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thecriticVancouverMmmmm foodWeb siteSince November 3, 2004Favourite List (42)Try List (21)376 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Broadway Chinese Restaurant1410 West Broadway, Vancouver
Rough
Submitted Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

Broadway Chinese serves whitey's favorites including chop suey, chow mein, breaded chicken balls, etc. The prices are very cheap and unfortunately, the food is barely edible. Avoid this place at all costs, my stomach still churns when thinking about it. Luckily, there is very little drawing in unsuspecting victims and most people will walk right on by. Small town Chinese restaurants have better, more authentic food than what is served here.

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Fortune Restaurant650 West 41st Ave, #608, Vancouver
Dodge the chili sauce
Submitted Friday, June 2, 2006 - 11:28am [Dine in]

I went here for dim sum recently and overall enjoyed the experience despite mishap. Luckily, I was able to avoid the chili sauce explosion which managed to hit most of my side of the table when it slipped out of our waiter's hand; no small feat on a lazy Sunday when the reflexes aren't what they should be. The dim sum was good although a little pricey for what you get. I probably won't be back anytime soon considering the number of dim sum restaurants that are just as good and have much better value.

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
Bye Bye Dunhuang
Submitted Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

Somehow this place lost its luster in the conversion of DunHuang to Golden Gate. 2.75 dim sum is gone (no more dim sum at all from what I could tell), replaced with 5.95 special lunches which are becoming a dime a dozen along Broadway. The interior did get a complete overhaul with new paint, tables, and chairs which was in desparate need.

I ordered the lunch special and it was good. Service was prompt from beginning to end even though the restaurant was almost full. This place is a good choice for Szechaun cuisine on Broadway but with all the great Chinese food choices in the area, doubt I will frequent it much.

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Red Burrito1700 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tasty Tacos
Submitted Saturday, May 13, 2006 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

Red Burrito is a new restaurant on the corner of First and Commercial. You order at the counter and have the choice of tacos, burritos and a few others with 4 different types of filling including beef, chicken, shrimp and veg. The chicken was the best as it was cooked shwarma style and was a little crispy. Overall, the tacos were pretty good although I didn't find it to be the best value.

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Tojo's Restaurant1133 W Broadway, Vancouver
Its all downhill from 30
Submitted Monday, May 8, 2006 - 11:02am [Dine in]

After striking out a half a dozen times trying to get a reservation for a party of 12 to celebrate my birthday, we finally settled on Tojo's. Many places would not give a reservation between 6 and 9, some couldn't accomodate a party that size, some were already reserved. Tojo's wanted a credit card to ensure we showed up and would charge $200 if we didn't which was an interesting policy but we agreed since we were having difficulty find a place to accomodate us.

Everyone settled on the $80 Omakase menu where Tojo himself selects each dish. The cooked dishes were all very good, especially the sablefish. The sushi items were less than stellar although there was a tasty scallop roll that had interesting flavours.

The service was very good overall. Drinks were always full and dishes were explained in detail, almost too much information. There were some gaps in food delivery between each course which was a little bothersome especially since most at the table were starving.

Overall, I enjoyed my dining experience at Tojo's. My biggest complaint would be the low overall value; I would definately not order the Omakase option again. I have dined here previously and ordered a la carte and left much more satisfied and heavier in the wallet.

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White Tower Restaurant1359 Robson Street, Vancouver
Bottle to go
Submitted Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

Back in the 'ol days, we use to roll by White Tower to pick up the after hours 26er or two to go. They would serve booze late as well so it was a good spot to hit the patio in the wee hours, have a cocktail and watch the mayham on Robson. The food was never that good and still isn't.

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Mexicali4424 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Good Lunch Spot
Submitted Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

With a name like Mexicali, I was hoping to see some slack ass California dudes working here. As it turns out, it is Asian run which killed any hopes of authenticity for that SoCal flavour I was looking for. The food ended up being quite tasty though. I had a enchillada that was a decent sized portion and was value priced for lunch. They had a bunch of lunch specials to choose from which were all around 7 dollars. The service is relaxed and the ambiance is very casual and simple.

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Willie's Bakery & Cafe537 Johnson St, Victoria
Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich
Submitted Friday, February 17, 2006 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

This is a great cafe located in the culinary wasteland also known as Victoria. I have tried a few of their sandwiches and they were pretty good but the phylly cheesesteak sandwich is the bomb. Loads of meat, sauce and other good stuff. Its not a traditional cheesesteak sandwich at all, more like a hippy variety which usually gets points off in my book but this time its done to perfection. Bread is made fresh on location. They have a great patio which is usually busy in the summer.

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Baan Thai Restaurants1117 Blanshard St, Victoria
Spicing things up
Submitted Friday, February 17, 2006 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

Baan Thai is a small Thai joint on Blandshard. I think it used to be located on Government, I remember going there as well way back in the day. The food is good but the portions are small for what you get. A solid choice for Thai food in Victoria. Service is good.

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Atlantic Trap & Gill, The118 Robson St, Vancouver
Guinness and Irish Car Bombs
Submitted Friday, February 17, 2006 - 7:12pm [Dine in]

This place is all about tying one on. They serve cheap beer with lots of options on tap. Try an Irish car bomb (can't remember what the PC name is). Its half a Guinness with a shooter of Irish whiskey and some sort of cream liquer dropped into it, money. The food is mostly deep fried and greasy but could help combat the hangover you will have the next morning. Service is usually pretty solid but not as good as when the infamous monkey (Michelle) worked there.

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Eugene's Greek Restaurant & Snack Bar1280 Broad Street, Victoria
Cafeteria style Greek food
Submitted Monday, February 13, 2006 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

I have only eaten the gyro chicken souvlaki combo here and I can say that it is probably the best I have ever had. It is kind of pricy at 8 bucks but worth every penny. It is loaded full of meat, which can sometimes be its own downfall if its not loaded full of sauce as it can be a tad dry. That being said, it is usually very good. Everytime I go back to Victoria and find myself downtown looking for a snack, I hit Eugene's and scarf back one of these bad boys. I have never tried anything else on their menu and probably never will.

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Inspiring Grounds1073 West Broadway, Vancouver
Chicken Caesar Sandwich
Submitted Monday, February 13, 2006 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

This is a reasonable choice for lunch in the Broadway and Oak neighbourhood. They have a good selection of sandwiches and a soup 'n sandwich combo can be had for around 7 bucks. Soup is homemade and quite tasty. I frequent once every few weeks for lunch and will usually get the chicken caesar sandwich which is quite good.

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Japanese Village, The734 Broughton Street, Victoria
Dreaming of steak sauce...
Submitted Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

Japanese Village is one of my favourite places to go in Victoria for a meal. I have always felt that the city was culinarily challenged, probably because of the large tourist contigent that waters down dining expectations. Japanese Village raises the bar offering consistantly tasty, teppanyaki food at reasonable prices.

The best deal is to go for their lunch sitting. For around 9 to 16 dollars, you get your choice of soup or salad, choice of entree, vegies and as much rice as you can eat. Entree choices include chicken, sirloin steak, new york steak, filet mignon and others.

Unlimited rice may seem trivial until you've tried it drenched with the most orgasmic steak sauce you could imagine. If you are anti-carb, you may not want to visit here because you could find yourself halfway thru your third bowl of rice covered in sweet, sweet steak sauce and end up with a guilty conscience.

The sushi bar is mediocre at best; this restaurant is all about the teppanyaki. Always make a reservation.

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Section 31039 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Seriously
Submitted Friday, January 20, 2006 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

This place used to be great before they revamped their menu. As I recall, they had a lamb menu item that was 16 bucks and was the size of a baseball and very tasty.

They have since jacked up the pricing and for what you get, it is simply not worth it. This is a good spot to have drinks and socialize with friends, but its not much of an eatery.

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9th Avenue Grill1822 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Great Breakfast
Submitted Friday, January 20, 2006 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

I had a great breakfast here. Mind you, its pretty hard to screw up bacon and eggs but surprisingly it does happen. The place was full but we only had to wait a few minutes. The service was friendly and swift. The pricing is reasonable and what you would expect for a place like this. If you are tiring of the long lineups at Barney's, try this place instead.

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BC Sushi2126 W Broadway, Vancouver
Tries Hard But Food is Subpar
Submitted Friday, January 20, 2006 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

The service was good for an all you can eat-ery. We were served promptly and always received exactly what was ordered which I have had a problem with somethimes in other all you can eat sushi places. The food came out fast, almost too fast. Like it was sitting on the counter waiting to be served. Sure enough, the hot dishes were cold. The sushi was not fresh. Overall, the food was just plain bad. I am probably being generous with a food rating of 2. I will not return.

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Bistro Sakana1123 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Great Sushi in Yaletown
Submitted Friday, January 20, 2006 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

I never found the pricing to be expensive at all. Keep in mind, you are in Yaletown. If you are looking for cheap eats, stick with the all you can eat sushi joints on Kingsway and don't expect to eat for a bargain in Yaletown.

The food was good; the dishes were well prepared and flavourful. The service was prompt even though the server seemed more intent on closing the restaurant than serving us. The decor is dark and fairly chic with a sushi bar, limited indoor seating and a patio.

The total bill was 75 including tip which included soup appetizers, 5 mains and a large bottle of sake and beer. Reasonably priced, if you ask me.

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Mr. Pickwick's Fish & Chips1007 Denman Street, Vancouver
Mr. Pickwick Needs Some Inspiration
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

For $9.99, I got the smallest piece of halibut imaginable. It was probably half batter and half fish, a very small sliver of fish. The fries were mediocre. The lunch special included choice of soup; I selected the Manhattan chowder. Meh, not very good, tasted like it was out of can.

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Currents at Bayshore1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Overpriced Brunch Buffet
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2005 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

Its difficult to eat your fill at a buffet that charges 45 dollars per head. Yes, the food is pretty good, especially for a buffet. They have everything you could imagine from the standard fruit and light fare, breakfast classics including eggs benny, an omelette station, entree dishes such as veal and sole on rissoto, and seafood including crab and prawns. They even have a chocolate fountain. However, its difficult to justify spending $45 for a plate or two of food as it simply isn't spectacular. The value is mediocre.

The service staff is union and possibly as a result, a little indifferent.

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Shabusen Yakiniku House2993 Granville Street, Vancouver
Better than Burrard
Submitted Friday, December 2, 2005 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

I was skeptical of my visit here but wanted to try it since I had read that this location was better than the Burrard one. My Burrard experience wasn't great and after being served Salmon fishheads / tail for their bbq salmon dish, I vowed never to return. As it turns out, the Granville location is much better.

The food was pretty good, the sushi and kitchen items are comparable to what you get at Tanpopo. Its about the same price at $12 for a limited all you can eat lunch menu. The tuna sashimi was a little better than I expected, with good sized chunks, served cold and fresh. They limit you to 8 pieces per person, which is plenty if you ask me. The service was prompt but it wasn't overly busy. The value is great considering the amount of food I ate for 12 bucks.

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