I've ordered from this place a few times, and they frequently get my order wrong. However, the pizza has always been pretty good, until tonight. I decided to try the gluten free crust this time. I ordered the pestate pizza (hold the cheese). It arrived in about an hour and they remembered to hold the cheese (which often they don't). When I picked up a slice it was actually dripping with grease, The top had pools of grease and the crust looked like it had been soaked in it. It was mostly inedible. I've never had such gross pizza before. I don't know if it was the gluten free crust or the pestate pizza but it was absolutely gross.
Great visit to Lift the other day. Went in for an early dinner before going to the hockey game. Once there we found out that they had happy hour at the bar. No drink discounts but all the food was half price. Even had $1 oysters. Dinner was really good. I had the Cornish game hen and the mrs had a venison that was great. Service was good and restaurant was clean and probably has the best views in Vancouver.
The oysters were a larger variety and kinda fishy, but the bacon condiment was a nice twist. My date and I ordered a steak and a chopped chicken salad, both were a mess. The way they cut the steak is completely messed up and creates a bunch of medallions which are tough and get cold very quickly. Her chopped salad was mostly tasteless and the chicken was hidden in tiny unpleasant chunks. We also tried the crab and avocado which were kinda gnarly. I don't know why there are so many sandwiches on the menu, but I guess I should have ordered one. I just really don't want to eat a beef dip when I'm out for a formal birthday dinner. Improve the menu and we might come back.
Very good authentic sushi. No deep fried mayo covered rolls here, just good ingredients and traditional sushi with the occasional fancy roll. It is a small restaurant, and so if it gets busy there is not much space. But if you're patient it is worth the wait. Filling but you still feel alert after dinner.
I really like this place because it's one of the only places that serves chicken ramen. And their curry ramen with chicken is amazing, especially if you add a little extra garlic which they'll happily provide. If you're hungry just adding extra everything leaves you pretty filled for 4$ extra.
I went in there for breakfast on a Sunday. I know the place is expensive but the prices still were pretty steep; $16 for 3 pancakes.
I ended up ordering a custom omlette with toast and hasbrowns. Toast was grocery store white bread - just like at Ricky's. The jam came in little glass pots, but otherwise tasted the same as RIckys. The butter came in a little ceramic cup on teh plate and was liquid as the plate was so hot RIcky's serves solid butter. Who wants to pour liquid butter on toast? The hashbrowns were what looked like a square cut portion from some kind of deep dish hashbrown casserole. It looked nice, but was HroRIBLE - it was so full of rosemary it was inedible. The omlette looked like it was out of one of those plastic micorwave omelette pans. It looked ok on th eoutside but I would not be surprised if it had been nuked as it was not even brown at all on the outside. The real kicker was it was RAW liquid egg all through the centre. This "chef" has obviously never been taught how to make a proper omettle. The coffee was one of those over roasted dark roasts.
I pick a few veggies out of the omlette, and ate the toast. I left over 3/4 of the omelette and all teh hasbrown on my plate. The ocst of this meal was over $25 plus tip!. The server did not even care to ask why I was paying so much and did not eat most of it. Just whisked my plate away and dropped the bill.
Please, go somewhere else. Like umm RIcky's - much better breakfast and less than half the price.
I don't know they have survived for 39 years. Tasteless humus, pita from the corner grocery store, greasy pakawra, oily and tasteless lentil soup, overcooked (dry) rice, tasteless salad. A mediocre lamb kebab was the highlight of my dinner. I've been passing this place by for 27 years but I'd read and heard so many rave reviews about it I decided to go. I'll wait another 27 before trying it again.
The best service I have had in a long time. New management has begun beginning-mid this year and the new manager "Bill" is a great, professional, and super friendly guy. The manager is active and not letting all his workers do the work. The food was amazing, we spent 2 hours in here being loud and accidentally breaking and spilling some stuff, but they were super understanding. The new manager also gave us some freebies and made amaaaazing macarons, LOVED THEM, I wish I could come back for them but I dont even know if they were on the menu. My friends and I came here for a girls night out and it was so worth it, with or without a groupon. During the weekends, theres some pretty good looking guys working too, which is always a plus. New management has changed up a lot and it's going to get more and more busy in here so make sure you get a reservation. Definitely worth checking out (:
I have been curious about this restaurant for a while, seeing that there is a line-up outside almost every evening. Finally, I found an opportunity to go.
The sashimi and sushi are the freshest in town, and at very reasonable prices, which probably is the main reason for the long line-up. Go there and have nothing but raw fish, and you will be a very happy person.
The hot food is not bad, just not outstanding like the raw fish is. Seating is cramped, and you have to be prepared to share the table with people you don't know. Service is slightly substandard, primarily because the waitresses are so ultra-busy, but their attitude is fine.
The restaurant doesn't take reservations. They don't have to, given the long line-up every evening. Go there early to avoid a long wait.
We wanted to try this place for lunch. Was hoping for some home style italian cooking. The place is cluttered and had a bunch of reserved signs on the tables so we thought maybe there was a big party coming in for lunch but no large party ever came in.
We got a table and proceeded to look at the menu.
I was in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs and inquired about the $7.95 lunch special and the server advised that was a half order and I may want to get the lunch size instead which was $10.95 on the menu. No problem, I was hungry.
My colleague is celiac so he asked about the gluten free pasta and was told he would have to order one of the dinner pasta dishes for $18.95 so he agreed and also ordered a glass of house red.
The food was ok with large portions but clearly made from frozen and packaged ingredients.
When we went to pay the bill my friend was charged $7.95 for a glass of house red and his pasta ended up being approx. $23. I was charged $14.95 even though the menu said $10.95 for full lunch size... Anyway, you do the math. I just paid it and had to laugh because for that price we could have eaten at Campignolo Roma down the street and had some amazing italian food with fresh ingredients.
Great, you made an extra $5 bucks off me... once. We eat out for lunch everyday and this place will certainly not make our rotation.
The last few times I passed by, the sign was gone and the building was empty. It was good while it lasted. Always nice fresh ingredients which the owner bought them at the Safeway across the street, and the customizable menu was fun. Alas, it seems this restaurant is no more.
I and my wife came here because of this restaurant won silver in Best Casual Dining in Vancouver Magazine, and we were disappointed.
Not that anything was particularly bad, but at the prices they charge ($16 or so for appetizers, and $30 to $40 for mains), the food should be memorable, and it was not.
We just ate there an hour ago, and by now, I have already forgotten what I and my wife had for appetizers, so forgettable were the dishes. One main course was roasted squab, and the other was pork shoulder cooked in milk. We shared the poached pear dessert.
I can describe all the dishes the same way -- flavours were unusual, in that you won't get these flavours anywhere else, but none was particularly delicious, and everything was quite forgettable. the presentations followed the same vein -- interesting appearance, but not particularly appetizing.
The place, however, was architecturally interesting (but you go there for the food, not for the architecture), and service was top notch. Our server was never intrusive, but somehow magically appeared at the right time all the time, just when we needed service, without our having to seek her out or wave her down.
The wine selection was also interesting, and the glass of Poplar Grove Viognier I had was delicious. At $14, that's pretty much what you would expect at other restaurants.
I don't think we'll be returning.
Went for lunch with some of my buddies from University. The restuarant was full. Lucky one of my friends had made reservations. Service was very good and we did not have to wait for the table. The restuarant was full. We all had the pasta special and it was very good. Coffee was good also. Did not have room for dessert. It was loud place so hard to talk. I will go back another time and try it for dinner.
Been at this location twice with a friend.
We both enjoy the Laksa with fish noodle. The fish noodle is made from a white fish paste, which is sqeezed out and boiled in the soup. It has great texture - like a noodle - but without the carbs.
The fish noodle costs an extra $4 on top of the $8.50 soup. So $12.50 all together. The combo comes with a hong kong style milk tea or coffee and a nice cold glass of water on request. I like beef tendon and rolled bean curd with my soup. It's tasty and oh so good on a cold day. My friend and I can usually split a soup. Sometimes we order one each and have a nice lunch for the next day as well.
The first time I was there - the male server was very helpful. The second time I was there, a female server left a lot to be desired. There was a small, dime sized amount of soup on the table left from the previous diners. She cleaned the spot. Literally - cleansed ONLY that dime sized spot on the table! LOL! I took my trusted Clorex wipes out of my purse and gave the table a thorough wipe down. Yeesh - clean the friggin table between customers - really! She also forgot to bring enough spoons and we had to remind her to bring some water (twice). Hence - I rated the service as two star.
The ambiance was fine - the restaurant was otherwise bright and clean. It is not fine dining - but I find fine dining overrated and overpriced.
This is a good meal on a budget.
I'll be back (with my clorex wipes if necessary ;)
Ate hear last week with a friend. She had been once before but it was my first time.
We both had the smaller tasting menu. All of the food was well executed. Good balance of flavours and nice presentation. The dishes are however quite small and I was left wanting a little more but overall we were pleased. My friend told me that if the gnocchi was on the menu we should ask for that but sadly it was missing that night. The pros and cons of a rotating menu I guess. The service was quite good. As soon as our plates were done they were promptly cleared and the next dish arrived very shortly after. The service did become a little rushed near the end of our meal however. I presume this was because we were the early seating and they needed us to leave by a certain time to accommodate their next seating.
Overall a good dining experience and I'll put it on my return list so I can get this famed gnocchi that they sometimes have.
If you like meat and potatoes that is what you'll get... and not much else. No garnish, no choice vegetable on the side and no extra's what so ever. My fillet Mignon was however cooked to perfection, but it's nothing that my boyfriend can't do at home on the BBQ. The Hy's signature steak my boyfriend had was a low grade cut of meat that was rather fatty and stringy. When the server came around to dress our baked potatoe I had to fish through the mountain of sour cream in order to find the potatoe below. There was nothing special about the dessert menu, the cheesecake was average. However they had a respectable wine list and the ambiance was cozy, quiet and intimate. There wasn't much here that set them apart from the Keg... except for the price.
It's a tiny hole-in-the-wall. Gaudy but hip atmosphere. Good music playing. Staff is friendly. Beer is very cheap at $3.50 a pint. Tacos are decent, the shrimp were the better choice.
I liked the nachos with beef on top. I think it was $7.50 or so, which, while not a huge portion, is much less than everywhere else.
Food is better than Chronic or Mucho Burrito, but not as good as La Taqueria.
The name of this restaurant is now called Ootori instead of Sanpachi so if you plan on using your entertainment coupon then you might as well forget it. I went here with my friend for lunch and we asked if we could use the coupon but they told us that they have changed names and is not affiliated with Ramen Sanpachi anymore. If that were the case then maybe they should consider changing the website address on their menu and the receipt information to NOT say Ramen Sanpachi. We let this one slide but it was just the beginning of our disastrous lunch.
Two minutes after we were seated the server came over and asked for our orders. We figured it's probably the lunch time rush so they're trying to get in the orders quickly. We ordered the Shio Ramen to which their response was, oh, we are out of the Shio and Tonkatsu Ramen. They were only open for the last hour and, apparently, already out of the two soups. They could have at least indicated on their menu that those two were sold out. Our server continued to stand there not giving us much time to pick something else so I ended up ordering the Miso Ramen and my friend ordered the Shoyu Ramen. We sat for about 20 mins before one of our ramens showed up and another 5 mins for the other one. If they were going to rush us to order then shouldn't the food come out a little faster? They are located in the central Downtown business area so you would think that they would be more prepared for the lunch rush and not make everyone wait 20 - 25 mins for their food.
We forgave them for the slow service as we were too hungry by that point to make any complaints. Even though we ordered different soup bases they seemed to look exactly the same - creamy. The picture on the menu indicated that the Shoyu ramen had a more clear soup base so you can't blame us for being a bit skeptical as to what they were actually serving. The taste wasn't exactly spectacular and the strips of pork were tiny and thin. Here is when things went from bad to worse. My friend found a dead fly in his soup. He called over the server and told him the issue. Instead of apologizing she stood there analyzing the fly just to make sure it was real and that we weren't making it up. She then calls over her manager (whom I assume is also the owner) who also looks at it to see if it was a real fly. She tells us that there are flies in the restaurant and probably flew into his noodles as he was eating it. She then proceeded to ask if he wanted another one and he told her that he's kind of lost his appetite and she just stood there, silent, for a good minute. Then my friend told her that he just wants to cancel his order. She looked really upset that he would even suggest such a thing and just said, "Fine, I'll cancel it". She comes back after a minute with the bill and places it in front of him and said, "I took it off" and then left. No apologizes, no sincerity, nothing. It was almost like it was OUR fault that there was a fly in the soup.
When we left there was no "Thank you for coming" or "We're sorry for this experience but hope you'll come again", just silence. I won't be going back there anytime soon and I highly doubt my friend will either. If you are looking for poor service, sub par ramen, and an unapologetic manager then I suggest you eat here but otherwise go somewhere else.
The owner, Mr. S. (originally from Japan), had been operating a sushi bar in the Valley for many years and now has taken over the old Zakkushi spot one block west of Burrard on West 4th. It's a tiny little space with room for maybe twenty diners (incl a four seat sushi bar). It's a great place to warm up with a hot sake and fresh sushi on a cold Vancouver night. We've been there twice since he opened in Summer 2013 and it's always been good and reasonably priced. Make a reservation and enjoy!
Went to Thierry to pick up some macarons last week. The shop was packed but we were helped after waiting for a minute. On the day we were there, they only offered 3 choices of flavors. Apple spice, earl grey and salted caramel. Although they were not my favourites, they tasted really good! I also wanted to give their coffee beans a try so I asked the staff if they knew when the beans were roasted, she said no. Then I asked them to grind the beans for stovetop, and they said they didn't know what it was. I was surprised and a bit apprehensive to get the beans since their knowledge in coffee seemed limited. I pulled out a picture of the moka pot to show them to make sure the beans get the correct grind.
Despite of that, I highly enjoy their macarons and think they have the best ones in town.
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