At lunch they always hit the mark. It's hopping busy most days so be prepared to wait during peak hours. The menu is ultra simple, 1 taco for $6, 2 for $10, a burrito, nachos, tortilla soaps, that's about it. The concept is they only do what they do well and nothing else. The concept works, there is brilliance in the KISS principle. We have had all the tacos and our favourites are the tuna, pork jowl, and tempura although I think they are all equally good, it's just personal preference. My hubby loves the burrito here as well. Drinks are decent and reasonable, we especially like the Caesars. The service has been efficient and congenial every time we've been here, no one's trying to pretend they're anyone they're not or trapsing around trying to serve you on stilettos. They just say flat out on the menu no substitutions so if you're high maintenance, ultra fussy or have allergies that need to be catered to this might not be the ideal place for you. Also, a majority of the seating requires sharing tables which is only a problem if you think it is.
We were a party of 8 on Sunday after Chinese New Year, 2 families, mixed nationalities. This is very fun experience. A couple of people at our table weren't so adventurous and I think they had a hard time with the concept of cooking all the food, the communal boiling soup, etc. but that's nothing to do with the restaurant, just something to consider if you're bringing guests who aren't used to Asian food. The food was plentiful, in fact we over ordered and had to send some back! We liked the prawns, marinated beef, dumplings, wontons, noodles and veggies. Lots of selection and variety, maybe even a little too much. The value is absolutely great for the sheer quantity of food including seafood and very fresh greens of all kinds. This is a fun meal to go out for once in awhile, maybe not something to have when it's super hot out or if you're not very hungry. We booked an early table and got excellent service to start with but once the place filled up the servers were really stressed to keep up but still did their best. We found the "time limit" to be a non-issue because we had more than enough time to order, cook, eat and do it all over again until we were completely satisfied. We would do this again, absolutely without a doubt. Great value because this is an entertaining activity (the cooking part) as well as a meal.
Our first time here was about 3 months ago and we've been back 5 times already and we are NOT avid pizza eaters! This is traditional Naples style pizza, so not very similar to the Panago, Domino Little Caesars poor excuse of pizza we North Americans are used to. We heard Via Tevere imports the flour and don't know if it's true or not but it TASTES true! It's a busy place, no resos so get here when they first open. They are only open for dinner and there will be a line up around the corner if you get there 10 minutes later. The service is casual but friendly and efficient. Everything we've tried has been a hit. So far we've ordered caprese and arugula salads, both dressed just right and the arugula salad is big enough for meal with some bread. Antipasto platter has all the elements we like, good mix of meats, cheese, pickled/roasted veg, more than enough to share. Be forewarned, the meatballs are moist, tasty, and addictive. But the star of the show is obviously the pizza. We like the Napoletana best but all the pizzas we see served to other tables look awesome. It's all about the basics, the oven and the simplicity. We did order the daily pasta one time and my hubby liked it but I didn't think it was stellar. Still, why would you come to the best pizza place in town an not order pizza? If you still have room share a donut for dessert. I'm not much for sweets but I found the donut to be yummy. My teenage son inhaled 2 of these donuts without even blinking.
As a student the value for the food was awesome! The service was very quick and fast but the only thing is that its a small restaurant so there could be a little bit of a wait. But other than that a great place to try some authentic Thai food.
All the girls are stunning and they wear traditional costume which is a lovely touch. Service was excellent and the food came out in good time even though the restaurant was packed.
It makes some of the best thai food in Vancouver.Dishes were full of flavour and cooked to perfection.The spring rolls, pad thai, duck and basil, egg plant and lettuce wrap are all highlights.
We brought two friends and had five fantastic dishes.
The vegetable dish done just right, with a perfect amount of crunch in the beans and asparagus, and the mushrooms were nutty and flavourful.
The crispy ginger beef had just the right crunch and spiciness.
The seafood hot pot was sizzling when it arrived, so a delightful presentation.
I loved the fried tofu wedges. I'm sure I ate more than my share.
Our server, Debbie, was friendly and helpful.
This was good value for a reasonable price.
Our daughter chose this lovely neighbourhood restaurant for a family celebration. She was thrilled to try the plant-based meals, and we each ordered a different item for brunch. My husband's Vegetable Hash was a bland medley of stuff of the same color: chick peas, potatoes, and ???--it tasted earthy like beets. There was no attempt to break the monotony of yellow. He felt the dish was like eating one big curried potato. Other than his plate, our meals were attractive. None of our food was hot, just lukewarm. The textures and flavours did not work well together either. The dressings were acidic, and the food tough. Tough kale, tough tofu, tough bennie biscuit. The food has left one of us burping the remainder of the day, skipping the next meal, and seeking the relief from an ant-acid.
Relatively clean place, bright, open. Service was friendly enough but they are a tad short staffed.
There is an amazing selection of dosa's and they're really good. Extensive menu with many options. Server told us mild is the default and if you want spicy, you gotta ask, which is great. Could enjoy the food without suffering as happens at some places.
The other dishes we tried were not perfect, some parts of each were fantastic, some meh but everyone enjoyed every dish. Boy oh boy, some of the portions looked quite substantial! No skimping out here. Everything seemed to have been made to order (except the slow cooker curried of course), fresh and not overcooked.
We lasted the day without getting super thirsty or bloated/plugged as many other Indian places.
Highly recommended, we would return again for sure to sample the rest of the menu
We've been coming here for years. We're not regular customers but maybe twice a year. I remember when we first came here, we thought it was one of the best Italian restaurants - reasonable prices, excellent fresh food, casual atmosphere. This is what I wrote in 2011.
But recently, I've found Lombardo's a big let down. Was there a change in ownership or menu? The spaghetti wasn't the same. I'm not a fan of the thick dough pasta. The linguini vongole was not up to par. The salads were fresh but lacked taste. Same with the pizza - bland. Marcello's is far superior in all aspects. Lombardo's staff are still excellent and professional and the atmosphere is still quirky ....but it's the food that's most important.
Sorry, but I won't be returning.
Le Crocodile continues to be an oldie but a real goodie. They're consistent in terms of food quality, plating, and service. They are also active in trying to accommodate requests.
Our most recent experience was for a birthday celebration. It seems that many people were celebrating that evening, at least 4 of which i was aware. We chose the tasting menu and as the previous reviewer said, nothing was 'taste bud' blowing, BUT only because everything was spot on.
Granted we are slow eaters, conversation and wine flowed; our experience was 3 hours of pure enjoyment. We were stuffed after the saffron pasta with chanterelle mushrooms. We soldiered on and persevered through the exquisite complementary dish combinations.
The only reason i allocated a '3' rather than a '4' for value is for the Sommelier and the wine. The list of wines is overwhelmingly long and we didn't feel the advice we got was sincere. It was a sales push in earnest. Despite this, our dining celebration was a definite hit.
I'm apprehensive about praising 'Provence Marinaside' purely for the fact that i know once the secret is back out - i'll have to wait for a table. The renovations are finally done and the place looks amazing, very sleek yet Provence still maintains their laid back style.
Came for dinner, left happy, full and wanting more - in the sense of when is my calendar free so i can come back? The menu choice was varied, portion size was pretty good and our server was amazing. She was professional, friendly, and not too in your face.
I do wish i had known about 40% off a bottle of wine at the start of the meal though. The server recommended a couple of 'bite size' dishes - all delicious. 2 'tapas' style dishes for $10 AND on Monday, the dishes are available for $3/each.
We shared a variety of appetizers that included quinoa salad, seafood salad, squid and clams. We probably ate too much bread due to the yummy sauces that we mopped up without hesitation. Our mains consisted of crab, halibut, pasta and bouillabaisse. In all honesty, the plates when back to the kitchen 'clean'. #impressive
This should be a go to place for everything! - for brunch (also really good), business lunch, out of town guest dinner, casual dinner. Just go!
Many reviews have been written about various Cactus Club Cafe restaurants, so I will not repeat what has been said. In terms of food quality, this one is very much on par with the rest, consistently maintaining the Feenie-specified standards. Service, too, is up there with the best of them. What makes this one different are two things: (1) the setting -- by the beach, facing the beautiful sunset over English Bay, and (2) the upstairs, at least, being smaller, more intimate, and surprisingly non-noisy, despite the many hard surfaces of the decor. I and my friend had a most pleasant dinner, enjoying the food, the view, and most of all, easy conversation because of the relatively subdued noise level. The downstairs is bigger and has a bar in it, so it may be a little noisier. After dinner, take a stroll on the beach. Very pleasant and enjoyable.
Every neighbourhood has a no frills restaurant you can go to have a quick dinner, drink and watch the game.We decided to watch the hockey playoffs from this restaurant.
Ordered some pub faves to start - chicken wings and potato skins.
Wings tasted like Pinty's only worse - you can tell the sauce is store bought
Potato skins- acceptable but the cheese they used tasted like a blend of cheeses you can get from kraft.
Caesar salad- nothing to write home about - acceptable
Don't bother coming here even with the late night specials. If you are looking for a local restaurant in the King Ed Oak area Neighbours is the better choice.
If I could give 0, it would have been 0. They recently moved into the location of Shandong Family Restaurant - I want my Shandong back!
Basically if you don't speak Mandarin, don't expect any service. We were discriminated against and treated with disrespect - the owner (lady) and 1 of the 2 other servers were incredibly rude. The owner did not speak a lick of English and the 2 other servers spoke just enough to get by.
I called in to make a reservation - I told the gentleman on the phone: number in our party and 6pm, he said OK and hung up. No name or phone number taken.
We arrived and luckily there was a table for us. We took some time to look at the menu. Everything is priced slightly higher than we expected. We asked 1 of the servers for recommendations. He had to go to the boss lady to ask about each question we had and basically couldn't recommend anything (because of language barrier and miscommunication). We ordered lamb soup noodles (9.99), pork & chive dumplings (12 for 9.99), and beef & lamb crepe (9.99) - the server said this would not be enough for 3 adults. We were also told beef & lamb crepe is size of a small plate. We changed this dish to beef pancake (5.99).
Beef pancake arrived about 15 minutes later. It was quite small, and we noticed dishes at other tables had small portions as well for their price point, except a big claypot (apparently their specialty) and a crab dish.
We asked each one of them for hot water over a 5 minute period. First guy forgot. Second guy decided to set a table before serving his guests - us and another table waiting for tea, served tea to the other table, and still forgot our water. Finally, the owner lady looked at us when we asked, waved her arm at us as if to say "wait", then tended to guests coming in the front door. When we were obviously unhappy, she spoke in Mandarin to one of the servers to ask us if there was a problem. I responded yes, that she was being rude. He said "How come?" I explained and his response was "Do you know how busy we are? Do you think it's easy?" I said, "No, it's not easy, but you need to address your customers a little better." There are 3 servers in a restaurant of about 15 tables of varying sizes (2-10 ppl). Are you serious????? You should not be working in the restaurant industry. Shandong had 2 ppl working the restaurant COMPLETELY full with lineups at the door and were fabulous!!! There are PLENTY of restaurants out there short-staffed and those servers don't complain about working their asses off.
You are in VANCOUVER, CANADA. If you don't want business from non-Mandarin-speaking people, pls just put a sign at the front door. Nobody deserves to walk in as a customer and be treated like that.
We paid for the beef pancake and left. You can be sure we WON'T be back.
I can't believe how expensive this place is. We paid $12 for a PLATTER of vegetables which consisted of 2 small pieces of sweet potato, 2 half stalk of asparagus, 2 small chunks of squash, 2 small chunks of zucchini ... definitely not enough for one person but they call it a PLATTER!!
$50 for the sliced meat ... again, not much.
We had to flag someone down for the menu, flag someone down to order, flag someone down to order more meat, horrible service.
I don't understand why anyone would go there. Never ever again!!!
We were previous fans of Incendio, but I think we will not be coming here again, EVER. When we went there last week, my husband ordered a pizza - which was mediocre & comparable to supermarket pizza, but just with more salt. I ordered a mushroom risotto which came out looking like light brown, overcooked gruel that was stodgy, bland looked like it was microwaved and essentially inedible beyond a few bites (incidentally the waitress never asked how our meal was despite my entire plate being left over). Fair enough, it's a pizza place, and risottos don't have to be a specialty -- but they shouldn't be charging $20 for it. The pizza bread appetizers they provided also tasted like raw dough. All in all, awful crappy food, ok-ish service. Would not recommend anyone to this place!!!!
Since our server said the dishes at this restaurant was meant to be shared, I and my wife decided to order a few different dishes and share them. The first one was their farm egg, and it was great. The yoke was just about fully cooked but not quite (which is ideal but is very difficult to time for the chef), but how they managed to time the egg white perfectly half-cooked is beyond me. That was fantastic. I wish I could do that. There was risotto and other adornments that came with the egg. Not only was it beautifully presented, but it tasted great. For $4, it was well worth the money. Next came the bison carpaccio, and again, both presentation and flavor were fantastic. The flavors here (and this applies to all the dishes we had) are creative but at the same time do not seem "contrived" (i.e., seem natural). The pappardelle was al dente as it should be, the quail ragu was very soft but not mushy, and tasty. Then came the striploin steak (we would have gone for the ribeye but it would take too long -- 45 minutes). If you thought a steak was a steak, and a properly-cooked steak would be the same anywhere, you ought to try this. There was a gravy that came with it, and the flavor was not what I expected but was delicious nonetheless. The good thing about the gravy is that the steak would never dry out, and the portion was very generous. After that, we had no more room for dessert, so we did not order any.
The only downside (to us) is that the place was very noisy that evening. Even without the background music, the noise level was high, and it was hard to carry out a conversation. This is why I gave only 3 stars to the ambiance. I would highly recommend this restaurant to people who don't mind the high noise level.
I came here a couple of times when it first opened back in 2013 and wasn't impressed, so I hadn't been in until now 2015, what a difference. Maybe when I first came it was a new restaurant and it could be they just needed to iron out kinks, or it could be new management. In any event it's so much better now. I've been back twice in one week. Each time I've attended the place is relatively full. Nice fresh sushi, great portions. I quite like the select three choices for $13 which includes miso soup. It's a tiny sushi shop. prefer this over the sushi restaurant on Main and 14/15th which is a rip off. While I had dinner, they had about five take out/pick up orders, too.
This wasn't my first dining experience here but will certainly be my last for a long while. The difference in the quality of the meal surprised me. I was so disappointed that I felt bad for raving about the restaurant and dragging my party here.
The only foods that stood out were the calamari appetiser and lasagna. The other dishes ordered braised beef ravioli with sage butter - lacked flavour and was not filling in the slightest. At $20 a bit more food was expected. Each dish we had, missed the mark - either due to the small quantity and/or flavour. Which was a shame.
Unlike previous reviews, service today was good. Granted we were waited on by 3 different servers, none of them were too intrusive. Our main dishes were served at different times - I understand the kitchen may have been busy but common sense people, bring everything out or nothing.
Perhaps when the memory fades will I try again, highly unlikely but you never know.
I have been here twice, and once at their Richmond sister restaurant. I must admit that, each time, I only had their $15 set lunch menu, but you really need not consider anything else, because for $15, they give you so much food that you cannot possibly finish it all, and every single dish is very delicious. What else need I say?
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