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thecriticVancouverMmmmm foodWeb siteSince November 3, 2004Favourite List (42)Try List (21)376 Reviews
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Benkei Ramen545 West Broadway, Vancouver
Newest Benkei location
Submitted Monday, November 15, 2010 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

This location just opened in the London Drugs complex on West Broadway and Cambie. The inside is similar to other Benkeis including stools and lots of bamboo everywhere. There is a big communal bar-like area in the front and bunch of tables on the left.

I ordered akaoni ramen which has a spicy miso broth and shredded pork instead of the usual sliced pork. The bowl was, as you'd expect, pretty much exactly the same as other locations. I enjoyed the spicy bowl and it was a nice change from the standard ramens.

The bowls are a little on the small size but obviously management has been listening to their customers because there is now a sumo size option. For 50 cents, add 50% more noodles to your bowl. I didn't try it because I just wanted a snack, but I think its a good idea.

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Ken's Chinese Restaurant1097 Kingsway, Vancouver
Pretty good delivery
Submitted Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 11:53am [Delivery]

I ordered from here recently because I was feeling lazy. I wasn't feeling super creative and ordered beef broccoli, a chow mein, mixed veg and got a free fried dish thrown in for free; I assume because my order exceeded some amount.

The order took longer than expected to deliver, about an hour. But overall the food was pretty good. The portions were fairly large and the food was decent for delivery however I would have liked to see the dishes a little hotter. I assume the food cooled down a little with the extended delivery time.

If I am craving Chinese delivery, I would order from them again.

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Pho Thai Hoa1625 Kingsway, Vancouver
Great tasting broth in pho
Submitted Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 11:30am [Dine in]

I've eaten at Pho Thai Hoa a couple times and the pho is better than most Vietnamese restaurants. The broth is tasty and the bowls are plentiful with generous helpings of meat.

I am not a big fan of their banh mi (subs) though. I thought the bun was a little chewy and not as fresh which is usually what makes good banh mi really taste great. They are also a little smaller than other places, especially places on Kingsway that just specialize in subs. I think it might be just a case of trying to do to much though because all of the rest of their food is great.

The menu is extensive with many options to choose from from pho, to different types of other soups, rice dishes, non-soup vermicelli dishes, etc. The service is very friendly, especially for a Vietnamese restaurant. The restaurant is always clean.

I will return when I am craving pho and might try some of their other soups.

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Unforgettable Pizza & Pasta450 W 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Solid pizza with very friendly service
Submitted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 11:04am [Dine in]

I stopped by here when I was hungry for a quick slice. It was around 3pm so nothing was fresh out of the oven but it was reheated without prompting and it tasted almost as good. The service was fast and friendly, more so than I am used to in pizza joints. The ambiance will not blow you away but it was very clean, behind the counter and in the dining area. If I am craving pizza, I will come back for sure.

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Chronic Tacos382 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Tacos and beer, what more could you want?
Submitted Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

I have been keeping an eye on this place for the past few months wondering when it was going to open. Well it finally did so I decided to try it for lunch. I ordered a couple of tacos, one beef, one chicken. Rather pedestrian I know but thats what the guy recommended.

Anyways, they were both pretty good and I did enjoy the marinated meat in them. My one complaint is the salsa; the verde (medium) wasn't spicy at all and their fresca (mild) wasn't that great tasting, I assume because the tomatoes weren't that great. The rest of it was pretty good though and the tacos were huge and only about 3 or 4 bucks each.

The sandwich board outside mentioned a beer special for under 5 bucks so this would be a good way to go, especially for dinner. You can't really go wrong with tacos and beer. I will return, hopefully the salsa is improved.

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Q Go Ramen1443 W Broadway, Vancouver
Benefit of the doubt
Submitted Friday, August 27, 2010 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

Q Go is a brand new ramen house that just opened on Monday this week. The first thing I noticed when walking into the restaurant was the odd smell inside. Perhaps is was a lingering odour from construction but hopefully they've addressed it.

They serve shio, miso and shoyu soup base options and have your choice of broth fattiness, base richness and pork fattiness. I ordered a miso ramen with regular, regular and lean pork. I also ordered a side of gyoza. One thing I would like to see is a small order of gyoza as an add on to a ramen bowl because I find 6 pieces at just under 5 bucks a little too much for lunch for one person.

Anyway, the broth was good but didn't have the same depth that I am used to at other ramen houses. The noodles were cooked perfectly and by far the best part of the bowl. The pork was a little too fatty (despite ordering lean pork) but it was good. I wasn't a huge fan of the gyoza; I thought they could have been fried a little more.

Overall this obviously isn't a stellar review but I think a little benefit of the doubt has to be applied here since they were only open a couple of days when I visited them. Hopefully they will work out the kinks and improve the overall food product. I will check back in a month and write another review if things improve.

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Floyd's Diner866 Yates Street, Victoria
Enjoyed my breakfast
Submitted Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 10:48am [Dine in]

I came here for brunch the other day and sat on the patio. The service was great the whole time; I only was drinking water and it was refilled multiple times. I ordered the huevos incrediblo (or something like that) and it was tasty although I would have like the eggs a little runnier. The sun was shining and I enjoyed the summer with a tasty brunch, what else could you want?

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Caffe Cittadella2310 Ash St., Vancouver
Beautiful setting, good americano
Submitted Friday, August 20, 2010 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

Caffe Cittadella is only a couple blocks from my house and I noticed they were finally open after completing renovations. I was in need of an afternoon dose of caffeine so I ordered an americano. It was pretty solid: nice crema, good flavour and not bitter.

The ambiance is fantastic with two levels and set in an old, character house. They have a northwest facing patio overlooking a large yard and garden so you can enjoy an espresso drink in a tranquil environment smack in the middle of the bustle of the city. I will return.

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Gyudonya500 Robson Street, Vancouver
Fast food can be good
Submitted Friday, August 20, 2010 - 1:24am [Dine in]

I came in here for a quick snack and ordered the short rib combo. It was pretty simple consisting of meat, some caramelized onions, lettuce and rice in a small bowl. But the marinated short rib strips were fairly tasty. Even the special salad with pineapple and kiwi that accompanied it was good, simple and fresh. Overall, you're not going to get blown away but the food was good and cheap for what it is. The service was quick and the inside was very clean. I think the meal cost 8.95 which included the rice bowl, miso, and a salad which is good value in my books.

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Viet Sub520 Robson, Vancouver
Decent Sub
Submitted Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

I recently had a sub from this place and it was good, not great. I tried the BBQ chicken sandwich and everything was decent except it was a little too saucy for my liking and there was something in it that shouldn't have been, no big deal. I am used to the more traditional style banh mi you get in East Van. I guess I shouldn't be too picky since there are not a lot of downtown Vietnamese sub shops (can't think of any other than this one).

The place itself is small and a little cramped. It was a little messy when I went in there right after the lunch rush. Also, for people eating in, do you really need to serve pho and all food items in styrofoam containers? This seems wasteful to me.

Anyways, I think I will stick to my usual haunts Vietnamese subs.

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Charcoal Sushi and BBQ Restaurant7997 Westminster Hwy, Unit 250, Richmond
Very tasty food
Submitted Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

I ate here for an early dinner recently after seeing the glowing reviews on Dine Here. The room is nice, clean and well appointed.

We ordered a bunch of dishes including the thinly sliced beef and beef short ribs for grilling. Both were tasty and of much better quality that I am used to at the other Korean BBQ houses around Metro Van especially AYCEs. We also ordered some rolls and a yaki udon with enoki and bacon. All the food was better than I was expecting and very good. The service was prompt and we were probably done in 45 minutes which is a short stay with Korean BBQ. Some might find the prices a little higher than other places but considering the quality of the food, I think the value is solid.

Overall, I was satisfied with my experience here and if I am in the area looking for some quality eats especially BBQ, I will return.

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Benkei Ramen43 East 5th Ave, Vancouver
Solid Ramen...
Submitted Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

I have eaten at three of the Benkei Ramen houses in Vancouver now but still have yet to try the location on Thurlow. This location on 5th Ave is pretty much the same as the other locations except that its only open during the day and not for dinner; presumably because it caters mostly to the nearby businesses.

Overall my experience was pretty good and the food was tasty. The bowl is a tad on the small side but nothing to complain about for lunch. For dinner, I find Benkei's bowls too small even when paired with a side dish of gyoza. The soup base was rich and full flavoured. The pork was better than I remembered at other locations and wasn't as dry. I had some prawn gyoza and they were average. The service was good and food came out fast. The room is the same as other locations adorned with bamboo and mostly stools to sit on which I don't find very comfortable.

Overall, a good experience but because its off the beaten path for me I probably won't return very often.

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Taiko on Denman689 Denman Street, Vancouver
Good AYCE Lunch
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

A friend lives just a couple blocks away from the recently opened Taiko on Denman. It used to be called Yoshi but now its an all you can eat sushi place. We sat on the back patio overlooking Georgia Street which was nice with a view of the North Shore mountains.

There was a 20% off the AYCE lunch menu which is normally $13.95, not sure why. Anyways, we ordered a bunch of dishes including miso, tuna and salmon sashimi, gyoza (deep fried and pan fried), gomae, dynamite roll, ebi sunomono, and a bunch more hot and cold items. The menu was fairly extensive for lunch, about what you'd see at the other AYCE down on the other side of Denman. Anyways, all the food was good. My only gripe was the farmed salmon which I'm not a fan of but it was clearly farmed just looking at the picture of salmon on the menu so I can't really complain.

With the good quality of food, particularly for AYCE, patio and attentive service, I would definitely return when I'm in the mood for lots of food on the cheap.

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Joe's Grill948 Denman Street, Vancouver
S'alright - Good Value
Submitted Monday, July 26, 2010 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

I tried the Denman location for the first time after visiting the 4th Ave spot many times over the past few years. I was there for breakfast on a Saturday morning. They have the usual suspects for brunch and I went with the classic eggs benny. It was good and the price was right, especially considering the location. My only complaint was the the hollandaise tasted a little funny but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Anyways, it was about what I expected and I would come back if in the area.

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Howe Sound Brew Pub37801 Cleveland Avenue, Squamish
Come for the beer
Submitted Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

After being at Brohm Lake just past Squamish, we decided a burger and beer was in order so we headed over to Howe Sound Brew Pub. I have tried several of their beers and will often buy the 1 litre bottles you see floating around the liquor stores. They have a nice variety of Howe Sound beers on tap: I tried the pilsner and a hemp ale. To go with the beer, I kept it simple and had a Howe Sound burger which was pretty good. It had a giant, juicy patty and the bun was toasted and crispy. Overall I enjoyed sitting on the patio, drinking great beer and eating decent food. I will return when I am in the area.

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JJ Bean House of Coffee1188 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Brand new location
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

JJ Bean just opened up a new location on the corner of Bute and Alberni. The new space is pretty cool with an upstairs lounge, open design, lots of windows and a sidewalk patio. I felt like I was on the set of Clockwork Orange sitting on their patio furniture; its definitely a unique look. I ordered an iced Americano and it was very good. In fact, all their locations serve great coffee. If you still are a customer of the "big chain", you should give the small local chain a chance instead: their coffee is much better.

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Benkei Ramen3217 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good ramen but...
Submitted Monday, July 5, 2010 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

Benkei Ramen has been hard at work bringing you many new locations including this one on West Broadway just west of McDonald. This puts the tally up to 4 with their other spots including the hidden locale on East 5th and two more downtown on Thurlow and Robson. Wow, that was fast.

I ordered a bowl of shio ramen despite its designation as being popular with the ladies. Maybe I thought a little of that would rub off on me. Anyways, it was what you'd expect from Benkei: tasty broth, quality ingredients and flavourful pork. But I can't help but think either their portions are getting smaller or I am getting hungrier. I would suggest they either charge more and make them bigger or offer a large size as well.

The space looks like the other locations and even has fairly comfortable cushions on the stools you sit on. Despite that, I don't think this will be my first choice for ramen when the craving comes back which I am sure will be soon.

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Best Burrito15 W Broadway, Vancouver
Best Burrito?
Submitted Monday, July 5, 2010 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

Anytime I see a restaurant with a declaration like "best", I immediately assume that it is not the best and usually far from it. So I have driven past this place many times and never thought to stop and actually try the "best burrito". Well, I finally did with lowered expectations.

The place has a modest interior with a grass roof decoration and a mexican blanket on the wall. There is also a few tables on a street-side patio.

I ordered the chicken burrito. It comes with beans, rice, lettuce and your choice of salsa from mild to raging hot. I decided to go with green tomatillo which was medium spiciness. I took it to go.

The burrito was actually better than I expected. It was a little dry with not enough salsa but overall I did enjoy it though so I am giving it the benefit of the doubt on the food rating. Is it the best burrito in Vancouver? No, probably not.

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Cafeteria2702 Main Street, Vancouver
Ridiculous
Submitted Monday, July 5, 2010 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

I came here last week and my streak of picking awesome restaurants kept rolling. The Cafeteria is a new restaurant on Main Street replacing Ping's. We got there fairly early to avoid the main dining rush and there was only a few tables seated. The space is small and clean with large menus on both walls. I would have given the ambiance a 4 but unfortunately I was being blinded by the sun for most of the night. I overheard that blinds are on order so hopefully that gets fixed. Now on to the good stuff...

They have a pretty decent wine selection with many being offered by the glass. They will also open a bottle if you order two glasses of anything.

We started our dinner by sharing the scallop sashimi. It was a large portion of thinly sliced scallops with sesame seeds, avocado, a drizzle with sesame oil and a bit of heat. It was very tasty. I ordered the duo of beef and my dining companion had the veal. Both were very large portions and over the top in terms of flavour and quality of ingredients.

My duo of beef included a few slices of steak, I believe sirloin and braised beef cheek. The beef cheek was barely held together and literally melted in your mouth. At $18, this was one of the best dishes I have ever had which seems strange to say. I tried the veal scallopini and it was great: a large portion of veal loaded with mushrooms accompanied with a simple tagliatelle. We finished with the crumble which was tasty as well but at that point I was so full that I only had a small bite.

The service was outstanding the entire night; very attentive but not intrusive. I would assume with their price point and small space, they need to flip tables fairly quickly. We never felt like we were rushed and the place was packed shortly after our arrival.

Cafeteria is on my list of favourite restaurants in Vancouver. I hope they live up to my high expectations on subsequent visits which will be often.

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Twisted Fork Bistro1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
Awesome eggs benedict
Submitted Monday, July 5, 2010 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

I decided to try this place last week after hearing rave reviews from friends. I went on a weekday at around 1pm so there was no line up but it still was really busy.

I got things going with a Brutus which is their special Caesar. For brunch, I ordered the eggs benny with bacon. Rather than offering a bunch of different bennys, you can choose an additional topping including bacon, prosciutto, roasted pepper, etc. It came served on a big slice of brioche with a side of beans, spinach and rosti which is basically a hashbrown. It was probably the best eggs benedict I have ever had; the hollandaise was perfect, eggs cooked perfectly and the brioche was thick but really light.

Overall I really enjoyed my brunch and will definitely come back but will come at non-peak hours to try and avoid the line ups.

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