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ToddGackWest EndSince July 12, 200819 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.9)
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  • Value3 (3.1)
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Displaying 1 - 19 of 19 Reviews Found
White Spot1616 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Thanksgiving dinner
Submitted Monday, October 12, 2009 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

This is second year we have come to this Whitespot for Thanksgiving. Cooking a turkey with all the trimmings for two people is not worth the hassle. We were promptly seated (no wait at all, this location usually has a line up) and orders taken. They have a Thanksgiving special for $20.99, which includes cream of pumpkin soup or Caesar salad, oven roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and asparagus. Dessert is pumpkin pie with whipped cream. The soup was actually quite good, not at all what I expected. The turkey was cooked perfectly, moist and juicy. The dressing was just ok, a bit gluey. The potatoes were fine, whipped with gravy just like Moms. The asparagus was awful. Way over cooked, woody and devoid of flavor. The pumpkin pie was fine, but I only managed to eat half as the meal was very large. All in all, a decent meal with no leftovers or massive clean up!

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Hanoi Pho406 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Great Pho!
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

On the recommendation of friend, I gave this place a whirl. I had the number 16, rice noodle pho with well done and rare beef but substituted beef balls for the tripe. The broth was excellent, piping hot, not too salty (as a lot of pho broths are) with a nice hint of star anise. Noodles were perfectly done, not mushy at all. Served with a side of lime, whole red chilis and bean sprouts. Two can dine for 15 bucks! A slightly dodgy part of town, but well worth the trip.

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Zefferelli's Spaghetti Joint1136 Robson Street, Vancouver
Hold the salt!!!!
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 9:13am [Dine in]

Lunch at Zefferelli's is usually a solid bet, good service, a decent selection of wine and tasty food. Our party arrived (with a reservation) and were promptly seated. The place was perhaps half full. Service was quick, if brusque. I ordered the spagetti ragu. The food took some time to arrive, considering the place was half empty. The noodles were way too el dente, almost crunchy. The sauce was incredibly salty, I must have drank 5 glasses of water during and after the meal. In light of the past great meals there, I would not suggest avoiding the place, I hope it was just a one off.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Great Halibut and chips
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 11:43am [Dine in]

Our party of 6 arrived for lunch, we were promptly seated, and drink orders taken. Service was fast and efficient, considering the lunch crush was on. Drinks arrived quickly, and orders taken. I had the Halibut and chips, perfectly done, nice crispy batter, not oily at all, and fish was done to prefection. The fries were served in a cone, and were very good as well. Nice little touch with individual ketchup bottles. The coleslaw was interesting, not my cup of tea though. All in all, a very good dining experience.

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Save On Meats Coffee Shop43 West Hastings St, Vancouver
A decent breakfast
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

While picking up a couple pounds of beef short ribs, I saw the grill in the back, and thought I would give breakfast a whirl. I have had burgers here before, and they were pretty good. Eggs (over easy) were perfect, sausages were cooked just like mum made them(sliced lengthwise and fried) potatoes were nicely done. The coffee was surprisingly good. All in, 5 bucks. Not too bad.

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Pho Number One1120 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great Pho
Submitted Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

I usually have the special beef noodle pho. Generous portions of thinly sliced, quality beef, with a couple of sliced beef balls. Noodles are firm, the broth is outstanding. No trace of MSG either(I can tell!). Served with basil, sprouts and a lime wedge. Service is always fast and friendly. I wonder why there are not more Pho joints in the West End. It has to be the worlds best soup!

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Tsolias Taverna2217 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Not blown away......
Submitted Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

Was in the mood for Greek, so we checked out the line up at Stephos, it was its usual half block long into Fresgos parking lot. So lets find some place different. Ended up in east Van, on Hastings, and saw Tsiolias. Lots of easy parking on Hastings, so in we went. Surprising busy for a Wednesday night. We were seated by the lone waitress(who confessed it was unusually busy), and were left to ponder our menus for about 20 minutes. We both decided to have the roast lamb. It took another 25 minutes for the food to arrive. Portions were good sized, although I thought the boiled coin cut carrots were an odd choice of side. Rice was mushy. Greek salad was what you would get at the Safeway deli. The lamb had an odd sweet mustard glaze. Not bad tasting though. It was very fatty however, had to leave 1/3 of it on the plate. Tables are way too close together, making conversation difficult. Probably won't go back.

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Victoria Chinese Restaurant1088 Melville St, Vancouver
Best Har Gow in town
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2008 - 12:01pm [Dine in]

My wife and I dine here every once in a while, as we live right up the street on Melville. Their Har Gow is by far the best, better than Kirin or Sun Sui Wah. The steamed pork spareribs with black bean are also done well. The bbq pork pastries are exceptional. The beef balls are sublime, the sui mai would be my last meal on death row. Nicely redecorated as well. All in all, my fav Dim Sum joint.

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Grove Inn Restaurant1047 Denman Street, Vancouver
An outstanding burger n' fries for $3.99!
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

I have been to the Grove a few times for their all day breakfast, and it has always been solid. Today, I opted for their basic $3.99 burger and fries lunch special. The waitress(all be herself) was kind and attentive, took my order quickly, and within 8 minutes, my burger arrived. To be honest, I was not expecting much for 4 bucks. I was happily surprised. The patty was huge, perfectly cooked and juicy, easily 1/3 pound, on a soft fresh bun, nice crisp lettuce and tomato. The fries were perfect, crispy and hot. I will be back for this burger. Good show, Grove!

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Bon's Off Broadway2451 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
Avoid on Sundays!
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

I have eaten at Bon's many times. The breakfast is adequate, although the hash browns are really nothing more than smashed boiled potatoes that were immersed in grease and then on to the grill for 30 seconds. The service, considering the number of patrons, is not bad. The best time to go is pretty well any weekday morning. Avoid weekends, the place is awash with hung over, smelly 20 somethings.

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Falafel King1105 Davie Street, Vancouver
Get the Shawarma plate
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 10:38am [Dine in]

I have eaten at Falafel King many times. Their service is fast and pleasant, portions large, the chicken shawarma is pretty darn good. The tabouleh is fair, hummous decent. Get the shawarma plate instead of the wrap. Costs a little more, but you get quite a bit more food. Being a carnivore, I have not tried the falafel.

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Barefoot Kitchen1725 Davie Street, Vancouver
Great lunch, very attentive waitress
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

Since I work in the West End, I get a chance every day to sample the restaurant lunch fare of this great part of the city. Barefoot is a Japanese curry bar. The decor is tasteful and modern, very clean, and patrons are greeted at the door by a smiling hostess. I ordered the beef curry and rice and a pot of tea. The curry sauce was hot and fesh, the rice as well. The enormous pile of thinly sliced beef was very, very good. The service was prompt and friendly. Highly recommended

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Gain Wah218 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Look beyond the grunge
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

This place is a gem in the rough. The crab sauteed with ginger, garlic and green onion is outstanding, and very inexpensive. The ma po tofu on rice is sublime as is the bbq duck. The steamed rice is served in green thermos like containers that keeps it fresh. Any time I get the craving for good crab, I head to Gain Wah.

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Fatburger1101 Denman St., Vancouver
A good burger
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

I eat lunch at the Denman FB every once in a while (I work just around the corner) and I have never had a bad dining experience there. Burgers are always fresh, hot, good toppings. I have never waited more than 8 minutes for my order. Fries are very good, always hot and crispy. Place is clean, always a fine selection of current newspapers to read. I think on the whole Veras makes a slightly better burger, but the ambience at Veras is non existant, and the service is awful. All in all, Fat Burger is a solid choice.

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Boston Pizza1333 West Broadway, #190, Vancouver
Meh
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

Stopped by the Broadway BP a couple of weeks ago. We were promptly seated, drinks ordered which arrived quickly. Waitress was good, knew her specials, and delivered the beer quickly. We ordered a large BP special. Pizza arrived quickly, but it had an odd, sort of burned flavor. The vegetable toppings were slightly singed. Pizza crust was quite dry, not enough oil inthe dough, me thinks. I specifically ordered this pizza to see how it would compare with the Panago classic, which has the exact set of toppings. I will stick with Panago.

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Ho Ho Kitchen1224 Davie Street, Vancouver
2 pounds of...
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

Sure, you get a white styrofoam box with 2 pounds of cheap greasy noodles, cheap vegetables(zucchini and green peppers that a little too ripe) and a smatterering of heavily breaded mystery meat for $5.99. I will concede the BBQ is ok. Spend the extra couple of bucks and go to Hons if you want decent, cheap Chinese fare.

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Hon's Wun Tun House268 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Never been disappointed here!
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

My wife and I always stop here whenever we are in Chinatown, Fast efficient service, food always hot and fresh. My wife is from HK, and she declares it to be solid HK diner fare, which is a compliment. I always have the shrimp and meat dumpling, BBQ pork with the number 2 noodle. The little shop attached to the restaurant has decently priced frozen menu items to take home and cook.

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Knight and Day Restaurant1061 Denman Street, Vancouver
Avoid the Turkey dinner!!!
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

So Dad and i decide to try out the dinner menu at the new Knight & Day on Denman. I should say that we had been there for breakfast a few times, very good, both us had perfectly cooked eggs(hard to get a good poached egg in this town) crisp bacon, and the pancakes were outstanding. We experienced excellant, attentive service during all of our visits. So onto dinner. Dad has beef liver and onions, I have the trukey dinner. Turkey was dry, stringy, almost like it had been micowaved too harshly, the yellow-orange coloured packaged/canned gravy was simply vile, the stuffing was comparable to Stove Top that had way too much water added to it. All in all, a very disappointing meal.

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Roscoe's Restaurant1635 Robson St., Vancouver
Awful service, not bad Schnitzel
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

I have dined at roscoes on a number of occasions, whenever the hankering for a homecooked meal strikes. Roscoes usually delivers, at least on the food. The service is truly awful though. Takes forever for one of the old ladies to shamble over and take our order, once the food is dropped off, you never see the waitress again. It's not like the place is busy, half the times I have been there, we were the only diners in the place! Clean up your act Roscoes, hire some decent help, and I may come back.

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