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YummydansleTummyVancouverSince January 25, 20097 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.6)
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Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Delicious Food, Great Value, Excellent Service.
Submitted Friday, April 2, 2010 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

After having several friends recommend this little place, I went there with a group of friends for my birthday. As others mentioned, it's a tiny place tucked away in a community centre, with tables inside the little cafe and tables outside kind of in the hallway. We sat inside and reservations are recommended. Also note, it's cash only!

Everyone loved their food and the prices are great for French food and for what you get. For appies, I had the escargot, mostly because I love the garlic butter sauce! They were tender and the main waiter happily brought me more bread, without me asking, so I could sop up all the delicious butter. Someone else ordered the warm goat cheese salad, which was enormous for a starter and came with lots of little pieces of toast topped with goat cheese. I think someone else had a soup, which they enjoyed.
For mains, there are a lot of items not on the online menu, which are written up on a chalkboard. A lot of us had fish with some lovely buttery sauce (there were a few types of fish and options for sauces). So mouthwateringly good. It came with mashed potatoes and a nice assortment of steamed veggies. Others had the duck (they gave her an extra leg!) and the steak and frites (huge and the fries were yummy). I've also heard the mussels and rabbit are good.
Unfortunately we didn't have room for dessert.

I really enjoyed the cozy atmosphere and the waiter was so friendly and fun and his French accent made me want to speak French to him! They were really great with our relatively large group of 8 and didn't make us feel bad for chatting and taking our time deciding what to eat. Also answered all our questions about the different menu items.

I had a fabulous time all around and would recommend Salade de Fruits to anyone!

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Cindy's Cafe1850 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Good food, but a little pricy.
Submitted Friday, April 2, 2010 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

Came here for brunch with a couple friends. Service was friendly and had my coffee refilled before my cup was empty. But we came late, and there were only a few other tables occupied when we arrived, so I can't comment on how quick/attentive the service is when they're busy.

I had the Beecher's benny, which was 2 eggs, backbacon, lemony hollandaise and came with hash browns. My friends had the spring omelette (assorted vegies and toast) and Cindy's breakfast (fruit, scrambled egg whites, spinach and toast). We all enjoyed our food and it seems like it's good quality too(the fruit was a mix of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, not your usual crappy fruit bowl, and the toast is whole grain).
However, while my benny was pretty good, I wouldn't say it's the best I've ever had. The lemony hollandaise was nice, though I wish there was a bit more sauce, especially since the eggs were poached a little long (yolks were pretty solid). The hash browns had green onions over top, but otherwise seemed pretty standard to me.
The portion sizes are decent, but I was hungry and have a good appetite, so I wish I had a little more food. That said, I think most would by happy with the portions (and some other reviewers thought they were big).

The only thing is it was $18 for the benny ($15) and a coffee ($2.75), so I paid over $20 (incl. tax and tip), which seems like a lot to me for brunch. There are cheaper options; I think the brunch items ranged from ~$10-15. But I often get the same meal at a local chain, with more food, and pay $13-14 altogether. I think I'd prefer not to go back because of the price, but would deal if friends really wanted to go back.

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Pho Central1161 Davie Street, Vancouver
Best Pho in the Area
Submitted Friday, April 2, 2010 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

I work in the area and come here for lunch and dinner every so often. Great for our rainy Vancouver days. My coworkers and I have tried a couple other Pho places around (on Howe and Burrard) and when Pho Central opened, we quickly decided that this was the best of the three.

We usually get pho (different assortments of meat or the veggie one), which comes with sprouts, basil and lime wedges. The broth is pretty tasty (in my opnion better that the places I mentioned above) and you get a good amount of food (at one of the other places, the portion was smaller than usual for Pho and, being a decent eater, I wasn't full). The vermicelli bowls are also good and they give you quite a bit of meat for the price. We also enjoy the spring rolls.

Not all the staff speak the best English, but they're friendly and efficient. You get piping hot tea with your meal and the prices are good (I'd say $10-15 with tax and tip, not $15-30). (Pho Central was better in this aspect as well; the other places were kind of pricey for Pho.)

As others have mentioned, it's not a big place. They recently added a couple more tables, but I think it seats around 20 tops. They open at 11:30 and we try to arrive before 12 if there's more than a couple of us

Overall, recommended if you're in the neighbourhood and want a nice bowl of Pho!

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Hamaei Japanese Restaurant2601 Westview Drive, #620, North Vancouver
My Favourite for Japanese
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

Vancouver has an (over)abundance of Japanese restaurants and sometimes I get tired of eating crappy Japanese food. Hamaei is my favourite little place for Japanese. It's actually Japanese run and I love the Japanese waitresses in their kimonos, very sweet and friendly. It's not a big place, so seating is cozy and I'd recommend a reservation on weekends.

They don't have boxes for dinner, so order and share. I usually go with family and we always get lots of California rolls (the best I've had, creamy and so good), chicken karaage (boneless, juicy and flavourful), and salmon sashimi. Some less mainstream dishes that we also enjoy are the grilled sockeye salmon cheek & belly and the marinated tuna karaage (with a wasabi mayonnaise type sauce and tower of fried things on top). The salmon teriyaki is also good.

I think it's good value for the quality of food. Not as cheap as alot of crappy restaurants, but not expensive. And I definitely don't think it's a dingy hole-in-the-wall - It's small, yes, but charming. I've recommended it to others, including a supervisor who also felt it was a great little place.

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Thai Basil1215 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Favourite Lunch Spot
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 9:38pm [Dine in]

This little restaurant is my favourite place on Davie (and Robson) to go for lunch. The food is really yummy and very cheap. Lunch combos are just $6.95. With that you get salad with a nice sweet dressing (can't figure out what it is, but I love it and don't usually like salad), rice, and a choice of a curry, stir-fry, etc (options for beef, chicken or tofu).

My favourite is the green curry. Lovely flavour, nice and coconutty. I also like the yellow curry and everyone loves the pad thai. (One suggestion if you want more meatiness is in your pad thai is to subsititute chicken for the prawn. Some people complain that it only comes with one or two prawns, but for $6.95, what do they expect?!) The curries come with a good amount of meat. Other dishes friends seem to like are the red curry, swimming rama, and chicken with cashew nuts.

The service is friendly, the place is clean, and the food is great. Just keep in mind that it's a tiny restaurant, with about 12 seats inside? Take away is always an option. Definitely recommended (but please don't go at noon because then I might not be able to get a seat!).

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
DOV 2008 - Fantastic Meal!
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

I went to Hamilton Street Grill for Dine Out Vancouver last year (2008), but never wrote a review and it was such a great meal that I felt I should.

First off, they didn't skimp on portions AT ALL. I started off with a soup, which I can't remember what it was, but whatever it was, it was delicious and huge. My entree was a steak with mashed potatoes. I expected a mini "Dine Out" portion of steak, but it was definitely a good size (8 oz) and NOT overcooked (a common pet peeve)! Medium rare and juicy, just how I like it. The potatoes were tasty too. To top it all off, I had the gingergread pudding, which, as others have mentioned, was AMAZING. It was also a massive portion, warm, gooey and oh so yummy. The gelato was a nice contrasting accompaniment and came in pumpkin and ginger. I kept eating it even though I felt like I was going to pop and/or be sick. Overall, really really pleased with the taste and portions of the food.

The server was really friendly, and attentive, very nice guy. We sat in a nice booth in the middle of the restaurant. I think I'd have to steal the words of another reviewer and say it was sophisticated casual. I haven't been back yet (unfortunately), but have thought about it quite a few times, so hopefully it'll soon.

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
DOV 2009 - A Little Disappointed
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

Went for Dine Out Vancouver with a few friends. It was everyone's first time at Raincity Grill. Of course a good location, right by the water. Cozy restaurant. Servers were knowledgeable and attentive, but reserved. When bringing each course they would describe what was in each dish and they kept came by multiple times to fill up wine and water glasses (just not particularly outgoing/friendly). We did appreciate that they allowed us over 2 hours for Dine Out.

To start I had the Butternut Squash Veloute (a creamy soup) that was nice with the thyme accents, just quite rich. Friends enjoyed the Stuffed Leg of Chicken and the Salmon Mosaic.

For the entree I had the Braised Beef and was expecting something very savoury and melt-in-your-mouth, however, the beef was bland and a little chewy. I felt it was more like a little pile of pulled boiled beef, wrapped in a cabbage leaf. The potato pave was pretty yummy, but they're potatoes, which I nearly always like. It's the meat that really makes the entree, and mine didn't. Sampled my friends' Pork (on risotto, very flavourful) and Salmon (with gnocchi and butternut squash, pretty good, lighter flavours).

Lastly I had the Hazelnut and Chocolate Delice with smoked milk ice cream. The chocolate delice was nice. The ice cream was interesting! It tasted of hickory and was odd on its own, but better when eaten with the the crushed hazelnuts and chocolate. The Anjou Pear dessert was quite nice as well.

We felt the serving sizes were very good for Dine Out-we were all pretty full at the end.

I expected to be more amazed by the food, and while the appy and dessert were pretty good (though nothing spectacular), I was quite disappointed with my main. So my experience of the food was just "decent," though most of my friends would rate it higher. (Take home message - skip the braised beef!)

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