Good espresso coffee
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2009 - 3:21pm [Dine in]
The espresso coffee here is good although I've only ever ordered regular or iced americanos. The service is good also; the staff are always friendly and greet you with a smile. The baristas are knowledgeable and efficient. But lets be honest here, you come here for the ambiance. There are few better spots to sit on the sidewalk patio, enjoy your coffee and people watch. In the summer, this area is very busy and the patio is usually full.
Decent but not great
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2009 - 3:10pm [Dine in]
After going many times to the "other place" next door, I finally decided to give this place a try. It was empty when I went in but soon there was a couple groups of people right behind me in short order. The place was relatively clean and tidy. There was a deli case full of buffet style food on one wall but I didn't take a closer look.
I asked for the "house special" because I was in a bit of a hurry and didn't feel like deciphering the menu on the wall. It took a minute or two before the sandwich making began as they warm up the bread first. Overall, the sandwich was good although the bread was not quite as fresh as I would like it. This is a personal taste, but the meat was also a little too thick than I really like it. Overall though, it was pretty decent. Not sure if I will be back because there is so much competition, especially on Kingsway.
Pretty good dim sum
Submitted Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 2:51pm [Dine in]
I have eaten here several times in the past 5 or so years including when it was Queen's Park, Silver something or other and now most recently, Golden Harvest. When it was Queen's Park, I used to call it ghetto dim sum; very big portions and cheap. Thankfully, the quality has gone up since then and so has the service.
Actually the service is quite good for what it is, the waiters will actually educate non-Chinese patrons such as flipping the tea pot lid over when empty. While this can come off as a bit patronizing for a somewhat educated fooditarian, I'm sure those new to dim sum would appreciate this. Its also quite easy to get a table, there is often a bit of a lineup on weekends but I have never waited longer than 10 or 15 minutes.
One of the younger waiters recommended a new item at our request (can't remember the name of it), a pastry with pork and other goodness which was quite tasty. My only criticism is the shui mai is absolutely massive, a little too big and overwhelming for my tastes.
I would definitely recommend.
Eggs with practically white yolks
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 1:28pm [Dine in]
I stopped for breakfast here while on the highway heading back into town. Maybe I am spoiled to the "big city" breakfast fare, but I am used to yellow yolks from free range eggs. The eggs simply don't cut it. I ordered the farm hands favourite and at around 10 dollars, it was barely passasble at best. One of the egg yolks looked practically white (is that even possible?), it had almost no yellow colour in it. The rest of the food was fine.
The service was good and the restaurant itself is clean and the typical, country-style ambiance you are used to with ABC. But based on the eggs I received here, I will not be coming back. Get some free range eggs!
Too Much Pita, No Meeta
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 1:22am [Dine in]
I came here tonight and ordered the chicken shwarma. I have to say I was extremely disappointed with the amount of meat in the wrap. When I did get a small nibble now and again, it was very tasty but not very satisfying because of the small quantity. The rest of the ingredients were fresh and good, but again the meat issue was too prevalent for me to care. I would gladly pay more for a wrap with some meaty substance but the value was poor for what I received even though the actual product was good. I was originally going next door to Babylon Cafe but it was closed due to a "suspicious fire". Anyways, don't think I will be back anytime soon.
Good but hard to find
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 9:11pm [Dine in]
I had a little bit of a hard time finding this place but when I finally did, it was well worth it. There is very little signage and it is located inside a retirement home so it seems out of place. The food is pretty good though and reasonably priced as well. I wasn't feeling very imaginitive so I ordered the chicken donburi with a mixed tempura to start. It was tasty, simple and had fresh ingredients. All told with another karrage donburi the bill was $21 + tip. I would return for lunch if I was in the area but due to the lack of ambiance, probably wouldn't make it a dinner destination unless the budget was tight.
A good deal for lunch
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 9:29pm [Dine in]
My grandfather was Ukrainian and also loved to cook. I have fond memories of going over to my grandparent's house on Sundays for family dinner and eating borcht, perogies, cabbage rolls and other Ukrainian classics. I have been meaning to try this restaurant for a long time and I finally dropped in for lunch.
The Dine Here restaurant description is accurate; this is a family-oriented, simply decorated restaurant. I ordered the 5 perogies and cabbage roll lunch special which is quite reasonably priced at $6.75. Overall, everything was good. The cabbage roll had a bit too much egg in it which is used to bind the rice and beef mixture; my preference is the more crumbly variety that my family makes but this is a minor quibble. The included coleslaw was simple and tasty. Overall the quantity of food for lunch was a good amount so that I was perfectly satisfied but not too full.
I would definitely return when I am looking for a reasonably priced, hearty meal especially for lunch.
Subway2827 Main Street, Unit 3, Vancouver Not quite the same for me anymore
Submitted Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 7:29pm [Dine in]
I admit, I will stop here from time to time to grab a 6 inch turkey or something else fairly melba toast. The sandwiches are ok. As everyone knows, the bread is baked in house so it is fresh. But its not the greatest bread and very squishy without much substance. Toasting the sub can really kick it up since they started doing this a few years back I guess to keep up with Quiznos. This specific location is usually pretty clean and efficient. I don't really go much and opt for the Vietnamese sandwich these days when I feel like a quick sandwich snack simply because they are more interesting in taste and end up being less than half the price.
Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver Good comfort food
Submitted Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 12:45pm [Dine in]
I finally got to try the (relatively) new location of Burgoo on Main Street. The restaurant itself was extensively renovated; I remember going here when it was a Subway. It has a homey feel to it inside and has a great patio with ample seating. I noticed they just added an awning which is probably a good idea in Vancouver.
I ordered the gooey cheese grillers which were very tasty. This was accompanied by the lobster bisque which was pretty good as well although something was not quite to my tastes with that although I can't quite put my finger on it. This is a minor quibble and my personal tastes only.
The prices are a tad on the high side but when you see the restaurant and the money poured into the renovations, they obviously needed to recoup some of their costs. My one gripe is that for lunch, it took way too long to get the food out. If I actually had somewhere to be, I would have been clock watching a lot more than I was. Not sure exactly how long it took for the food but it was well over 30 minutes. We were on the downside of the lunch rush so not sure what the problem was in the kitchen. When we left, the place was practically empty.
I will return especially in the winter when I want some comfort food.
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 5:02pm [Dine in]
I used to come here at least once a month whenever I was craving a Vietnamese sub but it is off my list now. The last time I was there, they had just taken over the space next door and expanded to double the size of their shop. There was an odd smell which was a little bit rank to be brutally honest. Hopefully this was something to do with the expansion and they took care of it because it was rather nasty.
Anyways, comparatively their subs are smaller and slightly more expensive than other similar banh mi shops. Admittedly, at maybe about a 50 cent difference, the price comparison is a minor quibble. My main problem is that the subs just don't hit the mark for me anymore; they don't quite have enough heat even with extra hot peppers, the cilantro is mostly stems and the bread doesn't seem quite as fresh.
With the plethora of competition for Vietnamese subs, I don't think I will be returning here anytime soon but its definitely not a bad choice and will still fill the void for a lunchtime cheap snack.
Sucker for the poutines
Submitted Friday, June 5, 2009 - 2:13pm [Dine in]
I have to say, I am not a big fan of Harvey's. But sometimes when I am in Home Depot, I get hungry and end up grabbing a poutine. They are fairly cheap, not too salty and fill the gap so I can concentrate on whatever I came to buy at Home Depot. The one thing I have noticed about this place is that they are very slow to clean the tables so if you want to sit down, you usually have to clean off a table to sit down. There are only a 4 or 5 tables so the seating area is not very big.
Submitted Friday, June 5, 2009 - 2:07pm [Dine in]
I used to eat a breakfast bagel from this place almost daily when I worked across the street. The coffee, particularly their espresso, was pretty good too. Mind you that was a few years ago so assuming the management is the same, I am sure it is still pretty good. I am going to have to drop by and see if they still have the same people running it.
good place to grab a salad
Submitted Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 7:24pm [Dine in]
I probably eat here at least once a month. Grab a container and fill it up with a wide selection of veggies and other items. Price is by weight which can get a little pricey depending on what items you use to build your custom salad creation. They also have a pretty good selection of cut fruit, I usually go back for seconds just to get some mango if it looks ripe. There is a small sitting area to eat your food including some plastic patio type furniture outside.
Tanpopo1122 Denman Street, Vancouver Prefer quality over quantity but this is still a good choice
Submitted Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 12:46pm [Dine in]
When I am in the mood for a huge feast of Japanse food and sushi, I will usually go to Tanpopo. Their lunch all you can eat with sashimi option is a pretty good deal at under 15 dollars. The salmon is wild like other reviewers have noted. There are never any issues getting dishes that you ordered and the food always comes out fast. That being said, the quality isn't the greatest but what do you expect for an AYCE? I generally try to avoid all you can eats, but if I am craving lots of food for cheap, this is where I would go. They have a great rooftop patio that gets a lot of sun and can get quite hot in the summer. Drink a Sapporo, sit in the sun and fill up on fish, it doesn't get much better than that.
Good espresso coffee
Submitted Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 12:13pm [Dine in]
If you are a coffee drinker looking for an alternative to boring Starbucks or Blenz, this is a good option. Their espresso drinks are all reasonable priced and last time I was there, they used Illy coffee. They have a pretty serious looking espresso maker that is absolutely huge and makes great espresso drinks. They also have a south facing patio that gets a lot of sun in the afternoons although its usually pretty busy.
Submitted Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 11:48am [Dine in]
I have stopped here a couple times for a quick beer and some pub grub. The beer is what you would expect. There is usually some sort of special but even if there isn't, its not expensive. The food is descent, not great. They serve typical pub fare including burgers, sandwiches, wings, etc. The service is good. There are lots of televisions on every wall so if you are looking for a spot to watch the game and not spend a lot of money, this would be a good choice. Its not usually super busy either.
Submitted Friday, May 29, 2009 - 2:32pm [Dine in]
The coffee at Blenz is mediocre at best. I usually get a latte so that the taste of the coffee is mostly covered up. This is a great spot to sit on the patio on a sunny summer day and people watch. Other than that, there is no reason to go here because the coffee is fairly lackluster. The service is good and what you would expect at a coffee place. Coffees are made quickly and its usually not too busy during the afternoon.
Good place to watch the game
Submitted Friday, May 29, 2009 - 1:47pm [Dine in]
This would be a great place to watch the game as they have large flat screens pretty much lining all of the walls. I have eaten nachos and wings here and both were mediocre. The wings weren't very crispy on the outside and were luke warm. Not that they were bad, they just weren't that great. This is pretty standard fare, you come here for beer and sports, not fine dining. The beer was decently priced and they have a good selection. I will return most likely since I live in the area and they are open til midnight on weekdays however I will not have high expectations on the food.
Favourite coffee in Vancouver
Submitted Friday, May 29, 2009 - 1:37pm [Dine in]
Salt Spring Coffee makes a great expresso coffee, my favourite in Vancouver. I usually get the 12 ounce Canadiano. They don't do singles which makes their smaller sized coffees a pretty good deal. I don't generally eat the food there but I did have a panini sandwich a couple years ago and recall it being good. They have a small patio which gets good sun as it is south facing. Its not the greatest people watching spot as its usually just mom's with strollers and Main street hipster types, but its still a great place to sit and enjoy a great coffee.
Great service and margaritas, food was lacking..
Submitted Friday, May 29, 2009 - 1:21pm [Dine in]
We went here for dinner a few weeks back in the middle of the week. The restaurant was relatively quiet. The service was great; drinks were refilled quickly, food came out fast and the server came back to check on us frequently without being too intrusive. The lime margaritas were excellent.
The food was probably the most disappointing portion of the dining experience. The ceviche was mediocre at best and tasted rather bland. The tacos were completely covered in pink coloured cabbage (perhaps it was slightly pickled?) and 90% of it needed to be removed so I could taste the other ingredients. Based on the quality and tastiness of the food, I would say the value was a little less than desirable. Maybe I just ordered the wrong dishes or they had an off night, but I probably won't return anytime soon.