But...

The view is pretty much the only redeeming quality about Bridges. The food is poor, it has been for several years. The service is mediocre at best and could sometimes be interpreted as surly. You can't have more than one drink on the patio without being forced to order their overpriced food. This has been their policy for sometime and I can't think of very many other restaurants (Furniture Warehouse?) that do this, liquor license issues aside. The only time I've had decent food here was when it was the Swiss House during the 2010 Olympics and they changed their menu for it.

The only time I would recommend anyone coming here is going for a quick drink on the patio and then leaving (or I guess being asked to leave because you don't order food). Overall, not recommended.

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Chewie's Steam & Oyster Bar2201 1st Avenue West, Vancouver
Great oysters and fried chicken
Submitted Monday, June 10, 2013 - 10:22am [Dine in]

I finally got to try Chewies a few weeks ago for a friend's birthday.

I started my meal off with some oysters which were fantastic: very fresh and high quality. For my main meal I had the fried chicken which was super crunchy and very juicy, perfectly cooked. Its served with a mash and a sweet drizzle over top which was a great balance of sweet and savoury.

Overall, I really enjoyed my meal. The service was very friendly and prompt as well. I had a great experience at Chewies and would definitely return.

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Sake Maki3211 West Broadway, Vancouver
Great Value
Submitted Monday, June 10, 2013 - 10:06am [Dine in]

We went to the a Major League Ultimate game on Saturday night at UBC Thunderbird stadium and afterwards were craving some late night food. We stumbled upon Sake Maki on West Broadway.

There were 5 hungry guys and we ordered 3 regular dinner specials and 2 chef dinner specials (not sure of the correct name of the latter). The regular dinner specials come with 3 items (approx $11) and the chef dinner specials come with a chef roll (approx $13) and two items from the regular dinner special menu. They also had beer on special for $3.50 per bottle of Granville Island. We ended up with a ton of food that we barely just finished and the total bill was about $85 + tip which included 4 beers.

The food was good, especially the chef rolls were great. The value was incredible considering we each paid $20 which included a generous tip. The food quality was much higher than what we would have gotten at an AYCE sushi joint. Overall, definitely recommended for value conscious eaters!

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La Mezcaleria1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Wow, incredible tacos
Submitted Monday, June 10, 2013 - 9:50am [Take-out]

I tried this place yesterday during Italian Day on Commercial Drive. They had an outdoor kitchen setup in front of the restaurant on the street. I ordered a couple tacos (pork confit and beef) and a Negra Modela.

All I have to say is that these were two of the tastiest tacos I have had in Vancouver. I am definitely going to come back and have a full meal here. Definitely recommended based on what I tried but will report back further when I make it back.

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Chasing Dragon Cafe1401 W Broadway, #101, Vancouver
Good food, great value
Submitted Monday, June 3, 2013 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

Chasing Dragon is a new cafe that opened up this year on the corner of Hemlock and Broadway. I tried it for the first time and my overall experience was really good.

I ordered the beef noodle soup with rice noodles and a large order of pork dumplings. The soup came out with a healthy portion, had a variety of vegetables and a good portion of beef in it. The soup broth was tasty, the vegetables (peppers, baby bok choy, etc) and noodles were cooked perfectly.

The soup included a small side of chilis in oil which when added, gave it the perfect kick. Overall a great bowl and for under $6, a steal of a deal. The pork dumplings were good as well and after eating both of them, I was really full for just over 10 bucks.

I also ordered a cappuccino and it was also very good. Overall I had a great experience and the value is tremendous. Definitely recommended, I will return to Chasing Dragon.

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Wicked Cafe1399 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Great cappuccino
Submitted Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 3:43pm [Take-out]

I had an american from Wicked several years ago and it was very bitter, so I never went back (also probably because I despise the name).

ast forward to about a month ago and I ended up here again. This time I ordered a cappuccino and it was quite good. It had a nice amount of foam on it and the coffee itself was very tasty.

I have never eaten the food here and generally avoid eating at coffee shops but I would definitely go back for an espresso drink.

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