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thecriticVancouverMmmmm foodWeb siteSince November 3, 2004Favourite List (42)Try List (21)376 Reviews
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Osaka Teppanyaki1788 W Broadway, #103, Vancouver
Tons of food
Submitted Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

I tried Osaka Teppanyaki for the first time this weekend. Upon walking inside, the restaurant interior was a little dingy and outdated but everything looked clean.

We had the shrimp and New York steak dinners. Both were cooked perfectly. The mustard sauce is actually pretty close to the steak sauce you get at Japanese Village or other Teppanyaki places which I like to douse all over my rice. It was so good I had two bowls of rice which was probably a mistake because I was almost too full afterwards.

With the Entertainment book discount, its actually a pretty good deal considering the amount of food you get. You get a free meal essentially which worked out to about $25 off our bill. The service was very friendly by both the chef and the other staff. Not sure if I would return without the Entertainment coupon. This would be a good choice for larger groups, birthday parties, etc.

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Terra Breads1605 Manitoba Street, Vancouver
Good lunch
Submitted Monday, November 21, 2011 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

Wow, this place is busy and we were told it was quiet for a Saturday. We ordered a ham sandwich and a Margharita pizza. Unfortunately there was a little mixup with the sandwich but they sorted it out and comped it for us. The food was good and so was their Americano. They have a small patio out front; this would be a great place to come in the summer to have a relaxing, affordable lunch with a nice view. I will be back as its only a few minutes from home.

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Oakwood, The2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
"Right Lisa, some wonderful, magical animal"
Submitted Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

One thing that Homer Simpson and I have in common is our love of pork. When I found out that the Oakwood was out of pork crackling last night, I was a little disappointed. Luckily, a couple pieces are included in their maple pork belly dish which was ridiculously good. I will have dreams about the combination of melt in your mouth pork belly, apple puree and jicima salad.

For a main, I had a burger with side salad probably out of guilt from the last dish. When I saw the burger had sprouts on it, I have to admit I was a little concerned. But it really worked well on the burger and it was one of the better burgers I have ever had. My dining partner had the striploin steak which was cooked perfectly and very tasty. We finished with the baked apple dumpling that is accompanied with vanilla ice cream; a simple dish but perfect combination and a great finish to an outstanding meal.

The restaurant was busy all night and its easy to understand why: excellent food that is reasonably priced and made with quality ingredients, a fantastic beer selection and a cozy environment.

I will definitely return to the Oakwood. Next time I want to try the poutine covered with brisket.

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Ramen Jinya270 Robson Street, Vancouver
I love ramen
Submitted Friday, November 11, 2011 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

One of my favourite things about fall and winter in Vancouver is ramen. We tried to go to Menya but it was closed because of the holiday. We ended up at Ramen Jinya instead which was a good thing because I'd been wanting to try it since it opened.

Jinya replaces the long standing Ezogiku Noodle Cafe. The interior has been refreshed but the layout is pretty much the same. We both ordered a bowl of ramen; I ordered a shio and my dining partner had the shoyu. We also ordered some gyoza and karaage. The karaage was definitely the stand out for the appetizers; boneless deep fried chicken topped with daikon and green onion. It was really good.

My ramen was very tasty with a rich and flavourful broth although an extra topping or two would be nice if it was included. I guess I could have added it. The pork belly was fatty and really good.

Overall I enjoyed my ramen here and I will be back.

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Pivo Public House526 Abbott, Vancouver
Great pub to watch the game
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 11:29am [Dine in]

I was doing a search on Dine Here trying to find a pub close to Rogers Arena and this place came up. I remember going for a drink here a while back right after it opened and it seemed like a good place to try for dinner. So we went on Saturday night before the Washington Capitals game.

It was packed as there was a Lions game that night as well. We stood near the bar and waited for a table and one of the waitresses brought us some beers while. When a table was available, someone tried to snag it but our server made sure we got it. Nice.

I ordered the shepherds pie which was really good. I had a couple more Whistler Lagers which at $3.50 each was a fantastic deal.

The service was great considering how busy it was. There are televisions everywhere including a big projection screen. This a fantastic place to go before the game for food and drinks or to stay and watch the game. Recommended and I will return.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1011 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Epic patio
Submitted Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 10:57am [Dine in]

I have to state for the record that I have never been a huge Keg fan in the past. You pretty much know what you're going to get and not much more. I was in for a surprise when I visited the Keg in Yaletown. I've been here a few times before and normally just have drinks or maybe an appetizer if I'm really hungry. I go for the patio which is absolutely amazing; worth every penny of the however many million they spent renovating it.

I was kind of hungry so I decided to get some dinner even though I'd already had a light dinner a few hours before. I ordered the sirloin Oscar with a twice baked potato. Imagine my surprise when the Oscar sauce came with a whopping 6 prawns and 4 scallops. They were cooked absolutely perfectly so they had to be thrown in there and not just the luck of the draw with the sauce. The asparagus in the sauce was perfectly crunchy as well. To top it off, the twice baked was incredible! I highly recommend you try it as your side. My only quibble was they left the skin on the roasted pepper. Overall though, an excellent meal for 30 bucks.

Normally I would rate the value at the Keg average, but considering the insane amount of seafood in the Oscar sauce, I have given it a boost to reflect that. The service was chophouse style, great, and what you'd expect at the Keg. One area they could improve is their beer selection. A couple more craft beers (not Granville Island) to complement the Brooklyn beers would be nice.

Overall, I had a great meal and will return. I definitely know what I am ordering!

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Steveston Pizza Co.3088 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Excellent delivery pizza
Submitted Monday, October 24, 2011 - 8:24pm [Delivery]

I've been wanting to try Steveston Pizza for a while and I finally got delivery from there tonight. I ordered a Canadian pizza (Alberta back bacon, mushrooms, peppers and onions) and a caesar salad.

Both were very good especially for delivery. I'm not sure what is in the pizza sauce but its like crack; I kept eating more slices even though I was full. The caesar was tasty with really crunchy romaine, a zippy dressing and not overdressed.

The food arrived a little quicker than anticipated which was nice because I was quite hungry. Overall, I was pretty satisfied with the food and will definitely order from them again.

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Taco Time6551 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Why do I like their tacos so much?
Submitted Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

I have been eating Taco Time hard shell tacos since I was a little kid. Maybe there is something nostalgic about them. Or as I've eluded to before, maybe they put something in the seasoned meat that makes me keep coming back for more. Either way, I still keep ordering them at mall food courts everywhere I go and its certainly not because they are cheap or something special.

At almost 2 bucks each, they are actually kind of pricey when you consider you are only getting some meat, lettuce and a few bits of tomato. They do have better hot sauces now though with spicier options and even have a hotter verde. Not really recommended but not a bad choice in the mall.

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Mucho Burrito601 West Broadway, #20, Vancouver
Mucho Burrito?
Submitted Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

Mucho Burrito is a brand new restaurant replacing the Bread Garden on the corner of West Broadway and Ash. I noticed it was finally open today so we dropped in for lunch. I ordered a 10" chicken burrito with most of the available toppings including a combination of the hottest red sauce and chili verde. The burrito was pretty tasty and I especially liked the hot sauce because it actually had some spiciness. They have a bunch of condiment hot sauces to choose from as well if you want to kick it up even more.

To be brutally honest though, I think the name Mucho Burrito is a little misleading because I found my burrito to be on the small side. Yes, I only ordered the 10" and not the 12" because I wasn't super hungry but I was surprised at how small it actually was. For the extra dollar, I wish I would have gotten the bigger size.

Given the amount of competition in the area (I can think of at least 3 other burrito joints within a few blocks and one taco place), I'm not sure how much I will be coming back here but its definitely worth a try.

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Shima-Ya5589 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Excellent sushi
Submitted Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

We were craving sushi on a Saturday night and decided to check out Shima-Ya based on the solid food ratings on Dine Here. It is a little out of the way for us situated near the London Drugs on Victoria and 41st. It turned out it was well worth the drive.

The restaurant is small and a little shabby inside but is very clean. We sat at the bar because of limited table seating and it was busy. We ordered a bunch of items including a spicy tuna cone, special chopped scallop cone, salmon sashimi, house dynamite roll and negitoro roll.

The spicy tuna cone was really good; the seaweed was really crispy and it was probably one of the spiciest cones I have ever had. It might have also been one of the best cones I have had in recent memory. The other items were all well executed with really fresh ingredients and not too much rice. The house dynamite roll was another standout. Instead of the usual prawn tempura, it had a giant cooked prawn and asparagus in it. It was a unique twist to the usual dynamite roll and I really enjoyed it.

The service was a little slow with only one server in the restaurant and she was a little overwhelmed. It didn't really effect our dining experience so I am giving the benefit of the doubt on the service rating. The sushi chef was very friendly, quick to prepare sushi items and definitely made up for any shortfalls in service.

Overall, I really enjoyed the food at Shima-Ya. I will return even though its a bit out of the way in East Van because of the fresh, creative, and very tasty sushi.

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Peckinpah2 Water Street, Vancouver
Very tasty brisket sandwich
Submitted Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 11:35am [Dine in]

I came here after a Canucks pre-season game craving a good beer and a second dinner. Peckinpah delivered nicely on both accounts.

I ordered the brisket sandwich with potato salad and an extra special bitter to wash it down. The brisket sandwich was very good; it had a fresh, simple bun, slabs of tasty meat and homemade bbq sauce with a nice tang to it. It was one of the best meat sandwiches I have had in recent memory. The potato salad was also pretty good but by the time I plowed my way through the sandwich, I wasn't as hungry as I'd thought.

The service was friendly and efficient. My beer was refilled as soon as it was dry. We decided to stick around for a shot of Knob Creek to wrap up this excellent southern barbecue experience.

Overall, I enjoyed my meal here and I will definitely return when I am craving barbecue. I definitely recommend Peckinpah if you are in downtown Vancouver or Gastown and looking for excellent barbequed meat!

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BiBo, The1835 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great food and service
Submitted Monday, September 19, 2011 - 10:17am [Dine in]

We came here without a reservation and as expected for a Friday night, it was packed. Our name was put on a list, we came back in 30 minutes and had a table waiting for us. We started things with a bottle of their house Bibo Barbera from the owner's winery in Italy: Monterosso vineyard estate.

They have a large, wood fire pizza oven in the corner that was full of pizzas so we definitely needed to order something that came out of it. We settled on the Bresaola pizza which is very similar to the Crudo except it has cured beef instead of proscuitto. Our server brought out slices of both so we could taste the difference which was great. We also ordered the Bibo Matteo, a wide noodle pasta with a porcini mushroom sauce.

Both of the dishes were fantastic. I was feeling like pasta that night and really enjoyed the Bibo Matteo but I wished their was a little more porcini mushrooms in the dish. We were pretty full after the mains and were about to opt out on dessert when the server brought us some Tiramisu to sample. It was really good but we were both too full to order anything more.

Overall, we both enjoyed the evening. The food was made with fresh ingredients and you could taste the passion that went into it. The service was efficient and friendly. I will return and I definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Very good standby
Submitted Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 11:20am [Dine in]

Sandbar is a great standby restaurant that I visit when I want consistent seafood or just appies and a beer. I like to sit upstairs on the covered patio which is open year round and has a fantastic view of under the Granville Street Bridge.

They have a daily fresh sheet that includes items cooked on their wood burning grill or in the pan. My favourites include king crab (when in season), arctic char, sablefish, and the mahi mahi. They use to have monk fish on the menu which was absolutely amazing but unfortunately that is not to be anymore. Perhaps its not sustainable and being an ocean wise partner prevented them from serving it, fair enough.

They also have a mussels, frites and pint of beer special from 3-6pm Monday to Friday in the lounge for $10 which is a pretty good deal. If you're not in the mood for seafood, they grill up a pretty good steak as well.

If you're with a group of people and just want to nibble, the dragon boat platter is a good place to start. For around $30, its a pretty good deal with a bunch of different tapas served on, you guessed it, a wooden boat that you sometimes see at sushi restaurants.

The restaurant is absolutely massive with two levels and lots of space to accommodate parties large and small. Even on busy nights, you can sit in the lounge, have a cocktail and your table will be up pretty quick. For the quality of food, service and value, this is a great place to go for a consistently good meal. Definitely recommended and I will return regularly.

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Six Mile Pub494 Island Highway, Victoria
Good Sunday brunch buffet
Submitted Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

I brought my Mom here for Sunday brunch last weekend not knowing that they didn't have menu service and only were serving a brunch buffet. We weren't really looking for a buffet but we decided to stay since we were there. I'm glad we did.

The buffet was surprisingly good, especially for a pub. They had a nice variety of food including 3 different types of eggs benedict, pasta, a variety of fresh fruit, an omelette station and several other breakfast staples. Overall, everything was really good.

I was surprised at how good the egg bennies were for a buffet. Usually I am not a huge fan but they were perfectly cooked and never sat for long. For around $15, I thought it was a good value.

I will return when I am in the Colwood / View Royal area looking for a solid Sunday buffet.

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Kanata Chowder House812 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Mmm, chowdah!
Submitted Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 6:59pm [Take-out]

I was in the bank across the street today and happened to notice Kanata Chowder House. I remember when it opened and thought I wanted to try it so no better time than now.

I wasn't super hungry until I walked in and caught the delicious smell of chowder. I got the signature bowl of clam chowder to go and it came with a bun that I had the option of toasting. I wasn't really into the bread part, I just wanted the soup so I just got it plain and rolled.

While walking down the street, I could hardly contain myself from eating it which would have been difficult with other stuff in my hands. I finally got to sit and eat it; I was not disappointed.

The soup tasted really,good: nice and light but with a creamy taste and almost zero grittiness that you can sometimes find in clam chowder. My only quibble was that it was a little light in the clam department which may have just been the luck of the draw, its soup after all.

Anyways, I really enjoyed my clam chowder and I will definitely return when I am having soup cravings.

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Spoons Diner2915 Douglas St, Victoria
Tasty breakfast, friendly service
Submitted Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 10:05am [Dine in]

Spoons is a diner in the Super 8 on Douglas. A big group of us came here for breakfast yesterday morning. Everyone in our party was a little slow because of the Great Canadian Beer Festival the previous night. There was a bit of a wait as you'd expect on a Saturday morning but certainly nothing unreasonable.

The service was very friendly and we had drinks on our table within a couple minutes even though the restaurant was really busy. I ordered a standard benny but with bacon instead of ham. There were a few substitutions and modifications to orders and it wasn't a problem for our server. My eggs benedict was very good although the eggs might have been slightly overcooked which I didn't really mind. The hollandaise was very tasty and needless to say, the eggs were gone in about 2 minutes.

Overall I enjoyed the breakfast here and I would return. Recommended.

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Sea Monstr Sushi55 Powell Street, Vancouver
One of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times and each time the experience has been excellent. The room is a little small so sometimes a little luck is needed to get a table; so far we have been lucky every time.

The food is different than most Japanese restaurants which I think is a good thing. They have some unique dishes that you can't find anywhere else in Vancouver. Some of my favourites include: anchovy potato salad, octopus sunomono and the negitoro maki.

The ratio of fish to rice is perfect with a very small portion of rice. The nori seaweed is never chewy and the fish is always extremely fresh. I really enjoy their miso soup as well which is obviously a simple dish but if its not good, I won't be coming back. Needless to say their miso is great and is a little different than most restaurants with great flavour. They also have Sapporo on tap and a tasty draft sake; both are reasonably priced under $5.

The service is really friendly and quick. Food comes out fast and is always prepared fresh. The prices are reasonable especially when you consider the quality of the food.

If you want a little interlude to your meal, you can even poke your head in the adjoined clothing store and do some shopping.

I definitely recommend this restaurant and it's now on my Dine Here favourites list.

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Go Fish1521 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good fish tacos
Submitted Saturday, September 3, 2011 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Go Fish is a new-ish seafood restaurant replacing the long standing Bin 942 on West Broadway. They also have a location down on Fisherman's Wharf just west of Granville Island. I have eaten there a couple times and the food is great although the lineup can be brutally long.

So we popped in to the new location of Go Fish to have a quick snack and try the fish tacos. It turns out they are great. For $11 they were reasonably priced when you consider how much prawns and fish were in them. You couldn't fit anymore ingredients in them without making them just plain messy.

I will return when I am craving fish & chips or fish tacos and don't feel like eating outside or long lineups from the other location.

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Romer's Burger Bar1873 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
I like
Submitted Friday, September 2, 2011 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

I've been here a couple times this year and both times I enjoyed it.

The first time I ordered the ultimate Kobe burger and it was delicious. Unfortunately, I wasn't prepared for its ultimate-ness and I couldn't finish it and my basket of fries, pathetic I know. It was a little on the pricey side but its Kobe beef so what would you expect? It is truly a decadent burger and is even served with a red win demi-glaze on the side, very rich.

The second time I was here I ordered the Americano. Its served with a slab of deep fried cheddar cheese "plank" and is also very good.

Both burgers were juicy and overall, very tasty.

I would consider them more "upscale" burgers than other burger joints around town. If you are looking for some unique twists and creative flavours in your burger, then this is the place for you. The ingredients are high quality and you get what you pay for. Considering that and the physical location of Romer's, I think the value is quite reasonable.

Definitely recommended.

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Trilussa Pizza and Pane4363 Main Street, Vancouver
Baaahm!
Submitted Friday, September 2, 2011 - 11:20am [Dine in]

Trilussa is a new Roman-style pizza joint replacing the defunct Re-entry Espresso. They have renovated inside giving it a clean, warm and open feeling. When we went, there was a bunch of pizza available for immediate take-out so if you ever wanted to quickly grab a slice and roll, that option is available.

We ordered the Garbatella (sausage, mozzarella), Margherita (tomato, basil, mozzarella), and the Trevi (tomato sauce, pesto, fresh chillis). They were all very good; simple, fresh ingredients, nice thin and crispy crust. My favourite was the Garbatella as I really enjoyed the sausage on it.

The owner was very friendly, gave us some samples and even offered to make a custom pizza if we wanted.

I will return and probably try everything on the menu. I just added this to my list of favourite restaurants on Dine Here. Recommended.

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