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SKP Restaurant

4409 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6R2H8
Tel: (604) 222-0220
Neighbourhood: Point Grey

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Hidden gem
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 29, 2008 - 4:21am [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I came here last Sunday since she was craving pasta. I had heard good things about this little place.

We arrived late in the evening so it was fairly quiet. The place is quaint; there are 2 levels to dine and specials are written up on wide chalkboards by the kitchen. I'm note particularly fond of dim lighting but this place is noticeably brighter than Anducci's. The server was friendly and polite and followed up on us throughout the evening.

We gazed through the menu to find some standouts. I wanted the meatballs but they ran out so I chose the Chorizo Sausage. My girlfriend got the Scallops Entree.

I started off with the Caesar Salad. The romaine was past it's freshness - the leaves were a little tinged in colour and water-soaked (probably to liven up the crispness). I always look forward to the croutons but there were only a few to be found. The parmesan was generous and the dressing was flavourful.

Our pasta dishes were generously sized. My girlfriend's Scallops Entree had full pieces of medium scallops (nice since we're use to getting baby scallops) and the pasta (spaghetti) was done perfectly. The scallionsin cream sauce was a touch runny and bland for my palette. My Chorizo Sausage came with large slices of chorizo that blanketed the plate. It was cooked just right with a little bit of kick. The penne was also cooked well a little past al dente which seems to be the norm when dining out.

We'll be coming back here again to sample some of the other items (like the meatballs!). This is a great place for tasty, no-nonsense pasta and the prices are right in the thick of other pasta places.

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What's with all the raving reviews?
By hungryfordinner of Vancouver (125 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

Food: We ordered the 3 cheese bread as an appetizer. I ordered the baby clam and fettucine. The bread wasn't bad at all! Quite overpriced, however. The fettucine wasn't quite al dente (a bit on the hard side), which is disapointing since this restaurant considers itself a 'pasta bar'. The sauce was mainly just juice from the clams, it was unbelievably salty. I don't think this place is authentic. Asian chef for Italian food? That's a first for me.

Service: The waitress seemed to enjoy chatting with her colleague more than serving us. The one and only quality check came after the appetizer. Water was refilled twice, but could have been done more frequently as glasses were left empty for long periods of time.

Value: I know this isn't a cheap neighbourhood for cheap food, but the price of the food should reflect the quality of the food. Unlike what the other reviewers have said, I do not think the portions are huge. I don't consider myself a big eater and I was only just full afterwards. There wasn't much else other than clams and chopped tomatoes in my dish. It was very dull.

Ambiance: We went for an early dinner, so the restaurant was quite empty at the time. What totally ruined the experience for me were the lousy kids that screamed nonstop. While it is beyond the restaurant's control, I wish the waitress could have done something. It was very very loud. Who wants to enjoy a dinner with kids screaming? Had the restaurant been full, I would have reduced the rating to a 1 star, as the tables were quite cramped and I would have been elbow to elbow with the guests at the next table.

Not returning!

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A small, cozy and beautiful italian restaurant.
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (54 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

I took my girlfriend here last week right after we had finished school - around 8pm. This place is unique, compared to most other restaurants in vancouver. Although small, rustic and warm in it's atmospheric design, the staff and their appearances are top notch and very professional.

We ordered a full course of appetizer, drinks pasta and desserts.

For the appetizer, we have boccoccini and tomatoes topped with herbs and drizzled in olive oil. it came cold to my surprise so personally i did not enjoy the dish too much as i was hungry for something warm. to be fair, the ingredients and dish are tasty and fresh nonetheless. $8

Our drinks which were two special house ales at $5 each, were very tasty.

Next came the main course, our pastas. We both had the daily specials - red snapper and seafood w/ fettecini, roast lamb shoulder with feteccini alfredo. delicious, delicious, delicious! $19+$22

The dessert was the house special some kinda cheesecake. Not exactly sure how much their dessert costs but the cheesecake was mediocre.

overall, a splendid experience and will surely return for more!

PS - very large portions and excellent free, refillable breads!

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Delicious in large portions.
By matchalatte of San Fran, CA (34 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

Last Saturday was my second visit to this place (the first visit was about two years ago), and I found the food and service to be the same great quality. This place still gave a cozy, homelike feel with the brick walls and low lights. Specials and featured wines are written in colourful chalk on blackboards hung near the kitchen.

We were seated right away, on the second floor. We started with the garden salad, which not the usual boring kind; it had a flavourful dressing and crispy veggies. For our entrees, we shared the primavera pasta and the carbonara with fettacine, which both came in large, nearly family-size plates. It was quite a lot of food for only two people! But it's definitely worth packing up and taking home. The servers were nice and checked on us a couple times.

Definitely one of my favourite places for pasta.

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Must... contain... involuntary salivation
By Darwinius of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 11:32am [Dine in]

From the hungriest person to the romantics, This is a must-go restaurant for avid pasta hoarders. The proportions were large and beautiful. As a server started walking in with two plates (one for me and my girlfriend), it started to feel like a plate of the best, hand-picked fruit in all of Rome just for me, Caesar.
Oddly, though their proportions were huge, I still managed to finished one and a half plates of their pasta. Did not have to eat for two full days..

*Food rating was not a 5 due to the unenjoyable taste of the Pesto penne.
*Service is slow, but makes up for the atmosphere.

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great
By charmmy of Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

it's a cute and comfortable restaurant. I went here with a friend and we both split the bbq salmon in a fresh dill cream sauce pasta and one of the daily specials, a cheese stuffed pasta. I wouldn't recommend the stuffed pasta - tastes a bit too much like chef boyardee in my opinion. the bbq salmon pasta was delicious. don't be expecting chunks of salmon though because it was barely noticeable but the sauce was good. I also love the free bread! very tasty. the restaurant wasn't full when i went here so the server was very attentive. Wanted to order the meatballs to go but they were sold out and it was only around 2 in the afternoon. overall it's a great place for a simple, quiet lunch

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It was a fantastic evening.
By zareku of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 1:48am [Dine in]

Some Kinda Pasta is a gem. The interior is reminiscent of one of those old brick Italian-style restaurants that are seldom seen anymore.

The food is good. I've only eaten at SKP twice. Their portions are enormous and I believe they do this deliberately to either full you up to the extent where you're going to have trouble getting to your car or so that you have some leftovers to take home with you. In the case of the latter, the staff are more than welcome to pack your extra food for you and seem accustom to doing this a lot. My first experience was with the Fettuccine Alfredo. I thought it would be a good place to start - with something classic. I enjoyed it, but I thought it was too creamy and less cheesy than I would have liked. The second dish I tried was the Spinach tortellini in a creamy tomato sauce that was delicately seasoned and palette pleasing. I finished the entire plate n one sitting - I enjoyed it that much.

The staff are friendly enough, but they seem a little overworked, and it shows. Though they manage to put on a happy face when they arrive to your time, I tend to get the "please hurry up and tell me what you want quickly because there are six other tables waiting for me" face a lot. Otherwise, they fill up water regularly and are generally very nice.

SKP is great for dates. Potentially a bit intimate for clients, but is definitely one of Point Grey's hidden gems. Try it. You'll love it.

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wonderful neighbourhood restaurant
By dinermab of vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

The pasta is GREAT!
You can pick a pasta, then pick a sauce, and
they're all delicious. A genuine and friendly waitress,
tasty appetizers, cold beer and wine in a cozy ambiance.
The broccoli cheddar soup is fantastic.
Don't miss out on this restaurant.

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Disappointing
By naomi 11 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 16, 2012 - 9:26am [Dine in]

I have been going to Some Kinda Pasta for about 15 years and our whole family loved it. After their recent renovation, the food has gone downhill.
The Caprese salad tasted like it had store bought Italian dressing on it.
The pesto pinenut pasta was bland and salty. It tasted like they forgot to add something. I asked for chicken to be added to this dish but it came with only a few pieces of chicken and they were completely flavourless.
My son had his usual chorizo on rotini. The tomato sauce tasted like it had no spices in it. It used to be a spicy dish but now it is completely bland. He also said the chorizo was not cooked enough.
The food was very disappointing and we are sad to say that we won't be back.

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New SKP disappoints
By Sarah Shore of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 10:52am [Take-out]

We have been eating at Some Kinda Pasta periodically since the late 90s. We have dined in and we have picked up food and eaten at home and we've always been pleased with the service and the food.

On Sunday evening, we ordered food for take out off the menu on their website. Only one person in our group actually got what they wanted because they have changed the menu so much. Changing the menu in itself wouldn't have been a problem, but it would have been much better if the current menu was online.

When we received the pasta, the noodles were all too soft. We ordered three pastas with cream sauces and the sauces were all the same - the additions had obviously been added after and the cream sauce didn't have a lot of taste, just a lot of butter. We ordered a roasted chicken sauce with artichokes and mushrooms that had no artichokes or even artichoke flavour to it. We ordered green and Caesar salad - the Caesar salad was okay, but the green salad was wilted and very sad looking.

As I said, we have been coming to Some Kinda Pasta for years, but really felt that the quality of the food was below average and certainly not worth the expense. My husband was disappointed with the service on the phone as he was ordering. The person who took his order gave him the impression he was wasting their time, especially because he was ordering from what is apparently an old menu. We did call just before 5:00 to order to avoid the dinner rush as from our previous experience the restaurant can be loud and busy during dinner time.

I don't know that we will return to Some Kinda Pasta, either to eat in or take out - there are options closer to where we now live that provide better value for our money and are tastier.

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New ownership(?) = Terrible, terrible food.
By 010122 of Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

This place used to be my favourite pasta place in Vancouver. The pasta dishes seemed delicate and tasted delicious. Now they serve overcooked, thick, soft spaghetti with what tastes EXACTLY like premade canned tomato sauce from supermarkets. My seafood dish had a terrible smell mixed in to the pasta (shells, etc).

It was just cooked seafood mixed into heated pre-made sauce, in soggy soft pasta. Gross.

The service is notably worse. Waitresses used to be in a shirt/apron, but now it's a young guy in street clothes. Very casual. Not to mention, purposely charging more to change the sauce from seafood to tomato.

Conversation:
Me: And can I get that in a tomato sauce instead?
Guy: Sure!
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Guy: Actually.. hold on. (to "chef" [just a kid, really]) Can you do it in a tomato sauce? (walks to him) That's gonna cost more right?
Kid: *shrugs*
Guy: Yeah it's gonna cost you $2 more.

I don't mind paying an extra $2 at all, but the way it was handled was just awful. It put off a very cheap vibe. Oh, and I really don't think that any casual pasta places ($10-20) charges extra for a different sauce anyway.

I've given this restaurant two tries since, thinking it was an off day, but boy this place sucks now. You've been warned: do NOT go. If you're in the area and really crave pasta, there's an Italian place very close by with pasta dishes of higher quality, excellent service, at the same price.

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A nice cozy place
By SpazButFierce of Steveston, Richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 5:04am [Dine in]

My first impression of this place was definitely positive. It felt like one of those small Italian eateries that is just warm and inviting. There weren't a lot of tables for customers, but I'm thinking that's what makes it cozy. The wine cellar is just fascinating to look at. It's entertainment on its own.

I ordered the Prawns, Scallops and Mushroom in pesto sauce. Huge portion, although I thought for the price I paid I should have gotten at least a garlic bread or an extra side. Nevertheless, it was still pretty good. I tried my friend's Fettuccine Alfredo and I thought it was good. It was sauced perfectly, unlike some places where their pasta is swimming in sauce. I had a good time

The service was okay. It took 45 minutes before the food arrived. But our waitress apologized. My only concern was it almost felt like they were trying to shoo us off the place since more people were coming in and they needed our table. My friends and I were eating and chatting quite slowly. Our waitress kept checking on us and asking if she could clear out any plates. She also gave us our bill before we asked for it, stating that she'd leave it there 'whenever we're ready'. I didn't think there was a need to do that.

I would definitely come back here again. Decent price for quite big portions, I'm on board! Overall rating 7.5/10

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Standard Italian with an intimate setting
By gallivantplease of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 14, 2005 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

The evening began dismally, as we had to wait for tables to clear, even though we had reservations! Hungry we surely were, and thankfully the portions were large enough to satiate us. I reccommend the pasta plates, especially the fettuccinne. The cream sauces are pleasing to the palate and very filling. Amazing bread and garlic butter is served with all meals. Service is solid, ambiance is lively. Extensive wine list. Prices are very reasonable.

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Steady Eddie
By Zeero of delta (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

I have been going here for the past 5 years. The food is always solid and have never been disappointed. Prices are decent as well. One thing I must point out is they have a nice variety of affordable wines which is also good. Overall you will get good value for your money and the portions are more than enough.

I would recommend this place to others and I will be back.

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Great Pasta
By wright of West End, Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

Although I haven't been there in quite some time, Some Kinda Pasta has always been great when I've gone.

The atmosphere is cozy and inviting, the service is usually quite good, the food arrives quickly, and I love the "mix and match" aspect of sauces vs. pastas. The food is always tasty.

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Go again and again
By lowawa of Kitsilano, Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 2:08am [Dine in]

First ofall, the food is a big comes in big porportion. I still can't finish a whole plate myself. The caeser salad with shrimp is surprisingly addictive. Favorites are the white sauces. The service are great most of the time, still it depends on the amount of customers. The ambiance is lively but noisy. A place I go again and again. Best thing is, its not pricey!!

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Simply Wonderful!
By Nicole L of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 11:30am [Dine in]

We have recently moved to the area and were looking for a great restaurant that can substitute for a good home cooked meal along with a warm and inviting atmosphere. When we stumbled across SKP we were excited to find such a gem. SKP formally known as Some Kind of Pasta has recently gone threw a renovation both aesthetically and energetically. I have to say the new changes are wonderful the freshly painted walls and exposed brick bring a quant yet vibrant feel to the place, we found the serving staff to be extremely knowledgeable about the preparation of the food as well as they gave great recommendations. There is always specials which we enjoy when we feel like a change for the regular menu. We decided to take our good friends here when they were visiting from Ontario and they couldn’t stop raving about this place all weekend, the owner visited our table and answered all our questions we had about the menu, he gave us his recommendations (they just had fresh Halibut sent in that day) and let me tell you his recommendation was right on! The halibut was cooked to perfection it was so good that the next night when we took our guest to the Boat House on Kits beach they were unimpressed in comparison. Over all this is a great place to enjoy great wine, amazing food and even better company! Simply Wonderful SKP!

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Hidden Gem
By ngo_s of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

Looking for a plate of steaming pasta? Definitely a great place to check out as it seems to be a hidden gem just outside the UBC area. Heaping amounts of pasta of your choice served with your choice of sauce as well, this place is great for a nice meal out.

The ambiance is definitely soothing. Seek for a table on the 2nd floor so you get a great view of the open kitchen as well as the passer-bys on the street below. Most dishes are under $15, service is attentive and will definitely try this place again.

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Great Location, Good Food
By TasteGuru of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 6:19pm [Dine in]

The restaurant name is very catchy. The food was great. It's in a nice and quiet neighbourhood with window view into the sidewalk. Quite an enjoyable feeling.

The service was pretty good. The waitress came check on us every now and then. It would be nice if she came a little less frequent.

The food is fantastic. We love the cheese bread there.

Overall, this location is a big thumbs up! I have recommended this place to couple pals and they loved it too!

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Some kinda pasta?
By ehanrah of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 3, 2007 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

I have never submitted a restaurant review before but feel compelled to do so now. The previous reviewers of this restaurant must have eaten at a different restaurant than we did! Each person in our party ordered a different pasta and only one dish was enjoyed. The pasta sauces are tasteless and full of flour. I ordered the "new york steak" with linguini, expecting a smallish new york since the price was reasonable. What I got was a lump of gristle (if it was a New York cut then it must have been from Jersey) with a side of linguini with tomato paste on it (there were no detectable seasonings in the sauce). Honestly most of the meat was so tough I could not cut it with the serrated steak knife provided let alone chew it. When the waitress inquired about our meals I told her about the very poor quality of the meat and she said she would "pass the info on". We never got an apology or any offer of compensation even when my plate was picked up at the end of the meal showing every indication that most of it had not been eaten. My kids, joking about the name, said that it was some kinda pasta, but not the good kind!

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