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thecriticVancouverMmmmm foodWeb siteSince November 3, 2004Favourite List (42)Try List (21)376 Reviews
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Green Lemongrass1086 Kingsway, Vancouver
Nice clean Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsway
Submitted Friday, August 19, 2011 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

I have been wanting to try this place for a while and I had the pleasure of coming here for lunch today. The restaurant has plenty of parking in a lot outside or on Kingsway so long as its not rush hour. Inside its very clean and well decorated for a Vietnamese restaurant especially in East Van (or at least the ones I visit).

The menu is extensive and has lots of pictures if you are undecided. Interestingly, the food actually looks exactly like the photos.

I ordered pho with rare round beef and brisket and an order of spring rolls. The spring rolls are the type with the roughage around them which I like. They were hot and very tasty. The pho came with the usual accompaniment of bean sprouts and limes. But they also included Thai chilies and sawtooth; the latter is rare to see being included. The pho was one of the better bowls I have had. The meat was tender and the broth was bustling with flavour including subtle hints of cinnamon and allspice. They also included a generous amount of cilantro in the bowl so combined with the sawtooth, this is a great bowl for cilantro lovers and had a very "fresh" taste.

Recommended and I will definitely come back when I get pho cravings. Next time I want to try their fruit shakes.

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Hawksworth Restaurant801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
So nice, I ordered it twice
Submitted Friday, August 19, 2011 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

I went here with a few friends for a late dinner this week. We had to wait a couple minutes at the front but that was pretty much the only hiccup in service the entire night.

We started with some sparkling water and ordered a bottle of red from Caymus Vineyards in Napa Valley. At $322, this was one of the most expensive bottles of wine I have participated in ordering for quite some time, but it was absolutely amazing.

I ordered the 48 hour short rib to start. The short rib is served with black pepper jam, honeydew, green papaya, peanut and Thai basil. It started a little sweet with the fruit, the meat literally melted in my mouth and finished with a bit of spice. It was so good I ordered it again.

For a main, I had the pork belly. Pork belly is one of those dishes on a small short list of mine that when I see it on a menu, I almost always order it. It was served with quinoa, ancho, apricot and almond. I am not a huge fan of apricot but the range and complexity of flavours in this dish was amazing. The quinoa was probably the best I have ever had.

My dining partners split a crab salad and the 22oz ribeye with sides of foie gras. I tried both including a massive piece of ribeye with foie gras on top: ridiculously good. Needless to say, by the end of the meal I was very, very full and had no room for dessert.

The value was excellent. If it hadn't been for the wine, the bill would have been very reasonable considering the innovative menu items and overall quality of the food, service and ambiance. The service was very attentive without being stuffy or bothersome.

Recommended and I will definitely return. Until then, I will be having dreams of short rib and pork belly.

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La Taqueria2549 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Really tasty tacos
Submitted Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

Finally, there is another location of La Taqueria close to where I live! I got to try it last week and it didn't disappoint.

I ordered the 4 taco combo for just under $9.50 including pescado (fish), de lengua (beef tongue) and a couple others that I can't remember; one was a special of the day. They were all great. The standout was the beef tongue which was very tender and tasty. If you get a chance to try it, do it. Don't let the thought of beef tongue throw you off, its actually quite good.

They have a bunch of hot sauces to choose from ranging in spiciness; all of them are very good with my favourites being the hotter ones. The seating is fairly limited and is seat yourself but they will deliver the tacos when they are ready. The service is very friendly.

Definitely recommended especially if you are taco lover.

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Slickity Jim's Chat 'N' Chew3469 Main Street, Vancouver
Enjoyed new location
Submitted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

I haven't been here since the old location burned down. The new location isn't stuffed full of kitschy crap and has a ton more space than it did; this is a good thing in my opinion although I am sure a few Main Street hipsters would disagree. We waited about 20 minutes to get in which considering it was Sunday at 11am, was quite reasonable.

I ordered the huevos rancheros and it was exactly the same as I remembered it being: good. Tortilla topped with vegetarian chili, two eggs, salsa and sour cream. Its pretty simple but tasty. Next time I will try one of their benedicts as they have a bunch to choose from. I think the rest of my brunch party enjoyed their food as well. The coffee is pretty good for the drip variety.

Overall, I enjoyed my Sunday brunch. The service was prompt, waiting times were minimal considering the timing and the food was good. Definitely recommended and will return.

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Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar601 West Cordova, Vancouver
Rogue Crannog Brewery Dinner
Submitted Friday, July 15, 2011 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

We went to an event at Rogue this week which featured a 4 course meal paired with beers from Crannog brewery. If you haven't heard of Crannog, they are Canada's first certified organic, zero-waste, on-farm microbrewery based out of Sorrento, BC. The friendly folks from Crannog were there and talked a lot about the beers with an emphasis on sustainable brewing which was very interesting. Anyways, on with the food and beer!

Dinner started with a bonus beer called the Village Idiot which is a seasonal wheat ale. Then the courses started which couldn't have been too soon because I was starving.

Course 1: House cured arctic char with new potatoes, root veggies and dill mustard emulsion paired with Gael's Blood Potato Ale

Course 2: Braised poker belly with mashed sunchokes, butter braised radish and a curry foam paired with Red Branch Irish Ale

Course 3: Duo of lamb (sous vide lamb loin and braised lamb cannelloni) with spring pea puree paired with Insurrection IPA

Course 4: Black forest gateau with espresso gelato paired with Back Hand of God Stout

Overall the food and beer pairings were fantastic. My favourite course was the pork belly and as beer goes, the Back Hand of God is pretty hard to beat with the Insurrection IPA a close second. By the time the dessert course arrived, I was pretty fully full!

The event cost $35 which is a fantastic deal when you consider the great food and superb beers all while hosted by friendly and insightful brewers. If you get a chance to go to one of these events, do it!

Recommended.

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Diamond, The6 Powell Street, Vancouver
Very good
Submitted Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

We came here for a birthday dinner with a very large party. Everything was fantastic from beginnning, almost to end which I will get into later.

If you haven't been to The Diamond yet, you need to try it. Its a cocktails and tapas restaurant on the second floor in the centre of Gastown that also doubles as a bartending school. The ambiance is very relaxed and comfortable inside. From the moment we arrived, the service was great with drinks never empty for long and food flying out of the kitchen.

We ordered a few tapas between the two of us including the BBQ short rib sub, tuna tartare, gyoza, and was also lucky to try a few other dishes. All of them were fantastic but my favourites turned out to be the ones I ordered. I had a couple classic vodka martinis (and a couple Pabst Blue Ribbon beers to keep things real) and my dining partner was drinking their cocktails with the Buck Buck Mule being her favourite. At over 10 bucks each, they are not cheap but very delicious. The food is reasonably priced though.

Overall I enjoyed my experience right up to the end until our server gave us the bill. She never mentioned that there was an auto gratuity included in the bill which I find very irritating. The bills were split up and many in our party never noticed especially after how many cocktails were consumed. I am fine with the auto-grat, but at least mention it when handing out the bills. Other than that little blip, the evening was very enjoyable and I would definitely return.

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Aoki Sushi1888 W. Broadway St, Vancouver
Underwhelming food
Submitted Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

The food at Aoki is exactly the same as I remember it the last time I was here a few years ago. Portions are larger than what you'd expect and reasonably priced. They are by no means jumbo but everything seems to be a little bigger than the places I usually frequent.

We ordered a few dishes including salmon and tuna sashimi, dynamite roll, spicy tuna roll and gyoza. The gyoza was watery and barely even pan-fried. The sashimi was good but one of my pieces of tuna sashimi had a bone in it, which is kind of nasty. The spicy tuna roll was just plain bad and was the premixed variety. Maybe I am spoiled and used to fresh chopped tuna with spicy sauce on top.

The ambiance is nothing to write home about and I find the electronic greeting machine a little bit creepy. The service was attentive.

Anyways, the food here is OK but with the plethora of sushi options in Vancouver, I won't be returning anytime soon.

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Larson Station6190 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Much better than expected
Submitted Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

Recently I played 9 holes at Gleaneagles out in Horseshoe Bay and we decided to grab some lunch and a beer after golfing. We were pleasantly surprised by our experience. We sat out on the patio overlooking the 6th fairway and it didn't hurt that it was one of the nicest days in Vancouver this "summer" so far.

The first thing I noticed is that the food here is very reasonably priced. They have all the regular suspects you would expect in a pub-style restaurant including salads, wraps, burgers, west coast style entrees, etc. I wasn't in the mood to get creative with my lunch so I decided to order a clubhouse sangy since we were in a clubhouse; weak I know. The thing is that it was really good, especially for what is normally a boring old clubhouse sandwich. It had real chicken, ample toppings and overall was very tasty. I just wish they had some gravy to go with my fries.

The service was attentive and kept our drinks full. The bill was reasonable. I will definitely return next time I am in the area or playing a round at Gleneagles.

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Perogy Place, The1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver
I probably won't return
Submitted Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:45pm [Take-out]

I happened to be in the Granville Island food court yesterday and for whatever reason, I was craving perogies. I decided to order combo number 5 which is perogies and a salad. I got a side of sauerkraut to go with it.

The perogies came in a couple varieties including potato & cheese and another somewhat unidentifiable flavour. All the perogies were overly starchy and seemed overcooked. The salad was a cooked cabbage salad and was not very good. Overall, I was less than impressed with the food and could not finish it. The total was about 10 bucks including the side of sauerkraut so needless to say, the value was not that great.

I won't be back and will stick to my other regular spots in Granville Island food court the next time I eat there.

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Amrikko's Indian Grill298 Old Island Hwy, Victoria
Good food but...
Submitted Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 9:52am [Dine in]

We went here for dinner on Saturday night and overall, enjoyed our experience. I think this place used to be a Chinese restaurant for a long time. They have a large parking lot surrounding the building making access easy.

We ordered the appy platter to start. Then we ordered a few entrees to share including the butter chicken, curry lamb, gobi aloo and paneer spinach. All the dishes were pretty good although I had a couple minor quibbles. The lamb was a little tough and all the dishes seemed a little on the sweet side, but overall the food was enjoyable. The value and pricing was what you'd expect with all mains in the 10-15 dollar price range.

The service was attentive and got the job done but some of the bussing staff could have been a little more effective by grabbing the plates to be removed rather than asking us to pass them to her.

Overall, we had a pleasant time and I would return when in the mood for Indian food in Victoria.

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Nuba1489 East Hasting Street, Vancouver
Great food
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 11:08am [Dine in]

I came here for my birthday with about 10 or so people and had a very enjoyable evening. We started in the Tiki bar next door for a drink while our table was being prepared. Then we moved over to the other side to Nuba to enjoy some Lebanese food.

The restaurant was packed and the service was pretty good despite the place being so busy. We decided to just let our server order for us to make things easier. We started with appetizer platters that included two standouts baba ghanooj and lamb hushwie (sauteed lamb over hummus). For the entrees, I really enjoyed the lamb chops and could have eaten a few more of them. Overall the food was great although I would not be so lazy next time and order myself instead of letting the server guess.

I thought the value was a little pricey for what it was but this may also have something to do with visiting the other Nuba locations and alway being astounded at how reasonable the pricing was. The value was still pretty good, not sure if the pricing is different at this location than the others.

Overall I would return and also want to check out the other restaurant here called Leeteg Room which does Spanish food.

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McRae's1652 McRae Ave, Victoria
Great local hangout
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 10:44am [Dine in]

I went here for lunch the other day and enjoyed my experience. It was a beautiful day so we sat out on the patio. They apparently only had McRae's lager on tap which seemed a little limited for a tap selection but the beer was good.

I ordered a chicken burrito and thought it was pretty tasty and a good value. The service was attentive and always made sure we were well taken care of without being intrusive. Overall, I would definitely return when in the neighbourhood and wanting good bistro food in a pub style environment.

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Caffe Artigiano853 West Broadway, Vancouver
Pleasantly Surprised
Submitted Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 11:00am [Dine in]

I came in here on a weekday morning because I needed coffee and a quick snack. I ended up a getting a breakfast wrap with my americano. I was surprised how tasty the breakfast wrap was. It as cooked in a panini maker and served with salsa and sour cream; pretty good for reheated food or perhaps I was just really hungry. Regardless, my americano was better than I remember Artigiano making them as well and the food was decent so I will probably return.

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Browns Socialhouse1665 56th Street, Delta
Great pizza
Submitted Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 10:48am [Dine in]

I've eaten at Browns a few times, mostly the location in Port Moody. We stopped by this location on our way out to the ferry looking for some breakfast but unfortunately they only serve brunch on weekends. Instead we ordered some pizzas including the margherita, cheese royale and the mushroom with goat cheese. They were all some of the better pizzas I've had. The service was prompt as we were in a hurry to drop someone off at the ferry. Overall it was a pleasant experience and I would return.

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Hapa Izakaya1193 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Good but remember it being better
Submitted Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

I haven't been to Hapa Izakaya for a while and while looking for a place to go before the game on Sunday, we ended up here because the sushi place we were originally going to was closed. This was the first time visiting the Yaletown location after frequenting the Robson and Yew locations on many occasions.

The room is nice, looks similar to the other locations except I don't remember them having televisions. They have Sapporo on tap which I enjoyed. We ordered a bunch of dishes including ebi mayo, saba, sashimi, daikon gyoza, boneless karaage and a few more. The saba was the roll variety which is wrapped on the outside of rice and then torched tableside. I definitely prefer the sashimi version better, as there was a ton of rice and thats not really my thing. The ebi mayo was extremely saucy and I would prefer less sauce for sure but the actual shrimp/prawns were tasty. The daikon gyoza were good but I remember this dish having less daikon and more meat. Overall, the food was good but just not great.

I will return but it won't be my first choice for izakaya.

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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
One of my favourites for breaky
Submitted Friday, December 3, 2010 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

This could be one of my favourite places for breakfast. Is it expensive? Probably. But is it one of the best in town? Also, most likely true. There is usually a bit of a wait especially on weekends to get in but in my opinion its worth it.

Every time I come here, I feel compelled to get the Fricassé and usually do. There is something irresistible about short ribs for breakfast. Its served in a skillet and has 2 fried eggs, braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, arugula, applewood cheddar with a side of grilled foccacia.

Again, at $16 its not the cheapest breakfast in the world but if you are looking for cheap, then there are tons of 3.99 breakfast specials to be had all over the city. Medina is about interesting, unique and tasty breakfasts and they do it well.

The service is usually very friendly and prompt even though they are always slammed. When there is a wait, they do a good job of giving you an eta of when you will be in.

Definitely recommended and I will return often.

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Denny's1098 Davie Street, Vancouver
The service amazes me
Submitted Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 12:49am [Dine in]

Every once in a while, I get Denny's cravings. I pretty much have to get the lumberjack slam because its a ridiculous amount of food and the price is right. Late at night, this place gets a little crazy with loud music and drunk people everywhere and somehow the staff keep up the friendly and efficient service in zen-like fashion.

Last time I decided to go with just the grand slam breakfast and it was good. The eggs were cooked perfectly and everything else was fresh and hot. I would like to see them use free range eggs but other than that, its a decent breakfast especially for a late night snack. That being said, I probably would never go to Denny's for my regular weekend breakfast outings, its definitely more of a late night thing for me.

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Library Square Public House300 West Georgia Street, #101, Vancouver
Its gotten better
Submitted Monday, November 29, 2010 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

I have come here a couple times recently and the food has been much improved. They now do a weekend brunch which is pretty decent and it even includes complimentary tea or coffee. I don't think many people know about it though because the place was dead during the day on a Saturday. I had a classic eggs benedict and I liked it; the eggs were cooked perfectly.

They also have a bunch of appie specials from 4-6pm during the week. Given its close proximity to Roger's Arena, its not a bad place to have a bite and beer before the game or even come to watch the game. It is busy during the Canucks games though so you definitely need to be there early.

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Kirin Mandarin Restaurant1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Great dim sum but pricey and room is freezing
Submitted Monday, November 22, 2010 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

I went here with a group of 5 on Sunday. They take reservations here which is why we came; turns out it wasn't super busy anyways especially for a Sunday just before noon. They just finished renovating the front and it looks pretty good. The first thing I noticed when we were seated was how cold it was. I guess it was pretty cold (for Vancouver) yesterday so maybe they were having heating issues, not sure.

Anyways, on to the dim sum. We ordered a bunch of dishes including the usual dumplings, pea tips, fried tofu, and a bunch of other items. All of them were very good. The quality is definitely high. The only issue is that they are definitely not cheap. The pea shoot tips dish was over $20. Wow. (It was very tasty though.) The total bill came to just under $100 plus tip. Definitely not cheap but, as I said, the quality is high.

It took about 30 minutes to get the dishes rolling but once they did, they pretty much all came one after the other. Overall, an enjoyable food experience but a little on the pricey side and they could turn up the heat a little.

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Marquis, The2666 Granville Street, Vancouver
Fantastic place for dinner and drinks
Submitted Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 11:15am [Dine in]

The Marquis is a newish bar and grill on South Granville with a Euro influenced menu. The prices are surprisingly reasonable, especially when you consider the area. I usually come here for drinks and appies. My favourite dish by far is the perogies which are deep fried and can have chorizo added which is a must. Friday nights they often have $3 high balls and other drink specials. The room is is upscale and deceivingly small but with the mirrors on the walls you never feel like you have your back to the action. I have noticed its starting to get busy on the weekends, hopefully it doesn't get too busy. I definitely recommend this place, I know I will return if not just for the outstanding value.

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