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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 21 - 37 of 37 Reviews Found
Kingston Taphouse & Grille755 Richards Street, Vancouver
Best Pub Downtown
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Kingston a few times for lunch, but this was the first time I had been in the evening. We went for the UFC fight and though we weren't initially going to go there cause of the $10 cover, when we found out Library Square was also charging cover, we decided to go anyways.

For the purposes of the UFC fight they showed it in the basement on a projector in a good sized room. I was very pleased as I've been to other pubs to watch ufc events and they don't have a section cordoned off, they just throw it on all the tv's while even people who don't want to see the fight are forced to.

The food was good, I had the salmon burger and I always like how they give you fries and salad with any burgers or sandwhiches. The food is definitely above average for a pub.

Service was great as well. I'd say Kingston is among the better places in Vancouver to watch a game but definitely the best place I've been to to see a fight.

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Browns Socialhouse1165 Mainland Street, #102, Vancouver
Much better than Earls/Cacti/Milestones
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2008 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

I had low expectations for Browns. I can't stand Earls/Cacti/Milestones cause I feel they've all become cookie cutter restaurants and they even seem to copy eachothers menus now. Perhaps the biggest reason I can't stand them is they try to be something they aren't. They seem to have some sort of personality disorders - they can't decide if they're a fine dining restaurant, a trendy lounge, a sports pub, or a night club and depending on which location you go to you'll get a little of each to varying degrees.

This is why I liked Browns. It doesn't try to be something it's not and the menu items look something I'd be inclined to order at a place like this. Sorry, but I'm not ordering a steak for $40 at Earls or a lamb shank at Milestones. The food is good tasting sandwhiches, pizzas, and quesadillas.

The service the night I went was ok. She was around the table enough but I didn't like her demeanor.

The food was good for what it was. A good tasting sandwhich for $12. Nothing amazing but better than I've had at any of the other places I've mentioned in quite a while.

I find it funny that the guy who started cactus club started this place as well (also pinky's which I enjoyed alot as well). While cactus club is turning in to a schizophrenic mess, this place is alot like cactus club used to be - unpretentious and honest with itself.

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Ikea Restaurant & Cafe1000 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
Insane Value
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2008 - 1:26am [Dine in]

The food here is GREAT, GREAT value.

Where can you get a full breakfast for $1! Even the lunch is an insane deal at $5. 10 meatballs and fries or roasted potatoes and the awesome lingenberry jam.

The ambience isn't great as its a cafeteria with alot of kids and there always seems to be spilled food on the floor. Last time I was there one of the staff knocked over a full wheeled cart full of plates.

Too bad its in Coquitlam or I'd visit once a week.

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Moxie's Classic Grill180 West Georgia, Vancouver
Awful.
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2008 - 12:22am [Dine in]

I will say that even before this visit I was not a huge fan of Moxies. I see it as a poor substitute for Earls/Cactus/Milestones/Joeys (which is a bit like being a poor substitute for the 3rd string goal tender). But alas, we had just finished the nike human race 10k, we were starving, and it was literally the closest and only place between the race venue and our condo.

We initially went up the stairs just off Cambie street to the main restaurant. We noticed the restaurant was half empty but there was a slight line in front of the hostesses desk. Once the group in front of us was finally seated, we asked the girl (who was in desperate need of a lip wax no less) for a table for two. She said it would be a 10-15 minute wait. We both laughed and I said "Are you serious? this place is half empty?". She replied that there were only two servers working. I said thanks and we left.

We were going to swallow our pride and go to sharkclub so we walked down georgia, but we noticed Moxies also had a bar/lounge at street level. We walked in and were sat right away which seemed to be a good sign (funny, the girl upstairs said there was a 15 minute wait?). Anyways, we sit down and the table is filthy. She also sits the two of us at a massive 4 person table which was awkward to talk over. Anyways, despite my early problems with this server, we order drinks. My beer comes quick enough but its brought by a different server. About 20 minutes passes and by this point I'm so annoyed I'm ready to ask for the bill so we can just go home and make something. Funny enough, right when I'm thinking I just want the bill, the first girl shows up to take our order.

About 20 minutes later a cook brings our food (guess the girls couldn't be bothered to pick up orders anymore). My chicken sandwhich is actually reasonable but the salad is awful. I haven't been to a restaurant that uses garden mix salad since 1999. Maybe moxies should invest in some spring mix salad. Girlfriends fish and chips wasn't fully fried and the batter was still soft.

About 20 minutes passes after we're done eating and neither of our former servers will visit our table. Finally I push my glass to the edge of the table so the girl gets the point. She visits and brings the bill quick enough. Here's were it gets tricky. Now I know most servers aren't educated past grade 12. But after you're done delivering the bill, you need to pick up payment. It took her at least 10 minutes and I had to leave my visa hanging off the edge of the table for it to get her attention. She finally returns and I make sure to write a snotty comment in the spot that says tip.

The ambience there is awful. It seems like a great place for wannabe thugs to hang out. The table next to us has a couple of guys in their mid 20's with shaved heads talking about how gangster they and their "chicks" are. The servers look like they spend their pay cheques at plush nightclub getting picked up by homies driving tricked out mustangs. Will never return.

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Bellaggio Cafe773 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Decent
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

I've been a few times for lunch and have never had a bad experience. The lunch specials are pretty reasonable - about $10 - and the food is pretty decent.

The ambience is a bit wierd. It's supposed to be Italian but just comes off cheap and awkward.

I've never had a problem with the service. The servers are reasonably polite and pleasant.

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Caffe Artigiano574 Granville Street, Vancouver
reminds me that Starbucks is nothing more than the mcdonalds of coffee
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

Prior to trying Artigiano I visited Starbucks daily. Since trying Artigiano I've realized that Starbucks is nothing more than a Mcdonalds and maybe even worse. The espresso is much, much better than at Starbucks and much stronger.

I particularily like the Granville location as the decor is nicer than other locations I've visited.

The only downside to this location is the service. I find employees to be quite abrupt and sometimes rude.

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Pinky's Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge1265 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Pleasantly Surprised
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

I was a bit skeptical after reading a couple of reviews and just by the very name of the place. Was my girlfriends birthday however, so she got to choose the place.

They've got girly cocktails, the name "pinky's", and the mens washroom is upstairs (annoying), but the food was really decent. I had the 7oz Sirloin which was a perfect medium rare. Girlfriend had hers well done and it was cooked to her satisfaction. Baked potatos were fine.

I was also surprised by the service. Server was a young, 20 something yearold girl - usually the type that are rude and standoffish. She, however, was very nice and was frequently at our table getting drinks and topping up our wine. There were 6 of us and she kept us all happy.

Ambience is nice. Music wasn't too loud and wasn't annoying. There is a slightly tacky "Rockstar" sign above the bar, in bright lights (though my girlfriend liked it).

Overall, prices were good - around the same as The Keg. I'd go here before Keg though. Would return.

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Decent Breakfast
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

The reason we went was the lineup out the door at Noon.

The food was pretty good. Portions were massive and everything tasted good. I must say that my girlfriend found a small hair in her food, but it happens I guess.

Service was pretty bad, although our food arrived FAST - like in 5 minutes or so. After that we had to flag down the server to pay however.

Value is fine, average prices. The ambiance is neat, it reminds me what I think a classic diner would have been like 40 or 50 years ago.

I'd return if in Kits and hungry - can't say I'd go out of my way to get there though.

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Urban Fare305 Bute Street, Vancouver
Great Lunch Value
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

When working in Coal Harbour I always go to UF for lunch. For $7 you get a choice of roasted meat (cajun chicken, barbecue chicken, lamb shank) and 2 of: rice, steamed vegetables or potatoes.

There is no service or ambience to complain about, it's cafeteria style - you line up, collect your food, and pay, simple as that.

For the money you can't beat it, especially considering a Tim Hortons or Food Fair lunch approaches $10 these days.

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Baselines Pub8233 166th Street, Surrey
Nice venue - Horrible staff & clientelle
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

The place itself is quite nice inside. Lots of TV's, dark wood, and comfortable boothes.

The ambience is ruined however, by the type of the clientelle - 19 to 24 yearolds wearing fake christian audigier ordering jugs of Budweiser.

This is made worse by the servers. Most of them seem to think their looks make up for their bad service - it doesn't.

The food is actually decent for a pub, however the last two times I've visited my food has arrived cold.

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Dragon's Chop Suey House16055 Fraser Hwy, #103, Surrey
Diamond in the Rough
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

A tiny hole in the wall in Surrey. You know the food is good just by the fact they're able to stay in business.

When I lived near here I would order at least once a month and the food was consistently good.

There is no ambience to speak of although it is sort of entertaining eating in there. It is sort of like packing a few dinner tables in your living room and calling it a restaurant.

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Dublins Crossing18789 Fraser Highway, Unit 101, Langley
Great Atmosphere
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

This is the only pub/bar I will go to when I visit friends in Surrey.

I've only eaten here on 2 occassions. The first time I had rack of lamb. Despite being small in size, it was prepared well. It appears to have disappeared off the menu since November 2007. More recently in June I had the St. Patricks chicken sandwich with brie. It was very, very good - as was the green salad with almond slices and dried cranberries. This particular sandwich is much much better than the equivalent at Earls, Joeys or Cactus Club and is only $10.

The best part of this bar however is the ambience. You completely forget once you're inside that you're in Surrey/Langley (aside from a few of the clientelle). As mentioned below the interior has been done very nicely in carved wood and the bar is quite impressive. They also have great Irish bands in on weekend nights. It's sort of like going to the Blarney Stone without the annoying UBC kids puking all over the place and a much much nicer venue. They've got all the beers on tap you would expect for an Irish pub - Guinness, Kilkenny, Strongbow, etc.

To sum: The food is reasonable but the real draw is the drinks and weekend ambience.

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Hy's Steakhouse4308 Main St., Whistler
Great!
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

Visited early May while in Whistler for a weekend. As this is the shoulder season in Whistler, we had the place to ourselves with the exception of a table of university professors on a conference. As a result, our server was particularily attentive. I had steak and my girlfriend had the lamb. Both of us were very pleased with our meals and had very good cuts of meat.

Personally I really really like the ambience. This may owe to the fact we had the restaurant to ourselves however. It's very dark inside with dark wood and chandelier lighting. Very rich feeling.

Value is reasonable - no more expensive than the Hy's downtown and much less than Mortons or Gotham.

Will definitely return next time in Whistler.

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
Solid Thai
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 1:55pm [Dine in]

Visited last night, the 22nd. Decor inside is quite nice, complete with a bicycle tuk-tuk. Servers are Thai which also lends to the sincerity of the place.

To start we had the prawn cakes which were fine. Felt odd in my mouth is it appeared some some of the prawn shell had been blended along with the meat. Like little pieces of sand in my mouth.

Had the Pad Thai which was the best I've had outside of Thailand. Only complaint is that the noodles were slightly overdone. The rice noodles shouldn't be that soft in my opinion. Only other complaints were that there was no egg, or at least none that I noticed and the beansprouts were to the side like it was Pho. The beansprouts should have been mixed in with the Pad Thai. I guess these are personal preferences however, and the dish was very nice.

Girlfriend had the chicken with cashews. I couldn't believe they charged extra for rice. Almost every Thai dish is served with rice, surely just because we're outside Thailand doesn't mean you should charge an extra $1.65 for it. It's not even the price that annoyed me, just the principle. Add the amount to the price of the dish and don't tell me, just don't charge extra for it!

My other complaint is the $7 for a bottle of Pellegrino. This is a thai restaurant with a tuk tuk in the middle of it, not Diva.

Service was below average, even for Vancouver standards. Her table visits were limited to seating us, taking our order, and delivery of food.

Overall - really great Thai food. Value OK. Ambience is sincere and not tacky, yet nothing beyond expected. OK.

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Nu1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Unreal Patio
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

Went last Friday the 15th for dinner with my girlfriend. I will start by saying the patio is the best in Vancouver - that I've found at least. It is located at the end of granville street, just next (under) the Granville Street Bridge. On a summer evening, the back drop is just perfect, especially with a peek-a-boo view of English Bay (blocked by the bloody Burrard Street Bridge) and False Creek right next to you.

To start we had the fried oyster/lager shooter. It is a syringe filled with GI lager stuck in to a fried oyster. A neat concept but piss poor execution. The oyster was a blob of deepfriend batter and the oyster was drastically over battered as it was crispy on the outside by still gooey around the already gooey oyster.

My entree was the lamb, which though was a nice piece of meat, was a bit too rare. I don't mind a rare piece of meat, but this is just a bit too much for lamb which I prefer slighltly more medium. It was served over an eggplant compote which was pretty decent, but there was a disproportionate amount in comparison to the lamb. Goat cheese salad was nice.

Girlfriend had the flat iron steak which she enjoyed. I didn't try so I can't comment.

Dessert was fine, nothing memorable as I can't even recall what it was a week later.

Server was OK. Brought out a bottle of cabernet sauvignon instead of sauvignon blanc, but that was quickly resolved.

I return if for no other reason the stunning patio. Definitely would not visit any time between October and May however.

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Joey550 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
Solid for Coquitlam
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times. Like the joeys on burrard, the outside appearance is nothing special. In fact, you wouldn't even know if was here if they didn't have the massive sign on Lougheed Highway.

On my most recent visit I had the edamame to start which was fine - you can't really mess up boiling soy beans and throwing salt at them. I had the Penang Curry which was suprisingly very good. It was actually fairly hot which is rare for chain restaurants and though they undoubtedly used curry paste, the flavour was spot on.

Because theres no where else in this area really, I'd return if I was there.

Disclaimer: A relative of the author is an employee of this establishment.

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Joey820 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Average
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

I've been to this location a couple of times. It's your basic downtown Earls/Milestones/Cactus Club. The inside is quite nice, however the street appearance is nothing more than bland with a cheap looking screenprinted sign outside.

I've had the fish tacos which were actually really good. The only reason I've rated the food a 3. Yesterday I had the club med sandwhich with green salad. The bun was a couple of days old, definitely not fresh, however I do always enjoy their green salad with feta and dried cranberries.

To sum: Nothing memorable about this place but it's fine for lunch once in a while.

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