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thecriticVancouverMmmmm foodWeb siteSince November 3, 2004Favourite List (42)Try List (21)376 Reviews
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Szechuan Chili Restaurant804 W. 6th Avenue, Vancouver
S'Alright
Submitted Friday, March 5, 2010 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

I have been here a couple times because of the close proximity to my home. The first time, there was two of us and we ordered 3 dishes and some hot and sour soup. The bill came to about $50 which I thought was a bit pricey for the food quality.

The second time I went by myself. I ordered the one person special that they advertise on all the tables which is $9.95 and includes one appetizer and two half sized dishes. Its a pretty decent deal but again, I am not a huge fan of the food. I find the sauced dishes really saucy and not very tasty. I do like the hot and sour soup, however.

The interior is kind of plain and nothing to write home about but it is clean. The service was very friendly both times. I might return if I am not feeling creative or don't want to go far for Chinese food.

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Caffe Artigiano525 West Broadway, Vancouver
Its inside London Drugs
Submitted Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 1:56am [Dine in]

I didn't expect to be reviewing an Artigiano's inside a London Drugs for my 200th review...

First of all, this is not a great place to be enjoying a coffee. If you are grabbing a coffee to go or while you shop at London Drugs, this is a decent choice since its conveniently located inside the store. However, its right next to the LD cash registers with their department store lighting so if you are looking to relax with some coffee and say read the paper, go elsewhere. There is actually another Artegiano's just a few blocks west on Broadway or Elysian across the street that are both much more relaxing.

As for the coffee, I have only had one Americano there and to be brutally honest, it tasted very bitter and just plain bad. I would have taken it back but I was half way down the block and couldn't be bothered. I am giving them the benefit of the doubt on the food rating since I assume they know how to make espresso drinks. Anyways, I wouldn't return unless I really needed some caffeine to make it through shopping at London Drugs.

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Pho Kim Penh Xe Lua540 West Broadway, Vancouver
24 Hour Pho
Submitted Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 1:36am [Dine in]

The Olympic hangover also left me with a nasty cold so I decided to try some Vietnamese penicillin. I did a postal code search on Dine Here and to my surprise, this was the closest pho place to my house. I was expecting shabby and was not disappointed. The restaurant was clean however and the chairs were comfortable and looked relatively new.

The soup options are laid out based on "difficulty" which is interesting starting with beginner and so on. I'm not a big fan of tendon or congealed blood (not sure if that was even on the menu) so I just stuck with my usual rare beef and brisket which serves me well. Everything was pretty much what you'd expect from Vancouver pho with a tasty broth, tender meat and a decent sized side dish of sprouts and basil. The bowl broth level did seem a little low but it didn't bother me because I don't eat it all anyways.

The staff was really friendly and at 7 dollars for a large bowl, the price was pretty standard. I would return especially if I have a late night craving since its open 24 hours.

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Elysian Coffee590 West Broadway, Vancouver
Clean ambiance and pretty good Americano
Submitted Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times in the last couple weeks for an Americano and their espresso coffees are very good. They even offer you some complimentary sparkling water to enjoy with your coffee which is a nice touch. They have a good selection of baked goods including the usual muffins, brownies, etc.

The place is simple, modern and clean. Its a good place to watch the action go by on Broadway as they have a bunch of bar stools overlooking the street. I will be back and give them another try when I am nearby and craving a coffee.

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Tony's Coffee805 W Broadway, #111, Vancouver
Good coffee and friendly service
Submitted Friday, February 26, 2010 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

I will often grab an americano from Tony's Coffee as it is located in a fairly convenient strip mall on the corner of Broadway and Willow. The service is always friendly and coffee is served with a smile. Their espresso is very good with no burnt or bitter flavour. Definitely recommended for coffee lovers.

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Fritz European Fry House718 Davie Street, Vancouver
Fry Nazi
Submitted Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

I used to come here all the time after a night out on the town but no longer. The guy who runs the cash register is a real jerk who you'd think, considering he profits from drunk people, would have a lighter perspective and take things in stride. He does not and can be quite surly if you say the wrong thing. He has overreacted a couple times, once when I asked him where the funny bald guy went who has now been gone for a while. I guess its a touchy subject.

I am not sure what happened to the fries but the last time I had them they weren't cooked properly. They were basically inedible and I considered taking them back but didn't want to deal with you-know-who at the cash register. The place is generally very dirty with garbage strewn everywhere especially outside the shop. Needless to say I won't be back anytime soon.

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Cedar Cottage Coffee House1303 Kingsway, Vancouver
Cozy coffee spot but Americano misses the mark
Submitted Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 9:39am [Dine in]

I decided I needed an Americano so I popped in here having barely left the parking lot of my lunch spot. Its a cozy little coffee house with an attached pub and cold beer and wine store. They have a pretty good selection of baked goods and espresso drinks.

There was no line up and I had my Americano within a couple minutes. They serve doubles by default so everything was looking good. Unfortunately, the coffee tasted a little burnt and bitter. This can sometimes happen at the best of places but I am sad to report that the coffee itself was not super flavourful, at least not to my coffee palette anyways.

I probably won't return as I am not in the area very often and am pretty picky when it comes to coffee.

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Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant1246 Kingsway, Vancouver
Olympic Pho
Submitted Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 9:26am [Dine in]

I happened to be doing some errands on Kingsway and got a craving for pho. Now the question is, what Vietnamese do I pick? As it turns out, there are quite a few especially in the 10 blocks or so near Hai Phong. I went with the highest food rating on Dine Here and I was not disappointed.

I had the number 5 pho which has raw beef and brisket. Both were very tender and tasty and the quantity of meat was on the high side. I also ordered a single spring roll which was good although the wrapper was Chinese style which is not my favourite. I prefer the Vietnamese-style that are rough on the outside.

All in all, the food was good and for just over 8 bucks, it doesn't really get much better in Vancouver for lunch. They have a couple TVs and I watched the men's final snowboard X that Canada's Mike Robertson won silver in and came so close to gold. Now that would have been the perfect lunch.

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Wicklow, The610 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Neighbourhood Pub
Submitted Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 6:19pm [Dine in]

I recently moved into the False Creek area and discovered the Wicklow which I didn't know existed. I thought I knew almost every pub was in Vancouver being someone who likes to get my drink on. Turns out this was an undiscovered gem.

They have a fantastic patio and tons of room to watch the game. All of the TVs are hi-def and there are plenty of them. If the main floor is too busy, go upstairs and there is more room up there. The pub is water-on so the patio is overlooking a wharf and boats with lots of things to look at.

The food is fairly typical pub food, not bad, not outstanding. They have the usual Guinness, Kilkenny and Harp on tap since it is, after all, an Irish pub. The prices are about what you'd expect for a pub in this location; I don't think there is anything on the menu over 16 or 17 dollars.

The service is very good. My rating is probably biased since I have been there many times and now know most of the young ladies who work there. But they are all friendly and efficient.

Recommended if you want to have a couple beers, watch the game, maybe sit on the patio and relax in a pub type setting and don't have high food expectations.

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Lupo869 Hamilton, Vancouver
Welcome back
Submitted Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

I had never been to the old Villa del Lupo but when I found out that it had been renovated and re-opened as simply "Lupo", I decided to give it a try. The restaurant is set in what looks like a heritage house with a couple dining rooms on the main floor and then a small bar, dining area, private room and washrooms upstairs. Its a unique setting unlike most restaurants in Vancouver and a fantastic place to enjoy some Italian food, one of my favourites.

The waiter recommended a reasonably priced bottle of malbec, can't remember the name but it paired well with all food. We started with the octopus salad which was unbelievably tender. We split a small order of linguine and clams which had a very healthy amount of clams and was simple and tasty. For mains, I had the veal chop and my dining partner had the sable fish. The veal chop was a little pricey but well worth it at $39; I have never had such a juicy and tender chop in my life. Overall, the food was fantastic and rivaled (perhaps bettered) any Italian meal I have had in town.

The entire meal was excellent especially the value which was much better than I expected. They offer their pasta dishes in two sizes which allows you to have a pasta starter and still have room for a main. I will definitely be back when I am craving inventive, modern Italian food which I have a feeling will be often.

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Taco Time88 W Pender Street, Unit 2021, Vancouver
A guilty pleasure
Submitted Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

Sometimes I will get hard shell taco cravings and well, there is nothing I can do but hit a Taco Time. I will usually order 3 or 4 hard shell tacos and my craving will be satisfied for another 6 months. I swear there must be something in the seasoned meat. The best part is the choice of two types of salsa including a chili verde which has pretty good heat.

This location is in Tinseltown in the food court upstairs. Incidentally, I noticed that cheap Tuesdays is back at the movie theatre. Although its not like I remembered as a kid because cheap Tuesdays is now $8.95.

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Whole Foods Market510 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Excellent soups and self-serve salad bar
Submitted Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

The new location of Whole Foods Market on 8th and Cambie might have one of the most impressive soup and salad bars in the city. With over a half a dozen soups to choose from, there is something for everyone. However, starting at 4 bucks for a small cup, its certainly not for bargain hunters.

The salad bar is equally impressive with a wide range of choices including items you simply do not see at other run of the mill salad bars: roasted (pulled off the bone) chicken, marinated asparagus, heirloom tomato salad, etc. As you would expect, its priced by weight and again, its not cheap but you can make yourself a very tasty salad.

They also have a coffee bar and an extensive deli which I have yet to try. Definitely recommended for soup and salad lovers though.

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Atithi Indian Cuisine2445 Burrard Street, Vancouver
I stole from this restaurant
Submitted Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 11:23am [Dine in]

Or at least it felt like I did because the value was so good. I am almost tempted to give the value a 5 stars but I am not sure its quite there.

I went here for their $8.95 lunch buffet. I have to admit I came in with medium expectations mostly because of my friend who said how good it was. Turns out, it was really good.

The restaurant is fairly small with about a dozen tables. It is clean and had some relaxing Indian background music on. The buffet has about 8 dishes with the classic Indian staples you would expect to see. They didn't try to offer too many items, which is maybe why it was so good.

The food quality was great and the buffet items were tasty including the tandoori chicken, butter chicken, lentils, etc. They even offer a couple of deserts including rice pudding and a mango desert but I was too full to try either.

When I am in the mood for Indian AYCE, I will definitely return. I might try their dinner one night; I noticed they had some very reasonably priced set course meals on their special board.

Recommended.

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Clubhouse255 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Good for large groups
Submitted Friday, January 15, 2010 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

I decided to try this place for an early dinner the other night. The place was pretty quiet at around 5:30. First thing I noticed was that the restaurant looked nothing like a Japanese restaurant with its somewhat tacky interior and large booths. They were playing some sort of dance music which seemed to fit the space.

Anyways, I was by myself and I ordered a bunch of different dishes including pork gyoza, spicy tuna cone, dynamite roll, tuna nigiri and some miso. Everything was good and price was what you'd expect. Overall, I would return when I am looking to have a few drinks or maybe with a larger group because they definitely have the space to accommodate. It seems more like a place suited to drink and have some Japanese snacks.

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Pho Linh325 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tasty pho
Submitted Monday, January 11, 2010 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

I did a postal code search on Dine Here to see what was in my area and this place came up as being nearby so I decided to give it a try. Upon walking in, I definitely thought the place could use a coat of paint but the tables and chairs were okay.

I ordered two spring rolls and a large bowl of pho with rare and well done beef. The spring rolls were crispy and hot. The pho was very good; I really liked the broth and the beef. I was surprised how tender the rare beef was, this is generally my least favourite part of most pho as I usually find it a little chewy. The portion sizes were bigger than most with an abundance of noodles, beef, even more sprouts on the side plate.

Overall I really enjoyed my soup and I would definitely return.

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Raging Bean Cafe1239 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Excellent Americano
Submitted Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 5:16pm [Dine in]

I had an Americano from here today and I was very impressed. It was smooth with no bitterness or burnt taste which I am not a big fan of. All their espressos drinks are doubles which is good; I am not sure why Bean Around the World and other places serve a single in the smaller sizes as its not enough espresso for my tastes. The barista was fast and very friendly. I will definitely return when I am in the area.

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Kanpachi457 West Broadway, Vancouver
Surprisingly Great
Submitted Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

We stumbled in here after trying to go for Greek food across the street. The ambiance was nice inside although a little white and bright for my liking. I could have done without the radio as well, maybe some Japanese music would be better or at least something without commercials.

They put us in the back at their large booth and it was nice and comfortable for five people. We ordered a jug of Sapporo for 11 or 12 dollars which is a great deal. However, it turned out their tap was out so they gave us 5 bottles (small) for the same price which was great.

We ordered a variety of different dishes including rolls, cones, some hot items; they were all reasonably priced and very tasty. In the end, the bill was under a $100 which included 3 rounds of Sapporo so it was quite a good deal. I will return when I am in the area and want some quality, reasonably priced sushi.

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Kimono Japanese Restaurant869 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Decent sushi but...
Submitted Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

I ate here the other night because it was close to the movie theatre and I had a craving for sushi. The ambiance is decent inside; its pretty much all booths which are comfortable.

We ordered various dishes and nothing was really standout. I probably should have just saved some money and got a bento box. At 12 bucks, this is probably the best way to go at this restaurant since they seem to rely mostly on movie traffic and the quality isn't the greatest. The nori was a little chewy which kind of ruined my spicy tuna cone for me.

The floor was a little slippery and one of the servers took a nasty spill carrying two bento boxes. I hope she was OK, she didn't seem to be in the best condition as we were leaving. I was glad we were done though because I am pretty sure the service grinded to a halt with only one server and the place being packed.

With the plethora of sushi options in Vancouver, I probably won't return.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Very good dog
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

So after reading the reviews, I decided to try a hot dog from Japa Dog. Everytime I drive by there is usually a line up but I managed to arrive with no one there, although there was a couple people ordering right after me.

I decided to try the Terimayo. It was pretty tasty, a little bit messy but very good. Maybe a little too much sauce for my liking but it was an unique hot dog unlike anything I have had before with the fried onions, seaweed, teriyaki sauce and mayo combination. I would definitely eat there again if I am hungry and nearby but I will probably try something different on the menu to see what other interesting hot dog creations they have.

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Solly's Bagelry368 West 7th Ave, Vancouver
Very good onion bagel
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

I stopped by for a late breakfast while driving by because I felt like a bagel. I ordered an toasted onion bagel with cream cheese. It was really good and a nice light breakfast. The ambiance was relaxing and it wasn't too busy in the cafe. They were playing blues music which I enjoyed while eating my bagel and reading the paper. I would definitely return when I have a craving for a good homemade bagel.

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