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thecriticVancouverMmmmm foodWeb siteSince November 3, 2004Favourite List (42)Try List (21)376 Reviews
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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
When I am not feeling very creative
Submitted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

This is where I go if I'm hungover or not feeling very creative and want some quick, cheap Chinese food. I will generally get a bowl of soup with type 1 noodles, barbeque pork and wonton with a side of fried chicken potstickers. The service isn't great but about what you'd expect. As for ambiance, well there really isn't any because it looks like a cafeteria inside but thats not why you come here.

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La Cantina1205 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Good burrito
Submitted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 12:28am [Dine in]

I was driving by and felt like Mexican so I decided to give this place a try. First thing I noticed when looking at the menu is that considering the location in Yaletown, the prices were very reasonable.

I ordered the pastor burrito and it was pretty good although it could use a little more pork and less beans. They give you complimentary chips with two sauces which is a nice touch.

The ambiance was different; they played latin type music but the chairs looked like they were from the Clockwork Orange movie set and not what you'd expect in a Mexican restaurant. All in all, it was an enjoyable experience and I would return.

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Szechuan Chongqing Seafood1668 West Broadway, #205, Vancouver
good dimsum
Submitted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

I just tried this place for the first time for dim sum. They have the carts pushed around by ladies peddling various dim sum delectables all priced at $2.95. We had mostly the classics including shumai, hai gow, sticky rice, etc. Overall, they were all pretty good. I will come back when I am in the area and craving dim sum.

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JJ Bean House of Coffee402 Davie Street, Vancouver
Not my favourite Americano
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure if it was just an off day but I ordered an Americano from here and it tasted overly bitter. I don't mind a little bitter taste but this was over the top. I have had Americanos at other JJ Bean locations and they were much better.

The space is very nice, new and modern. I like the fact that even their smalls are doubles; many coffee shops will serve singles instead such as Bean Around the World and charge you about the same. I will probably give them another try but please don't let me down again JJ when I am in need of my afternoon coffee fix.

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Ezogiku Noodle Cafe270 Robson Street, Vancouver
Good ramen
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 11:37am [Dine in]

The ramen is good here but not great. I used to work up the block almost 10 years ago and I enjoyed it a lot more back then but its still pretty good. I will usually just order the chicken ramen with a side of gyoza which is just under 10 bucks.

The service can get slow when its busy because often times they will only have one server but the service is always friendly. The one thing I don't like about the place is all the cameras especially around the cash register because I feel like I am being watched. I guess management doesn't trust their staff.

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Beatty Street Bar & Grill755 Beatty Street, Vancouver
A good value anyway
Submitted Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

I have never eaten here before so I decided to try it before the game. They have a barbecue special for 11 bucks where you get two grilled items and unlimited salad bar. The food is decent but not great; the prefab burger I had was definitely not my favourite. The prawn skewer was better. The drinks were reasonably priced and the service was prompt. I might return but I would try the chicken burger next time to avoid hamburger.

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Players Chophouse Restaurant and Lounge808 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Good food but pricey
Submitted Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

Don't get me wrong, I don't mind paying a bit extra for good food and service, but I thought the Player's Chophouse was an extremely poor value. I came here before a Canuck's game and they had their event menu which I assume is a limited selection of items because the place gets busy. I ordered the prime rib which was good but too expensive at $32 for what I got.

The room is nice, the service was really good, but I probably won't be returning with a $140 bill for a few drinks and some food before the game for two people. Also, if you plan to come here before the game, I would recommend a reservation. We arrived at around 5pm and were told they were full but could grab a spot in the lounge area. All the tables in the lounge had reservation signs except the bar and high tables so we sat at the bar which is unusual for that early in the evening, even on game day.

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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante3296 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Great value
Submitted Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 12:31pm [Dine in]

After hearing the buzz about this new restaurant, we decided to check it out on Friday night. We had a reservation and were promptly seated although it took about 10 minutes for a waiter to come over and greet us. After that little blip however, the service was very attentive.

The room is nice with a old world feel although its a little cramped with not enough separation between tables. To start, we had the antipasto platter which comes with a wide variety of meats cured in-house, cheeses, fish, eggplant, artichokes, and olives. Its a large and tasty plate of food for just over $13. I had the rack of lamb which came with a half a rack and a variety of veggies and potatoes. The rack wasn't trimmed like I would have expected but it was still good.

Overall the food was very good and a great value. The prices are very reasonable but it is in East Vancouver so maybe they are adjusted accordingly. I would definitely return when I am in the mood for a well priced, classic Italian meal.

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G Sports Bar & Grill1208 Granville Street, Vancouver
Good place to watch the game
Submitted Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

As the title says, this is a great place to watch the hockey game. There are tons of HD TVs all over the place and there is pretty much no bad place to site unless you are in the very back.

The food is mediocre however. I had some hot wings and unfortunately they were battered and not that great. They had some drink specials which made the booze reasonably priced. The game was brutal but luckily there were cheap shooters on a Canucks goal and they did manage to score once. I would return to watch the game.

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X Spot, The805 Denman, Vancouver
Good BLT
Submitted Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 11:34am [Dine in]

This is the first time I have been to this cafe on the corner of Denman and Robson. I had a late lunch here yesterday. Order an americano and a BLT. The american used Saltspring coffee and was pretty good. BLT took a while but it was worth the wait. It had fresh ingredients and was tasty. I will return when I am looking for a light snack or lunch. I might try their breakfast next time.

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Las Tortas Mexican Gourmet Sandwiches3353 Cambie St, Vancouver
Tasty torta
Submitted Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

I spotted this place while driving by on Cambie so I did a quick turnaround to check it out. I don't think I have had a torta since Duffin's on Main and 33rd which has been shut down for a while.

I order the slow roasted chicken which was pretty good but a little bland. Took a little while to be made which I didn't mind. It was a little expensive for what it was but I might return when I am in the mood for a torta. I would definitely try one of the other tortas though as the chicken was by no means exploding with flavour.

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La Taqueria322 W Hastings St, Vancouver
Tasty tacos
Submitted Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

I tried going here once before and realized they close fairly early in the evening at around 7 or 8pm. I decided to hit it in the afternoon at around 2pm and it was surprisingly busy. It took about 10 minutes to get my tacos after standing in line for about 5 minutes. Not too bad considering how busy it was.

I ordered the 4 tacos for $9.95 with 2 asada (grilled beef) and two al pastor (spicy pork). Both were very good. The pork tacos had some apple in it which is obviously a classic combination but a little suprising in Mexican food (and good). Overall I thought the tacos were great and I would definitely return when I am craving traditional-style Mexican tacos. I will try to visit a little later in the afternoon and hopefully it will be a little less busy.

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Dream Sushi4401 Main St, Vancouver
A welcome addition to Main Street
Submitted Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

Dream Sushi is Main Street's latest restaurant addition. They have been only open since the beginning of the week after a complete renovation of the space. The restaurant has about four small booths and a half dozen tables. The interior is clean and is a comfortable setting.

I ordered the lunch special with chicken terriyaki, gyoza and had a scallop cone on the side. The special includes miso soup for $6.50 which is pretty reasonable based on the quantity of food received. I thought the scallop cone was a bit oversauced without any noticeable chunks of scallops in it but it was still good. The seawood was crisp which is always a positivev sign. The terriyaki and gyoza were good.

The service was very good but the restaurant was empty except for one takeout order during our meal.

Overall, I will come back considering the lack of decent Japanese food in my area and the close proximity to my home. I am sure it will continue to get better once they work out some of the kinks that all new restaurants go through.

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Shenanigans Pub1225 Robson St, Vancouver
Its Shenanigans
Submitted Friday, October 30, 2009 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

I've been here a couple times to watch PPV games and its ok. The food is your typical pub food. I usually don't get creative and will just order a burger which are pretty decent. There are lots of flat screen televisions on all the walls but the sound isn't very good and unfortunately, all of the TVs (at least in my section) weren't HD. They usually have pint and pitcher beer specials which will add up to some pretty cheap beer. All in all, the price is right but they need to fix the sound and consider getting HD.

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Donair Town1433 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
$2.99 Donair
Submitted Friday, October 23, 2009 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

I happened to be driving by this place and had a sudden craving for a donair so I decided to try it. Upon entering, I see the sign on the outside for their special donair for $2.99. Why not?

The guy behind the counter was by himself and everytime he handled the cash, he washed his hands and put on gloves to make the next order so that was a really good sign. I am amazed at how many takeout places don't wash their hands properly, this is really important to me especially with flu season upon us.

I ordered the chicken special donair with all the toppings. I must admit, it was pretty tasty. It was a little greasy though, especially at the end. The wrapper it came in had a about 2 or 3 tablespoons of it collected in the bottom. But better there than in my stomach, I guess.

Anyways, I would definitely hit this place again. Especially for the price, $2.99 is ridiculously cheap.

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Exchange475 Howe St., Vancouver
Cozy spot but easy to miss
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 1:49am [Dine in]

I went here a few days ago after noticing this restaurant being added on Dine Here. I must admit, it was not what I was expecting. Its a very small but chic little spot tucked away in an office building on Howe. They should probably have a sign in the building lobby to point people in the right direction but I guess finding it is half the adventure.

They have a very limited beer selection, it would be nice to see maybe an import lager on their beer list. The charcuterie plate was really tasty; a great selection of meat and cheese with thoughtful presentation. All in all, it was an enjoyable experience and reasonably priced. I would return.

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Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
Was suprised actually
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 10:12pm [Dine in]

I have ordered delivery from this restaurant at least a dozen times over the last couple years and it was always "good for delivery" but not great. I don't think they deliver anymore so we decided to dine in instead. I have to say, I was quite surprised.

First off, the decor does need a bit of an overhaul. The lighting is quite bright and they have an 80s, fake-wood looking clock on one wall. We sat in a booth which were quite comfortable and unusual for a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver which was nice. Some of the spelling mistakes on the door and the menu reminded me of Thailand and made me laugh out loud.

I counted 4 servers which in a small restaurant meant for very attentive service. All the dishes we ordered came out quickly and beer was served instantaneously.

The food was great. We ordered a bunch of dishes including ebi sunomono, sashimi salad, negitoro roll, ebi chili, yakitori and some pieces of nigiri including saba, tuna and salmon. The salmon and saba were really good. The only somewhat disappointing dish was the ebi chili as the sauce was kind of buttery and lacked any zip.

Overall, I was impressed with the food and attentive service. I would recommend.

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Chili Garden4186 Main Street, Vancouver
Golden bags..
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

The name makes me laugh for some reason but the golden bags are actually pretty good: light, crispy and with a tasty filling. I also had the beef panang and pad thai. The beef panang was very good although the medium spiciness was not quite hot enough. Pad thai was mediocre; the noodles were bland although the prawns and chicken in it were seasoned and made up for it a little bit. I would eat here again but I won't be having the pad thai.

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Santorini Greek Donair4438 Main Street, Vancouver
Big donair
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

This donair shop is a new place that just opened up. It replaces the Pizza Factory which closed after only being open for a brief time.

I ordered a chicken donair which was quite large. It was good although a little messy. My only gripe was that the meet was a tad on the crunchy side only on the very outside. I imagine because the restaurant is new and not very busy and the meat is turning and turning without being shaved off. There might be a touch too much seasoning on it too but the ingredients including lettuce, tomato, red onion etc were all fresh and good.

Overall, I would return when I am in the mood for a donair since there are really no donair shops on Main Street. I wish the owner more success than the previous restaurant at this location.

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Village Taphouse900 Main Street, #1C, West Vancouver
Surprisingly good
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

We came here on a Friday night after playing 9 holes at Gleneagles. It was busy but we managed to find a great spot on the patio for four. My first impression was that their hiring practices seemed awfully similar to Cactus Club only to the next level.

The service was really good for the two hours we were there. Even though it was busy, our food came out fast and beverages were never empty.

They have a beer tasting option where you can select 3 beers for $6.00, a great way to try a bunch of different brews. They looked like they were about 4 ounces which equals about a glass of beer, maybe not the best deal but still worth it because of the extra effort required from the bartender. (They even label them so you know which one you are drinking.) They have a wide selection of beers from many different microbreweries.

The menu consists of fairly standard pub food that you would expect at this kind of place and from what I saw, it was executed pretty well. I had potato skins and a margarita pizza and both were good.

Overall, I would return. The food didn't wow me as its pretty standard pub fare but it is done well from my single experience. I definitely like the beer selection and the tasting option; I would probably return just for that if I was in the area.

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