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whoeliusVancouverSince March 24, 200923 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)

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Mr. Pickwick's Fish & Chips1007 Denman Street, Vancouver
Big thumbs up
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 7:14pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I are regulars at Mr. Pickwick's. I estimate we've been there 25 times.

The fish and chips is delightful, always. There's a great range of fish available and it's a pleasure to mix and match. The food is very fresh indeed and it arrives at your table piping hot. If you have room for dessert, the fried Mars bar is disgracefully good.

The service is enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The value is, to my knowledge, the best in downtown Vancouver, and the place is relaxed and happy.

A better selection of drinks would be nice. Sometimes I'd like a beer other than dead frog, which is average at best.

I would recommend Mr. Pickwick's to anybody.

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Steamrollers1195 Robson, Vancouver
Decidedly underwhelmed
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

I've had dinner at Steamrollers twice, both after an evening shop at London Drugs, and I've also had a breakfast burrito a few times on the way to work.

The food is bland. It's neither horrific nor dreadful; it's bland. You're never going to leave Steamrollers with a satisfied smile. One gets the feeling that the whole steamrolled effort steals the flavour of a burrito just as much as it, supposedly, makes it a healthier option. The last time I had dinner there confirmed my assumptions made on my first visit. With Red Burrito a hundred yards down the road on the other side of Robson, there's never a good reason to go to Steamrollers for dinner unless you're hell-bent on healthy eating, though the breakfast burrito is pleasant when they don't scrimp on the bacon.

The service is okay but robotic. I don't think my smiles were returned by the staff. The restaurant felt cold and unwelcome to me, too.

The prices aren't bank-breakers but, again, nearby Red Burrito is a little bit cheaper and vastly superior.

If it's early morning, sure, go for the breakfast burrito. It's not bad. If it's not early morning, go somewhere else.

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Kimono Japanese Restaurant869 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Toss a coin...
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

The flip of a coin quite fairly represents your chances of getting either a charming, satisfying, fresh and quite tasty meal or a dull, lifeless one.

My girlfriend and I have eaten at Kimono about twenty-five times in the last year or so. That’s not out of any particular affinity for the place – it’s just close and it’s unlikely that you’re ever going to be disgraced by any outstandingly bad service or bad food.

There are two very different chefs at Kimono. One of my favourite dishes used to be the curry – particularly the chicken and the Kimono special (chicken with seafood) – until it changed completely from a pleasant, thin sauce (almost a soup) to an over-thick, salty, paste-like affair which is a bit of a chore to eat.

I’ve since taken a fancy to their udon (a big bowl of hot soup) which, although arguably difficult to make a mess of, is very fresh and very pleasant. It’s also very cheap at about $7.

Their rolls, in our experience, have been terrific. They’re fresh and flavourful, though I would urge a spider roll-lover to try Asahi-Ya. The sashimi is respectable, though nothing to sing to the heavens about. It’s fresh and they have a good variety of the rarer fish.

The drinks are very good and great value – particularly their own cocktails, which my girlfriend loves! I stick to the hot sake, which is pleasant from the first bottle and gets better for as long as you can drink it.

Finally the service – there is one particular older gent who Kimono regulars will be familiar with. If you avoid him, your service will be enthusiastic but not overbearing, helpful and not silly, and it will be presented with a smiling, pretty face.

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