Cheap sushi place
Submitted Monday, July 5, 2010 - 12:01pm [Dine in]
I noticed this place while driving by so I decided to give it a shot. I remember going here when it was Opera Sushi but not for a long time. The ambiance is not much to look at but the place did appear to be clean. There is an open kitchen in the back of the restaurant with a grill and then a sushi prep area near the dining tables.
The sushi here is pretty inexpensive. They offer 19 piece sushi combos for under $6 and bento boxes for $6.50. I was going to get creative and order some individual items which is what I normally do but I opted for the cheapo bento box option instead. Everything in it was decent for the price but that being said, I prefer quality over price or quantity.
If you are on a tight budget and don't care so much about quality, this might be a good option. They don't do the huge portion thing, but the prices seem a little less than a lot of other sushi restaurants. I probably won't be back.
Tasty spicy bratwurst
Submitted Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 5:47pm [Dine in]
While cruising through Granville Island, I grabbed a bratwurst from Kaisereck. This is probably one of the last stalls I haven't tried in the GI Market food court. I was pretty good but I think I was suffering from topping indecision because my choices were not the best combination. The ambiance on a nice sunny day is almost unbeatable regardless of what food court vendor you choose from GI.
Great food but missing value
Submitted Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 3:43pm [Dine in]
Upon walking into this new diner on Hastings, the first thing you notice is how out of place it seems. The area is under a huge transformation right now though so hopefully its an early adopter of what will be a spruced up block in the future.
They did a great job on the renovations; high ceilings with fans, cozy booths and stools on an oval counter. The room has a very modern diner feel and is quite comfortable.
I ordered the beef sandwich with coleslaw and potato chips and everything was great. The sandwich had real beef although it could have used some more meat on it as I found myself with a bunch of bread leftover with no meat to eat with it. The coleslaw was tasty; light on the mayo and a unique flavour containing almonds and broccoli.
I think I might have too high expectations when I eat diner food. I don't expect massive portions like you usually get in the US but I wouldn't mind a little more value. Sandwiches are about 11 or 12 bucks each which is a little on the high side, especially when you consider the lack of meat on my sandwich. I think I will try the mac & cheese or the chicken pot pie next time.
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 4:01pm [Dine in]
I came here for a mid-afternoon coffee the other day. The first thing I noticed was that it was well appointed inside with a modern, black, sleek look. I ordered an Americano and my friend had the same with a waffle as well. The waffle was pretty good and so was my espresso coffee. However, I think it was a single but my own fault for not asking or ensuring I got a double because it was a little watery. This would be a great place to go after a dinner date for a coffee and a dessert waffle.
Inside is massive for a coffee house
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 3:55pm [Dine in]
I came here for an espresso recently being about a half a block from Cafe D'Lite. My Americano was pretty good although perhaps a little watery tasting. The service was good though, they even brought my drink to the table which is unheard of at most coffee houses. The one thing that stands out at this place is the sheer size and vast choices for seating. This might be a good place to come for laptop warriors who want somewhere to work for a couple hours although I am not sure they actually have wireless.
Good Laksa But Not as Spicey
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 3:43pm [Dine in]
I came to Cafe D'Lite with a friend after a long absence; might have been when they were in their old location even. We both ordered Hainanese chicken laksa and a curry beef brisket on rice to share. I remember the laksa being spicier which I kind of missed but it still tasted pretty good. The beef dish had similar flavours to the soup and not enough curry for my taste; I think it also used to have a stronger curry flavour.
Perhaps they are watering their dishes down to attract a more west side audience? This is all conjecture on my part but I still enjoyed the food. The service was a little surly to be honest; no smile, no water or tea refills, cutlery in a pile on the side of the table, etc. I don't expect much but at least treat me like a guest that you want to stay for a meal perhaps?
Anyways, I am sure I will be back in another 6 months or so when I get a laksa craving on a rainy day.
I prefer east side fuh
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 3:33pm [Dine in]
I could be making up imaginary borders here but pho just doesn't seem as good when its served west of Granville. I came here for an early dinner last Saturday and had a bowl of pho with some spring rolls on the side. Everything was fine but the broth wasn't to my preference like some other more east side Vietnamese restaurants. The restaurant is clean and decent inside, the service was good, everything seemed fairly authentic but something was just missing for me. Anyways, I doubt I will be back; I will be frequenting the dirtier places because I seem to enjoy the food more for whatever reason.
Good concession food
Submitted Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 3:15pm [Dine in]
I was feeling like a greasy burger and fries so I decided to try the new Nimby burger. Its basically a side window on Yew attached to the Local Public Eatery. I ordered the burger with cheese, a side of a fries and a chocolate milkshake. The total bill came to just under 10 bucks. It took about 10 minutes for the food to be ready as it was all made to order.
I took my food down to Kitsilano Beach and ate it on a park bench which was a little chilly. The food was good but the burger was on the smallish side. There was a healthy serving of fries which definitely compensated. The milkshake was great although I would like to see a wider straw to make the consumption a little easier. Overall I will definitely return and I would expect to see long lineups in the summer.
Surprisingly Good Service
Submitted Monday, May 24, 2010 - 6:08pm [Dine in]
I think I have really low expectations for service when I go dimsumming, or to Chinese restaurants in general. It wasn't very busy when we went which was surprising considering it was 11:30am on a holiday Monday. The service was great from start to finish. We received chili sauce, hot sauce and mustard without asking. Tea and water was refilled without asking. The dishes did come out a little slower but it got much busier once noon passed and the service was still really good.
We ordered the usual suspects and they were all pretty standard fare. None of the dishes were really great and the portions were on the large-ish side. The ambiance seems a little run down inside but it was clean.
I did miss the dim sum carts they have at the Chongqing location on Broadway even though the ladies can pester you a bit much with the same items again and again. Overall I might come back if I am in the area.
Submitted Monday, May 24, 2010 - 5:57pm [Dine in]
This isn't really a restaurant per se, more of a bar that serves some pretty light fare including home made potato chips, pepperoni sticks, beef tartare, etc. All of these dishes I tried and they were all decent or good. But really, the food is just a bonus. They also have a wide selection of cocktails, wine and beer that you'd expect from a bar.
Where Guilt and Company really shines though is the ambiance. The inside has (faux?) stone walls and a giant wood bar to the side. The bathroom is unisex with stalls only and a common area where the sinks are which can make for some interesting conversation/eavesdropping when you are washing your hands. To top it off the servers are enthusiastically dressed in what appears to be swiss mountaineer type getups replete with suspenders and almost comical hats. They have live entertainment which, when I was there, consisted of three musicians who had never played together and was an interesting experiment that seemed to improve with time.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable few hours I spent in the depths below Gastown. I will be back.
Nuba146 East 3rd, Vancouver Turkish Coffee Future
Submitted Monday, May 24, 2010 - 5:40pm [Dine in]
I came here on Friday night and it was fairly busy considering it just opened recently. The ambiance inside is unique and self-described as "third-world roadside cafe from the 70s" which seems pretty accurate. There is a lot of rounded, faded neon going on like a washed over Clockwork Orange theme. In any case, I like it.
We ordered some appies to share including baba ghanooj. For my main, I have lamb kafta. All the food was very good and came out pretty quickly. It would have been nice to have a beer with my meal but they don't have their liquor license yet. To finish, we had some turkish coffee and our Turkish friend "read our future". Apparently, my future is bleak because it never finished other than saying "oh, this doesn't look good...".
I recommend this place when you are craving some authentic Lebanese food or even just a solid meal for a reasonable price.
Submitted Friday, May 21, 2010 - 4:10pm [Dine in]
Despite my less than flattering ratings, everyone has to come down and check out both this night market and the one in Richmond, err, New Westminster. As my title indicates, I find the dim sum treats to be of foodfair-ish quality, but hey, this is a food fair. The food is cheap and fun if you go with some friends and can sample bits of a few different dishes. You might even find a poster you like or an awesome pair of this summer's hot looking sunglasses. (Probably not...)
Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver Mmmmm Fish Tacones
Submitted Friday, May 21, 2010 - 4:03pm [Dine in]
After many unsuccessful attempts at enjoying the legendary seafood delights at Go Fish including being closed on Mondays and absolutely ridiculous line-ups, I finally was able to try this place today. I waited in line for about 15 minutes and another 20 minutes or so before the food was ready, however.
I ordered two tacones, one spicy fish and one salmon. The spicy fish was not spicy, but very tasty nonetheless, In fact both were probably some of the best fish tacos I have ever enjoyed in Vancouver. I just wish there was a way to enjoy a beer with my fish tacos; that would make it pretty much the perfect lunch for me.
It was a little chilly sitting outside especially when the wind picked up so I would definitely recommend you have a jacket if you go down before summer has fully arrived. The view can't really be beat overlooking Fisherman's Wharf nestled between Burrard St. Bridge and Granville Island.
Definitely recommended and I will be back to try the fish and chips. Hopefully I don't have to wait in line for as long but I guess thats the price for fantastic seafood.
These guys are good
Submitted Friday, May 21, 2010 - 3:40pm [Dine in]
Elysian Coffee may make one of the best espresso coffees in the city. Whether your espresso drink of choice is an americano, latte, cappuccino or whatever, Elysian will do a killer job. I tend to go for americanos and they are fantastic: nice crema on top, and no burnt or bitter taste.
This location is small and can get busy during popular movie times with the 5th Avenue cinema around the corner. They have cozy little booths to relax and drink your coffee inside. Enjoy!
Submitted Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 2:17pm [Dine in]
This place just opened so I decided to venture into Chinatown and check it out. Turns out to be kind of a strange spot for an "upscale sandwich" joint which I suppose could be good or bad.
The interior has obviously been recently renovated inside with an open bar and seating for about 25-30 including a booth at the back. The menu was tight with about half a dozen sandwiches, a few salads and the soup of the day. Most sangys are about 8 bucks.
I ordered the meatball sandwich and a side of potato salad; both were very good. The sandwich had plenty of meat and not too much sauce to make it easily hand-edible. My only complaint was the whole wheat bun which is more personal preference. I would have enjoyed it more on a baguette but I'm sure my body appreciates their choice of bun. The salad was unique with a vinaigrette-style dressing, a zip of mustard and some frisee for crunch, a very nice combination.
I will definitely return and try some of their other sandwiches. Recommended.
One of the better bowls of ramen
Submitted Monday, May 17, 2010 - 11:37am [Dine in]
I came here on a busy Saturday night after craving a comforting bowl of soup in the Ramen triangle. We thought about going across the street to the newer place but the lineup over there was ridiculous (and knew that it would be a similar situation at Kintaro on Denman). There were a few groups ahead of us but our party of three was seated within 10 minutes or so which was quite reasonable.
I ordered the shio soup base and some shrimp gyoza. Normally I am pretty conservative with my soup base selection and will just get miso but I am glad I strayed from the usual. The soup base was fantastic and overall it was a very tasty bowl. The gyoza were decent but not super great and next time will just get the pork gyoza instead.
Overall the food was really good and I will definitely come back when I am craving some ramen. The hard part will be to decide which of the three ramen houses to go to because all of them serve a top notch bowl and have their own style but choosing one over the other is difficult.
Solid choice for a pub
Submitted Monday, May 17, 2010 - 11:22am [Dine in]
I came here for the first time in many years to watch a hockey game and it was pretty close to the way I remembered it. I had some nachos and a couple pints and overall it was good for pub food.
They have lots of televisions but unfortunately in the section we were sitting, one of the televisions was not HD so it was about 2 or 3 seconds behind. This meant you would hear the goal but it hadn't happened yet if you had the misfortune of looking at the delayed non-HD television. This is definitely something they need to fix.
The service was prompt and the ambiance is pretty standard for a pub.
Submitted Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 3:45pm [Dine in]
I ate brunch here this morning and overall, it was alright. I ordered bacon and eggs to keep things simple. The eggs were over easy and were a little overcooked but not too bad. The rest of the meal was pretty much what you'd expect in a decent diner.
Someone else had a cheese burger and it was a pre-processed patty which is a little disappointing. Another diner had a clubhouse and it had real chicken (or maybe turkey) breast meat in it so its sort of weird that they would do that and not make their own hamburger patties.
The service was prompt with coffees and waters refilled often. I might return if I'm in the neighbourhood.
Good option out in Coquitlam
Submitted Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 3:37pm [Dine in]
I came here with a couple buddies because we weren't feeling very creative and it was as good as anything I could think of in Coquitlam. We ordered highballs and the coke was flat but our drinks were replaced with somewhat fizzier pop.
I ordered king crab because I didn't feel like steak (maybe coming here probably wasn't the best selection for me). The crab was really good but would have liked to see an extra leg or two for $35. Accompanied rice pilaf was fine.
The restaurant itself is nice and about what you'd expect for a Keg. They have a decent sized patio outside perfect for the upcoming, hopefully beautiful, weather.
Submitted Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 1:01pm [Dine in]
I came here for a quick slice one afternoon and left a little disappointed. The pizza could have used some more sauce and cheese but for $2 I guess maybe I was expecting too much. There was no one inside and none of the tables were clean which didn't make it a very nice place to sit and enjoy the pizza. I probably won't go back.