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thecriticVancouverMmmmm foodWeb siteSince November 3, 2004Favourite List (42)Try List (21)376 Reviews
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Ohako Sushi1414 West Broadway, Vancouver
Quantity, not quality
Submitted Sunday, April 3, 2005 - 9:54pm [Dine in]

Go to Ohako to scarf. The quality is what you would generally expect from an all you can eat-ery. The service is generally good; they don't screw you around and pretend you didn't order certain things or say they are out of the expensive items like some other places. The menu is fairly limited if you don't go for the sashimi option. Unless you like eating 30 pieces of tuna nigiri, you may want to go for the extended menu. Avoid the cones as I have noticed the seaweed can sometimes be on the chewy side.

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Harlo Gourmet Burgers3346 Cambie Street, Vancouver
RAV Burger
Submitted Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

Harlo is a self proclaimed gourmet burger joint on Cambie and for the most part, they deliver. The patty was large, the toppings were fresh and the overall taste was good. The burger would have been better if they used a different type of bun; my preference would be the cheese bun because of its sheer durability. (Or even a kaiser would have been better.) I didn't like the foccasia-like bun they used: it was simply too soft and squishy. After a couple bites the burger basically morphed into a large patty with no visible signs of a bun at all except a very thin layer of soft dough. In all fairness, it did hold together. The bun issues aside, the burger was still good.

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Nor Boo Korean Restaurant1536 Robson St., Vancouver
Little Korea
Submitted Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

If you are looking to try some authentic Korean, try Nor Boo. I would describe this place as Korean diner, but not really having a firm handle on Korean food other than trying Korean BBQ a couple times, this may not be an accurate description.

The prices are very reasonable; most dishes are around 7 or 8 dollars.

I tried the beef rib soup and it was very tasty. It was served with a bunch of little side plates including rice, some sweet tasting potatoes, pickled veggies and some other things that I don't have a clue what they were. All of this was 8 dollars, a steal if you ask me.

If your name could be Whitey McWhiterson, beware. Most of the dishes on the menu do not have English translations so I had to ask the friendly waiter what a bunch of stuff was and what he recommended. It may be a little overwhelming at first, but the food is well worth the effort.

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Japanese Staples
Submitted Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

Shiro serves up sushi and Japanese classics and they do it well. Everything we tried was good. The chopped scallop cones were well prepared: fresh scallops, not too much mayo and the the seawead was crisp and not too chewy. The yakisoba was nice and light and had a tasty sauce. My only complaint was that the tuna sashimi was a little frozen in the middle, but leaving it sit on the plate for a few minutes fixed the problem. When I am in the mood for classic Japanese, I will be back.

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Del-hi Darbar2120 Main Street, Vancouver
Empty dining room yet service was challenged
Submitted Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

Overall, I enjoyed the food and general dining experience. My primary complaint would be if the dining room is empty, we shouldn't have to wait 15 minutes to get the bill. I guess we could have asked for it, but we shouldn't have to if we aren't ordering anymore food or bevvies. The food was good, however the portions are on the small side and perhaps a little overpriced for what you get. The naan bread was excellent.

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Tacos Mexico Sabroso440 Hastings Street West 102, Vancouver
Authentic Tacos
Submitted Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

If you are looking for a great lunch spot with authentic Mexican, look no further than Tacos Mexico Sabroso. This is f'real Mexican that could actually exist somewhere in Mexico. The service is prompt and friendly, the food is good and they have tasty fruit drinks such as mango or the Jamaica. They serve a platter with chips, authentic salsa with loads of cilantro, and choice of other hot sauces, all included as part of your meal. The only issue is finding a place to park if you don't work downtown.

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Yuji's Japanese Tapas2059 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great Food But Awkward Service
Submitted Sunday, February 13, 2005 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

The food was excellent. It was carefully prepared and had unique flavours and twists to all the dishes. I really enjoyed the sable fish and oyster / oyster mushroom dishes. I wish they had some filler dishes though as we ran up the bill quite quickly. Also, $9 for 3 small pieces of yellowtail sashimi is too much; this is a common theme for many of the dishes.

I thought the service could have been better as we often waited for long intervals without drinks and it took a while to be served once we were initially seated at the table. The servers were both unique characters and gave the place an awkward and strange vibe.

Overall, I enjoyed my dining experience. I have a better idea of what the good plates are and will be more selective with my ordering next time I go back.

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Il Giardino1382 Hornby St, Vancouver
Sono Vegetariana
Submitted Friday, February 11, 2005 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

I have yet to experience a better Italian restaurant in Vancouver. The food was excellent; each plate was carefully prepared and tasted exquisite. The waiter was very efficient, although he left before giving us our cheque. I would like to have a dinner party in their private dining area before it closes down for the next couple of years due to hotel construction next door.

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Thai Son Vietnamese373 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Mo' Pho
Submitted Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

The pho here is fairly standard. The broth is good and the flank steak is always tender. The portions, however, could be bigger. They are fine for lunch, but for dinner the large bowls are not enough. For larger, manly sized dinner portions, try Pho Thang Long on Main Street instead.

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Hold me and tell me I'm pretty...
Submitted Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

Burgoo serves up the ultimate in comfort food. They have all kinds of soups, sandwiches including grilled cheese, salads, fondues and of course stews. The menu items range from about 5 - 15 dollars.

I had the soup and stew combo with seafood bisque and Beef Bourguignon. The bisque was OK, but the stew was really good.

The restaurant is a rustic, dimly lit joint with about 14 tables and a bar. We sat at the bar and the bartender was friendly and interactive.

I will definately come back and try some more things on the menu. This would be a great place to take a girl on a date and have some fondue and wine.

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Homer Cafe892 Homer Street, Vancouver
Redefining Greasy Spoon
Submitted Wednesday, February 2, 2005 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

For downtown dirty diners, look no further than Homer Cafe. They do all the diner classics, and they do them fairly well. Most dishes range in price from 3 - 6 dollars.

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Chez Faye Cafe1168 Hamilton Street, Suite 101, Vancouver
A Decent Lunch
Submitted Wednesday, February 2, 2005 - 1:51am [Dine in]

Chez Faye is certainly no 5 star restaurant; don't believe everything you read. (Even if it is on dinehere.ca) They do serve up decent lunches in a cafeteria style setting. If its nice out, it can be entertaining to sit on the large, uncomfortable picnic table outside and watch the passing scenery.

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Pho Thang Long3710 Main St., Vancouver
luv u Long time
Submitted Tuesday, February 1, 2005 - 9:54pm [Dine in]

At 6 dollars for a gigantic bowl of Pho, its hard to go wrong here. The broth was great and the flank steak was tender. The restaurant is fairly small with 15 tables or less including a few booths on one side. I will be back.

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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
More potato soup please
Submitted Tuesday, February 1, 2005 - 11:28am [Dine in]

The nice thing about Dine Out Vancouver is that it encourages you to try restaurants you would not normally go to. Although dinner can be a little rushed, its about experiencing new restaurants and discovering your own city. I hope they do it again next year.

I thorougly enjoyed my dinner at C. I had the duck confit to try something different at my table. The potato soup with truffle oil and lobster was superb. The service was prompt and what you would expect for a fine dining establishment. Overall, I had an enjoyable dining experience.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1499 Anderson St., Vancouver
Great Steaks
Submitted Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

I think my favourite steak is the sirloin oscar. At around 25 bucks, its pretty reasonably priced and includes buttery good sauce on your steak with more than half a dozen prawns and scallops. They do a pretty good martini as well which is poured at your table.

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Cheshire Cheese Inn5645 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Pass the haggis
Submitted Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

I had the prime rib here and it was decent. The Guinness was well poured. Like most pubs, you come here for the swill, not the grub.

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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Mr. Pilsner Urquell
Submitted Monday, January 24, 2005 - 12:24am [Dine in]

Normally I wouldn't mind being called Mr. Pilsner Urquell, even by a waiter, but somehow it seemed out of place in this chic dining room. I guess I couldn't expect any less when I ordered a beer and sitting behind me is a temperature controlled wall of wine topped off with library style ladders.

Everything about West is what you would expect for a restaurant with a stack of accolades higher than the beautiful cherry wood bar: excellent.

I would recommend trying this restaurant if money is of lower importance than food quality, service, and an overall outstanding dining experience. If cash is king, there are cheaper thrills in town.

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Capone's Restaurant & Live Jazz Club1141 Hamilton St., Vancouver
Live jazz makes up for shortcomings
Submitted Monday, January 10, 2005 - 11:12am [Dine in]

Capone's is a jazz club nestled in the heart of Yaletown on Hamilton Street. Overall, my experience here was enjoyable. The music was great, the food was good and the service was OK. The manager who seated us gave us VIP treatment which was nice after a huge debocle at Rodney's Oyster Bar earlier in the evening. (More to come on that incident.)

My biggest complaint was the price. 18 bucks for a pizza is too much for the personal pizzas they are serving up. (Also, 14 bucks for 2 small lamb chops...meh.)

The best deal was the antipasto plate, which is loaded full of good stuff including: artichoke hearts, thinly sliced capicolla and proscuitto, pancetta with wild mushrooms and goat cheese, oven roasted buffalo garlic, Roma tomatoes, artesan bocconcini, oven roasted chorizo and lamb sausage with feta and an assortment of mixed olives.

My suggestion is to get the antipasto plate, some bread, enjoy the music and stay away from other items on the menu, they are simply not worth the price.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Serious Steaks
Submitted Wednesday, January 5, 2005 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

If you are looking for a great steak in Vancouver, look no further than Gotham Steakhouse. I had the porterhouse steak (obviously) and at just under 50 dollars for a la carte, it ain't cheap. This 24 ounce USDA bohemuth makes my mouth water just thinking about it. The service is what you would expect in a top notch steak house: witty, intelligent, and snappy. They also have an extensive wine list and even a small cigar offering. Now if only the Entertainment book had coupons for Gotham...

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Bin 942 Tapas Parlour1521 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Tasty Tapas
Submitted Thursday, December 30, 2004 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

We had a late night urge for some tapas after going to a movie so we decided to hit one of the Bin restaurants. Unfortunately, the Bin 941 on Davie Street was jammed full. With only a dozen or so tables and a few more seats at the bar, it doesn't take long for the place to fill up. We drove to the Broadway location which is about the same size and there were a couple tables available.

We order 5 tapas including the seared ahi tuna, digby scallops and prawns, butternut squash risotto, beef tenderloin satay, and mashed potatoes. We definately made a mistake ordering both the risotto and mashed potatoes; way too much carbs for one meal. Overall the food was great. My favourite tapa was the prawns and scallops. It had a healthy portion of deep fried leeks layered on top of the dish which I though added a nice change in consistancy making the dish very satisfying.

One note of interest was that they do not serve martinis. They are strictly a beer and wine shop with a few scotches and other appertifs. With most restaurants hopping on the martini bandwagon, this gives the restaurant a distinct image and allows them to keep their service level high not having the overhead of constant martini mixing.

I will attempt another visit to Bin 941...maybe make a reservation this time.

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