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VcrFoodieCoal HabourSince September 20, 200821 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Chronic Tacos382 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Fresh ingredients
Submitted Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 11:46am [Dine in]

Hubby and I stopped by for a quick snack. This place follows the fast food concept (line up, order and select toppings, pay,and find a table/booth) along with that of a pub. The staff seems friendly. The place is very clean. He had the carne asado taco and I had the pollo taco. Ingredients were fresh but we both thought our taco were bland. It was well seasoned with salt but we couldn't taste the mexican flavours. We may have contributed to this: we shouldn't have asked for a little of every topping because the taco got quite soggy and it was hard to close the wrarp togehter because there was a lot of filling. Less is more. Chronic tacos are at par wtih the others we've had at a variety of Mexican places in Vancouver - none of whihch are as good as those we've had in northern and southern California, typically in small, family operated places..

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Pink Peppercorn Seafood House1485 Kingsway, Vancouver
Nice little restaurant on Kingsway
Submitted Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Arrived around 6:15 on a Tuesday and there was only one other table seated which made worry a bit. However, by 7-ish the restaurant was full and this caught our server (who I think may also have been teh owner) off guard. I think there were only 2 servers for the entire restaurant. Regardless, our server was friendly, professional and pretty calm. My friiend and I both ordered the chef's special. She has the salmon and it was artic char for me. The portions are generous. The broccoli was perfectly cooked, grilled red pepper was lovery, mashed potatoes was a touch too salty, the roasted whole carrot was included but don't think it worked. I had a pretty big piece of artic char but it was overcooked so I missed that rich, moist texture. Six large shrimps were also included. The food and presentation has a country feel which is a nice change from getting a small piece of fish, a few green beans and a few baby-sized nugget potatoes. I was full and didn't have room for dessert. The decor and ambience are fine and fits well the Kingsway area - I think a high end restaurant may feel out of place. Seing how hard our server/owner? was working and his professional communication style (which reminds me of service in a high end hotel restaurant) puts this place on my list for another visit..

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Miku1055 West Hastings Street, #2, Vancouver
Gteat non-typical sushi
Submitted Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I had dinner wtih friends who had dined here on 2 other occasions. So glad they introduced us to some pretty special sushi. We were greeted wtih the typical loud, friendly greeting but the sushi.is not your typical fare. Presentation is really beautiful: Oshi sush is like nigiri sushi only it's rectangular and "toppings" are layered. Hubby isn't a super big fan of seafood but he loved the oshi and roll sushi. The flavours are wonderful - not aggressive but a gentle mingling of flavours. Soya sauce and wasabi would be spoilers as accompaniements (you won't find any on the plate). We ordered Aburi Saba Oshi Sushi, Saba Bo Sushi, Coal Harbour roll, King roll, and a few others that I can't remember. All were really good. Calamari is one of the best, very tender, light batter and not all all greasy. The tartar sauce added a little tartness which was nice but it didn't convert me into a tartar sauce fan. The Abouri Kamo Somen was my least favourite. It's a very restrained and light dish: the somen was very nice but the warm dashi broth was too cold for my liking - I prefer hot broth - and the duck was flavourful but nothing to rave about. Wine selection by the glass is limited but I tried 3 Blancs and it was nice lightly fruity and not sweet. Decor and ambience gives an upscale feel without being too upscale like a high end restaurant in a hotel so it feels relaxed. It is a bit on noisy side. Service is friendly. Not pretentious at all. It's on the pricey side so it wouldn't be a bi-weekly stop for us. However, the food is not overpriced for the quality, creativity, and presentation so it's going onto our roster of restaurants and a place to bring out of town friends.

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Cork & Fin221 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Small plates but very cool casual ambience
Submitted Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I had dinner with friends on a busy Friday night. Very cozy, cool, relaxed place - way better vibe than Yaletown. Plates are small, tapas portion. Mussel and frites nice (but Chambar does them the best in town), steak which butter tender but small, pappardelle with lobster was rich but nicely done, sablefish poached in milk was also very rich (and could have used a bit more acidity). We skipped the martinis and went for the more assertive drinks - they tended to be on bitter side especially the Gassy Jack. Can't remember what we had for dessert but no complaints. Think there were only a couple of servers but service was fine overall. Quality ingredients may be the reason for the slightly higher prices for plates.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
NIce Pizza
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 1:06am [Dine in]

Had dinner with hubby and a colleague in late September and we had caesar salad, calamari and the capriciosa pizza. I know caesar salad is safe item but when you have a really good one, it can be addictive (I actually crave the simple one from Cheesecake Factory). This caesar was okay but I wouldn't order it again. The calamari was nice and not greasy. The pizza was delicious and I really like authentic Italian style pizza - thin but not cracker thin. The toppings were a nice combo. The food is well priced. We've been here a few time and haven't encountered the poor service others mention. Ambience is simple and nice - casual.

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Bowl of Stars3608 Kingsway, Vancouver
I love the Laksa!
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 12:42am [Dine in]

This place is close to my workplace and I do lunch or do take out every 1 to 2 weeks. I love their broth - they are seem to be incredibly flavourful. It's so good that I take the leftover broth home! Favs include tofu satay and sweet & spicy (very Thai tasting) but my top vote goes to the laksha. You can't beat the price either - only $7 to get a very yummy, non-fast food meal. Service is simple as is the decor which is conveys a young, modern feel. More importantly, it's a very clean restaurant on the Kingsway near Boundary strip. This is a popular restaurant and the others in my office make a point to leave before noon to get a table.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Great Mussels & Frites
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 12:07am [Dine in]

Had dinner with 4 friends on a Thursday evening and it was a full house at 6 pm! I started off the blue fig cocktail and was amazed to find how well it paired with the blue cheese it came with. My entree congolaise moules frites was more than enough for one person but if you share, you need more of their deliicious frites. Even when I was full and there must have been at least a dozen mussel remaining, I kept eating and slurping the lovely broth. There was enough room to share the pear puree and ginger ice cream with a lovely panna cotta. The other entrees - sablefish and duck - were beautifully presented. The service was friendly. Next visit with be with hubby ... craving the sablefish or maybe I'll try the pork

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Martini's Restaurant151 West Broadway, Vancouver
First visit will be our last
Submitted Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

And it's not because of the food but how our dining experience ended: the waitress hovering over my husband's shoulder after she had swiped his credit card in the wireless credit card device. This was a first for us. She was waiting for him to enter the tip and this showed a lack of courtesy. After a few more moments, she left, noticing that my husband wasn't going to do anything while she was there. We tipped double digit which in hindsight we shouldn't have. She didn't even say thank you. I assume she thought that the customer did something wrong.

As for the food, the caesar was simple - neither extraordinary or bad. My husband's whole wheat ham pizza was tasty and the crust was nice, however, we both agreed my lasagna was bland. He said it had all the flavour of a frozen Michelina's lasagna. The sauce lacked depth of flavour and could use more seasoning and herbs. It's hard to make a bland lasagna so perhaps it could have something to do with the cheese - the quality of mozzarella or the lack of other cheese as I couldn't taste any cheeses. Food would be 3 stars if it weren't for the lasagna. Drink specials offer good value.

We would have given in another try were it not for the poor customer dining experience.

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Bistrot Bistro1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Nice spot.
Submitted Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

Had dinner with a couple of girlfriends on a Friday night. It was my 3rd visit. The restaurant was full and what some would call noisy, I call good energy/vibe. We started off by sharing 1/2 baguette and tapenade, mussels in white wine, and escargots - all delicious. We also shared entrees - beef bourgignon, halibut in tomato broth, and chicken breate - and a couple of side: ratatouille and the best shoestring frites (they're addictive). The bourgignon was nicely robust in flavour, balanced intensity without being overpowering. I expected more of the halibut and chicken. Their flavour was more subtle than the bourgignon as expected but they also lacked that something special that would makes the flabour more interesting that couldn't be easily duplicated at home. These 2 dishes feel more pacific northwest cuisine than French. The wine list offers good options and the service is fine. The food overall is closer to a 3.5 than 3 and the frites are a 5/5.

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Mezbaan3499 Kingsway, Vancouver
Tasty & Good Value
Submitted Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

My sister and her family had dinner here and recommended we give it a try since it's only 4 blocks from where I work. Hubby and I ordered garlic naan which we both thougth was the best naan we've had (light and fluffy), veggie pakoras (batter was light and not greasy), veggie biryani, and butter chicken. We've been to quite a few Indian restaurants in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Richmond, and the the portions here are not huge but are the most generous. You have a sense that the food is made with "love". The owner was friendly. The decor is clean and like most restaurants on Kingsayn nothing special. The owner mentioned the lunch buffet and on the following Friday, a group of 5 "buffeted" there. We agreed that the selection is smaller than other buffets but the flavour and quality was better and the food seemed less rich/creamy than the other Indian restaurant across the street. We'll be back.

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Angel Cafe5995 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Nice lunch spot
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

Now we know what a HK style cafe is: a dinner offering value/cheap pricers. Hubby ordered beef fried noodles and chicken + beef satay and I had the dan dan noodles. Hubby enjoyed the beref noodles and said the beef was surprisingly tender and didn't taste like the rubberry/tenderized meat you find in some Chinese restaurants. The satay was a tad on the greasy side but still tasty. We prefer the peanut dipping sauce that normally accompanies the satay but the curry peanut sauce is okay enough. My dan dan noodles were nice. Service was prompt despite the restaurant being full. We'll be back and I'm looking forward to trying the laksa.

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Steveston Pizza Co.3400 Moncton Street, #100, Richmond
Glad we tried it
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

We ordered a large Italian and it had LOTS of ingredients. Very generous. And the crust is quite nice (even the next morning). However despite the various toppings, it tasted a bit bland (think a touch more sauce may have helped) and the combination of red bell peppers (not carmelized) and black olives created an odd flavour combination. The service is friendly and the pizza was ready in 15 minutes as promised.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
A fun place to eat with friends
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I'm not really a big fan of small plates or tapas - I don't like going home hungry after tasting 5 or 6 dishes - but the food here is very good and the more people you are with the more you get to try different things. I've been to this place 3 times and my top favourite is the kimichi udon - it's mild, with what I think might be some sort of subtle fish sauce. I could eat three of these plates on my own. The deep fried chicken breast (karage) is crisp but not greasy and the haave some awesome fish dishes. The place is noisy but that's part of the charm.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Nice surprise on Kingsway & Fraser
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

A friend raved about the restaurant and we decided to check it out on a Thursday evening. It's surprising how many people had rez for between 5:30 and 6:30. The atmosphere is warm and cozy (albeit it's a bit cool in temperature and very dimly lit. The waiter was friendly - nice service. The beet salad was delicious, a combination of red and honey sweet golden beets. The duck confit was moist and the skin nicely crisp and was accompanied by roast potatoes, beans, and salad - all on top of what seemed to be a red wine reduction. The portions were generous but the salad would have tasted better if it wasn't also on top of the reduction. Hubby had steak and frites. The steak was a bit on the chewy side and frites were slightly over done - beyond the golden stage but not burnt. Our friend's husband had the same the previous evening and the steak was tender. We're definitely trying this place again - you can't beat the quantity in coparison to other bistros but we want see if the quality is there before adding it to regular mix.

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My Greek Taverna946 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Good Greek food
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I took a Friday off to pick up stuff from Ikea. My sister introduced me to this place a few months ago and then hubby and I even had dinner here. We stopped off for lunch, ordering the calamari which was light, crispy and not greasy, and the chicken souvlaki was moist and flavourful. Their lunch portions are generous; I'd say almost bordering on dinner portions. Their potatoes have a very intense lemon flavour and the rice is very flavourful, almost as if it was cooked in stock. Their wine selection is so-so, however, the service staff is very friendly. Parking is very limited in the front but there's more in the back where you can take the stairs to the backdoor entrance. This is one of our spots to go to when we're out in the Coquitlam area.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Fresh sushi if you don't mind the wait
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

If you don't mind the wait (and we've waited anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour), Toshi offers fresh sushi. We went a few weeks ago on a Saturday night around 8 pm and waited about 35 minutes. Sure better value can be had from picking up sushi from Fujiya but for freshly made sushi, Toshi's is good option. We've always been served promptly with friendly service but that's probably because they want to turn the tables over quickly. It's a very small restaurant where you wait, order, eat n' go; it' not a place to chat and linger. I wouldn't recommend having a party of more than 4 as the wait will be too long. It's not worth it to us to wait line for an hours for "cheap priced, large portion, so-so quality" food but every now and then when we have the patience to wait for up to 40-45 minutes for good quality, well priced sushi, we head over to Toshi.

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Cho Sun Korean Restaurant3486 Kingsway St., Vancouver
Good lucnh spot
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

A co-worked and I went for lunch laast week and we were greeted immediately by a friendly gentlemean and seated right away. One person gave us our menu and a 2nd took our order and the 1st person served our condiments, I can't remember who served our lunch. I'm pretty sure it's a family run restaurant and no one person seems to be responsible for a specific section. We both ordered the hot stone bowl with rice, veggies, raw egg yok, and other items with a medium spicy sauce. It was $9.95, tasty and a satisfying lunch. There's nothing special about the ambience but nothing negative either. There are lots of "hole in the wall" restaraurants along Kingsway and Joyce area; I've tried a few - just once though - and although I wouldn't go out of my way to do dinner here, Cho Sun is solid choice for lunch.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Consistency would be nice
Submitted Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

We've gone to Memphis on Broadway and Commercial a lot - way more than 10 times - and we can't understand why the portions and level of moisture is inconsistent. My husband thinks the ribs and pulled pork are the best in town. On a visit this past Thursday with another 3rd carnivore friend, we ordered the usual Memphis feast. The cornish hen was very moist and delicious but what happened to the price and portions. Price went up and portion were less than past visits. The staff has always been pretty friendly for a self service restaurant style. This location is more spacious and brighter than the Broadway one. We'll back for another feast but probably the visits will be fewer.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good value
Submitted Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I came here for dinner a couple of Fridays ago. We
arrived at 5:20 pm, earlier than usual as I didn't want to wait in the longer line ups around 6. We ordered a variety of sushi, tempura, and miso soup. The food came pretty quickly and the fish was fresh. There service is overall is decent - it's not a high end restaurant but a high volume/turn over the tables one. Although it's reasonable for diners to expect quality food, service (staff), and ambience (decor), it all costs money which is then reflected in pricing. For the prices charged, we expect decent service and a clean restaurant which they provide. And, thankfully, we consistently get good, fresh product and if this changed for the worse, we'll stop going. So far we haven't yet been disappointed by our 6 visits.

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Water Street Cafe300 Water St, Vancouver
Consistently depenedable and pleasant dining experience
Submitted Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

I think the WSC is one of those institutions in Vancouver like
Raincity Grill, Il Giardino and others. It's not the hip, hot spot with all the buzz but a charming/cute bistro that consistently delivers quality food.

It had been over a year since my last visit but driving past the rstaurant on commutes home from work later in the evening, I would look over and almost always see diners. When I needed to arrange a dinner for 10 last week, I chose WSC because there was something on the menu for everyone - from vegetarian /
pasta, seafood, meat, and chicken. The winde list is small and reasonably priced. Appetizers and entrees are really well priced. I've been to other restaurants where past prices are more for the same quality.

I ordered the green salad which was has nicely dressed, not dripping or soggy, and linguine with prawns which was very tasty but I think there was a bit too much olive oil added. There was a thin layer of olive oil that remained in my bowl when I finished the pasta. The prawns were big and fresh. Next time I return I'm going to order the caesar salad that others ordered. It looked so fresh and had a very light, appropriately dressed dressing. A caesar salad is a simiple "dish" and I sometimes rely on it as a signal of things to come from the rest of the meal. Thick, goopy caesar dressing just ruins the salad.

The service wasn't exceptional - nothing to praise or complain about.

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