Great Dim Sum
Submitted Wednesday, December 22, 2004 - 2:38pm [Dine in]
I had dim sum here last Sunday and I was pleasantly surprised. They have a 2.75 special dim sum menu with all the classics. The quality was good, not too greasy, hot and fresh. The total bill was about 32 dollars for 4 people and we were all full with scraps still on the table. Needless to say, I will be back.
This is a solid alternative to Sun Sui Wah especially if you are on a bit of budget or would like to try something new.
Overall, a good lunch
Submitted Tuesday, December 21, 2004 - 2:06pm [Dine in]
The service was brisk, the food quality was good...overall an enjoyable lunch.
Submitted Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 1:41pm [Dine in]
I finally decided to go to Wild Rice and see what all the hype was about because we were going to a movie at Tinseltown. (Sidenote: saw Sideways...great movie.) Overall, Wild Rice pretty much lived up to my expectations in that it was more of a place to go to be seen rather than to enjoy great food. I thought the food overall was good, with the potential to be great. The concept is fantastic but it just didn't deliver in overall flavour, ingredient quality, and preparation. However, the presentation was very good. The service was mediocre, there were long gaps between visits by our server. As we were leaving, we were surprised to see the hostess being snotty with a couple waiting to be seated.
What is with the decor and music in this place?
Submitted Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 1:11pm [Dine in]
Inferno is a small lounge with the strangest decor and ambiance. The inside looks like a log cabin with old school lamps hanging from the wall, not what you'd expect from a place called "Inferno". To add to the ambiance issues, it appeared as though their music rotation included "Best of" classic CDS such as Steve Miller, David Bowie and Queen. Not that I have anything against those bands, but its not the music you want to hear playing when you are at a supposed hip, upscale lounge.
Good Indian but a little pricey
Submitted Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 1:00pm [Dine in]
Raga is an established Indian restaurant on West Broadway. The decor is fine dining with a touch of East Indian. Overall I thought the food was good; presentation and quality was better than average. The service was prompt although there was only one other table in the restaurant at the time. I thought the price was a little high for the meal that was served, but overall I was satisfied.
Smaller everything including price...
Submitted Monday, December 13, 2004 - 1:29pm [Dine in]
Long's is a small restaurant (seats about 25 people) near 33rd on Main. They offer a limited selection on their menu (for a Chinese restaurant anyways) with several smaller, budget conscious dishes. A good place for cheap eats and personable, prompt service.
Submitted Thursday, December 9, 2004 - 3:46pm [Dine in]
The scallop cone has always been a good indicator for me as to how good the sushi is. The scallop cone I had at Opera Sushi was probably the worst I have ever had: very chewy seeweed, fishy scallops that were covered up with some weird sauce (in addition to the usual mayo)..it almost made me puke in my mouth. The restaurant itself has a lot of promise and true to its name, its walls are covered in opera posters and records with opera music playing softly in the background. I probably will not be back, too many sushi restuarants in this town.
Aqua Riva200 Granville Street, Suite 30, Vancouver tourist trap
Submitted Sunday, December 5, 2004 - 6:39pm [Dine in]
This place is a tourist trap luring unsuspecting Americans from the cruise ships and suckering them into paying 20 bucks a plate for barely average food. If you have to go here, sit at the bar and eat their wood fired chicken. The best thing about this restaurant is the awesome view of of the ocean.
Mo' Booze Please
Submitted Sunday, December 5, 2004 - 6:20pm [Dine in]
Mo' Butta is a cozy jazz club on the east side of Gastown. They have live jazz music nightly and serve a limited menu and bar offering. The food was OK. The music was great, the intimate setting makes for a great listening experience. The ambiance is cool with lots of exposed brick and large paintings of blues' greats. My only complaint is their limited alcohol selection; they desparately need to expand their booze offering from the 10 or so bottles of hard liquor they have behind the bar.
Cool diner, Mediocre food
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2004 - 3:09pm [Dine in]
The Templeton is a funky diner on Granville Street complete with 50s style (out of order) jukeboxes at each booth and other old school touches. On first glance, the menu looks like diner fare. On closer inspection, they seem to do all the diner classics but with a twist; a change in ingredients, organic something or other, etc.
I had the 777 burger which was average: the patty was thin, crumbly and lacking any real flavour, the tomatoes were white. We ordered a pitcher of traditional ale which came warm.
Overall, I like the place but the food I ordered was soso. I wish I could have tried the ahi tuna, but they were out.
Phnom Penh Haikus
Submitted Friday, December 3, 2004 - 12:59pm [Dine in]
make soup great. Tell me how to
say the name again.
White man sits with large
chinese fam. Chitter, chatter.
Man stares at the wall.
Dip, crunch - tasty wings
No debit, can I make it
to bank, not get mugged?
(These are harder than they look)
5 Don Kings for Hype
Submitted Monday, November 29, 2004 - 8:46pm [Dine in]
I have found the food to be hit and miss at the Tapas Tree. I've ordered the lamb and it was fantastic. I've also had the pan fried calamari and the squid tasted off. When mentioning this to our waitress, she insisted that no one else had complained that night, insinuating that we didn't know what we were talking about. Not the reaction you expect from a server, especially with the prices they are charging which are consistant with finer dining.
Chances are, I will end up getting dragged back (against my will) and if the experience lives up to the hype, I will reneg my somewhat scathing review of this restaurant, until then...Not Recommended!
Submitted Monday, November 29, 2004 - 12:04pm [Dine in]
Went here for dinner last night. We had prawn coconut curry soup with lemon grass, it was amazing - very fresh ingredients. This was followed by 3 dishes and rice, which turned out to be about double the amount of food required. The dishes were good sized portions, reasonably priced (most are 9 bucks) and tasted good. I will return for a second look.
Everything seems to taste better when you are liquored
Submitted Saturday, November 20, 2004 - 1:31pm [Dine in]
I have been to the Tsui Hang on many occasions, almost exclusively late at night after leaving the bar when craving a late night snack. The food is average, the quality is generally soso and your experience will vary depending on how intoxicated you are (the drunker, the better).
A "well known" secret is that they serve "cold tea" (beer served in a tea pot) even after 2am. When ordering cold tea, they will ask how many and this indicates the number of beers (usually Heineken I think) that they will put in the teapot, up to 4. I think they put less in than they say they do and charge you for them.
They also have a side window with a 4.50 special menu with about a dozen different choices on it. The quality is low as you would expect for 4.50, the pork on rice is not bad though; a good deal considering how much pork you get.
Submitted Monday, November 15, 2004 - 8:04pm [Dine in]
I'm sure their burgers were good at one point in time but I have never experienced it. I have had a burger here twice, both times they were WEAK. Both times the patties were scorched and WAY overcooked leaving it with little flavour. I don't think there was a high school graduate behind the counter (nor at the grill), so that might have played a role.
Its also hard to order a burger here. They only have toppings, so you have to figure out every single topping you want on your burger. This may seem like a trivial issue, but I have screwed up my burger both times because I forgot a topping or two that was on a normal burger. They need to have a few standard burgers on their menu.
Just noticed that Vera's was voted reader's choice best burger in Vancouver in the Georgia Straight. Wow. This leaves me with zero confidence in reader's choice polls.
The best part about this place is the slogan: "You can't beat Vera's meat!" Apparantly you can when don't know how to grill a burger. There are much better burger places in town, avoid this place entirely.
good lunch and cheap
Submitted Monday, November 15, 2004 - 2:51pm [Dine in]
They have a lunch special for 5.99 that includes a springroll, choice of hot & sour or chicken and corn soup, and choice of several entrees served with rice; no MSG added according to the lunch special menu.
The food quality was good. The service was prompt, even though there was only one server and the dining room had atleast a dozen tables occupied.
Perfect poached eggs
Submitted Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 5:20pm [Dine in]
I like this place a lot for breakfast fare. Their eggs benedict are always cooked perfectly and the hollandaise sauce doesn't try too hard. This is a joint where its not looked at as a bad thing to go in slighly hungover and order a couple beers with your breaky. The service is always fast and friendly.
Submitted Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 4:05am [Dine in]
I had really high hopes for this place and unfortunately the Latin Quarter did not deliver. The tapas we had were ordinary at best, although we only tried the artichokes, grilled eggplant and prawns. I had the veal for my main course and the veal was covered in a weak sauce/gravy that tasted like corn starch and sugar. This is probably a better place to just have a couple tapas and enjoy the live music and ambiance.
Not the worst sushi I ever had
Submitted Friday, November 12, 2004 - 4:56pm [Dine in]
Grabbed some takeout sush from here and I was actually surprised. The quality was decent and it was pretty cheap too.
Ouzerie3189 West Broadway, Vancouver Disappointing Experience
Submitted Friday, November 12, 2004 - 10:53am [Dine in]
The food wasn't bad by any means but it just wasn't all that spectacular either. The lamb chops were good but everything else was mediocre at best.
There were two Greek ladies serving our table. One was very good but the other seemed to like the sound of her own voice. She was frequently seen gabbing at one or more tables for long stretches of time, sometimes 10 minutes or more. This is unnacceptable as far as I am concerned, especially when I am waiting to order more booze!