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yonnyKitsilanoSince October 21, 200726 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
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Le Village Cafe3236 West Broadway, Vancouver
Our 27th review: a disappointment
Submitted Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

I ordered the breakfast meal that came with toast, eggs, potatoes, and bacon. The eggs were not done the way I ordered them. And the bacon tasted weird.

The missus ordered a waffle and it was slightly burnt.

It is rather surprising to us that our experience was so disappointing when other reviews for this restaurant said great things. Upon closer inspection of the other reviews, we noticed that all reviewers, except for one, have only submitted one review on dinehere, that one review being for Le Village. Hhhhmmm.... I wonder what is going on here?!

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Sitar Indian Restaurant8 Powell St., Vancouver
Worth trying
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

We chose to dine at Sitar earlier tonight given the lack of adequate Indian restaurants in the Entertainment Book. Sitar is probably one of the very few Indian restaurants in the Entertainment Book that are in business and does not suck.

We ordered Chicken Spinach and Butter Chicken. Chicken Spinach was ok, but not memorable (the missus felt it needed more salt). Butter Chicken, on the other hand, was very good. The sauce was very creamy and super delicious and full of flavour. There was a good amount of chicken pieces in both dishes and the chicken pieces were big (but not too big). The rice plates should really come with more rice.

Unlike the other reviews for this restaurant, We felt that the service was fine. We were seated promptly. They filled our water frequently and our food came within a reasonable timeframe. Of course, we also realize that service varies depending on the meal and the day.

We would come back here with a coupon. It's hard finding a decent, affordable indian place. Note: the missus is having major gas problem right now. She thinks it is from the Indian food. Might be made worse by the fact that it is TTOTM.

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Juicy Lucy's Sports Cafe1420 Commercial, Vancouver
Not that juicy
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

Went into this place and had two smoothies: Coco Beach and Tropakiwi. The smoothies were quite bland: we suspect too much banana and yogurt go in as filler, and not enough other fruit. We really think they should put in some more juice in to punch it up a little.

The place has very little decoration and as mentioned a random assortment of chairs. The food menu is... 'eclectic' but we did not find anything on there that interested us. I doubt we will be returning as there are many other places on the Drive to look at.

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Cafe Calabria1745 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
What's the big deal?
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

Stopped in here as we needed a break from walking along the Drive and we had the Entertainment book coupon. It was about 1:30 on a Saturday and the place was packed. But we're not totally sure why. The coffee and biscotti didn't seem like anything special. It's as good as you'll get at any other independent shop.

What was really odd is that they didn't post any prices on their menu boards. Is it really that everyone is a regular and just doesn't have to ask? They also didn't indicate what sizes they had for drinks. Really really odd. A mocha and biscotti was $7.00, (half off with the coupon).

It's an interesting place to sit down for a snack and some caffeine while on the drive, but without the coupon, it can't justify the price (or lack thereof). Especially since the Drive seems to be infested with an innumerable number of coffee shops.

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Cuiscene701 Granville Street, Vancouver
Unexpectedly satisfying
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

After going downtown in the morning looking for a breakfast place that was ultimately closed, we decided to check out Cuiscene, in Sears. We didn't go in expecting much, we figured that food at Sears was going to be predictable, but at least reliable. We were pleasantly surprised by what we tasted.

The breakfast special came with fruits that tasted really fresh, the eggs were done to a perfect over easy, and the seasoning on the hash browns was really yummy.

We also ordered the cajun chicken burger which had a lot of seasoning, but that just means more flavour!

Even though the restaurant is cafeteria style, they also bring the food right to your table, and quite quickly. They also come periodically to clean up, which was nice.

Honestly, this is a really decent place that is unfortunately hidden away, despite its very central and convenient location downtown. As a bonus, use the Entertainment book coupon and you can get a really cheap lunch downtown.

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Mongo's Stir Fry Grill2897 Broadway West, Vancouver
Extra hidden charges!
Submitted Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

Today me and the missus went to Great Wall, but since we weren't that hungry, decided we wanted to share a single large bowl.

My girlfriend assembled all the food in the large bowl and filled as full as she possibly could. After she had added all of the sauces, the waitress came over and said that there was too much food in the large bowl. She told us that we would have to pay an extra $3 on top of the $6.95.

She pointed to to a sign that basically said "don't waste our food - there is a $3 charge if you have leftovers". This sign didn't apply to us, since between the two of us, there would have been no leftovers. We weren't happy that she asked us to pay extra just because she felt the food was piled to high, so we left.

We've been to a number of Mongolian restaurants and none have ever had problems with us filling our bowls quite high. If that's the business model that you are going to adopt, you have to expect that some people are going to try and get the best value for their money by putting in as much food as possible.

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Bubblemania1610 Robson Street, #102, Vancouver
Seek and ye shall find!
Submitted Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

The Davie location is indeed closed but the Robson location is still there. Don't know about Yaletown, but I doubt it's the same store.

It's part of the Robson Public Market complex, at the corner of Robson and Cardero. However, the entrance to Bubblemania is from Robson, not from the inside of the market.

It really is a small entrance and it is sandwiched between a luggage store and a Fresh Slice pizza place. You might have to look a bit, but it shouldn't take too much effort. Robson and Cardero. Hope this helps!

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Save room for dessert
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 12:39am [Dine in]

We were downtown and decided to go to Griffins for a special treat. She ordered the Seafood Linguine and I ordered the BC Salmon. The linguine came with a creamy white garlic sauce, lots of baby shrimps, a few prawns and a few scallops. The dish was very delicious overall, but they could cut out the baby shrimps and add more of the juicy prawns and/or scallops. They could also cut out the few pieces of garlic, which my girlfriend discovered after she put one in her mouth and immediately spitted it back out. The salmon was cooked perfectly, tender and juicy. The asparagus that came with it was hit and miss, but the potato/shrimp underneath was delicious.

The dessert buffet was equally enjoyable as the dinner. There was lots to choose from. We were so full that we did not get the chance to try everything. Our favourite is the cheesecake. Our least favourite was the chocolate pudding - it was too sweet.

The host and waiter were friendly and professional. Service was good. I have no complaints at all. It is a bit on the pricey side for students like us, but with the Entertainment coupon it's not a bad deal. About $20/person for a very good dinner and unlimited dessert. Unlike some previous posters, we don't think that's unreasonable.

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Nirvana Indian Cuisine2313 Main Street, Vancouver
Never going there again...
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 12:15am [Dine in]

The menu on the window stated that all entrees come with rice and papadum. When we opened the menus in the restaurant, the part about the rice had been covered over with white-out. Only papadum for free.

We spoke to the server and asked if we could have rice instead of the papadum, since we don't like papadum and the menu on the window said that it's free anyways. He said that was fine. At the end.... he charged us for rice!

The chicken saag tasted burnt and the lamb dish we ordered was bland. The rice tasted old and the portions were teeny tiny.

I would be doubly pissed off if we didn't have the Entertainment book coupon. It wasn't even worth half price.

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Malone's Bar & Grill2210 Cornwall Ave., Vancouver
Nothing special
Submitted Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

I went there with some co-workers for lunch on a weekday and found their menu quite limited. I ordered a quesadilla but it was mediocre. It didn't have much taste at all. And definitely not worth the prices they are charging.

It's a good place to sit outside on a nice day, close to the beach, but other than location it doesn't have much to offer.

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Trees Organic Coffee450 Granville St., Vancouver
Take a break from downtown shopping
Submitted Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

I looooooove their mango cheesecake. Their slices are bigger than most places and has a very nice texture with real mango chunks in there.

The drinks are good too, much better than the standard Starbucks/Blenz stuff. I don't know about take-out, but when you sit down, the drinks are quite large. Cake + coffee is a perfect snack to be shared by two.

Thanks to our Entertainment book coupons, it comes out to about $5 too. It's a great deal (wouldn't be w/o the coupon though). We normally go at the end of a downtown shopping trip. The staff are friendly, and it has a good atmosphere to just sit and relax away from all the happenings around downtown. Try it out sometime.

ps. The washrooms are all class too.

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
This place needs work.
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 12:53am [Dine in]

This place needs work. We ordered miso and a shio with egg. The broth was lacklustre with a very simple flavour and the noodles were quite firm. There was nothing memorable about it.

The place is decorated quite nicely, but it's not nearly enough if the food isn't up to par. One complaint: I'm sure they are trying to be all cool with the stools you sit on, but they were not very comfortable. I hate sitting on chairs with little or no back.

Service was all right. Competent but nothing amazing. It is cheaper than Kintaro or Motomachi, but you are getting what you pay for, in this case. The appearance of a 'buy 10 get 1 free' stamp card at the end put the nail in the coffin on this place: even they seem to realize that the food isn't doing a good enough job of selling itself.

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Bon Crepe1238 Robson Street, Vancouver
It's just yummy
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

We've had a whole bunch of different crepes here, from the standard (banana and chocolate) to the not-so-standard (green tea ice cream and red bean) and all have been delicious. The crepe guy is friendly, makes it right away and everything tastes fresh. It's great for a snack on Robson.

The fact that it's cheaper than Cafe Crepe is good too. We highly recommend it.

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Mahony & Sons Public House5990 University Blvd, Vancouver
Ok place.
Submitted Sunday, July 6, 2008 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

We are both UBC students, and we pass by this place every day. When you do that, it tends to blend into the scenery. However, due to the limited selection of places on campus, we have been in here occasionally for drinks or a lunch.

Most recently it was for a UFC PPV (not our idea, but the brawling was ok). We ordered two different burgers. They are good burgers, won't disappoint, but won't have you clamoring for more. The mushroom burger was our preferred one. What we do especially enjoy are the yam fries, though I will echo the fact that this place is quite pricey.

They do tend to have a lot of staff here, and service was not a problem for us. Bottom line, it is a decent place on campus to go. Hard to recommend it, but we've never been disappointed either. It's kind of pricey, but you know what you are getting.

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Ginger and Chili4409 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Not that great.
Submitted Sunday, July 6, 2008 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

My better half went for lunch with her co-workers from UBC. Their location in Point Grey is close enough to escape the confines of campus eateries. Too bad their food is no better.

A number of dishes were ordered and shared between everyone, including BBQ pork, snow peas and fish, chinese mushrooms and vegetables, fried noodles and curry chicken. Some were ok, some were a little too greasy. The salt and pepper squid in particular, had too much batter and was bland. The only memorable dish was the BBQ duck (different from the kind of BBQ you'd buy at T&T), which was well done. Tasty, and did not taste greasy.

The servers here actually pour your tea for you, which is a nice touch not seen at most chinese places (although I would never expect that level of service). The decor is just standard, nothing special.

It would be nice for them to bring out oranges after the meal. I would recommend going to try the BBQ duck, but stay away from the rest.

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Hidden Treasure on Main
Submitted Sunday, July 6, 2008 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

This is a great, easily overlooked restaurant at Main and 22nd. It serves authentic Shanghainese food in a atmosphere that can fittingly be described only as "like a chinese restaurant". Which is to say, they are hoping to impress you with their food, rather than with gimmicky decor, and they succeed.

We were served by whom we believe is the owner. She was friendly and efficient.

We ordered:
Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork dumplings): This is a Shanghainese staple, everyone orders it. They were done perfectly with nice skin and flavourful juice inside.

Pan fried dumplings: These dumplings are made in a more traditional style than the ones above with a meat/choi filling. Tasty and large!

Hung Siu Ow Yuk Mein (brown noodle beef soup): Another good dish. It is a hard dish to find (outside of Richmond at least!). Although there was less meat than we expected, the broth and noodles were quite well done.

Shanghainese fried rice cakes: A dish made up of thick, medallion-cut noodles with cabbage and some meat. Again, this dish (the noodles in particular) is not common. Luckily it was well-done and a treat to be able to eat it.

Overall, for these four dishes it came to about $30 with tip. We took half of the rice cakes home as leftovers and were quite full.

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Chilli House Thai Bistro1018 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Stop in after cycling or rollerblading downtown
Submitted Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

This is a great place. It was a sunny day when we went, and it appeared that many people stopped in after an afternoon of rollerblading or cycling along the waterfront. I think I will keep that great idea mind the next time I am out cycling. The location on the water is very nice and gives the whole place a very laid back atmosphere.

The servers are very attentive and come around often to see how you are doing, refill water etc. The food was likewise efficient, without too much waiting.

The curry we ordered had plenty of curry and had just the right mix of hotness and sweetness. We also ordered a fried rice dish served in a half coconut. It was delicious with plenty of seafood mixed in. All in all, it was a good meal; we will return and recommend it to others.

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Rice Bar4512 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Give it a try!
Submitted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

This place seems to be having a bit of trouble getting off the ground. It's totally empty every time I've gone by, so I wanted to submit this review to let everyone know that it's good, cheap and definitely worth a try.

We needed to grab a quick dinner close to campus and we were sick of the overpriced, crappy food on campus and in the village so we decided to hop on the 99 for a quick trip to Rice Bar.

For those of you who are unsure what "Hong Kong style fast food" means, it is basically a "meat on rice" restaurant. That is indeed exactly what you will find in HK. You pick your meat (BBQ pork, soya chicken, hainanese chicken, pork ribs etc) and it comes on rice with some sauce and some token vegetables. They also have some combo plates and curries, but it is all very basic. I also realize that this concept will not appeal to everyone, even though we think it's great.

I ordered BBQ pork and soya chicken combo, she ordered short ribs. All of the meats tasted really good, with generous helpings. The rice was plentiful and tasty as well. We devoured our meals in no time.

The interior (formerly Think!, a cafe) is really bright and comfy, but being the only people in the restaurant never does very good things to the atmosphere. I'd like to see what it's like with a fuller house.

In terms of service, I give it 3 to be neutral because it's a take-out style restaurant.

They were giving 30% off to students during their first month. With that discount, the total came to just under $10, and because it's take-out style you probably don't really need to tip. I would definitely go back sometime and recommend you to give it a try, because at the rate it's going now with no customers, it might not last too long.

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Lions Den Cafe651 East 15th Ave, Vancouver
Jamaican food can be so much better
Submitted Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Even though this is a little bit of a hike from where we live in Kits, we wanted to try it because we are big fans of Jamaican food. But Jamaican food can be so much better than this.

The Japanese lady was running the place with a little helper whom she berated the entire time we were there. He often went outside, to the next door over (to an apartment?? it's what we suspected) and brought back food. That should have been clue number one. NOTHING was fresh.

The microwave, rather than the cook, was working overtime to make our jerk chicken and curry goat. When we asked for more rice, even that came from next door and went into the microwave.

The portions were small (hence the extra rice) and for the most part bland. Bleh. And you all know how microwaved food gets cold really quickly...

The decor was kind of funky, but it didn't really grab the attention. Most of all it just looked messy. The atmosphere in the restaurant seemed dead, and a little depressing. The service was pretty bad too. I felt bad for the poor helper guy who was getting yelled at the whole time we were there. Hopefully he quits this place, because that's what we have done.

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Thai House Restaurant1766 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver
The B-team works here
Submitted Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

I am convinced that 2nd rate Thai House employees are relegated to the Kits location, while the A-team runs the house downtown. We have eaten the exact same meal at both locations and it is hard to believe they are supposed to be the same restaurant.

We ordered ostrich curry and it came out all brown and sludgy, with very little lychee, which is the best part of this dish! On top of that, it had barely any flavour or kick. I do not order curry if I am hoping to get a bland meal.

The glass noodles were also lacking in a key ingredient: the glass noodles. There were a few of them buried beneath the pile of chunkies and goo that passed for sauce but they weren't too easy to come by.

The problems continued with service. I like being ignored when I am trying to study. Not so when I am trying to get a water refill or the bill. The decor is alright and everything is neatly presented but it is indeed the background.

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