Decent ramen but very efficient service
Submitted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 5:07pm [Dine in]
I tried Sapporo Ramen for lunch today. There are a lot of tables for the size but its a little run down and tired looking inside.
I ordered the teriyaki chicken miso ramen. It was ok but I didn't account for the teriyaki sauce contaminating my bowl as the chicken pieces were quite saucy. The broth was mediocre tasting with no strong or distinct flavours. I also ordered a small gyoza which was decent but not great.
They are definitely geared for the lunch crowd as the service is very fast and the bill is on your table before you finish your meal. The food also came out very quickly and the gyoza was in front of me in less than a few minutes which I wonder how they can do so quickly unless its pre-prepared. I probably won't be back because I wasn't overly impressed with my bowl of ramen.
Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 1:31pm [Dine in]
I decided to try this place after discovering it while driving down Davie Street. My first impression was wow, they have a lot of different types of poutines. They even have all you can eat poutine for $25. I decided to get a small, traditional poutine which I think was about $5 or $6.
The poutine was served in a small metal container and had a ton of gravy and cheese curds. The gravy was really good and the fries were cooked perfectly. My only complaint was the gravy wasn't quite hot enough and the cheese curds never really melted at all. It could have also been because the curds were pretty big pieces as well. Anyways, overall I enjoyed my poutine and I would come back when I have fry cravings. I might even try one of the crazy, specialty poutines.
Submitted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 12:34pm [Dine in]
The Water Street Cafe is currently celebrating their 21st anniversary in fine form by offering a $20 lobster special that includes your choice of spaghetti marinara or fries. Its a fantastic deal and of course I had to go with it. The pasta was cooked perfectly; just slightly al dente and the sauce was great. The full lobster was a 1 pounder and was fantastic as you'd expect. We finished off with a flour-less espresso chocolate cake with cherries and strawberries that was very good as well. Overall, I really enjoyed my meal and for the price, was a great value. They are definitely celebrating their 21st anniversary in style. I recommend you try and get down their for their lobster special which is available at both lunch and dinner.
New Pub on Granville Street
Submitted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 10:59am [Dine in]
I am not sure if Vancouver really needs another Donnelly Group pub quite this soon but here it is anyways. This spot on the corner of Smithe and Granville has suffered somewhat with previous restaurants, but this new pub will probably do well.
The ambiance is pretty dark and completely renovated with a bar in the back. The servers all seem pretty similar and have the obligatory 1.5 inches of cleavage showing. I wonder if one of the higher ups in the Donnelly Group take a measurement before each shift.
We ordered hot wings and some dry ribs. The hot wings were decent and the dry ribs never came. I guess the server never heard us and we wanted to leave by the time the miscommunication was rectified, so they just dropped it off the bill. I am giving the benefit of the doubt that the food is decent but the limited sampling makes it difficult to give a proper rating. I might return for drinks if I am nearby and craving a beer but I will probably avoid for food as I am not a big fan of pub food.
Submitted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 10:49am [Dine in]
I tried this place recently when I was craving some pho and was pleasantly surprised. It was pretty dead; I assume because it was late afternoon before the dinner rush. I ordered a large bowl of pho with rare and cooked beef. The soup broth was pretty good. I also had an order of spring rolls which turned out to be the small ones but did have the rough outside as apposed to the more Chinese-style spring rolls. The service was probably better than your average pho place. Overall, I would return if I was craving some pho in Chinatown.
Very Tasty and Affordable for South Granville
Submitted Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 2:23am [Dine in]
A good friend of mine lives a couple blocks from this place and he has talked it about it a couple times so we finally went. Its pretty high up on Granville in between 15th and 16th so I think it gets missed easy. We rolled in on a Friday night around 9pm and it was about half full. The decor is very modern with a large bar and lounge type setup on one side and then tables on the other with a more restaurant-y feel.
Large Asahi was on special and at $7 this seemed extraordinarily cheap. I don't think I have ever paid that little for a large bottle of beer in Vancouver. We ordered some skewers, spicy tuna cones, special rolls (fantasy garden roll and firecracker roll), grilled saba and some grilled beef to finish things off. All the food was really good and a solid value. I think the total bill was around $75 + tip which I thought was pretty reasonable for two large beers and about 10 items.
Overall, I quite enjoyed the meal. They are an izakaya style restaurant but they also have a standard Japanese fare menu so they have a pretty wide selection of food depending on your mood and tastes. Definitely recommended and will return when I am in the area craving any Japanese food.
Inexpensive, Big Portions, Unhealthy
Submitted Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 2:22pm [Dine in]
If you are looking for a place to get a lot of food for cheap and you're not very health conscious, this is the place for you. They have a variety of items to choose from including pizza, sandwiches, poutine, hotdogs, etc. They also have a decent patio so you can sit outside and eat your food but its overlooking Expo Boulevard next to GM Place so there isn't much to look at except traffic. I sometimes get cravings for their poutine which is a massive amount of food for less than 5 bucks but I usually feel like I need a salad after.
A Decent Diner
Submitted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 3:09pm [Dine in]
This Knight & Day opened recently after the previous dusty restaurant located here finally went out of business. I happened to be driving by and felt like some all day breaky so I decided to take the plunge.
The interior is newly renovated with a bunch of booths and then tables at the back. I ordered bacon and eggs which was 8 or 9 dollars, about what you'd expect. The breakfast was alright but the toast was almost burnt and the eggs were mediocre. I think I am used to free range eggs with radioactive looking yolks; these were the whitish-yellow variety which simply don't taste as good.
Anyways, I tried it once and probably won't be back because of my love for free range eggs.
Fits the neighbourhood
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 4:31pm [Dine in]
If I had to picture a Vietnamese restaurant in this area of town, this is exactly what I would imagine. The menu was fairly small but with a wide range of items including subs, soup and rice dishes.
I ordered the deluxe pho which has pretty much everything in it including brisket, rare beef, tendon, etc. All the meats were tasty and tender. However, I thought the broth lacked a little something but it might just be because I am used to being heavily dosed with MSG and my guess is that they use little to none. The usual pho side dish had unusually fresh basil and sprouts, at least more fresh than the places I usually frequent. Overall, it was a pretty good bowl once I put everything in and spiced it up a bit. The service was friendly and fast.
I probably won't return often simply because its not in my neighbourhood and I prefer my Vietnamese a little more ghetto but its good for what it is. I would also suggest that they drop a couple of the items on the menu that weren't Vietnamese like the wonton soup and maybe expand the pho choices. Other than that, its a pretty good option for Vietnamese especially with the limited choices in the area.
Place for drinks and something different
Submitted Monday, March 22, 2010 - 10:06am [Dine in]
I came here on Saturday night after a several year absence. My memory of the place was pretty consistent of my experience that night. I had a few pints from their wide selection of beers and ordered the ribs. The ribs were a good value for $18 with ample food on the plate.
The place is huge with lots of room for parties of all sizes so if you are looking for a place to hang out with a group of friends, this is a good choice. There are no TVs which is a nice change from most places. I will return when I want something different than the usual pub environment and looking for a casual place for drinks.
Submitted Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:52am [Dine in]
There are a couple coffee joints in the Market on Granville Island and this is my preferred choice. They have great espresso and their Americano's have a very tasty crema on the top. I will usually grab a coffee before I do some grocery shopping or maybe after a light snack in the food court. This is a great option for your caffeine fix.
Solid Mexican Food
Submitted Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:49am [Dine in]
This is a great choice for food if you are trying to decide which food stand to eat at in Granville Island's market. I have tried most things on the menu including their burritos, tacos, and bbq chicken. It is all tasty food and ready in an instant. Take your food outside and enjoy the view of False Creek under the Granville Bridge. Enjoy!
Submitted Friday, March 12, 2010 - 4:43pm [Dine in]
I just tried this place for the first time after noticing it while driving by one day. I had a double Canadiano and it was great. It had nice crema on the top and was smooth without any bitterness to it. The coffee house is literally inside a house up an outside flight of stairs, an interesting and unique location. I will definitely be back when I need my coffee fix.
Downtown East Side Fuh
Submitted Friday, March 12, 2010 - 4:19pm [Dine in]
I decided to give this place a try for lunch. I ordered the #19 combo which is pho with rare and cooked beef. It included an ample supply of sprouts and Thai basil. The broth was decent and didn't taste like it had too much MSG in it. The rare beef was more tender than a lot of places but the cooked pieces were tougher than usual. I also had a spring roll which was ok. The restaurant was really cold inside and I dined with my jacket on. They could definitely stand to turn up the heat a little. The service was friendly and food came out hot and fast. Not sure if I would return because there are so many pho places but I might come back if I was in the area.
Dark and stormy pizza
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 6:43pm [Dine in]
I came here for lunch on a dark and stormy afternoon after the lunch rush. The place was about half full and I decided to sit on the patio even though it was a bit cloudy and ugly out. After being seated, I was greeted by a surly waitress who never smiled and curtly asked what I would like. I ordered a drink and a small pizza with bacon, mushrooms, green pepper and Italian sausage. The drink, a Vitamin water, came to my table 15 minutes later. I waited another 30 minutes, so 45 minutes total for my pizza to arrive. It honestly seemed like forever because I was hungry and dining by myself. They also had loud radio station music blaring on the patio which was annoying, especially when the long commercials segments came on. Finally I got my pizza and it somewhat made up for the cold service and poor ambiance. It was one of the better thin crust pizzas I have had. I think I tipped about a dollar which is probably the least I have tipped in a very long time. I won't be back.
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 6:31pm [Dine in]
I don't know how else to describe my experience at Gilead other than "underwhelmed". I had heard that they have a killer burger so thats what I ordered. It was okay but was lacking toppings with three tiny slices of pickle, lettuce and cheese. I also wasn't a big fan of the "sourdough english muffin"-style bun. However, I did like the homemade ketchup and horse radish cream sauce, it was very tasty. Also, subjecting your customers to loud Beatles music is cruel and unusual punishment. Not that I have anything against the Beatles, but maybe a mix would be nice. Overall, I think I need to go back and give them another try because maybe I just came on an off day.
Great value for wood fired pizzas
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 6:22pm [Dine in]
I really enjoyed the pizza here. I ordered the prix fixe dinner which includes an appetizer, salad and a pizza. This is a great value when you consider all the food you are getting for $25. It went very well with a couple of Peronis and an espresso at the end. I was a little surprised at how burnt the pizza was but what do I know about real Neapolitan pizza, obviously not much. I would return if in the area or in Toronto.
My favourite breakfast joint in Toronto
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 6:13pm [Dine in]
Every time I'm in Toronto, I try to go to Easy Restaurant at least once or twice. It might be one of the coolest restaurants in the city. Its decked out in a 70s retro style with popular movie posters including Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, Duel, Eat My Dust!, Gone in 60 Seconds when guys like Peter Fonda were big movie stars. It even has the rear end of a yellow 70s mustang as part of the bar area. It really doesn't get much cooler than this place and its not just a gimmick because they serve fantastic breakfast fare with a smile. I have had a bunch of items on the menu and everything was good. They always include a bit of salad, some fruit and hashbrowns so you get a good balanced variety of food on your plate. They also have really tasty smoothies. So next time you want to have a good breakfast and some entertaining ambiance with friendly service, check out Easy.
One of the best ramen in the city but its pricey
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 5:36pm [Dine in]
I have tried pretty much every ramen house in Vancouver and this was one of the best I have had. I ordered a large miso ramen. The broth was very flavourful and had the strongest pork taste I have experienced which is a good thing in my opinion. The bowl wasn't very big but it was packed with noodles, almost too much for lunch. The pork was by far the best I have ever had in ramen. I will make sure I order more next time because two pieces is simply not enough. I would like to see a couple more toppings such as corn but the bowl is certainly not lacking anything in flavour.
The room is modern and sleek with a large communal table in the front, bar area overlooking an open kitchen (separated by glass) and then a bunch of small tables in the back. They weren't serving alcohol yet, I guess they don't have a license. In fact, there were a bunch of things "coming soon" on the menu. Assuming those actually get added, the menu will be fairly eclectic compared to other ramen houses menus which generally have the same items. The price ended up being over $10 for a large bowl of ramen which I thought was a bit expensive especially since there were only two pieces of pork and most places have three. I would still return because the soup is top notch.
Brunch with a view
Submitted Monday, March 8, 2010 - 2:51pm [Dine in]
I had brunch here on the weekend and had a very good experience. I had eggs benedict which was very tasty. The hollandaise was great and it included hashbrowns and a fresh fruit salad which was a nice combination. The prices I thought were very reasonable based on the quality of food and ambiance. The view was fantastic and the room is what you'd expect from a fine dining restaurant. I might try dinner here soon and see how it is.