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verasoutheast vancouverSince December 29, 200610 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Grub4328 Main Street, Vancouver
fabulous
Submitted Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 1:56am [Dine in]

Two people of our party of six showed up an hour late, yet we were not given a hard time at all, and were never rushed to order. While waiting, we ordered a pizza - as it turned out, the pizza was served with a little delay as we were told that the first one was burnt. To 'compensate', the pizza was on the house! It was perfectly crusty & seasoned. The sweet Italian sausage, rapini, garlic, crushed chilis & mozzarella were a brilliant combination.

All my companions enjoyed their entrees, which came in very generous portions. I had the Pescitarian antipasto. The smoked trout brandade was heavenly!! I also liked the seafood ceviche and the salmon gravlax very much.

Although the restaurant is tiny, it was extremely busy and so the two servers were constantly preoccupied. However, they took excellent care of us, and as far as I can tell were also very attentive to all other tables.

I am looking forward to going back to try other dishes!!

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
solid, but not exceptional
Submitted Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

The 7 of us made a reservation at 6.30 on a Saturday evening, but not all of us arrived till another 20 minutes later. The restaurant was full and remained full during the two hours we were there. We never got rushed to order or anything at all, which we appreciated. But I reckon that also had to do with the fact that our server was simply too busy to care anyway.

I had the Panzanella salad, with a side of soft polenta Bolognese. I have never had Panzanella salad before, so I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a warm salad, and be so moist (that is, before I blended in the salad dressing). Although it was not what I expected, I quite liked it. The portion was reasonable for the $10 price tag. The polenta ($8) was likely in reasonable portion, but it seemed under-seasoned and a bit bland to me.

My companions enjoyed their food in general - among the food they ordered, there were the fish platter, the spaghetti with 4 pretty big meatballs, the honey mussels appetizer, and the calamari appetizer. I had some bites of the calamari, and was very impressed - they were fried quite perfectly, not greasy, and seasoned just right. Given the $11 price tag, I think it was an excellent deal.

The music in the restaurant was ridiculously loud - we ought to yell in order to barely hear each other.

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Khai Thai Cuisine2020 Oxford Connector, #203, Port Coquitlam
Decent food, but not exactly cheap
Submitted Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

The two of us ordered Tod Man Pla ($8.95), which consists of 4 not-very-big but quite delicious fish cakes & a not-very-outstanding dipping sauce. I think it's quite a little bit overpriced. We ordered everything at once, but the remaining two dishes didn't arrive till more than what felt like 25 or so minutes later. The Hor Mok Talay ($15.95), served in a young coconut, was in good portion for us but again it seems a little bit (but just a little) overpriced. It was quite tasty, but I wish we had upgraded the spicy level from 'medium', as it was too mild even for a non-spicy enthusiast like me. The remaining dish, Pad Ladna with option of beef ($9.95), was disappointing - both of us thought they gave us the wrong dish, as we hardly saw any (thick Chinese rice) noodles in it. It was not that tasty, and given the portion it was, in my opinion, very overpriced.

The service was very good, though - courteous & attentive servers, who appeared to be of Thai ethnicity. I am not very knowledgeable about Thai cuisine, but from my experience with Thai food, I figured that the food was either not very authentic or was deliberately made to adapt to foreigners' palates. Since I don't have Thai food too often, I'd most likely try another restaurant for my next Thai meal.

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Vancouver Alpen Club4875 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
good Gemüsestrudel
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

We were there on a Sunday evening - to our surprise, there were only about 5 tables of diners throughout the whole time. I had the Gemüsestrudel (I went there because of this item I saw in their online menu) - very good indeed! The portion was just right. My companions ordered the smoked pig feet, a beef dish (can't remember the name), and the anchovy appetizer dish. The 3 of them couldn't finish the pig feet, which they said tasted very good. The beef dish was ok, but we all loved the red cabbage garnish much better (it's very delicious, with the sauce absorbed). I liked the anchovy appetizer very much, although the huge amount of sour cream they put in the dish looked quite scary.

The service was not as efficient as it could have been - there were 2 waitresses serving just the 5 tables of diners!

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good home-style shanghaiese
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

The 5 of us were there on a Thursday evening. We ordered xiao long bao, salted soya bean 'soup', stir-fried rice cakes, beef pancake rolls, bok choi with bean curd, and a chunky fish soup (can't remember the name - I only remember it's item #104 ;-). I tried all dishes except the beef rolls -- my companion said they were a bit cold (colder than they were supposed to be). The xiao long bao were very well made - the skin was excellent in textile & thickness. They were not too salty & quick juicy.

I like all other dishes I tried, except the soya bean soup - it's very disappointing that they didn't use pickled vegetable ('zha choi') in it! The chinese donut pieces could have been chunkier & crunchier. All dishes were in very good portions - not overwhelmingly huge but they fill us up perfectly.

The homey atmosphere of this tiny restaurant, along with the very friendly lady that served us food (who appeared to be the owner as well), made it a comfortable place for both family dinner & people dining alone - I noticed that there were a couple of people that dined alone there, while there were 2 tables of family diners.

Oh yes, the tea they served is quite fragrant - I like it very much.

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Jang Mo Jib5075 Kingsway, Burnaby
great food, but...
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

it is where Knight & Day used to be. And apparently it takes over exactly whatever K&D used to have as well - which makes the ambiance very bizarre for a korean restaurant.

but the food is quite brilliant - the four of us (3 girls, and 1 guy with a big appetite) had the jap chae, the pancake, and a stir-fried chicken rice-cake dish. Portions were enough to fill us up. All dishes were great - my favourite is the pancake, which is crispy & not greasy. In the menu, the jap chae was not described to have beef as an ingredient, so we ordered it, as one of us could not eat any dish with beef. But it turned out to contain beef, so we asked for another dish without beef. The korean server, to whom I ought to explain the situation twice, asked the manager to come over, to whom I made the same explanation a 3rd time. But in the end, we did get a replacement.

Of the couple of servers that attended to us, one of them (the one mentioned above) did not understand or communicate in English very well, and looked a little unfriendly (but could be that she was new & nervous?). The other, however, was very smiley & appeared to be quite efficient. Still, most of the time we found it difficult to get any server's attention. After we got the bill, nobody appeared again to get the credit card. So in the end, we went directly to the cashier to pay.

It was Good Friday when we visited the place. By the time we left, at around 8p.m., the restaurant was mostly empty. Strange, given that it's a Friday evening.

Don't really have a strong urge to go back for another meal, despite the very decent food. The decor & the rather sub-par service sort of kill the desire for a re-visit.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
Good food, not much ambiance
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 2:10am [Dine in]

The restaurant looks a little crowded & the decor is a little ridiculous with cheap accessories. However, the food was very satisfactory. The 4 of us order a few dishes to share: My favourite is the calamari, which is very light & crunchy & not oily at all; Tagliatelle with smoked salmon capers was very good though a little salty; Penned loaded with prawns and scallops and the white wine sauce was excellent; I can't remember which exact pizza we ordered (I think maybe Prosciutto Funghi) but it's very very good. Service was decent.

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Cassis420 W Pender, Vancouver
Somewhat disappointed
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 1:52am [Dine in]

My first time visiting Cassis, and quite likely my last...

I shared the escargot appetizer with my friend - the strong garlicky taste completely overshadows the escargot. For main course I ordered the Bouillabaise ($15). An utter disappointment - it consists of a thin broth (taste is acceptable, though), a small handful of noodle-y kind of thing (doesn't have much taste), 3 shrimps, 1 little scallop quite overcooked, and 2 very small pieces of some ordinary white fish. It would take 4-5 portions of this to fill me up (and I'm not a big eater at all). Luckily I did order a side of polenta ($6.25; made with mozarella), which consists of 2 big pieces. After the meal, though, I have a very sore throat -- I think it's the grease from the escargot dish.

Service was decent. The room was quite nice though a little dark. The ventilation was quite poor so the room got very stuffy & was filled with somewhat intoxicating greasy smell coming from the kitchen. Given the price, I don't intend to go back for a second visit.

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Trees Organic Coffee450 Granville St., Vancouver
my place of refuge in downtown
Submitted Friday, December 29, 2006 - 6:18am [Dine in]

A nice place to take refuge to in Downtown, when every corner you turn you are greeted with (haunted by) Starbucks or Blenz, and when you feel like having something other than a Double-Double from Timmy's. I always like to sit in the patio outside the entrance -- but only after I am comfortably used to being asked for change every so often by the panhandlers passing by. The coffee is indeed pretty good. They have free wifi & the connection was pretty smooth the few times I used it.

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Insadong Korean Restaurant403 North Road, #301, Coquitlam
good experience on first-time visit
Submitted Friday, December 29, 2006 - 6:03am [Dine in]

very impressed with the food - the 11 of us ordered two combos, which gave us a feast. I wish there were not that gigantic amount of meat, though -- in that huge plate you got chunks of meat (chicken + beef + ribs) but only a small handful of seafood (oysters + mussels + shrimps). On the other hand, the japche & seafood pancake & salads are delicious. The remaining few people in our company ordered inidivdual dishes = the bibimbap looks fabulous (and tastes so, too, according to my friend that consumed it).
Service is good enough -- it took us almost an hours after arrival before we ordered, but the servers never really hurried us to order. Also, the BBQ gauge (whatever that is called) got changed frequently without us asking, and that's very good. That said, I have a little hesitation about going back for the BBQ... the ventilation leaves much room to be desired -- and leaves much 'fragrance' on your clothings & hair, too, to be desired... so unless I am going straight home after dinner, I think I'll skip the BBQ altogether the next time I go there.

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