Too bad about the noodles
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 3:59pm [Dine in]
I think this place is new as I haven't noticed it before. I decided to check it out even though I prefer my pho Vietnamese. I ordered a bowl of pho with steak and brisket. Everything was really good until I tried the noodles; they gave me a heaping bowl or sprouts and basil, broth was not too greasy and very tasty. Then I ate some of the noodles and they were very starchy, I assume they were overcooked. I can only give the food two stars because the noodles are a pretty integral part of pho. I might give it another try in the future.
Submitted Friday, June 6, 2008 - 10:37pm [Dine in]
I am a fan of Hapa Izakaya and Gyoza King down the street on Robson, so I decided to give Toratatsu a try. We got their early and they had a happy hour special menu which has some cheaper items until 7pm. We ordered the sashimi platter, Tokyo ribs, ebi chilli mayo and the sable fish. (And a couple large bottles of Sapporo of course.) The food was all good and fresh. The service was good up until we wanted our bill when our waitress was nowhere to be found, but it wasn't a big deal. Overall, I would definitely return.
Great addition to Main Street
Submitted Friday, June 6, 2008 - 9:53am [Dine in]
The new Barney's on Main Street is located where Monsoon's used to be. I was a regular of their original location on Granville Street and must admit, its nice having a good brunch spot closer to home. Their bacon benny is probably my favorite eggs benedict in Vancouver. The hollandaise sauce is perfect and deep fried hashbrowns are a nice addition, especially when you are a little hungover and need a little grease to fix things. They have only been open for a while and are still working out the kinks, but I have found the staff to be very friendly and accommodating. Any gaffe has been quickly corrected with a smile on their face and once even a complimentary beer. They recently added a small patio which will be nice in the summer even though it is on the corner of busy Broadway and Main. Definitely recommended, especially for brunchers.
Submitted Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 3:41pm [Dine in]
I have a simple rule when eating food: if its not meat, its not a meal. So its probably a good thing that I didn't read the reviews before going here as I would have realized this was a vegetarian burrito joint and probably never tried it.
The place is very small and has creepy, kitchy velvet art on the walls. I was going to leave after reading their menu on the wall but decided to try it. I ordered the Henry which was actually pretty good. I probably won't be going back because of the whole meat-less thing, but I did enjoy my burrito.
Cobre52 Powell Street, Vancouver Great Ceviche
Submitted Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 1:51am [Dine in]
I went here a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. The ceviche was very good which you would expect in a latin tapas restaurant. I am not usually a desert eater but I ended up sharing a piece of chocolate cake with chilli spice that was unbelievable. Top it off with a shot of Petron and it was a memorable dinner.
The service was good. We were seated at the end of the restaurant near the windows upstairs which made service a bit distant but our server still did a good job. The ambiance was nice as well, very relaxing. Overall, I would definately return.
Submitted Monday, December 10, 2007 - 2:03pm [Dine in]
I enjoyed the food here even though I am not a huge fan of southern bbq restaurants as I find things are oversauced. We ordered way to much food as is customary for this type of restaurant and thought everything was pretty good. Service staff was young but efficient and always had a smile on their face. I would return if I ever had a craving for bbq in Victoria.
Great huevos rancheros
Submitted Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 9:22am [Dine in]
I took a drive down Main Street thinking that the new Barney's Caffe across the street would have been open by now. It was still papered over so I went into Slickety Jim's instead. I ordered the huevos rancheros and was pleasantly surprised. Two sunny side eggs cooked on a bed of beans, cheese and a crispy tortilla with salsa and sour cream. The whole dish was simple and tasty; I will be back when I am craving some beans for breakfast.
Submitted Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 12:43pm [Dine in]
I went here for the lunch buffet the other day. The room is very attractive and would probably be even more stunning for dinner with the proper lighting. Service was fine, although we didn't order anything off the menu other than a couple drinks so its hard to guage, plates were cleared in a timely fashion which was a good sign. The food was average, even for buffet food. Nothing tasted great or really stood out but it was all edible and there wasn't anything poorly done either. I would like to try this place for dinner and maybe I would give it higher marks.
Submitted Tuesday, April 3, 2007 - 3:53pm [Dine in]
I read the reviews on the site and was skeptical, as I usually am. I was pleasantly surprised to find the salads here were very good. Given the choice, I would come here and pay an extra buck or two for a fresh salad that doesn't have a million people handling and hovering over all the ingredients like most salad bars. As other reviewers have said, they make the salad in front of you with your choice of ingredients. They have set salads or you can make your own which could be a daunting task with the vast array of ingredients to choose from. However, to give a salad bar a 5 star review is still a little over the top in my mind. C'mon people, its a salad bar!
Submitted Monday, February 5, 2007 - 7:09pm [Dine in]
For whatever reason, I had always thought that the food here was so-so and it was more of a place to hang out, drink beer, and look at the view. I ended up here last Friday, not by choice, and ordered a pizza, some appies and a few pints. The pizza was good, much better than I would have imagined. Maybe I will start going into places with a negative attitude and let them pleasantly surprise me.
Nikkyu3302 Main Street, Vancouver Hot 'n' Fast Teriyaki
Submitted Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 3:32pm [Dine in]
I will give them props for serving an order of chicken teriyaki very fast and sizzling. It was good but the sushi I ordered took way too long for a quiet restaurant and didn't taste up to par. Tea refills were non-existant. I finished my meal and was forced to wait over 15 minutes for the bill. This I can accept in a busy restaurant but it wasn't and getting a servers attention was next to impossible. There are far too many sushi restaurants to ever go back here.
Good food but a little pricey
Submitted Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 3:38am [Dine in]
The Noodle Box is a self serve noodle place. Stand in line, order your dish, hopefully find a table and they will eventually call out your name with your food. There are a bunch of different noodle options, many with choice of rice substitution. You can select what type of meat you want such as chicken, shrimp, tofu, pork, etc and also how spicy you want it.
Overall the food was better than I expected. I ordered medium and it was quite spicy, especially at the bottom of the bowl where most of the sauce ended up. I like. I didn't like the cashier questioning the fact that I wanted it medium but I guess they get the occasional 4th Ave whiner who brings back their bowl because they ordered it too hot. I wonder what kind of hoops I would have to jump through if I ordered it hotter than that.
I was surprised to see how busy this place was. At 6pm it was lined up for most of the time I was in there with 2 cashiers going.
Overall, its a little expensive for what you get and I probably won't frequent this place often but atleast I can say I tried it. I definately prefer more authentic restaurants that serve real south east Asian food (run by south east Asians) which are cheaper and tastier.
A solid choice but always a lineup
Submitted Monday, December 11, 2006 - 3:57pm [Dine in]
I had a craving for sushi yesterday and decided to roll by Toshi's and try and get in. I have tried a couple times in the past, there has always been at least a half an hour wait and could never be bothered. I was flying solo and managed to skip the 45 minute queue as a single spot at the bar opened up. Hungry faces in line did not seem too impressed and as I rolled past them when my name was called after only waiting about 2 or 3 minutes.
I order a bunch of different sushi items including a couple pieces of tuna and salmon nigiri, chopped scallop cone, dynamite roll, avocado roll, and a miso soup. Everything was good as I expected. The scallop cone was well prepared; not too much rice and the nori was crisp making it very easy to eat and not chewy at all.
I think the bill came to about 20 bucks including tip which was reasonable. I would probably come here more often but the wait in line is simply not worth it.
Good dim sum, great service
Submitted Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 11:30am [Dine in]
I had dim sum here last Sunday and I was pleasantly surprised. All the classics were good with one exception. The shui mai tasted weird, like no shui mai I have ever had. Other than that, all the dishes were tasty and not too greasy. The service was very good, dishes came out fast, water was refilled. The price is about average, not cheap but not super expensive either. Overall, a good experience.
Submitted Monday, October 2, 2006 - 2:09pm [Dine in]
I recently moved into the area and have eaten here 3 times. Each time I had 3 different items on the menu. All were good even with the higher expectations from the previous visit. The food is inexpensive, quality Vietnamese food and tastes of home cooking. The pho broth is tasty and not greasy. Ingredients are fresh, items come out of the kitchen very quickly.
The service is very good, especially for a Vietnamese restaurant. You can tell that they actually care about the customer and ensure they are well looked after. When the restaurant is slow, they offer great service without hovering over the tables.
Definately recommended, I will return often.
Value over quality
Submitted Sunday, August 27, 2006 - 6:45pm [Dine in]
The key to this place is the value. At 2 bucks per dim sum plate, its hard to go wrong. That being said, the quality is not the best. The dishes can be a little on the greasy side and they will have no qualms serving you cold dishes; I would recommend avoiding the last plate on the cart for non-steamed items. I was there just before noon on a Sunday and had no problems getting a table and the carts were coming around fairly quickly.
Submitted Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 1:28am [Dine in]
To our server's credit, she did try real hard. Unfortunately the restaurant was understaffed and overworked. The food took too long to be served, was mediocre and overpriced. Drink orders were slow to be delivered. The bill even took 20 minutes. I will not return with so many other dining options in town.
Tasty Chicken Shwarma
Submitted Wednesday, August 9, 2006 - 10:45pm [Dine in]
I had a shwarma here for lunch today and I must admit I was surprised how good it tasted. It was pretty large with a solid quantity of meat in it. The hot sauce added a nice zip. I would go back when I am on the run and need a quick bite or for lunch.
Submitted Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 5:51pm [Dine in]
I had a poutine and it was decent, not the best poutine I have had. Perhaps the smoked meat sandwiches are better. I prefer the poutines at Costco or better yet, Fritz down on Davie. Seating area was dirty and looked like they were still moving in. This deli needs the Restaurant Makeover team to kick it in the ass and it has only been open for 6 months or less.
Joey1424 West Broadway, Vancouver Overzealous
Submitted Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 12:37am [Dine in]
I have frequented the Joey's in Coquitlam a couple of times and it has always been a good experience. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for this location. The restaurant looks good and has a warm feel but the food was simply not up to par. The ingredients were fresh but the salads were overdressed. Ahi Tuna was overseasoned. Both other party members had salads and their's were "overed" as well. Atleast it was consistant in that respect. I am sure it was just a blip and I will give it another try when I can't think of anywhere better to go to.