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TMVNorth VancouverSince July 16, 200911 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


Displaying 1 - 11 of 11 Reviews Found
Amina Pizzeria1336 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Submitted Friday, March 18, 2011 - 9:51am [Delivery]

I had some hopes for Amina since they were taking over Karla's and Saffron's spot, but it looks like they decided to try and make prices as low as possible at the expense of quality.

You can get two medium pizzas for around $20 total, but there isn't really much point when the quality is below Fresh Slice. The toppings were tasteless, the cheese was sparse and low quality, and the crust was terrible and reminiscent of the crust you get with the Kraft Pizza Kit, although it's probably even worse than this.

They also advertise various Pita sandwiches, but I didn't try any of these, and am very hesitant to do so considering the quality of the Pizza.

The Delivery was also slow, but this would be easy to forgive if the pizza was actually good.

The only redeeming aspect is that they are probably the cheapest pizza delivery in North Vancouver. However, you can easily do better for a few dollars more, even in a place like North Van where really good Pizza places are few and far between.

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Sapporo Ramen518 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Decent but Nothing Special.
Submitted Friday, October 29, 2010 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

Overall, Sapporo Ramen isn't bad for a quick and cheap lunch place during work, but I don't think I would really recommend it otherwise.

The Chicken Miso Ramen I had wasn't terrible, but the noodles were obviously prepackaged, and the broth was bland, and had no real distinct taste. The Chicken Teriyaki included with the bowl was alright, but not anything memorable. I also had a Spring Roll, and this was comparable to the rest of the meal.

The Service on the other hand, was very good, with the waitresses being very fast and polite, and turnover in the restaurant is very quick, which probably explains the popularity. It is quite rare in Vancouver to find a restaurant where you get quick, efficient and very pleasant service, but it also probably means that a lot of the food is preprepared beforehand.

The value is decent despite the mediocrity of the food, as the bowl of ramen was quite large for $7.50, and the egg-roll was of a larger size as well. If you're looking for a large meal under $10, then this is still a better option than a fast-food place, and probably healthier as well.

Ambiance rates a 2. Nothing really to mention other than the restaurant is surprisingly quiet for the amount of people inside, but they also cram a lot of tables together so there isn't much in the way of privacy.

I would consider coming to Sapporo Ramen again, but it's near the bottom of my list, and I probably won't be back for a long time. It doesn't compare to other Ramen places like Benkei, but at the same time, I don't think they really try to be anything other than a cheap place to eat on a lunch break.

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Dean's Deli & Bakery1139 Melville Street, Vancouver
Amazing Sandwiches
Submitted Friday, September 24, 2010 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

The Sandwiches at Cafe Dean are Outstanding. I had a Roast Beef sandwich and the meat was obviously freshly roasted as they say on the sign, and the toppings were all extremely fresh and obviously prepared within the same day. The portion of meat was very generous, and although it looked a bit small when it was being prepared, I could barely finish it.
I docked a star for the bread as it's just the standard grocery-store fare. However, this is just a minor caveat considering how good the overall sandwich is.

The sandwich also came with a very nice pasta salad, and the overall meal was much better than something like Subway, who would charge you the same price for less meat, and worse toppings. The total cost was around $7.00 including tax, and it was well worth it.

The service at Cafe Dean was also very good. I was in and out within 5-10 minutes, and everyone was very friendly and pleasant.

The ambiance for a place like this was good as well, and there are plenty of places to sit and eat. It's a quieter area of downtown, so it's a nice place to go, and probably why there aren't as many reviews of this place as there should be.

Overall Cafe Dean is excellent. It's hard to say anything bad about it, and the prices are low considering that the meat is freshly roasted. Highly Recommended.

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Thai Express700 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Not Bad at All for the Price
Submitted Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 9:46pm [Take-out]

I've tried Thai Express twice so far, and although I can't say it's the best Thai food I've had, it's more than passable considering that it's from a Food Court.

The price does seem a bit high, ranging from $6.98-$8.98, but they really cram a lot of food into the seemingly small Take Out container. Both the Pad Thai and the Pad Sew that I have tried tasted good and were very filling. The only disappointment was that both could use more meat and vegetables, so the value drops a bit for this. However, the meal overall is as good as any Take-Out noodle place that I've tried, and it's a nice change from the usual Chinese and Japanese places.

The service as mentioned by a previous reviewer is slightly rude, although they aren't openly hostile in any way. They are obviously geared for speed and efficiency so it isn't anything personal, they just want to serve as many customers as possible during the busy lunch time. A major positive is I've received my food within 5-10 minutes both times that I've ordered there even with a huge lineup, so I don't have any complaints at all.

Overall, I will keep coming back to Thai Express. The quality is good, and it's rare to find a cheaper Thai takeout place, especially in Downtown Vancouver.

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Mangez Mangez1100 Mellvile Street, Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 10:48pm [Take-out]

Overall I found Mangez Mangez to be surprisingly mediocre and I'm not sure if I will go back again.

The Steak Sandwich special I had was small, expensive, and did not really taste that good, and was not even heated properly even though it was under a Panini Press for 15 minutes.

The quality of the meat reminded me of Subway, and the sandwich supposedly had peppers and onions although I could not taste any. The cheese was obviously Cheddar even though it was supposed to have Jack, and while the Bread was decent, it was still basically average. The sandwich itself was quite small, and cost over $7, so I was expecting more than what it was.

The service was slow even though I went in before the lunch crowd, and as mentioned, the sandwich was under the press for almost 15 minutes even though they said it would be only 5.

I had heard many good things about this restaurant so maybe I caught them on a bad day, but at this point I can't recommend Mangez Mangez, although I might try them again later.

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Colosseum Pizza and Steak107 East 12th Street, North Vancouver
Decent, but Expensive and Very Greasy.
Submitted Friday, July 30, 2010 - 8:10pm [Dine in]

The Pizza in Colosseum is ok, but keep in mind that prices are quite high, and the Pizza itself is extremely greasy.

We ordered a Margherita and a Pesto for delivery, and both were around $20-22 each, It seems like the quality has gone down a bit compared to a couple years ago, as they were a bit skimpy on the sauce for both, especially with the Pesto. They do give a lot of cheese, and the cheese and toppings used were of high quality, so this explains the cost somewhat.
Keep in mind that as mentioned, there is a lot of grease with this Pizza, and it definitely is not healthy at all. Colosseum is perhaps the greasiest pizza that I have eaten, even more so than a chain like Pizza Hut. The taste is good, but I don't think it's something that should be eaten that often.

As for the service, it was fine. We ordered delivery, and this is now $2.00, rather than being free as it used to be 1-2 years back. They stated that it would take an hour, but it arrived in 30 minutes so there is nothing to really complain about other than the charge.

The Value is a 2 because it was around $50, and this was quite expensive for what they gave. The toppings used were high quality, but it isn't something that is worth ordering on a regular basis.

Ambiance is really N/A so I just gave it a 3.

Overall, It's hard to recommend Colosseum. The quality is trumped by both Saffron and Rebellious Tomato, and the cost is very high. However, if you want something filling and greasy, then it isn't too bad an option.

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Kushi Box520 Robson St., Vancouver
A Little Pricey, but Not Bad.
Submitted Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

Quality-wise the Food is good, much better than any Fast Food place like McDonalds, and better than most of the other take-out places that are nearby.
I had a Spicy Box with Karaage and overall it was good. The portion size was a bit small for the price ($8.49) compared to something like a Shawarma platter, but it wasn't something that left me hungry afterward so it still rates a 3. There isn't really much more to the meal other than Chicken and Rice, other than two tiny pieces of pickled radish that were thrown in, but it was still enjoyable.

The service was good. I was in and out within 5-10 minutes, and it was so fast that I was half-expecting the quality to suffer. The staff were pleasant and there is nothing I can really criticize in this regard.

It's hard to rate ambiance as it's primarily designed as a take-out place. There isn't really anywhere to sit, so they could improve on this by perhaps setting up a table and chairs outside.

Overall I think I would try Kushi Box again. It is a nice change from the other lunch spots on Robson, although it's a bit expensive for me to eat there frequently.

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Vera's Burger Shack1030 Davie St., Vancouver
Not bad at all.
Submitted Friday, March 26, 2010 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

I was a bit leery of Vera's as I had never gone there before, but I was pleasantly surprised.

This wasn't the best burger I ever had, but the BBQ Burger I ordered was good for the price. The patty was moist and cooked medium-well, and the toppings were discernible in the burger itself. The onion rings I ordered alongside were also similar, not really the best but not bad at all in their own right.

The service was pleasant, but a bit slow. There was a large lunch crowd however, so it's hard to say it's any worse than a three when they are obviously making everything fresh to order.

The value is ok, but $11.50 for a burger, rings and fountain drink is a bit on the high side. The quality and size are both pretty good but if you just want to get filled up, you can get something else for cheaper.

The Ambiance is fine. There is enough place to sit down and eat, and the restaurant itself is clean. The staff there were cleaning tables on a regular basis, and everything appeared hygienic.

Vera's isn't really the best, but it's definitely a step up from McDonald's or other fast food. If you want a burger and want to spend around $10, then it's a good option.

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Steamrollers586 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Overpriced, but Good Quality
Submitted Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

Steamrollers is quite expensive for what it is, and I wouldn't call it Mexican by any stretch, but the overall quality is good.

If you want something that is fresh-tasting and healthy, then Streamrollers is a decent enough option provided you're willing to pay the $8.00+ that it costs for one of their burritos. I do wish it was less bland however, and the hot sauce they provide barely provides any heat at all.

The service is fine, there is quite a lunch crowd but you can get your meal usually within 10-15 mins even at noon and it's hard to expect much more than that. The restaurant itself is clean, and the ambiance is what you would expect.

Steamrollers would be a better value if they dropped the price $1.00, but food tends to cost more if it has a 'healthy' label behind it anyhow.

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Take 5 Cafe999 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Always Consistantly Excellent
Submitted Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

Take 5 probably has the best coffee I've tried downtown, better than Caffè Artigiano, and definitely better than what is served at Starbucks and Blenz. Their drinks are never bitter or burnt, and the strength is perfect for my tastes, although some might find them a bit milder.

Not only is the quality excellent, but it never varies as well. I've been there a number of times and I've never had a problem once with what was served.

In terms of price it is a bit pricey when thinking of beverages as a whole, but I don't have any complaints as it's basically the same as the other coffee shops in the area.

I haven't tried the sandwiches and other food items displayed yet however, so I can't comment on that. However, for coffee Take 5 is highly recommended.

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Komi Sushi1100 Melville Street, #100, Vancouver
Good Portion Sizes but Quality Lacking a Bit
Submitted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

The portion sizes are very large for the price, but the overall quality is lower compared to a place like Miyako Sushi. I had a NY Steak Teriyaki + Tempura combo, and the steak was quite tough, and the prawns in the tempura weren't exactly fresh.
The teriyaki sauce used wasn't that good as well. However, the portion was very large for $12.95.

My father had the Salmon Teriyaki and it was the same situation. A very large portion but the fish used was both farmed and not very fresh.

I didn't try any of the rolls, sushi or sashimi, and I'm not sure if I would. However, this place is extremely busy during the day, so I'm sure turnover is high.

Basically if you're extremely hungry and want Japanese food then it's a decent option, but Miyako offers better quality (and much smaller portions) for the same price.

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