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tobicatVancouverSince January 24, 20109 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3 (2.9)
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  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Slocan Restaurant2715 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Terrible
Submitted Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

Been living in this neighborhood for over 10 years and never has the Slocan been as bad as it is now. The previous owner used to offer boring, bland food but it was edible and the quality was consistent. I understand it has new owners now and after a dinner visit with my kids I was disgusted with the food. Not too sure when they last changed the oil in the deep fryer but the fries with my grilled cheese and my sons burger were awful. They tasted like everything that has been thrown in the fryer over the previous week. Both of us got itchy throats after eating them which makes me think there's something funky in the oil. I didn't try the burger but my son managed to eat half of it before he gave up. Service was fine but nothing can makeup for the awful food. Here's to hoping the poor reviews I've read online pushes the owner to take some pride in in what they serve or at maybe even make them pack-up and let a new owner offer something worth eating.

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Campagnolo Roma2297 Hastings Street East, Vancouver
disappointed
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 11:31am [Dine in]

My wife and I went to Campagnolo Roma for maybe the fifth or sixth time last night. Our first visit there was shortly after it opened and it was excellent. We had bruschetta, octopus salad, spot prawn pasta and spaghetti carbonara. We had a couple deserts as well as a few drinks throughout the meal. Everything was excellent. Ambience, service and food had all top marks. The only slightest complaint was my wife found the Carbonara to be a little too salty for her liking. Since that first visit we have recommended it to many of our friends and neighbours. Strangely, every time we have returned the food has become more and more disappointing. The only consistent positive aspect is their service has alway remained excellent. The most common complaint that we've heard from friends that have gone there is that the food is too salty. I'm a salt-a-holic so I considered myself not be a good judge of this complaint. But after every additional visit I've become more and more aware of how over salted everything is. Two visits ago we went with another couple for dinner and we all walked away unimpressed. The octopus salad we once loved has changed and was oily, bland and consisted almost entirely of eggplant. We all had pastas and three of them we agreed were too salty for our taste. Two tables around us that night returned their pastas, and even though I don't know why one could only assume they were too salty.

We pretty much decided that would be our last visit for awhile but last night we both had a hankering for some pasta and being that there are only two Italian restaurants walking distance from us we decided to try it one last time. We ordered the bruschetta, misticanza salad, tonarelli pasta and a margherita pizza. Bruschetta has changed again and was remarkably bland, misticanza salad was ok but a little to vinegary, and tonarelli was unbearably salty. The pizza was excellent tho, I don't think I'll ever be able to complain about the pizza, always delicious crust and toppings. As far as the octopus salad and bruschetta I know they always keep the menu new and fresh and try and use seasonal ingredients. I just wish we could order something from the appetizer menu that we can consistently return to and enjoy. I just don't understand why everything has to be sooo salty! I've heard it from too many people and read too many reviews where people mention the salt that it makes me think its more than a regional Italian taste.

It hurts me to give the place a bad review, I want it to do well and my neighbourhood and I want to return if the food improves. Like I mentioned earlier, the decor and ambience is great, service has always been fantastic but the food seems to be a victim of poor seasoning. There's no question the owner and chefs take great pride in the ingredients and menu, but I'm starting to wonder why they cant taste how salty everything is.

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Sushi Nanaimo350 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Surprisingly delicious
Submitted Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 10:49am [Dine in]

Went to Nanaimo sushi with another family for our New Years dinner. I'd been told by friends how good it was but being somewhat of a sushi snob I was reluctant to try it. With so many sushi restaurants in Vancouver and more opening every week I always hesitant trying new ones when I already have a couple favorite and reliable sushi spots. The location for Nanaimo Sushi is a little off Hastings on Nanaimo and ever since I've lived in the neighbourhood there has been at least five restaurants that have failed in this spot. It's an unfair assumption of mine but now whenever I see a new joint open here I suspect it too will fall prey to the long list of failed restaurants. Being prompted by friends to try it I went online to read some reviews. Even tho there were only a couple on Dinehere.ca I found many more on other sites and they were all very favorable. I'm always cautious when I read "good" reviews of sushi restaurants when the reviewers go obout how "big and cheap" the sushi is. In my experience that usually translates into poor quality, over-sauced and over-riced sushi. Even tho almost all the reviews of Nanaimo Sushi mentioned how reasonably priced it was, everyone also mentioned the quality, flavor, creativity and great service. So we decided to give it a try.....

Being New Years and eight of us going I thought I'd try and make reservations. I was greeted by a very friendly girl on the phone who happily took my reservations for 6. Around five minutes later she called me back to ask if there were any children in our group which I told there would be four. She suggested that we change our reservation for 5:45 so they could give us a large booth be the front window which is best suited for kids. I happily agreed to change it knowing how much easier it is dealing with kids in booths rather than chairs. When we arrived we we bombarded with yells of welcome by the entire staff. I had read in the reviews that they do this but was still surprised by how loud and boisterous it was. First thing we all noticed was how heavily staffed it was. There must have been four servers on the floor and four sushi chefs as well as more in the kitchen. Mb it was staffed heavy because it was New Years but the result was the best service I've ever had in any sushi restaurant. I read in a couple reviews about some of their specail rolls that people raved about so I new before looking at the menu that we would have to try them. I'll list of what we ordered not to be overly detailed but so you can have an idea of the cost in the end for what we ordered. The specialty rolls we ordered were...two Nanaimo rolls, two dragon rolls, two awesome rolls, then three californa rolls, one dynamite roll, three miso, three shrimp sunomono, one large prawn tempura, two edamame, one chicken teriyaki, one chicken udon and three pops for the kids. We would have ordered some beer or sake but were told they were still working on getting thier liquor license. The food came fairly quickly and it was pretty obvious that we ordered too much food. Everything was very good but the Naniamo rolls and Red Dragon rolls were excellent and large. The servers came by often and filled our tea and water glasses regularly. The one thing that you have to prepare yourself for is how loud this place is. If it's not the regular yelling of "hello" and "goodbye" to the patrons who come and go its the music that in my opinion is a tad loud. The restaurant is very clean and bright, mb a tad bit too bright in my opinion. In the end the bill was $112.00. Very inexpensive for how much we ordered and the quality of sushi. The speciality rolls were beautifuly presented and delicious. I have to highly recomemnd the Nanaimo roll, quite spicey but excellent. All in all an excellent night out and a surprisingly delicious dinner. Well done Nanaimo Sushi!

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Princeton Pub & Grill, The1901 Powell Street, Vancouver
Surprise Surprise!
Submitted Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

Went to the Princeton Grill today for lunch with wife and two kids. I've been there twice before with a friend for breakfast and both times we agreed the food was awful. The only reason why I went back is because of the restaurants very unique feature which I mistakenly mentioned to my son and who has been pestering me to take him there ever since. The backside of the restaurant has row of tables lining a wall of huge windows that looks directly onto a series of railway tracks with constant activity. The train conductors regularly gave my friend and I the nod as they chugged along the tracks back and forth. Was a charming little feature for an otherwise disgusting restaurant.

Flash forward to today. My son said that he wanted to go to the train restaurant for lunch and feeling bad that I mentioned it to him but never took him there I gave in. The first good sign I saw when we got there was a sandwich board outside that said "New Menu". Although new menu means nothing if it's the same cooks I was relieved when we got inside and were told that the restaurant was under new ownership.

The restaurant was surprisingly busy with a very eclectic crowd of folk from every walk of life. The space is large with a sit-up bar, many tables and booths as well as those coveted tables against the back windows. The decor of the restaurant is pleasantly old-timey without being too run-down. The walls have many of old historical photographs of sea vessels and steam trains. A few of the photos are of maritime and train disasters which strangely my son seemed to particularly enjoy. Lucky for us a table for four was available at the back windows.

Even tho we were there for lunch the server told us we could order from the breakfast menu as well. I took both menus just incase I changed my mind about lunch and then surprisingly she also gave both our kids children's menus. Being a parent we're always happy when restaurants consider young families and children as valued customers. Even tho the breakfast menu tempted me, we decided to order from the main menu which was the two Princeton Burger platters ( one shared by the kids) and the Ruben sandwich for me. We all got fries which the server told were homemade and excellent. After a short wait our food came and everything looked excellent. The burger patties and home made and even tho I forgot to ask the hamburger buns looked homemade as well. My ruben was excellent. Toasted rye, lots of corned beef, sauerkraut, and melted swiss. The Burgers were probably the best Burgers in the Hastings Sunrise area (yup, even better than Red Wagon) especially for the price! And we all agreed that the fries were delicious.

In the end the bill for all of us came to a very inexpensive $33 incl tax. Two burger platters, a ruben, one coffee and two juices for the kids. Hard to beat. I look forward to going back soon and trying food from their breakfast menu as well meals from their lunch and dinner menu.

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Press Box, The2889 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
what happened?
Submitted Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

I'm not surprised there's no reviews being that the Press Box is a bar/pub but I have a sad story to tell. For years this space sat unoccupied once the Canucks moved to GM Place and the original bar (The Garage I think) went belly-up. A friend and I used to walk by on occasion and peer through the doors and hope that one day someone would reopen a pub so we could finally have a local place for drinks. Eventually it did reopen but as an Italian restaurant. Even though I never tried it a neighbour of mine used to go there regularly and told me it was excellent. The Italian joint didn't last for long and not long after that the Press Box opened. It was great! Nice atmosphere, very friendly management and staff and believe it or not GREAT food. I was told that the chef that ran the Italian restaurant had stayed on as the cook hence the menu and food was top notch. I used to go there fairly regularly with friends and we all agreed the food was excellent not only for a pub but for any restaurant for that matter.

That was awhile ago now. It had been a long time since I'd gone there when my co-workers decided to go as a group to a Whitecaps game. I recommended we go to the Press Box for dinner and drinks before the game even tho friends and neighbours had told me the food had gone downhill. Little did I know how bad it actually was, in fact I was totally embarrassed that I recommended we go there for dinner. They've obviously had a shake-up in the kitchen and replaced with original cook and his menu for some deep fryers, microwave ovens and perviously prepared and frozen meals. It was just AWEFUL. Probably the worst nachos i've ever had in a pub, hot wings that came with a little plastic dish of hot sauce so you could dip them yourselves, a Party Platter that consisted of what we all agreed was frozen items that were reheated for almost $20, beef dip that my co-worker could barely eat half of, and the list goes on. How could a place that was once so good turn into the worst pub food in Vancouver?

Food aside that server was very friendly and attentive. The atmosphere in the pub was great before the game and they even had a host on a mic choosing patrons to answer trivia questions for free beer if they answered correctly. The music was unbearably loud but I figure that's me just being an older than thirty and not appreciating "good music".

As far a place to go for drinks no problem, its a bar. But if your thinking of buying something of the menu to eat with drinks, be warned.

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Bo Laksa King2546 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Delicious
Submitted Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

I've been here around six or seven times and every time I come I try to order something different so I can an idea of the mix of food here. The menu is diverse enough that everybody should be able to find something that they like. Personal recommendations would be the beef rendang, roti caniai, mango salad and Tom yum soup. The prices are very inexpensive for the portions and quality of food you get. The freshness and quality of the vegetables are always apparent.

My only complaint is that consistency seems to be an issue. Although everything I've tried has been excellent at one time we once had the beef rendang to go and found it inedible because of overwhelming amount of (cloves?) in the dish. I've also once ordered the pad thai with a friend and even tho I'd had it before and it was very good the second time the noodles were all stuck together in one big clump.

All in all tho I have to give the restaurant a solid rating for it's diverse and inexpensive menu, friendly service and delicious dishes.

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Volcano Sushi & Grill1991 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
inedible
Submitted Monday, May 23, 2011 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch and left with a bag of uneaten sushi that went straight in the garbage when we got home. We would have left the food but the waitress was extremely friendly and neither one of us wanted to offend her by leaving half of the sushi there uneaten....so I'll leave a negative review instead.

For those that like quantity for a cheap price I'm sure this place will appeal to them. As soon as I saw the size of the rolls I knew we were in trouble. Usually when it comes to sushi you get one of two things, quantity or quality and this place is all quantity. Every roll seemed to have a excess of sauce and such in it. Was very hard to taste the fish but perhaps that was a good thing.

Never again.

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Toby's Teriyaki Bowl2671 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Quality Japanese food
Submitted Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 7:29pm [Dine in]

My wife and I as well as many of our neighbours have been going to Toby's since it has opened. I've always found it hard to find good quality Japanese food and sushi in Vancouver because most of the less expensive Japanese restaurants are more interested in competing with each other by offering quantity rather than quality. And in most cases that means skimping on the fish and more expensive ingredients and throwing on a whole lot of rice. Not the case at Tobys.

The sushi quality is top notch. A true indicator of the fish is to order the sashimi and whenever I have at Tobys it clear they take quality in high regard. They have good deals at lunch on bento boxes and other Japanese bowl dishes.

Whenever it gets busy the service seems to always suffer. For whatever reason they seem to have a hard time keeping the same servers. Although the owners and servers are always polite there's room for improvement getting orders in and out a little faster.

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Casa Verde3532 Commercial, Vancouver
vancouver gem
Submitted Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 6:39pm [Dine in]

I finally set up an account on Dinehere.ca just because I wanted to add my experience at Casa Verde. The first time I went there were four adults and three children under the age of five. Like many parents know it's difficult finding restaurants anywhere in Vancouver were your not frustrated by your kids wanting to get up from the table and wander around while your still eating your meal. A friend read that it was kid friendly and the food was good so we gave it a shot.

For years I've seen the restaurant on Commercial Street (not drive) but have never really known if it was actually open or worth trying. I had never seen anyone entering, leaving or heard of anyone that's actually gone there. I guess part of my fear was if I went in mb I'd never come out, you know kinda Quentin Tarintino-ish. Even tho there's window on the front of the building there's no way you can really look in so you have to just take a leap of faith and open the door and walk inside. As soon as my wife and I walked in our immediate reaction was to smile at everyone, gather the children and slowly move our way backward out the door. Don't get me wrong, it's not like the place is dirty or anything, it's just that it feels like it's a very personal space. The room is not that large and there were mb three tables occupied and at each of the tables were older gentlemen some wearing fedoras others in black rimmed glasses and all of them looking like they were from the Sapranos. The furnishings are pretty bare bones. There's a TV up on the wall and some flags and some Portuguese memorabilia. I suspect Casa Verde's ambiance is authentically Portuguese. I'm thinking "wtf has my buddy got us into"? Before my imagination gets too carried away a very friendly welcome comes our way from behind the bar and we a greeted by who I believe is one of the owners. I tell her we were meeting some friends of ours there who obviously hadn't arrived yet. She tells us their waiting for us and walks us directly towards the Portuguese mafia. I'm just about to clarify the situation when she disappears behind a darkened doorway in the back of the restaurant. Wonderful. We cautiously walk through the doorway and what awaits us on the other side completely dumbfounds me. I've never had a stroke before but It seemed clear that I was in the beginning process. My vision darkened and suddenly bright white lights were floating all around me. Before I could completely black out I focused on the far side of the room and I could see our friends sitting at a large round table smiling a raising their wine glasses. I managed a slight smile back at them before I was completely immobilized......by the absolutely deafening sound of The Beach Boys. Startled I looked around and noticed the source of my stroke, a disco ball hanging from the centre of the room. The music abruptly stopped and then I noticed a man in a leather trench coat standing on a raised platform pressing buttons a small soundboard. He looks over at us and apologizes for the loud music. We sat down with our friends and had a good laugh.

We decided to order a little bit of everything off the menu. We had ceaser salad, pan fried squid, clams, flaming sausage and peri chicken a fries. EVERYTHING was excellent. Ate a fare number of Portuguese buns to soak up the sauce from the squid and clams as well. The kids had a great time too. The disc jockey played all sorts of songs for them and he kept putting on the disco light and some other lighting effects for them. When we arrived we were the only ones in the back room but by the time we left the place getting really busy. When we finished we walked out the rumpus room back into the front of the restaurant. The difference between the back room and front room is absolutely bizarre. The older gentlemen were all sitting back drinking wine and watching soccer. It almost seemed as though they were completely unaware of the existence of the back room. While we were waiting for our change I noticed a couple walk through the front door and stand there uncomfortably wondering what to do. Unfortunately for them the owner didn't make it to them as quickly as she did for us and they were back out the door.

This was our first visit to Casa Verde in the summer of 2009. We went back there last night with the same friends as before and couple that had never been there. This time no kids. We sat in the front room this time and had an equally enjoyable evening. Excellent food and drinkable Portuguese wine. I could swear the same gents were sitting at back tables but this time they were watching the hockey game. I could tell that our friends who were there for the first time were a little weary at first but both loosened up and agreed the restaurant was a Vancouver gem.

This is a restaurant that all adventurous diners should go to. It's not for people who like eating at chain restaurants or want to eat out a trendy spots. Casa Verde really seems to be a little bit of a East Van secret and the only way you'll experience it is if you take that leap of faith and walk through their front door.

Cheers

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