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Alk-O-Bar & Restaurant

6345 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC V5W3A3
Tel: (604) 322-1001
Neighbourhood: Sunset


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By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 23, 2011 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

I knew this little place opened up, replacing an old standing bubble tea and Japanese sushi restaurant. A newbie to filipino type cuisine it was certainly worth a try.

The decor is drab and looks cheap. Clear plastic is draped over tables while the whole space warrants a much needed scrub down.

We were offered 2 menus, one with western type fare like burgers and pasta and another menu with filipino items. My gf went with the filipino combo consisting of a large melange of chicken sisig, pork skewers, java rice and atchara (pickled papaya). The 2 skewers had good flavour and tenderness, while the sisig, chicken slices with a sour and spice marinade was something that looked and tasted like you'd find in a filipino home. I went with the kare kare stew. The gravy was rich in texture though lacking in overall punch, even with the addition of the accompanying shrimp paste. It had hints of peanut butter with pieces tripe and oxtail swimming alongside baby bok choi, eggplant and string beans. I served it alongside the fried rice, which was mediocre all the way through, including the use of frozen peas and carrots. We started with the lumpia Shanghai, a nice starter but again lacked seasoning.

There was one lone server handling the floor. Young and friendly but not particularly on cue with waiting the tables as we required flagdowns on several ocassions.

It was hard to get a good idea but overall it was passable on the palette.

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