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thecriticVancouverMmmmm foodWeb siteSince November 3, 2004Favourite List (42)Try List (21)376 Reviews
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  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
Island Thyme Chicken...Damn!
Submitted Friday, November 25, 2005 - 6:26pm [Dine in]

Maybe I have simple taste buds, but the Island Thyme Chicken dish I had here was amazing. Marinated in coconut milk, the chicken is covered in a sweet sauce and served with mashed potatoes. Sounds simple but I still have late night cravings months later. The mojitos here are probably the best in the city; accept no substitutes. I think the difference between the Reef's mojitos and other so called "best in the city" mojitos is that they use a simple sugar cane syrup / soda instead of sprite or 7up.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Large Portions
Submitted Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

The portions at Anton's are almost surreal. You could easily feed a small family with one plate of pasta. For under 15 dollars, you will be hard pressed to find a better deal in the city. I haven't been here many times simply because there is usually a long line up and I don't have the patience for it.

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Cardero's1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
Great Bar
Submitted Friday, November 18, 2005 - 7:12pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here a few times and find its a better place to drink than to have a proper sit down dinner. The food is good; my favorite dish is the lamb shank which is falling off the bone and quite tasty. The view is spectacular as you are right on the water overlooking Stanley Park and Coal Harbour. My advice is to come early, sit in the bar section in one of the comfy chairs and use this place as a great starting off point for a nite out on the piss.

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Caffe Artigiano740 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
One of the Best Americanos
Submitted Friday, November 18, 2005 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

I have never eaten here but their expresso coffees are very good, probably the best in the city. Their is usually a line up to get a coffee, but they are very quick to deliver the goods. Another great place for expresso coffees is Coo Coo Coffee on Davie in between Richards and Homer on the north side of the street.

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Benny's Bagels2505 W Broadway, Vancouver
Egg Bagel
Submitted Friday, November 18, 2005 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

If you like egg bagels or any other type of bagel with good stuff on it, this is the place to go. They also have other sandwiches, muffins, etc. As the description says, the room is funky and has two levels with ample seating inside and out. Good place to roll to on the weekend and grab a breakfast bagel and coffee.

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Steamrollers693 West Broadway, Vancouver
A For Effort
Submitted Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

Their burritos are actually quite good but like most things, diminish rapidly in taste if you over indulge with excessive visits. Try their wet burrito or frisco for something different. If you are hungry around dinner time and have a decent appetite, don't even bother trying to get full on a burrito; they will not fill the gap and only leave you hungry an hour or two later.

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Cactus Club Cafe575 West Broadway, Vancouver
Better than Earl's
Submitted Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - 1:40pm [Dine in]

This is probably one of the best chains in Vancouver for this type of food. The restaurant is very cool looking, service is generally pretty good and the food is above par. Contrary to what other reviewers would suggest, this is not a 5 star restaurant. This is a fun place to go with friends and family, have a few drinks, eat some good food and look at the hot, and usually plastic staff.

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Dix BBQ & Brewery871 Beatty St., Vancouver
Pool tables are for pool
Submitted Friday, November 4, 2005 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

They cover up the pool tables and use them as tables during Canucks game nights. The end result was me eating on a pool table trying not to hit my knees on the table any time I moved around. Even if it is covered and kind of looks like a table, it's still not right. This combined with a subpar pulled pork sandwich lacking any sort of meaty substance led to a dismal eating experience. Seriously, 10 dollars for no pork, lots of sauce, onions and bun. Mmmmm, soggy bun. I will not be back.

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Soup Etc!1550 W Broadway, Vancouver
Mediocre Soup
Submitted Friday, November 4, 2005 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

I love soup. I will take it anyway I can get it. Pho, wun tun, ramen, stew, chili, whatever. If its in a bowl, steaming hot, and raining outside as it usually is in Vancouver, I am happy. Its too bad that Soup Etc doesn't really deliver on their soups. Don't get me wrong, they are not awful, but they are just not great. When you have the word soup in your name, your soup should be memorable. Soup Etc's soups look good but the taste just isn't there. The flavours are bland and usually have too much sugar in them. For a better soup experience, try Soupspoons instead. Or up the ante some more and head out to Burgoo in Point Grey...soup heaven.

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White Spot1616 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Pretty Standard
Submitted Friday, November 4, 2005 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

I think everyone pretty much knows what to expect at any White Spot. You got your burgers and fries, bacon and eggs, and the classic whitey menu goes on. I have never been a big fan of White Spot, give me ABC for breakfast anyday. Despite what "Iron Chef Feenie" will lead you to believe in the most recent White Spot television commercials, the food here is average. Is it just me, or does Rob Feenie wear maskara? This place is very family friendly; if you have small children, this is a good place to go. Otherwise, try expanding your horizons and atleast try a local greasy spoon or diner in town.

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Hon's Wun Tun House268 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Chinese Cafeteria
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2005 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

I was a little hung over on a Saturday afternoon and looking for a place to chow in Chinatown and came across this place. I have had many a bowl of wun tun with bbq pork at the Robson location, but had never been to this one. Except for being smaller in size, pretty much everything is exactly the same.

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Tomato Fresh Food Cafe2486 Bayswater Street, Vancouver
Cold Reception
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2005 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

We walked into the restaurant and were apparantly invisible while a server was doing her thing for a few minutes in the reception area. Maybe she was in a bad mood because of the dismal, gloomy weather. Similar story on the way out, had to deal with the same server to pay and turned into a 10 minute pain in the ass with no communication as to what was going on.

That being said, the food was good. As the name suggests, the ingredients were fresh and well prepared. Food service was good, lots of ice water contrary to another review (with lemon). The decor is red modern diner style and very cool. Despit our icy hello and goodbye, I will probably go back.

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Shiru-Bay Chopstick Cafe1193 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Brutal Service
Submitted Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

Its unfortunate that a place with such great food has so many problems with their service.

The kitchen simply cannot keep up with food orders when the restaurant is full. Items were coming almost 2 hours after they were ordered. This is unacceptable.

After explaining the situation to the floor manager one on one in a calm and sincere manner, she was completely apathetic to the problem. She should have come over to the table and explained that the kitchen was backed up, under-staffed, whatever. Our bill was atleast a few hundred dollars, maybe even give us dessert on the house. Instead, she said she was the floor manager, not the kitchen manager and that there wasn't anything she could do. W-O-W.

When I hear Bobby Mcferrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" 3 times in an evening, you know there is a music crisis going on. When combined with low blood sugar levels from the second 45 minute gap without food and an empty beer glass, the agitation level increases. Get a 5 disc CD player or a CD player that plays MP3 discs, put it on shuffle and don't subject your guests to this sort of cruel punishment.

There are several other izakaya restaurants that serve up similar fare to Shiru-Bay. Skip Shiru-Bay and try one of the Guu restaurants, Hapa Izakaya or Gyoza King. If you must go here, avoid the busy periods, especially on weekends, and sit at the bar if you are in a small party.

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Best Guinness in town
Submitted Friday, October 21, 2005 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

Those who really enjoy Guinness will agree with me that the Irish Heather has one of the best pours in town. The food is also pretty good. One of my favourite dishes is the irish classic: mashed potatoes with cabbage. Make sure you check out the back room where the old Vancouver jail used to be, very cool.

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Poncho's827 Denman St, Vancouver
bad experience
Submitted Sunday, October 16, 2005 - 2:06pm [Dine in]

This used to be a great restaurant but somehow they seemed to drop a couple notches resting on past laurels. The last time I was here, the service was so bad that I decided I wouldn't come back. We asked for chips and salsa about 5 times and waited close to an hour for it to arrive. The food was barely a 3, I am probably being generous on this. The best thing about this place are the lime margaritas; they may be the best in the city.

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ABC Country Restaurant3580 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Bacon and Eggs
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

In an area where visible English signs are scarce, this place could be considered whitey's last solace. The food is average but very reasonably priced. I will go here occasionally for breakfast and stick with the staples such as bacon and eggs. The hashbrowns are simple and tasty. I have never eaten here for lunch or dinner but I am sure it is acceptable if you don't get too creative with the menu.

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Ebisu on Broadway601 West Broadway, #12, Vancouver
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Submitted Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

I went to the Kamei Royal thinking it was all you can eat. Unfortunately, they had recently removed their all you can eat menu and the restaurant was now Kamakura by Kamei Royale.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the dishes; the food was fresh and the presentation was also good. I had the best chopped scallop cone in recent memory with exceptionally crispy seaweed.

The food was a little on the pricey side, I guess they are trying to compete with Tojo's down the street. They also have no cones on their menu and the waitress had to ask if they would make us chopped scallop cones which was kind of wierd. The hostess said they may bring back their all you can eat menu in the future.

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Queen's Park Chinese Restaurant4818 Main, Vancouver
Queen sized dim sum
Submitted Monday, June 6, 2005 - 12:50am [Dine in]

Queen's Park is a dim sum diner complete with peeling pink walls and gaudy flower paintings. The food is decent, not great; I suspect they use lots of MSG by the way I felt afterwards. It is very reasonably priced, the bill was 19 dollars for 3 of us and I don't think I could eat another bite.

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Cafe Zen1631 Yew St, Vancouver
Barely adequate
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2005 - 11:27am [Dine in]

I had breakfast here last weekend and ordered bacon, sausages and eggs. They were average at best. I was reading about this cafe on different sites and it got some fairly decent props; I can only guess at why. Perhaps the lack of decent restaurants in the Yew/Cornwall area makes it a more popular destination? Regardless, I will not be back.

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Kingston Taphouse & Grille755 Richards Street, Vancouver
Not the Rose & Thorne
Submitted Sunday, April 3, 2005 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here 3 or 4 times and the food is decent. Its pub food with flair. Two people sent their meals back because they weren't cooked right such as the ahi tuna being well done, not seared. The service is good, they dealt with the mishaps quickly and efficiently. The atmosphere is cool downstairs, they have a couple pool tables and a bar. They also have a decent selection of booze including a few different types of scotch.

They are new and need to work out some food preparation kinks, but the experience was generally good. I miss the old Rose and Thorne though; somehow the dirty rat had a little more character and was a better place to get your drink on.

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