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thecriticVancouverMmmmm foodWeb siteSince November 3, 2004Favourite List (42)Try List (21)376 Reviews
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River Rock International Food Court8811 River Road, Richmond
Ugh
Submitted Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

I made the mistake of eating here before a poker tournament and I regretted it for the rest of the night. I had a daily special which was some sort of western-style Chinese dish with rice and spring rolls. The food was not very good, not that I was expecting much from the food court inside the River Rock. It didn't sit well the rest of the night and needless to say, I won't be eating there again.

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Ba Le Sandwich Shop633 Main Street, #121, Vancouver
It doesn't get more Cheap Eats than this
Submitted Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

The sandwiches here are even cheaper than the other Ba Le shop on Fraser/Kingsway. I think the special "cold cut" sandwich which is pretty much the same as a #5 at the other place is only $2.75 rather than $3.25. This is ridiculously cheap if you think about it.

It was my first time in here today. The place was clean and they already had a bunch of cold cut sandwiches pre-prepared so I was in and out in about 30 seconds. If you want them to make it for you, I am pretty sure if you ask for something different such as extra peppers or no onions, they would make it fresh.

This is not really a place to sit and eat your sandwich but it is an option unlike the other Ba Le. The sandwich was pretty much the same although it had onions in it which I don't think the other place puts in theirs and I could do without. The bread was not quite as fresh as I would have liked but overall it was good. And who can complain for $2.75?

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Don Guacamoles1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Good Mexican
Submitted Monday, April 27, 2009 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

I enjoyed the food I had at Don Guacamoles. We had a chips and salsa platter which had 3 kinds of salsa including a nice authentic tasting salsa loads of cilantro. We split a tortilla soup (Aztec Sopa?), 4 tacos and a flank steak fajita. All the food tasted great and authentic.

My only semi-gripe was that the fajita we ordered with cheese and extra meat was mostly onions and didn't really have much of either in it. But other than that, everything was very good. Service was a bit slow but the place was packed and was fine once the waitress started serving us. I will return, maybe for lunch and sit on the patio.

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Fujiya912 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Grab some sushi and roll
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2009 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

Do not "Dine Here". Instead, select the sushi you want and keep driving along busy Clark. They do have a small eating area with a few tables to sit and each your sushi but you are better off eating somewhere else. The sushi is fresh due to the high turnover and constant traffic. The prices are very reasonable with most packages being 3-4 dollars.

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Chada Thai Fine Cuisine2991 Lougheed Hwy, #107, Coquitlam
Very good Thai
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2009 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

I have been to Chada Thai a couple times and both times it was very good. I consider myself a bit of Thai food snob having visited the country twice and generally don't eat at western Thai restaurants because I am generally disappointed. I am not sure if its simply the fact that the ingredients are so fresh and tasty in Thailand or why it never seems to reproduce well here, but in my experience it simply doesn't.

Anyways, Chada Thai tries to be a kind of fine dining Thai restaurant and for the most part, it succeeds. The dishes we had were all tasty and a good representation of real Thai including the curries, green payaya salad, tom-yum soup, etc. The service is very good as well, they are on top of everything. Even with the fine dining aspect, I do think the prices are a little steep for what you get but considering the outstanding flavours and lack of good Thai restaurants in Metro Vancouver, overall it is worth the price.

I will return whenever I am craving Thai food and don't mind driving out to Coquitlam.

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Grub4328 Main Street, Vancouver
Great food
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2009 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here a couple times and the food is very good. They have a constantly changing menu that is written up on a couple blackboards with daily features. Their prices are very reasonable with most, if not all, dishes being under $20. The portions are very good. Most of the dishes are comfort oriented with a lot of braised meats and a nice variety of other options including meats, seafood and vegetarian.

The space is a little cramped and small but the turnover is fast as the kitchen seems to get the food out pretty quickly. My only gripe about this place is that the service is a little awkward and slow. Both times I have been there I have witnessed one or more servers (there are usually two) eating at the small bar. Also, the blackboards are a little difficult to read with all their dishes because of the dim lighting and the server seemed reluctant to tell us about it which wasn't that big of a deal. Overall, its a nice, local, value oriented, comfort food joint that I will definitely go back to on a regular basis.

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Bandidas Taqueria2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Vegetarian tacos
Submitted Monday, March 16, 2009 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

As a meatitarian, I always make the mistake of not reading Dine Here before I decide to check out restaurants. I've done the same thing with Budgies Burritos, Foundation and other restaurants and up a little disappointed to discover the meatless menu.

The decor inside is a little shabby but it was clean. I ordered the Leona Gail (3 tacos option) which are chipotle tofu tacos. To my surprise, they were very tasty despite the absence of meat. All the ingredients were very fresh and the chipotle gave them a little spiciness. For $7.00 for three tacos, the value was very good as well. I am not sure if I will be back because of the whole vegetarian thing, but I definitely enjoyed the tacos and would recommend this restaurant.

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Phat1055 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Good benny with smoked meat
Submitted Friday, March 13, 2009 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

I have never had a smoked m eat eggs benny. To my surprise, it was quite good. We got our food very quickly and overall everything was well done. The prices are reasonable especially for the area this restaurant is in.

My only petty gripes are that they cook their poached eggs in a egg poaching pan which I have never seen a restaurant do (pot of boiling water anyone?) and that serve their drinks in plastic cups which seems unnecessary if you are eating in. However, when I am craving smoked meat, I will definitely return if I am in the area.

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Tomo Japanese Restaurant611 East Broadway, Vancouver
Another sushi lunch option
Submitted Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

I decided to try this place for lunch one day and it was decent enough. The restaurant is located in the corner of a strip mall on East Broadway about a half a block west of Fraser. The service was attentive but it was relatively dead during the prime time lunch hour. I ordered a bento box as I usually do at these kinds of places for lunch. It was inexpensive and everything on it was properly prepared. Not sure if I will ever be back but its certainly not a bad choice.

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Sushiyama371 East Broadway, Vancouver
Good option for a quick lunch
Submitted Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

I come here occasionally for something a little different when I don't feel like going to my normal neighbourhood sushi joint. The food is good, prices are reasonable and service is solid. I will usually just get something pretty pedestrian such as a bento box. I have never had a bad meal here but have never really been blown away either. This is a good choice for a hit and run lunch when you are in a hurry because the service is pretty quick in the afternoon.

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Great place for lunch
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

I visited this place for lunch today and it was surprisingly good. The quality of ingredients wasn't the best but everything was homemade and you could tell someone put a little bit of love in the food. I had the ham sandwich with lentil soup and both were tasty. The lentil soup was made from scratch. Its kind of like eating in a community centre if you are at a table on the outside of the actual cafe but its not bad. The value is very good for the quantity of food you get which is probably why it was so busy when I went.

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Central Bistro & Lounge1072 Denman Street, Vancouver
Saved my life
Submitted Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 11:08pm [Dine in]

I came here a little hungover looking for some breakfast to get me through the day. I ended up having one of the best eggs bendicts in memory. Eggs were cooked perfectly and the hollandaise was very good. I also had a caesar and again, it was excellent. The service was friendly and prompt. I will definitely return next time I need my weekend breakfast fix.

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Austin Heights Diner2154 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam
OK breakfast
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 6:26pm [Dine in]

I wouldn't call it a good breakfast but it was OK. Not a big fan of their shredded hashbrowns. One thing I can say is that the service and value is very good. At around 5 bucks or so for bacon and eggs, you can't really complain. I doubt I will be back but you never know when a hangover breakfast is in need.

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Another one bites the dust
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

Too bad, this used to be one of my favourite places in town to go for some Irish pub grub, a pint or two of Guinness, maybe a couple shots of Blackbush and see where the night takes me. Unfortunately, this place has lost all of its charm in the new location. They have kept the decor simple like it was across the street but unfortunately there is no character in the new building to make up for the missing ambiance. They put us in their "dining room" next door which basically has one big table and feels like a cafeteria. I had bangers and mash and they were just plain bad. It said they came with 3 sausages and there were only two on the plate although they were pretty big. The service was good and the best part of the experience; beers were refilled quickly. I doubt I will be coming back, maybe to just grab a beer or two but definitely not to eat.

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Bard & Banker Pub, The1022 Government Street, Victoria
Beautiful pub, mediocre food at best
Submitted Friday, December 26, 2008 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

I went to this pub a couple nights ago as I heard some good things about it. The place is big with two floors of seating and very high ceilings. There is a cool spot on the second floor for a band that you can see from pretty much anywhere in the restaurant. Overall, the design of the pub is very nice.

The service was good, beers were re-filled quickly and our food arrived in a reasonable amount of time. However, the food itself was mediocre at best. I might even be being generous on the food rating. The fries were undercooked, maybe because the fryer wasn't hot enough. My shepherd's pie was decent, not great. Overall, they really need to work on their food.

I will probably go back for drinks but will avoid the food.

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Toyo Sushi2211 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Mediocre Sushi
Submitted Monday, December 8, 2008 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

I went here to get my sushi fix because my neighbourhood sushi bar is closed on Mondays. Overall, I was not impressed. The scallop rolls were overly fishy tasting. The salmon nigiri was farmed and cut too thin. The yaki udon was simply bean sprouts, noodles and chicken, was too sweet and still had chunks of the paste they used for the sauce. Overall the food was poorly executed and I feel I am being generous with a decent rating.

The place was dead and the service was still lacking. Our sashimi was served at the very end, generally this is served first in my experience at other sushi restaurants. They also forgot an order and we had to remind them after the rest of our food was done. I wouldn't be surprised if the service issues were just an anomaly and it is normally good.

The ambiance inside was fine, everything was clean including the bathrooms. With the vast number of sushi restaurants in Vancouver, I would not return however.

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Oysi Oysi Restaurant1136 Alberni Street, #607, Vancouver
big improvement since the last time I was here
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:07pm [Dine in]

I hadn't been to Oysi Oysi in eons and decided to give it another shot. I remember it being bad a few years ago, although I can't remember why now. The ratings from a year or more ago seem to reflect that.

Overall I was pretty satisfied with my meal. The food was all very tasty. I recall it was more traditional Japanese / sushi place before; now its gone more izakaya style and it works. My only gripe would be that its a tad expensive but I assume Alberni Street isn't cheap for commercial space.

If I'm in the neighbourhod and looking for sushi or izakaya, I would return.

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Bon Cafe4909 Main Street, Vancouver
Tasty Sandwich
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:00pm [Dine in]

I live fairly close to this place and decided to give it a try. I got a sandwich to go (#45) and was pleasantly surprised. Lots of meat and pickled toppings and the bread was very fresh. I think I will be getting my sandwiches here from now on rather than the more popular place down the road as they are usually sold out by the time I get there.

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Mediocre food with poor service
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

We ordered several dishes including the calamari, pigs ears, pork and chicken (Filipino national dish), beef short ribs, mango salad and some rice. Overall the food was OK with the beef short ribs and calamari being the standouts. The pigs ears was not very tasty and the mango salad was actually kind of gross with this strange tasting, manky fish substance in the salad. It took almost 30 minutes to get our bill after asking for it and when we commented about a couple dishes, the server basically walked away when in mid-sentence. Will not return.

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Musashi780 Denman Street, Vancouver, Vancouver
The Japanese Restaurant That Time Forgot
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 12:43am [Dine in]

I really wanted to like this place. We walked in just after 7 on a Thursday evening and it was surprisingly dead. Besides the dusty facade, the insides looked a little tired especially with all the bright light coming into the restaurant.

It took a little while to get service but finally we were able to order a big bottle of Sapporo and some food including tuna sashimi, spicy tuna cones, saba, tobiko with quails egg, gyoza and a bunch of other dishes.

I liked the way the spicy tuna cones were prepared. They had spicy sauce and chopped tuna in the cone (separately) so at least you could tell the tuna was fresh but too bad the seaweed was chewy. The saba was the best, very fresh and the rice was perfect. The gyoza came out with two or three pieces visibly burnt. We tried a couple and they tasted overboiled.

Finally when we got service about 20 minutes after finishing our food, we still had the gyoza left over. I pointed out the fact that they were burnt and inedible which was not well received by our server who huffed off with the remains of our dish.

When we finally got our bill, I was surprised that we had been in the restaurant for almost 2 hours considering it was mostly empty the whole time. With the awkward service, tired decor and mediorce food, probably won't be coming back anytime soon unless Restaurant Makeover decides to bless this restaurant with their magic touch.

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