Open 24 hours and good selection
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:20am [Dine in]
Pho Extreme Xe Lua opened a few months ago after the AYCE Japanese restaurant in this location shut down. I believe this is the same owners as the 24 hour pho restaurant that was on the other side of Cambie and Broadway but was forced to move due to a new building development.
The inside is decent and is pretty much the same as the Japanese restaurant before it although it looks a little shabbier. They use take out menus and don't actually have real menus; maybe they haven't had them printed yet but that seems odd as they have been open for a few months now. The menu is the same as before with small, large and extra large bowls available. They have chicken pho on the menu as well.
I kept it simple and ordered an extra large #2 which has rare beef and brisket in it. Not sure if the brown bean curd sauce (or something else) I put into it was extra sweet but my broth ended up being very, very sweet. The meat is pretty tasty and there is quite a bit quantity wise. They serve lemons with the side condiments; not a big fan of this, maybe limes are too expensive? The spring rolls were the same as the old location but tasted better than I remembered. They were very crispy as well.
It took a very long time to get some water even though the servers were basically sitting around (literally) doing nothing. We had to get up to ask the server. Not that I expect great service this type of restaurant but...
Overall the experience was ok and I may be back because of the close proximity to my home but it wouldn't be my first choice when seeking pho.
Minato992 W Broadway, Vancouver Good value and they offer delivery
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2013 - 9:56am [Delivery]
We ordered from here for delivery last night and all in all, it was pretty good. The value was the best part as we ordered about 6 rolls, gyoza and miso soup and the total was under $30 including tax, delivered. The salmon maki was wild. The delivery took under an hour during prime time delivery period which I think is pretty good. I think we will order delivery sushi from Minato from now on.
Try the pork shoulder sandwich
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 5:43pm [Dine in]
I came here for a beer and quick bite to eat before a hockey game last week. I wasn't expecting much from the food but I was pretty impressed with the pork shoulder sandwich that I ordered. It had a pretty big slab of juicy pork in it and is on a tasty bun. I think I would come back here just for this sandwich. I would like to give 4 stars for the food but unfortunately my salad on the side was an undressed pile of mixed Organix: fail. I will return for the sandwich, however.
There's nothing wrong with Granville Island Brewing
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2013 - 4:47pm [Dine in]
Except for their bland beers. I remember a time when Granville Island beers weren't that bad before palettes were changed by the explosion of micro breweries everywhere. Now, I am sorry to say that GI beers just don't cut it any more.
This is really more of tourist destination. They can only sell up to 12 oz of beer per customer because of their liquor license. So take your pick on either 3 four ounce glasses or a 12 once glass. They also do a tour every couple hours and you can check out the facilities. They sell snacks and appetizers which are reasonably priced so you can enjoy some food with your beer.
Overall, not a bad place to try once but more for tourists than anyone.
Great Oysters BUT...
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2013 - 9:53am [Dine in]
I understand you have to pay for quality and I really did enjoy my raw oysters here. However...
I went to Rodney's new location in Gastown last week and upon entering, it looks very similar to their Yaletown digs except the layout is obviously different (used to be Cobre). We sat down in the bar area and ordered a couple beers and a mixed plate of a dozen oysters. The first thing I will say is that they really need to up their game here in the beer department. Get some craft beers or something unique and Granville Island does not count!
The oysters were all very good with the exception of one that had a lot of shell in it which essentially forced me to use a fork from then on because I didn't want to get another mouth full of shell.
The bill came and it was $63 with taxes!
I am all for paying for quality but given the copious amount of shell in my second oyster, I would say the value here is not great. Pricing is conspicuously omitted from the menu on their website. My recommendation is to come for the low tide specials (3-6 pm) where the value is great and stick to that. I think that's what I will do from now on.
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2013 - 9:35am [Dine in]
It was about 11:45 PM at night, just before the restaurant portion closed (drive thru is open later). Against my and a friend's better judgement, we stopped here to have a late night snack. I had a 1/4 lb burger with cheese and it was exactly what you'd expect. Everyone has eaten at Wendy's: you know what their burgers taste like.
The gross thing though was that the inside of the restaurant smelled like mildew and mold. Not sure what is going on, it appeared to be clean. Anyways, they need to fix that as soon as possible.
Decent but watered down Asian food
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 4:13pm [Take-out]
I've eaten at Fresh Bowl numerous times and its always consistently decent. I've tried their curries, laksa, mee goreng, and satays. They were all fine, nothing outstanding. As their name implies, the ingredients were fresh and the taste were solid albeit a little watered down. You will not find bold Asian flavours at Fresh Bowl.
If you are looking for authentic Asian food, look elsewhere. Fresh Bowl is all about catering to the masses and making fresh dishes that have been modified to cater to the Western palate. I am guilty for eating here occasionally for lunch because its easy and reasonably priced.
Order the right stuff
Submitted Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 10:58pm [Dine in]
I go to Tokyo John's occasionally when my go to sushi restaurant just north of it on Cambie is closed or too busy. They food here is decent but you probably won't be blown away by any of the menu items, its standard sushi. Contrary to what others have said, the service is always friendly but not always the most prompt.
Make sure you order wild salmon (not just salmon) because it will be the farmed variety and you will be disappointed. I ordered salmon nigiri and had to choke down a giant orangy-pink slab of farmed awfulness. What can I say, I am a Vancouver sushi snob.
The standout item for me is the spicy tuna cone. The nori is crispy and its not a premix of spicy tuna that they throw in it but actual tuna slabs with the sauce on top. Overall, the food is good if you know what to order.
New Tokyo John Location
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2013 - 10:49am [Dine in]
Tokyo John has a new location on Smythe expanding from its original restaurant on Cambie Street. The new location replaces Kimono, another sushi restaurant. The place is very spacious, especially compared to Cambie and is almost a little stark and cold inside.
The menu is what you'd expect at a typical Japanese place with some Izakaya and Korean dishes as well. We ordered a bunch of different plates including prawn tempura, gyoza, spicy tuna cone, dynamite roll, negitoro roll and a few other things. We were stuffed and the bill was about $60 including a couple drinks, about what you'd expect.
Overall the experience was decent although I would really only come here if I was going to a movie and felt like sushi as its right next door to Scotiabank theatre.
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 1:06pm [Dine in]
We went to Sabhai Thai for dinner around the holidays and enjoyed our experience. They have an extensive menu with all the Thai favourites. One thing that was noticeably absent was a beef penang although they did have penang on the menu so I assume they would've substituted beef for chicken. In Thailand, it is generally served with beef and its one of my favourites.
Anyhow, we didn't order a penang but did get a red and green curry, mixed vegetables and a phad thai with prawns. All of the dishes were good with solid flavours. One thing I like about Sabhai Thai is that they have several Thai condiments including chilis in fish sauce, one of my favourites. Overall, the food was good and I would definitely return.
Submitted Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 10:22pm [Dine in]
We went to Lefty's while passing through Parksville on our way to Mount Washington. We were seated promptly and got our order in fairly quickly as we were hungry. Apparently they don't have a deep fryer as they are trying to stay true to their name and keep things healthy.
We ordered their burger (which includes all the fixings including bacon and mushrooms) and a coffee. The coffee might have been the worst coffee I have had in recent memory, bland and bitter. The burger was not much better: way too much egg in the patty (very bound and dense patty) without much flavour. The potatoes served on the side were over-seasoned and almost inedible.
The food was not very good and I wouldn't return.
Very tasty noodles
Submitted Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 9:57pm [Dine in]
We went to Shaolin Noodle House for a late lunch today. We ordered a few dishes including dragging noodles with pork and vegetables, dragging noodles with beef and sprouts and pan fried pork dumplings. It took a very long time to get the food, at least a half an hour which seemed like an eternity because I was starving and there were only a few people in the restaurant. The food was worth the wait though, the noodles were fantastic. The beef with cilantro (and I added some chili oil) was an awesome combination with great flavour. The pan fried dumpling were not my favourite; a little too doughy for my taste buds. But I would definitely come back for the noodles in soup; I've just added it to my favourite list.
Very good value
Submitted Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 8:11pm [Dine in]
After months of working right across the street, I finally tried Curry Point. The ambiance is not much to look at inside, its more of a takeout joint. There are pop cans stacked on one side of the room, shabby decor, door open and freezing cold inside, etc. But you don't come to places like this for the ambiance and at least it looked clean.
According to the sign outside, they have the best pizza in town. I generally find these signs to be *extremely reliable* but I decided to try the curry instead since the place is actually called Curry Point. They have a butter chicken special for 3 dollars which is ridiculously cheap. I went for the 3 curries for 7 dollar deal which gives you the choice from about 6 or 7. They were all decent, nothing to complain about but definitely no standouts. It was a good, cheap, filling lunch eaten with my jacket on.
I might return if I am in the mood for very reasonably priced, mediocre Indian food.
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 12:39pm [Take-out]
I drove into Tofino hoping to go shopping but little did I know that the co-op grocery store closed fairly early. I ended up doing some shopping at the corner store nearby which turned out to be pretty expensive and didn't even buy anything for dinner. On my way back to resort, it was recommended that I check out Wildside Grill for good take out. I ordered some fish tacos which were really good. At first I was a little skeptical as they were $13 for 3 tacos which seemed a little pricey but the tacos were huge and the fried ling cod they used was very fresh and tasty. They were well topped with a little bit of spiciness and even had some guacamole on them. I enjoyed the tacos and would like to try some other seafood items on the Wildside Grill's menu.
Great seafood sandwich and chowder
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 12:30pm [Dine in]
We went to Shelter for a late lunch and were not disappointed. I ordered the shrimp sandwich which is served on focaccia bread with avocado and bacon. It was really tasty and had a ton of shrimp on it. To accompany my sandwich, I ordered the chowder which was also really good. Flavour was excellent and loaded with seafood and not too much potato. Overall, I really enjoyed the food.
The pricing is quite reasonable for the quality of food. I liked the ambiance which I would describe as modern rustic with an open kitchen concept so you can see the flurry of activity in the back of the restaurant. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Shelter and would return.
Your Standard Pub
Submitted Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 6:57pm [Dine in]
I've come here a couple times for UFC fights and its a good choice if you're into that. Lots of seating and a big open room surrounded by lots of televisions with minimal obstructions. There are quite a few choices for beers on tap, I usually go for the Guinness. My standby here is the bangers and mash which is good. I haven't tried much else on the menu other than the wings which are decent. Overall, the London Pub is a good place to go for beers and sports, food is secondary like it is for most pubs.
Good Butter Chicken, Solid Value
Submitted Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 6:52pm [Take-out]
I don't eat Indian food very often but I got takeout from India Gate today for lunch. It was $12 for the butter chicken combo which is served with a green salad, papadum, roti, rice and mint chutney. It was a lot of food which when combined with a side order of meat samosas was probably overkill. The butter chicken was very good and there's wasn't any leftovers other than one meat samosa which was a great afternoon snack. I will eat here again. I heard that they renovated the restaurant and removed the old carpet so might be time to come back and check out for a dine in meal. I would recommend the food for sure.
Poor espresso coffees
Submitted Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 7:56pm [Take-out]
The last few espresso coffees I've gotten here haven't been all that great. The last cappuccino I ordered was very bitter, but at least it was a cappuccino. The time before that. there wasn't any foam and it was pretty much a latte. I'm not a coffee snob but an espresso drink should at least somewhat resemble what you ordered especially when you are paying almost $4. The service is always friendly and I have had better coffees at other locations so not sure if its just the baristas working at this specific location.
Best pizza near my work
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 1:18pm [Take-out]
Around 4 or 5 o'clock I start to get hungry. There are a bunch of pizza places nearby, most of them the cheaper dollar pizza varieties. Goldies Pizza is a little more (a whopping $3 dollars per slice) but its well worth the extra dollar or so. They serve thin slice pizza with better quality ingredients out of a side window of the restaurant. I usually just get a single as its just a slice to hold me over until dinner. Goldies is definitely recommended when you are craving a snack and want a tasty slice of pizza at a reasonable price.
Another strong contender for best sandwich in Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 1:03pm [Take-out]
I've been wanting to try Big Lou's Butcher Shop for a while. I had the porcetta to go which is served with a ton of tender and juicy pork meat, pork crackling, and slightly spicy chimmichurri sauce. I hate making comparisons to other sandwich shops (namely ones with the two main ingredients in their name), but this is very similar and dare I say, possibly even better. What I really liked about it was the chimmichurri saice; it gives it a little kick and rounds out a nice depth of flavours that other porcettas can't quite match. Now if they could only only move their location closer to downtown, I would be there every week.
Big Lou's is highly recommended and I will return.