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wannabefoodcriticVancouverSince August 23, 200837 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Displaying 1 - 20 of 37 Reviews Found
Twisted Fork Bistro1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
New Favorite
Submitted Friday, June 4, 2010 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

Heard awesome things about this place and went to try it tonight. I usually stay away from Granville because I'm not 19 anymore and when I found out thats where this place was I didn't really want to give it a try, but I'm glad I did.

What you need to know is that this place was started by people who operated a very successful winery/restaurant in Fernie and decided to give Vancouver a shot, despite the fact that market here is very competitive. This fact alone made me want to try it and I'll be honest I really did want to like it. However most places I 'want' to like, end up disappointing me incredibly. Twisted Fork did not. The lamb shank was literally the best I've had.

The place is not pretentious however the food is great, and cheap. If you want expensive, pretentious, crappy food go elsewhere. Just for perspective, the lamb was actually cheaper than the chicken at Forum Sports Bar, 2 doors down. I highly, highly recommend this place.

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OEC Japanese Restaurant5827 176 Street, Surrey
Awesome Sushi Cheap
Submitted Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

Food
The food is amazing here. Best sushi around and I live in an area with tons of good sushi places. To find this place in Surrey and Cloverdale no-less is a huge surprise. Food is always fresh!

Service
The same staff are always here. I've had take-out on Christmas eve at 8pm and the staff were just as friendly as they are any other day. The staff are all Japanese and some barely speak English, it's great!

Value
Cheap!

Ambiance
It's really quaint and they take photos of customers and put them on the walls, it's really neat.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Don't get it.
Submitted Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

I am really, really trying to figure out why people line up here - it must be the value because it certainly isn't the food or ambiance.

Food
It was pretty OK. It was basically OPA but a the potatoes weren't dripping grease and the pita was good.

Service
Our server seemed nice enough, but not the brightest girl. We both ordered lamb souvlaki and for some reason she thought we wanted to share one order. REALLY?! Did you honestly think we wanted to share one plate of food between us? Do I look that broke? Maybe I need to shave or something. To be fair to her, she did bring out the second order rather promptly (e.g. 10 mins).

Value
As mentioned above, it tasted better than OPA for literally the same price. As a result, I'd have to say value is outstanding.

Ambiance
Old. Maybe you have to be trendy to find 80's furniture cool, but I'd rather go somewhere slightly more updated.

Would I return? probably not. Would I line-up? not if it was free.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Nice new room.
Submitted Friday, August 28, 2009 - 9:07pm [Dine in]

Was really impressed given the fairly poor reviews of the new location.

Food
We shared the seafood platter with salmon, halibut, prawns, gnocchi, and tempura crab legs. All of it was great - very fresh. Wished the crab legs weren't tempura but for $29/person it was great.

Desert sampler was nice as well - particularly the cheesecake lollipops.

Service
Impressively quick - though we were there around 6:30.

Value
Decent - if you go to Costco you can get $100 giftcards for $79.99 which can be used at all of the Glowbal restaurants.

Ambiance
Very nice new room.

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Biercraft Bistro3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Ok
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

Food
I had the Chorizo Benny - it was pretty good, but served with a salad for some ungodly reason. It was a bit too pretentious for breakfast food. Why pretend it's something it's not, give me a sloppy Benny with hashbrowns, not a benny on hald a croisant and a side salad.

Service
OK

Value
Fine - in line with expectations.

Ambiance
The patio is nice, I really like that area of Cambie street - however we were on the side patio, which was shady and cold on an otherwise warm day.

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Ricky's8958 152nd Street, Surrey
Best Cheap Restaurant
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 12:27am [Dine in]

I don't care what anyone says, Ricky's has the best breakfasts around. I go here for breakfast when I'm really hungover or before I go golfing. My GF doesn't like Ricky's because she thinks shes too good for it and what-not. Well let me tell you, if it came down to it, I know which one I'd be picking, sorry to see you leave sweetie.

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Arroy-d Thai3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Decent Food, Nothing Else
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 11:04pm [Dine in]

As this place is on Cambie, close to Sala Thai, I've driven by a couple times and wondered how it was. I looked on here and reviews were pretty decent. My experience was not the greatest:

Food
The food was pretty good. Had Tom Yum soup and Panaeng curry. Both were good and very spicy (ordered it hot).

Service
We were the ONLY people in the restaurant yet the one person working seemed more interested in watching TV (not kidding).

Value
OK. Nothing better. I think mine was about $12 which is fine I guess.

Ambiance
At 8pm on a Saturday night it was EMPTY. We were the only people. Not only that but it was freezing cold. I don't know how long this place has been around, but I'm sure being empty on a Saturday night is not a good sign.

Likely will not be returning unless it's for lunch.

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Really wanted to like it
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

I really wanted to like this place. I really like trattoria kitchen in kits which is owned by the same group and is supposedly supposed to be very similar to italian kitchen at lower prices. I also wanted to like it because some people I had talked to at work said they thought it was too loud - which usually I don't mind as long as there is a good vibe.

This however was not a good vibe at all. There was a table of 8 guys behind us seemingly trying to out-yell the other with awesome stories about search warrants and trashy girls. It probably would have been ok without that particular table, but even the wait staff were fake and not very prompt.

The food was fine - honestly no better than trattoria kitchen which is about 1/3 the price.

Ambience was also fine. I'm being generous here given the annoying table of d-bags behind us, but I'll pretend they were there. I also don't get the layout. It's a really warm and inviting space but then you have these massive windows facing alberni street which really isn't much to look at.

The service was fine but no better than an earls or other chain.

Due to the fact its sister restaurant serves the same food at 1/2 to 1/3 the price, value MUST be a 1.

Really disappointing due to the fact trattoria kitchen is really solid. If the prices were equal I'd still go to trattoria kitchen any day, but because they aren't I'll probably never return to italian kitchen if I'm paying.

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Yoko Sushi & Noodle House16013 Fraser Highway, #102, Surrey
Pleasant surprise
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Visited here the other day and was very skeptical given the location - behind a Mac's and next to a butcher, but the food was very good and very fast. I had a simple chicken teriyaki, california roll, and shared some Tempura - all of the food was good and delivered to the table fast, what more could I ask for.

The ambience is fine, but obviously you'd be hardpressed to give it more than a 2 given the location. That said, it is comfy enough.

Will definitely return and perhaps order out when in the area.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Glad we went
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

Food
I thought the food was very good. had lamb shank and shared 3 sides: parmesan risotto, grill vegetables and roasted potatoes.

Service
Two qualms here:
1. we waited about 45 minutes for a seat which isn't the end of the world because we had drinks by the bar, BUT a group of four who came after us got seated first. I understand this is because a table for four came up, but it looks bad given the fact we were waiting 20 minutes longer than them.
2. our server wasn't particularily friendly, but did make good suggestions on the good.

Value
My only complaint is the fact the meat comes by itself and any sides you want must be ordered separately. That said, our lamb shanks were only $14 and we shared 3 sides at $6 each...total per person was about $25-30 which was reasonable. 2 sides are actually enough for 2 people which would make it about $20/person which is quite reasonable.

Ambiance
It is loud, but we didn't mind. Found it a nice place to be on a Saturday night. If you're going for a romantic dinner, you need to spend a few more bucks and go to that type of place. For what it is, its great especially on a weekend night.

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Dublins Crossing18789 Fraser Highway, Unit 101, Langley
Update - Not Good.
Submitted Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

I visited here last night again. I used to really enjoy the food here, but I recently returned and had the exact same thing "St. Patricks Chicken Sandwhich" and it was awful. The bun was at least a couple of days old and the salad wasn't mixed greens at all, it was more like the type of garden salad you'd get in a nursing home.

The ambiance is still fantastic, although I'm finding it to be a much, much younger crowd than it used to be. I used to really like going here because the crowd was usually 25+ and there weren't many 19-24 yearolds getting hammered. This appears to have changed.

Perhaps my experience was because it was a Saturday night. I will still return and hope it's better next time.

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
First Time Izakaya
Submitted Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

This was my first time at an Izakaya and I enjoyed it alot.

Between 3 of us we ordered 6 or 7 dishes which left all of us full. The price was very reasonable if you average it out between 3 people.

The food was fantastic. I can't pick out anything of the 7 or 8 dishes we had which I did not enjoy.

The place was loud, but in a fun and entertaining way rather than obnoxious as it could have been.

We stayed for quite a while, so actually ended up ordering 3 extra dishes about 2 hours later. In the end, we had 5 containers of sake, 2 big asahi beers, and 9 or 10 dishes, and the bill was $127. Very reasonable for alot of food and drinks. I'd like to try the other GUU places as well.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Great View
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 2:35am [Dine in]

I've been here in nice weather and sat on the rooftop patio for drinks and thought it was great. The other day went here for lunch on a rainy miserable day. The restaurant was essentially empty except for the tables along the window. First off I'll say the miserable day was actually quite enjoyable sitting inside staring out at the water.

The server was great at first but was quite young. I suspect this is the reason she got worse as the meal progressed. She brought 2 of our meals out but the third persons meal did not come out for about 10 minutes after. When the food did come, it was quite good. I had seafood risotto & salmon and enjoyed it. The gf had fish and chips and also enjoyed it. The food is good, won't knock your socks off, but it's the best I've had in Whiterock that isn't from a fish and chip stand.

The real reason to come is the view.

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Urban Sushi562 Granville Street, Vancouver
Good and Cheap!
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

I'm a bit of a sushi novice ie. i eat california rolls and teriyaki chicken, but I really like this place. Service is always fast and the food is very fresh...the rolls are not made until you order. The teriyaki chicken are fantastic.

Ambience is that of a fast food place or cafeteria. It is pleasant though.

Will continue going!

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Thida Thai1193 Davie St, Vancouver
Best Thai in Vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

I tried this place this evening for dinner. I will say that it smells a bit, which is the reason for the low ambiance rating.

The food on the other hand is fantastic. I had massaman curry and my girlfriend had pad thai. I tried her pad thai and it was the best I've had in Vancouver. The massaman curry tasted exactly like it did in Thailand.

I would go back for sure, likely will be takeout next time though.

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Earls905 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Pretty Standard
Submitted Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

The only reason I go to earls is because I love the grilled chicken and baked brie sandwich. I've been to this location a few times and I'm a fan of the layout. They've done a good job here, I've sat in both the lounge and dining area and it's nicer than the Joeys a couple blocks over in both respects.

Today however, the service was awful. The restaurant was pretty much empty but somehow the girl found ways to make herself otherwise occupied ie. setting empty tables, chatting with the bartender, things of that sort. My girlfriend had to ask a different server to bring her water, this was 10 minutes after asking our server...the second server brought the water before our original one, who brought it to the table and was somehow dumbfounded by how we got the water without her.

Anyways, I'll return for the room and my favorite sandwhich, but it wouldn't hurt them to invest in some server training or perhaps having the manager keep a closer eye on his girls.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
Meh
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 11:08am [Dine in]

I've been here on many occasion and will say the following:

The service is always fine. Never outstanding and never horrible.

The beer is good. I like the yaletown lager and hills special wheat. I am not a fan of the food at all. To give some perspective...I made myself a stirfry for lunch and had one of their wok dishes for dinner. My stirfry was much, much better and I'm not much of a cook. For some reason they've got a ton of asian dishes on the dinner menu. I've had a couple of them: the beef and broccoli and chicken chow fun. Neither of them were good. This is one of my biggest petpeeves, pubs trying to be something they aren't and serving stuff they don't know how to make. I will say that the lunch menu is a bit better and more true to its pub roots. The sandwiches and burgers are great for the mostpart.

The ambiance is great, if not a little loud. One thing that I've noticed is they've had scaffolding on the north side of the restaurant for almost 2 years. I'm not sure what this business is about but it detracts from an otherwise great building.

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Whineo's1017 Granville St., Vancouver
It's Ghetto-rific!
Submitted Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

Went here one friday after Dinner in Yaletown with my girlfriend. In my mid 20's I consider myself too old for the Granville scene - I used to enjoy SIP a couple years ago, but now I feel too old hanging out in these dives. I expected something similar to SIP at Whineo's and for all intents and purposes it was exactly the dive bar I was expecting.

The ambiance is basically full of the type who hang out at Caprice or Plaza. It seems to be especially popular with single girls in groups for some reason (something to do with thinking they're emulating the girls from sex and the city I'm sure).

Service was pretty awful. Visits to the table become more infrequent as the evening wore on. Gave a Zero Tip.

Won't be returning.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Good Seafood & Location
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Went on a Friday night for dinner. It's in a great location on Granville Island, just under the Granville St. Bridge. Restaurant is spread over three levels, though the first level appears to be strictly Sushi.

We had the squid wok to start which was probably the highlight of the meal. Not too much batter and not too chewy or too tough. Coated in sauted onions and herbs. I had swordfish for an entree and it was decent - didn't love it, but enjoyed it nonetheless. For Desert we shared Creme Brule which was also very good though it seemed to lack any liquer which would have made it better.

The ambience is loud - definitely wouldn't go here to impress a girl or on a first date. That said, it is supposed to be that way and doesn't pretend to be that sort of place. Overall enjoyed it and would return just for the calamari.

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Mill Marine Bistro, The1199 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
No where better on a summer afternoon
Submitted Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 1:52pm [Dine in]

There is absolutely no where better in Vancouver on a late Summer afternoon after work.

The ambience is a 5 for sure - you have to see it to appreciate it.

They have Granville Island Hef on tap which is the perfect summer patio beer.

The food is OK and a bit pricier for pub food but you don't come here for the food. I have however eaten and the food was pretty decent.

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