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thecriticVancouverMmmmm foodWeb siteSince November 3, 2004Favourite List (42)Try List (21)376 Reviews
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Tim Hortons607 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
BELT with extra bacon - coffee no thanks
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 12:56pm [Take-out]

Timmy Ho's is a good old standby for me when I don't have time to eat breakfast in the morning. I get the belt with extra bacon on a sundried tomato asiago bagel. I think with the extra bacon (60 cents more) it works out to just over 5 dollars. Overall a pretty reasonable value for the quality and price. I never drink the coffee here though although it seems to be pretty popular with everyone else lining up out the door.

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Wildebeest120 W Hastings, Vancouver
Very tasty brunch
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

If you like meat, I'd say this is the place for you. We finally tried this place a couple weeks ago and were not disappointed. I ordered the bacon and eggs served with thrice roasted potatoes and it was very good. The bacon it was served with wasn't you average bacon, rather slightly crisped, pork belly bacon and two large portions at that. Yum.

I will be back to try dinner at Wildebeest. Definitely recommended.

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Brioche401 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Good lunch
Submitted Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 2:21pm [Take-out]

We tried to go to Finch's but there was a line up out the door so we tried Brioche instead. I ordered the roast beef sandwich with gorgonzola cheese and the shrimp bisque. The sandwich was tasty although I couldn't taste the cheese; I suspect they may have forgotten to add it. The bisque was good as well; creamy with a strong shrimp taste and flavour depth. Overall I really enjoyed my lunch here and would return.

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Acropol Taverna2942 West Broadway, Vancouver
Mediocre at best
Submitted Friday, November 23, 2012 - 8:38pm [Take-out]

I ordered delivery through Just Eat including lamb souvlaki, chicken souvlaki, spanakopita, saganaki, and calamari. Admittedly, saganaki and calamari are probably not the best delivery items, but they were just plain bad. The saganaki was cold and hard as a rock; we had to stick it in the microwave to heat it up. My lamb souvlaki was not very good at all either, the meat was chewy and more resembled what I would call "grey meat" aka mutton. The chicken souvlaki was apparently decent but I never tried it. Overall the food was not good and there were serious issues with the food quality. I would never order delivery from Acropol Taverna again.

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Pint Public House, The455 Abbott St, Vancouver
Decent pub
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

The Pint is a big pub in the old Honey location on the corner of Abbot and Pender. They serve your typical pub food such as wings, potato skins, burgers, sandwiches, etc. The food is pretty much what you'd expect. They have a decent beer select although I would like to see a bit more variety; less big breweries and more craft beers. On the weekends they charge cover after a specific time which seems kind of crazy to me. Overall The Pint Public House is not a bad place but I would only go if someone else suggested it, it definitely wouldn't be my first choice.

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Little Japan555 W. Hastings Street, #FF5, Vancouver
Good value but low quality and not very healthy
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

Sometimes when I am in the Harbour Centre Food Court and can't decide what to eat for lunch, I go to Little Japan. Its pretty much the same as any other teppenyaki food court restaurant. I usually get the teriyaki chicken with extra meat. I think its around 9 dollars and a pretty reasonable deal considering the amount of rice and chicken you get. They tend to over-sauce everything so I try to remember to ask for less sauce. The gyozas are really saucy (cooked in it) and I wouldn't recommend. Overall, its not very healthy as its 99% rice (or noodles if you get that instead) and meat with hardly any vegetables; maybe you find the odd bit of broccoli. But who eats at a food court to be healthy?

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Espana1118 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great Spanish Tapas
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2012 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

It seemed like for the longest time the only place downtown to go for Spanish tapas was La Bodega and quite frankly, it may be past its prime. Then came along the Sardine Can in Gastown for something on the complete opposite end of the spectrum.

Espana offers new world tapas in a chic but relaxed setting. The restaurant is on the small side with limited seating, but this adds to the cozy atmosphere. They have a wide selection of Spanish beer and wine and a extensive list of daily specials. We ordered several dishes including the chorizo plate, octopus, blood sausage, beet salad, ham croquettes, braised shortrib, and maybe others that I am forgetting. All of the food was fantastic and I was left pretty full with no room for dessert.

At around $45 dollars per person including liquor, tax and tip, I found the value to be quite reasonable especially considering the quality of ingredients. The service was very friendly and prompt. The manager (possibly the owner?) was also very friendly and ensured that everything was to our satisfaction.

Overall, my experience was great and I would definitely return.

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Bali Thai555 W Hastings St, FF4, Vancouver
Not really sure what authentic Balinese Thai food tastes like
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 12:31pm [Take-out]

When I first saw this place called Bali Thai in the food court at Harbour Centre, I was a little perplexed by the name. I've never been to Bali but I have been to Thailand a few times so I have a good idea what the latter's food should taste like and authentic wouldn't be the word I used for Bali Thai. Turns out though the food is pretty good, especially when you consider the location. The combo plates are a pretty good deal; I usually get the mee goreng with beef rendeng, satay and a spinach dish although they usually don't have the last one much any more. The service is really friendly and fast. Bali Thai is probably the best option in the food court when you consider quality of food and value.

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Dirty Apron, The540 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Solid Crab and Shrimp Sandwich
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 11:56am [Dine in]

The Dirty Apron is a cooking school with a delicatessen attached serving home-made soups and sandwiches. They have a small seating area with maybe 15 spots to sit and eat your food. I ordered the crab and shrimp sandwich with a French onion soup on the side. The sandwich was served "salad-style" with a light dressing and had a surprising amount of crab and shrimp in it. The French onion soup was tasty even though its not my favourite type of soup. The service was quick and cheerful. Overall I would return for lunch at the Dirty Apron when I am in the area.

I've taken a cooking class here as well and it was a very enjoyable evening. Highly recommended.

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Dim Sum ExpressHowe & West Cordova, Vancouver
Bad dimsum
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 10:45am [Take-out]

Dim Sum Express is a food truck near Canada Place just around the corner from Arturo's food truck. They serve a variety of dim sum offerings. I ordered a dim sum combo that included shui mai, chow mein, har gow, gai lan and got some extra pan fried dumplings. The combo was $7.50 which is pretty reasonable when you consider the sheer volume of food you get. The problem is that its not very good. The dumplings were overcooked, mushy and were not pan-fried as the menu suggested. The har gow tasted funny and seemed to be very seriously over cooked. The gai lan was decent and the only bright spot to the entire meal. Overall I thought the food quality was low and I won't return. This is probably the worst food truck meal I have had in Vancouver.

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Kaya Malay Bistro1063 W Broadway, Vancouver
Kaya Malay Bistro the successor to Wimaan Thai
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 10:22am [Dine in]

Wimaan Thai is no longer and Kaya Malay Bistro has replaced it. It looks like they did some renovation as well as the place looks much more open than it did although I haven't eaten at Wimaan in several years. Anyways we arrived on a Friday evening around 7:30 and had a table after only a few minute wait.

We ordered the duck lettuce wraps, deep fried soft shell crap, mee goreng, and beef rendang. All of the dishes were good with the standout being the mee goreng which had a healthy spiciness to it and included shrimp and beef. At $10 for the dish, its a pretty good value. The beef rendang was my least favourite as the beef was tough although the flavour was good. If not for the beef being a little chewy, I would have given the food a better rating.

Overall I enjoyed my experience at Kaya Malay Bistro and I would return. I will probably go for lunch next time and try the laksa.

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Arturo's Mexico To Go775 West Cordova, Vancouver
Holy Mole
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2012 - 10:00pm [Take-out]

Anturo's is a food truck near Canada place. I tried it for lunch today and my expectations were exceeded. I ordered the Holy Mole which for 9.50, was a ton a food including 3 chicken tacos with mole sauce, salad, beans, rice, guacamole, and sour cream. I ordered medium spicy which was perfect so that I could still taste the mole sauce. Service was fast and efficient. Took my food and sat near Canada place with a fantastic view of the ocean on a beautiful sunny day in Vancouver. I don't see how my lunch could be much better.

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Meat & Bread370 Cambie Street, Vancouver
You have to try it
Submitted Monday, October 22, 2012 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

This is my favourite sandwich place right now. I dare you to suggest a better sandwich than the porcetta. With the juicy tender pork, crispy crackling and perfect bread, I'm pretty sure this is the closest to bliss one can achieve with a sandwich. You won't even notice the grease dripping down your chin and onto your shirt which is kind of embarrassing if you have to go back to work.

I ordered the meatball once which is really good but the whole time I couldn't stop thinking about the porcetta. Their soups and sandwiches are pretty good too. You will see a bunch of places with the porcetta on the menu now but none are as good as at Meat & Bread in my opinion.

The service is fast and friendly and the place is modern and clean, but who really cares about any of that? Recommended, bring your portable defibrillator.

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Ha Long Bay430 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Tell me a better fuh place downtown
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

This is my go to pho restaurant for work lunches as its just around the corner. The soup is tasty; I usually get a large #2 (rare beef and flank) with extra meat. The service is prompt and friendly. The restaurant itself is clean and they play funky house music usually. I will return.

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Go Go Curry House682 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Not Thai Food
Submitted Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

The sign on the door says Gogo Thai but the food doesn't resemble anything close to Thai food; it tastes more like Chinese food. I've ordered their lunch specials a couple times which, interestingly enough, are served with wonton soup. Today I ordered the beef with red curry and it was decent but didn't resemble anything that I ever ate in Thailand nor did it taste like a Thai red curry. The service is pretty good: fast and efficient. The ambiance is nothing to write home about and a little dingy. They serve all their tea in Christmas mugs all year round, I assume they bought these on the cheap from the local dollar store. Overall, "Thai" Gogo is a decent place for a cheap lunch but not recommended if you are looking for authentic food.

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Shizen Ya1102 West Broadway, Vancouver
Pleasantly Surprised
Submitted Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:16pm [Dine in]

I was hit with a sushi craving in the middle of the afternoon and ended up at Shizen Ya. My expectations were fairly low and in the end, I left very satisfied. The inside is newly renovated and quite a bit different from the Italian coffee gelato place that use to be here. The menu at Shizen Ya has a very healthy spin to it serving organic and Ocean Wise fare; definitely not your typical Japanese menu.

We ordered some miso soup, a bunch of rolls including dynamite, negitoro and salmon & avacodo and a prawn tempura. All of the dishes came out of the kitchen very quickly despite being fairly busy. Somehow I missed the brown rice sushi sign outside so I was a little surprised when the rolls we ordered were all made brown rice sushi. I'd never tried it before and I was surprised how good the brown rice was. Overall, I enjoyed all the dishes and they were nice change of pace from the standard sushi fare served around Vancouver.

I think the bill came to about $30 including tip which was reasonable considering the dishes ordered. I will definitely return to Shizen Ya when I am looking for "off the beaten path" sushi.

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Via Veneto Ristorante Italiano656 West Broadway, Vancouver
Very good rustic Italian food
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

We finally got to try Via Veneto after striking out twice on other occasions. Once it was closed but they had left their sandwich board out teasing us to come in and the other time it was too busy.

The room is nice and warmly appointed. We were were welcomed in with a friendly greeting which was appreciated because the weather outside was so nasty.

We started with an antipasto platter which was tasty and had lots of different meats, cheeses and other items on it. For dinner, I had the braised rabbit which was served with risotto. It was very flavourful and a very healthy portion. We finished off our meal with the tiramisu which was a perfect cap to the evening.

Overall I enjoyed our experience here. The service was great and prices are very reasonable especially when you combine the Entertainment book with a free entree. I will return when I am craving a rustic Italian.

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Ji Sushi457 W. Broadway St., Vancouver
Decent all you can eat
Submitted Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

I just tried Ji Sushi the other day. Normally I am not a huge fan of AYCE as I find the quality can be sub par but I decided to go for it anyways.

I ordered a bunch of items including the dynamite roll, tuna nigiri, saba nigiri, spicy tuna cone, chicken yakitori, bbq beef short rib, etc. They were all pretty decent except the chicken yakitori because it didn't have any sauce on it and just tasted like some sort of Asian five spice. I guess they forgot the sauce, hopefully that's not how they serve it.

The nice thing about their portions is if you are dining alone, you can try a lot of different things as most rolls are served as half rolls similar to other AYCE sushi restaurants. They also have daily beer specials which aren't a bad deal. Overall I enjoyed the food but not sure if I will be back given the number of competing sushi restaurants.

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Terracotta Modern Chinese52 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Now I know what to order
Submitted Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

We tried this place for the first time and overall our experience was good but could have been better had I ordered a little more selectively.

We started with a couple items off their dim sum menu including the deep fried shrimp wontons and the pork potstickers. Both are made fresh daily in-house and they were very tasty. Then we moved on to some mains including the chow mein, golden squid and Szechuan green beans. The green beans were by far the standout. There was nothing wrong with the other two dishes, I just didn't enjoy them nearly as much.

The meal was a reasonably priced especially with the Entertainment keychain card which gives you 10% off.

Overall it was a pretty good meal. I would return and try a few more dishes but definitely get a few dim sum items to start as I enjoyed them the most.

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Tentatsu2430 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Very good value
Submitted Monday, December 12, 2011 - 11:49am [Dine in]

We were trying to go for some laksa at Bo Laksa King just down the street but unfortunately it was closed. We ended up here instead.

The restaurant was clean and has several Japanese style booths. There was quite a bit of seating for such a small place.

We ordered a bunch of dishes including a spicy tuna cone, dynamite roll, spicy agedashi tofu, gomae, a few pieces of salmon and tuna nigiri, avocado roll, chicken yakitori and gyoza. All the dishes were good especially the gyoza which are made in-house. The salmon was farmed but my fault for not asking beforehand. The nigiri pieces were much larger than average.

The bill came to just over $30 which considering all the dishes we ordered, I thought was pretty reasonable. I will return if I am in the area and craving sushi.

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