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Alexis Greek Restaurant3420 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Underrated Greek on cambie
By madkins of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

Alexis is always my go-to place for Greek on Cambie. I have been coming here for years but never really got around to writing a review for it. Yes, there may be better places for Greek food like Stephos but Alexis is not bad and does not have a line up. The food here is consistently good and the service is great. The owner is a friendly person who is always checking up on everyone. Their roast lamb is really delicious but what I really like is their pizzas. They are a special style (deep dish) and you can choose between two sizes. Portions are huge so if you pick this prepare to share or take home. My favorite is the theos special with lamb and green peppers. If you dont know what to order, go for the three course menu. It is a safe bet and you get an app, main and dessert for $20.

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Kalamata Greek Taverna1481 West Broadway, Vancouver
Knocked My Socks Off, Really is Best Greek in the City
By mitchipoo of Westend (18 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

We went for a family birthday dinner tonight, there were seven of us on a Tuesday evening. Had made a reservation, but the restaurant was quite quiet. I was a bit hesitant due to some of the other reviews, but my socks were knocked off.

The decor is a bit cliched, but it was very clean and well taken care of. The waitress was really friendly and gave us very good service. There is a lot of traditional greek items on the menu that you don't find at most of the "greek" restaurants, something there to please anyone.

Four of us had the four course meal for $19 with purchase of a beverage, the other three ordered their own starters and mains. The greek salad starter was nice, not too oily and a nice portion of feta. The pitas were whole wheat and were warm and fluffy, perfectly heated. Those of us doing the meal deal all had the calamari appetizer, which was perfectly cooked, crispy and tender. There was also taramasolata and the marinated artichokes ordered by others. Starters were very good.

Entrees were well timed, coming about five minutes after we finished our starters. I had the spanokapita and grilled artichokes, delicious. The roast potatoes were lovely and the rice pilaf had a bit of arugula tossed in with plenty of carrots and celery, was a nice fresh touch. The calamari and souvlaki had by others looked very nice. One friend had the lamb and said it was by far the best lamb he's ever had, and was a good sized portion. Dessert was bougatsa, lemon custard wrapped in phyllo, again delicious.

I was so pleasantly surprised by dinner tonight I can't stop talking about it. I'm already planning on going back to try some of the other menu items. We had a really enjoyable birthday dinner, thank you Kalamata.

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Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant2991 East Broadway, Vancouver
Surprisingly authentic mexican!
By madkins of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2014 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

I was told to check out this restaurant by a friend, who claimed it had some of the best, real Mexican food he had ever tried in the city. With so many Mexican places in Vancouver, I was not sure this was going to be true. With such high expectations, I was afraid I might be disappointed, but thankfully I wasn’t. They serve generous portions and the prices were good. The tamale was served in typical Mexican fashion and had great taste. I would’ve ordered one more but the size of the serving was large and I was very satisfied. I had also ordered a burrito and it was DELICIOUS! It was also quite large, and came with some rice, but that was great as it tasted so good. All the staff was nice. Vallarta’s is the restaurant to visit not only if you want Mexican food, but good quality delicious food in general!

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Chopped Leaf, The488 Robson Street, Vancouver
Healthy yes, but overhyped
By madkins of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2014 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

If you are looking for a place that is vegan friendly and gluten-free, but do not really care to pay a lot, then this is the place for you. The chopped leaf on Robson does fit the bill. Even if you I am not a vegetarian or have any allergic reaction to gluten, I thought this would be a good place to "eat healthy". Boy was I wrong. The food is expensive for the tiny portions served and always has me thinking I should have gone somewhere else. The brown rice from my no.1 was hard and the chicken was hardly visible. I thought I would be a little more successful with the salads (you can make your own) but it was a disappointment as well. What got me was that they even charge for tap water...

Not only is the food overpriced, but the service is clearly lacking here. The couple of times I have been here, I have had to wait ridiculously long to get attended. The place is small and seats a few, and the staff are all over the place and cannot handle take-out orders or working fast.

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Szechuan Chongqing1260 Robson Street, Vancouver
Great food!
By yummymermaid of Southlands, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

Every thing is delicious especially the spicy peanut wonton's! Its consistently good food & fair portions. Very pleased with this restaurant & will return & recommend this place! ! The service was very friendly and fast with out feeling like they were too attentive. The food is sooo yummy my friends and I crave it! Esp the general tso chicken, ginger beef & spicy wontons! ! The lunch deal is so incredibly cheap tasty & we had left overs!!! Will def be going back!

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Szechuan Chongqing2808 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Great food!
By yummymermaid of Southlands, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

Every thing is delicious especially the spicy peanut wonton's! Its consistently good food & fair portions. Very pleased with this restaurant & will return & recommend this place! ! The restaurant decor & atmosphere is meh....nothing smashing but is worth it for the food. The service is ok. A little detached....

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Minerva's2411 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
False advertising & small bad quality appetizer
By yummymermaid of Southlands, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 7:32pm [Delivery]

Burnt pita & 2 tiny containers of tzaziki for $8. 00?????? from MINERVAS in KERRISDALE IS A FUCKING JOKE! I will NEVER ORDER FROM THIS SCAM OF A RESTAURANT EVER AGAIN! Also my order was over $50 & The advertised 10% off on on line orders was NOT applied.....yep very disappointed.

I did love this places pizza but am shocked at this current order & called to give feedback on order & was placed on hold 2x??

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Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant2991 East Broadway, Vancouver
Great food, wrong prices on menu- Very disapointed
By dgillam of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 8:58am [Dine in]

They do have amazing Mexican food, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal, when it came time to pay I went through the process and added a tip and then after thought that was a lot higher than expected to pay and took a look at the menu and they have the wrong prices on the menu. I ordered Nauchos with chicken and on the menu it specifically states Naucho's with Bean, cheese and chicken 10.00, I showed the gal there and she said nothing when I asked her why did she charge me 15.00 for it she just looked at me and turned around and left, it was a bit awkward. I asked her when she came back and she said sorry it is 15.00 now. So yes I am very disappointed that they made no effort to refund the difference, so needless to say for a 5.00 rip off, I will NOT be returning to this restaurant just for the pure principal of their disappointing customer service.
They lost a great customer over 5.00 dollars.
so buyer beware.....make sure you check with them first and the prices to avoid disappointment in the end.

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Bubble World Tea House1325 Robson Street, Vancouver
Just Alright - Expected more
By as_545 of surrey bc (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2014 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

If I had to sum up this place in a short phrase, it would be this: it’s alright. Don’t expect anything special, and everything will be fine. Servers were quick and nice, but our table was not very clean. I had to clean it myself with a napkin. The food and drinks were okay, I liked the milk strawberry mango slush. I didn’t like the noodle soup I ordered, but my friend said the egg fried rice she had was good. One positive aspect is definitely the great location. Heard the other Bubble World locations are better, maybe I will visit those next time instead of this one.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
This is how you should treat your customers
By as_545 of surrey bc (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2014 - 9:22pm [Dine in]

This place really deserves 4 stars. Handi is a pretty good restaurant, but lacks a bit in drinks...but that is alright as the service made up for it. The service is good. As soon as we stepped in, the staff greeted us and took us to the bar while we waited for a table. Here is where I found out that drinks aren't their finest point! The service was extremely courteous. Our waiter offered to help at all times and checked on us regularly (not going overboard either, which can be equally annoying). He gave us recommendations of food. We ordered four dishes to share: butter chicken, chicken vindaloo, aloo gobi recommended by our waiter and some lamb. The food tasted authentic, I really liked the way the lamb was seasoned. Surely worth a visit.

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Crepe & Cafe3500 West 41 Ave, Vancouver
Extremely Rude and Overpriced!
By kim67 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2014 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

The French woman at the counter is extremely rude. When I was about to purchase a drink I politely asked how much the bottled apple juice cost as there were no prices listed. She said very rudely that she didn't have time and that she's very busy. She then rung in 5 dollars in the cash register (almost as if she had just made up the price on the spot)! Save yourself the rudeness and overpriced items and stop at the IGA across the street...where juice is 2 dollars. Normally I like to support local cafes but this one is simply not worth it.

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Trocadero Pizza & Steak House2411 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Excellent old school pizza and still an East Van staple
By busterwantstofish of East Van (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

I like my pie. thin crust brick oven its marcello's for me. Old school, thick, delicious, slightly crispy on top ........ then its Troc's for me. I really enjoy the food at this place, and, I have taken more than one well travelled, used-to-good-food client here ( along with friends), and every one has been back or asked that I take them back.
the calamari is great ...especially for deep fried which I dont really like, and i'm dying to try their steak and lobster, as back i the day.... it was pretty damn good.
the place is family owned, slower paced, and downright enjoyable with a group of friends.... and a few pitchers of beer. I may be biased as i'm from the hood, but I do NOT eat crappy food, and this place has got the mojo...
and, if you get a pie, try their special as they've had the damn thing on the menu since I was a kid, but if you dont... its still going to be good.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Still, by far, the best brick oven pizza in town
By busterwantstofish of East Van (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

after 20 +/- years of eating here, and comparing it to others on the drive or elsewhere, I can wholeheartedly say that this still is the best brick oven pizza in town... by a mile....
the reviews here are humorous to say the least, as i do not believe most of them due to my consistently good treatment at this place, and my penchant for fine foods...
the mista or chefs salad? fantastic. their brick oven calamari and prawns? mouthwatering... the various pasta's, of which the clam or mixed seafood is my fave, delicious.
and the pie..... that splendid, thin crust, eat it as soon as it gets out of the oven taste .... to die for.
compared to the new joint on Victoria drive, its still better.... but the the new place has got mojo and I like it cuz its different.
Formosa is not even a contender .....
and yes, their service used to be questionable, but I'm also divorced so I enjoy having women treat me badly on occasion.

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All Star Wings and Ribs808 Bute St, Vancouver
the Best sports bar in vancouver downtown
By bruce chen of Vanvcouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

The service is very awesome and I was very well attended to it's a shame I Could't spend more time with them. I was very impressed with the lay out with the restaurant and it TV layout (lots of TV surround) I would definitely recommend this place to all my friends to go !

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Above Average Place
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (42 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 1:47am [Dine in]

This place was the first time for me tonight. It was my gf's bday so wanted to treat her to something special.

The overall experience was good.

The thing that stood out for me, in particular, was the interior design - very rustic and japanese. The food was also decent, but it felt like a hit and miss on some of the dishes.

We had ordered 6 dishes plus a drink. total came to about 70.00 including tip so it was quite reasonably valued in the end and portions were fair.

- grilled pork cheek
- shrimp salad
- crab rice
- calamari
- dan dan noodle
- agedashi style tofu

overall, i'd say the cooking was solid, although the only ones that stood out in particular was the crab rice and agedashi style tofu.

the ones at the bottom of the barrel were the dan dan noodles and calamari.

calamari was soggy and soaked with grease. we at first thought it was the salsa that had caused the calamari to lose its fried crunch but than eating the ones not in contact with the salsa was still soggy. advice for the chef would be to have the salsa in a separate container.

however, after telling the waitress this, she was kind enough to offer us a replacement dish or to deduct the calamari cost off our tab but we declined because overall it was a good experience and we just wanted to let the chef know.

having eaten so many cuisines, sometimes i second guess myself on what the standards are at a certain place but this calamari was definitely a fail. i hope it was just a consistency error and next time it will come out perfect.

next, the dan dan noodles were not particular memorable or tasty. the overall cooking felt flat and i wasn't sure if it was some fast food dish i was eating or something they had not put heart into. it just felt a bit superficial and something i could get at a food court. banal, mediocre and bland.

the shrimp salad was reasonable, although a little over salty but well seasoned i think.

the pork cheek, i enjoyed greatly but i wished it would have had just maybe that extra 5-15% grill taste to it. it felt overly tenderized and even just below medium done. it was juicy, well seasoned, but texture wise, just uniform - no variety. this may be a personal preference but it's what i think for this dish.

the star of tonight was the crab rice on special in november of this month. full of crab flabor and tiny parcels of real crab meat, seafood and some sort of, i think, very aromatic japanese gratin cheese baked into the rice. it had depth of flavor and the rice was cooked just right.

the crab rice came in a stone bowl, pipping hot.

the cocktail, kingyo cocktail, lacked alcohol taste but flavor was not bad.

our waitress was great, very caring and attentive.

i'd return again, but it would not be a place i'd go often in terms of similarly priced range of izakaya.

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Hitoe Sushi3347 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
I LIKE Hitoe sushi!!
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (139 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2014 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

I like Hitoe sushi - it's my Goe-to restaurant whenever I'm in the big city. I head straight there in my car. I don't even feel like I have to be there. They have the freshest bestest sushi in the whole Province. I would not miss an opportunity to stop by. Wenever I 'm near dennam it's my Goe-to restaurant. It's not even cramp.

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Hitoe Sushi3347 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
I won't go here again
By BrianM of West Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 5:28am [Dine in]

Restaurant was small and cramp. Sushi was not fresh and not worth the price I paid. The service was so bad I only left a $2 tip for a group of five. I can tell the patrons are all locals who live in the area who don't have a car that's why they are forced to eat there. There are so many good sushi restaurants on dennam, don't go to Hitoe Sushi

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Bella Gelateria1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
Unexpectedly poor
By EatsFats of Vancouver (317 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

Really loved the gelato from the original location so quite looked forward to the new location, which also serves Napoletana style pizza.

We stayed away in the beginning due to the long line ups, but finally got a chance to go. We ended up at a very non-busy time, maybe only 2 or 3 other tables there.

Service, quite slow. I was really surprised by how long. The pizza should be very quick and especially given the lack of other customers there. They weren't exactly fast to get or order either, the waitress took the order, went away, then came back because she got confused or mixed up about what we ordered.
After the meal, we also ordered some dessert and a gelato on a cone. Not only did it also take a long time, they got the gelato order wrong. Somebody came back to "fix" the order, but the "fix" also took a long time. In a near empty restaurant!!! All told, we spent much more than an hour there for 2 pizzas and an ice cream. In an empty restaurant. There's no way they generate enough turnover to keep the place running.

To add insult, the gelato here (which we have since tried a few times) is not as good as the other location, usually too sweet. The dessert billed as "tiramisu", was nothing like that. It was a biscuit with 3 very, very tiny balls (~ 2cm diameter) of gelato. And it was really expensive.

The pizza was mediocre. You can get just as good from Famoso or any other number of joints around town. Absolutely nothing special, except maybe by being 10-20% more expensive than the competition! Our evaluation of the pizza correlates well with other friends and acquaintances who also tried at other times. "Meh, it was ok" was the general response.

Not recommended. You can get way better Neapolitan style pizza in any number of places around town. For gelato, the original location is better. For the same stuff, walk up a few blocks and get it for less cost and less lineup. For dessert or pizza, head around the corner to Sciue.

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Linh Cafe2836 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Quite the pleasant surprise!
By EatsFats of Vancouver (317 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

French style food from what seems to be a Vietnamese chef. Quite a small place, but very friendly.
The server was pretty good if a bit over the top, I'm not complaining.

Eh, the food? WOW! Yeah, wow! Quelle surprise! A couple of French breakfasts were stupendous. Sure, I've had this level of quality before, but at way more expensive and fancy joints. The actual dishes, well, no, I've not had them before, so it has a double hit of good and unique.
We also had the pho which is quite different from other pho joints in town, but was also quite well done. I rather suspect it is more "authentic" as a breakfast item than the other guys,but I suspect most people will prefer "the usual" style more as a full meal.

Tried some croissants which also got the big thumbs up from the party. The thing was just all good food, surprisingly so.

Definitely worth a return trip. Highly recommended.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Memorable night, because of the service
By yellowcf of Mississauga (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 31, 2014 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

Eating at Akbars has been a great experience. The waiter that we had was extremely cordial and nice. We never had to call him or remind him of anything, which was good because we could focus on the important part: the meal.

I specially loved the malai kofta with basmati rice. I’ve had Indian food many, many times, and one dish I had never grown to love was the malai kofta. I decided to try it here and was absolutely delighted. By far, the best kofta I’ve ever had! The mango cheese cake is pretty good too.

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