This place is probably vegan heaven. There are lots of cheap and mexican-style places around town but this one is strictly and plainly vegetarian. I wish I had known earlier!
I had the leona gayle burrito this time around (chipotle, cheese, beans, lettuce, tofu, sour cream and God knows what else) which was a good choice. I've never been really inclined towards eating tofu but the way they prepare it here is amazing. Gotta give it to the chefs this time. Perfect spot to eat with your non-meat loving friends.
Two words: CHICKEN METHI. I would stop right there, but I don’t think Dinehere would be okay with that.
We came in for an 8 o clock reservation and after a bit of a wait, finally got a seat. It was a not so busy Sunday so the wait was not too long (thankfully). We ordered paneer pakora two times and both times they came out good. Not greasy. The chicken methi stole the show though. To be honest, they were the best I have had.The curry was simply delicious and it was not too spicy but not bland either. We also had the korma and other chicken dish and they were not as great, the latter was kind of soup-like and could have been adorned more with more chicken pieces. i had to remove a star from service because the waiter seemed to be confused at times. But besides that, he was friendly and attentive.
After eating here a few times and thinking it was really good, I was informed by our waitress (who was vegetarian and very nice) that in fact, their roasted potatoes, which we loved, we NOT vegan-friendly — even though we had been assured the times before that EVERYTHING we had order used no animal products at all. I think because the waitress was vegetarian she took our request more seriously and found out that the potatoes are cooked in chicken stock. So long Apollonia, it was nice knowing you :-(
I write many reviews of restaurants on this site as well as others. Generally I am an easy going person, understanding of "extraordinary circumstances" and pretty generous in my praise.
I have just had the most unforgivably awful experience at Jang Mo Jib on Robson Street near Cardero in Vancouver's West End.
This place has been around for a while and is a favourite haunt of Asian students here to learn English, and a generally younger Korean crowd. I live 2 blocks away, so I've visited before, and while never overly impressed, I was never treated like this. Because I have vowed never to return, I won't give them the chance to repeat this performance.
Let's start with seating. A 15 minute estimated wait on a Sunday evening turned into 45 minutes for our party of three, during which time the host (over our objections) took an empty table of four which had just cleared, split the table in half and seated 2 couples who had arrived long after we did. Not impressed.
Now let's discuss cleanliness. We were seated in a "back room" area where the adjacent table and floor looked like the food fight scene from Animal House. Staff were sweeping food into piles at our feet as they cleared this nauseating mountain of leftovers. As for our table, we arrived to a soaking wet surface reeking of chlorine bleach. How appetizing.
On to service... We ordered three pretty simple items. One arrived fairly soon. The next was much later. The last - well we still don't know what happened to the last one, although the table seated beside us received exactly the same dish even though they had been seated 15 minutes after we arrived. By now we were well over 90 minutes into our dinner.
A server arrived to sheepishly inform us that they had made a mistake and our third dish had been "cancelled".
Enough. I informed the host at the front that in 60 years living in this city I had never had such shoddy service.
And for the first time in my life, I also informed him that we were not going to pay ANY of the bill and he could sue me.
I often browse the "Terrible" or "One Star" ratings people submit, just to see if the reviewer was a one-off crank with an axe to grind. I have dined all over the world in restaurants grand and modest. Let me assure you that this place richly deserves the drubbing I have given them above. They need to smarten up. All the ESL students in the world aren't going to save your business if you lose touch with basic customer service, hygiene and attention to detail. I sincerely hope your experience is superior to mine if you choose to go to this place. Caveat emptor.
If poor customer service and contaminated salad bars are your thing, then you've come to the right place. When we walked into the restaurant, we met up with an employee who pointed to a table that was already occupied by another customer's belongings. I have no idea why he made such a bone headed move because that happened to be the only seat in the house that was taken. This absent minded employee was the same guy who, midway through our dinner, took out a broom and dustpan to sweep the floor. I honestly don't know about you but watching people sweep in front of me makes me lose my appetite rather rapidly.
It's not that big of an issue for me because the food wasn't any good to begin with. Having said that I still wish they had labelled the dishes at the buffet table so I know what I am actually consuming. I can tell you this much though...labeling their food wouldn't have been very labor intensive at all because you can literally count the number of dishes available on your fingers. What disgusted me even more than the poor customer service was their salad bar. How would you like to munch on cucumber slices and leaves of lettuce that have been vegged on by fruit flies? I didn't think so, not even if the bill came out to be $10.50.
I and my family and friends had been to Siena several times in the past, and had always had a good experience, but this time was different. Among 5 dishes ordered, 3 were substandard, with 2 of the 3 being outright rejects. The leek and potato soup was incredibly spicy, even for my wife who loves spicy food, and was only lukewarm when served. It was simply unacceptable. The pan-seared Arctic Char was like seared ahi tuna - completely raw inside, with only the outside slightly seared. When we questioned the server, we were told that it was supposed to be medium rare, and even she admitted that what we got was too raw. She offered to replace it. The replacement ended up being well done, but by then, we had tired of complaining. At least it wasn't raw. The risotto was soft and mushy, like a paste, as far from al dente as you can possibly imagine, but at least the flavor was fine, so we did not reject it. The only acceptable dishes were the two salads (one being the replacement for the soup), something that did not require any cooking, and the chocolate cake dessert. However, at $12, my arugula salad was very small in portion and very simple in composition. It did not seem good value for money. The same can be said for the salad my wife got as a replacement for the soup. The restaurant apologized (but only at the end, upon presentation of the bill), saying that the chef had put way too much pepper into the soup (how is that much overage possible?) and gave us a 15% discount to the overall bill.
Thinking back, the previous few times when we had good experiences, the restaurant was quite empty, whereas, on this most recent visit, it was completely packed due to its being the pre-Christmas season. Perhaps the kitchen could not cope with such a volume of business?
I wouldn't necessarily disagree with one of the prior reviews that said "Best in Vancouver". Could it be better? Absolutely, I've eaten much better Mexican food, but ...
Looks like the greasy joint has been updated, decently clean now though a comforting patina of grease to go around. You know, fits with the place, eh?
Decently varied menu, more than your typical taco & burritos that's for sure. The nachos were surprisingly good. I mean, nachos are nachos, right? Dunno, something different about these. I would order these again. I can't believe I'm saying this...
Tacos are solid, similar to some of the best in town, especially liked the lengua. We had also a stuffed chili with walnut sauce (ha! find that around town!) and very good, if a bit pricey.
Little ones gave a bit thumbs up on the chicken quesadilla which was packed with the goods.
Service is, well, I'm not complaining, looks like a family run joint with only 2 people (one in kitchen and one out front) when we were there so don't be expecting no 5-star service here.
Key thing is, yup, I would like to return and definitely recommend a trip. We ran into an acquaintance there by chance and he said he hits it up every 2 weeks or so and he said most of the time it is filled with Mexicans. Must be somewhat authentic I guess.
Okay the place is small, tight and it was immediately packed at lunch. We got the last "table" without enduring a 30+ minute wait. Would it be worth the effort?
The lunch menu is skimpy, very small. Okay, maybe not a big deal.
We started with a soup. Oh yes, very good, but a bit on the small side for the price. Also came with a couple of pieces of toasted bread. It was okay, sourdough base but not the most flavourful bread I've had.
We also had a gnocchi and a steelhead "fondue" with chickpeas. Both were quite tasty, but I felt the chickpeas were not quite soft enough and also not the best chickpeas I've ever had. The "fondue" was mis-represented I felt, it listed octopus as an ingredient in there but we saw none.
The dessert of "poached" raspberry/blackberry with milk sorbet(???) was actually quite good, probably half as much of the milk "sorbet" as it could have used (there was maybe one heaping teaspoon worth). Terrific summer dessert. Oh wait, except it's in the bloody freezing depths of winter!
Execution? Yeah, I think they did pretty good. Creativity? No. There was absolutely nothing unexpected or surprising about the flavours & combinations. I checked their website and looked through their list of suppliers. I'm familiar with all of them, some of them I consider the best in town, but many of them are, while still certainly in the upper tier, far from the best that can be had from local producers. (And I'm looking specifically at you, the vegetable suppliers)!
Service was ok, but for such a small place they had 3 up front and we peeked in and counted 6 in the kitchen. Really? Honestly? How on earth do they pay the bills??? Especially since the food came out quite slowly. We spent about an hour there and we were the fast ones. Most of the tables were there before us and were still there when we left. I also question why it takes so long, with such a small, small menu, everything should be prepared in advance ready for some final cooking. Would you roll the gnocchi to order? Not if it's on 50% of the menu items! The trout "fondue" base of chickpeas must have been made ahead of time which just left the grilling of the trout, which does NOT take that long. I wish them luck, it is good food, but they're not generating enough turnover to survive I suspect.
Price? About $13-18 for the main dishes. And these were SMALL. I mean really small. This doesn't make sense as I could head around the block to the very dependable Salade de Fruits Cafe and get just as good execution, larger portions, a more varied menu and perhaps even more creativity.
Would I return? No. Recommended? Half-heartedly. If you're in the area and it looks not busy, maybe you'll get lucky one day.
Such high hopes...but was not to be.
Started with the Miang Kham. Great idea, good texture, loved the concept. The flavours were also quite good. So where did it get let down? The sauce was WAY too sweet. By far, not by a little bit.
Next up , the Tom Ka Gai. Again, great flavours from the herbs & spices. A bit skimpy on the chicken, we could barely find any. The let down? Too sweet & too salty. It was thankfully masked a bit by the fragrance from the other ingredients, but was far too heavy those 2 basic tastes.
Finally, the Choo Chi Pla, sounded promising, but it was billed as a "dry curry". Really, cause it was so far from the definition of dry short of being a soup. It isn't bad being so saucy, but it was mis-represented on the menu. Again, the fragrance & flavours were delightful. And again far too much sugar and salt.
Each dish could've been, should've been so much better, but was not! Thai food should be fresh, fragrant but not heavy!
Unless I hear of a significant change, I doubt I would be returning. Not recommended.
Maenam is not your choice for quick, run of the mill restaurants that serve Thai in Vancouver. This place in Kits is rather trendy for thai food, and is a little more expensive than your average Thai because ingredients are locally sourced. Prices are still not expensive though and I'm willing to pay for it.
While there are other places that beat it in terms of food, the ambience was quite nice, more upscale, and you can even take a date here. Service could do with a little more though, our server was not very helpful and didn't come back to check up on us when we didn't order drinks. We ordered the coconut mushroom soup which was for two as a starter and found it to be quite tasty. The pad thai was just average; I've had better elsewhere. My friend was more lucky and ordered the curry w/ pork belly and liked it. The roti was kind of bland. Wouldn't consider this my go-to place for Thai food but wouldn't completely turn it down either. 3.5 stars.
Considering the location, the restaurant is surprisingly humble BUT the menu is rock solid: some among my favourites are Poched Lobster, Haida Sablefish, and Kalua Pork Belly. Oh, a fruit-plate for dessert! Another plus is when the weather is gracious, you've got a gorgeous strolling-route waiting after your meal. Must say, I'm a big fan.
Every time I visit here I always get to the realization how much I need nothing-fancy-but-really-good meals. Located on the old ReFuel in Kits, this cool restaurant has been serving for that exact craves of mine for a while now. My go-to dish here is Steak Frites. Yeah, it's good ol' steak and fries. Boring this dish may sound, but it is not. Steaks, potatoes, mushrooms, and kai-lan broccoli. And add a cup of lemonade to that mix, I'm in my perfectly peaceful weekday evening. Seating can be a short wait, so a planning would be recommended.
I almost wrote this review, if you can call this a review. To me, they are more of the a real long ass tweet. -- on the different Gold Train Vietnamese restaurant page? I had to make sure this is the spot I have frequent to looking through the pictures that other Yelp users uploaded. This means that all these times I was coming here, I didn't know the name of the restaurant. I just know it as "That Pho place on Kingsway. The one opens pretty late." Haha. It works for me, but when I tried to find this restaurant name, I kind of felt my ignorance.
I have only once came here during the day. About two years ago, after I slept over at my friend's place that was close to this restaurant. I hardly eat Pho for lunch but at that day the combination of hungover-ness and knowledge that I could go have a bowl of Pho within 5 min. brought me here rather quickly, I think. The point is that the restaurant's interior never bothered me none which some of my friends think is real tacky. But in my opinion, who cares? As long as they serve great Pho and Banh mi? Well, I don't.
The cleanness-wise, yeah... sometimes this pace can feel a bit toward ... yucky as a friend of min with bloody OCD puts it, but I don't it comes from ... how the restaurant's owner operates. This is a very, very busy restaurant at night (I cannot testify for daytime to that, sorry.). When it's way too busy for the staff, tabletop cleanness can be out of hand. It shouldn't. But it happens. Yes, this restaurant needs to try harder to improve on the cleanness department.
The food-wise, Pho (especially no.4 large with extra Thai basil) and no.84 (Sorry I cannot remember the name although I have had that dish more that 100 times.) are so good! The soup is real good and that is why I come here instead of going to the other one on Kingsway. no.84 is the noodle dish that you consume Spring Rolls, stir-fried prawns & Vietnamese Ham, and lots of vegetables (mainly thinly sliced cucumber) on top of Vietnamese Rice vermicelli. I normally go easy with the fish sauce they serve this one with. They are so good! Hahaa. They are great midnight snacks and great cure for hung-over. Although time-to-time the neighbourhood feels flimsy but as long as this guys in the business, I won't stop coming here.
I am going to do this review short and sweet. In Japanese Style. Pffaa, at least let me try.
How many Japanese ramen joints in Vancouver downtown area alone? Your guess is as good as mine but "plenty' is the close answer. We have good old Kintaro, almighty Santouka, and recently opened on International Village Taishoken. But sadly none of what I mentioned reminds me of my three-year contract work days in Tokyo. I guess it's because the taste and quality of some joints are great but their interior and service are just... no. Except this one.
Enter Motomachi Shokudo. Located by Denman and Robson Street, you will find this small -- even to Japanese Ramen joint standard yet very Japanese-ly decorated space that serves mostly Japanese ramen (Their gyoza is da bome!! haha but that's not the point of this review.). Everything about this restaurant presents the authentic atmosphere of young yet sophisticated Japanese culture I encountered back in that city. To me this is very good, I mean real good. Sometimes when you visit a Japanese restaurant, all you have for your money is some Americanized-Japanese flavour and pathetic pseudo-Japanese menu title.
For the ramen, I have two words for you: Spicy Miso. With all the add-ons you'd like, it's going to be a dollar or two more expensive than you pay at your Tuesday Japanese ramen joint. The noodle is great enough in the rich & density department, and the soup is deep (:D) yet not as "oily" as other joints serving which you so used to now just OK with. Just the way you'd have in any good Ramen joints in Tokyo.
This is my most favourite Japanese ramen restaurant in Vancouver, and dare I day it is the best.
There are a million places to eat in the West End, especially along Davie Street, so it's easy to pass by this place without noticing it. But if you're closer to the Denman Street end of things and want some innovative vegetarian cuisine, I strongly suggest you pop in here, which is right across from the Liquor Store / Bosley's down by Bidwell and Davie. I've been a vegetarian for 6 years and it can sometimes be tricky to find something new and full of protein. Their signature item is gluten-free flax rolls in many flavours...all of them vegetarian except the salmon and the thai tuna. They also have some excellent organic juices. I had the curry chickpea roll (yum!) with a bowl of vegan chili, and it came to under ten bucks. Great for something to grab when you're on the go, as well, rather than a slice of pizza or burger. Highly-recommended.
The value is pretty good, depending on what you get.
I had the raspberry caramel latte and it is SO worth it for $4.50!!
I also had the tagine, which was really good and full of flavour but a little pricey. It includes 2 poached eggs with vegetable stew, 2 sausages, and chickpeas. It's a really filling dish.
There are always A LOT of people in there and there's always a wait, which is the only downside. However, when you are seated, the wait for the food/drinks is not long!
I came here today for lunch with my family. This was my first time - personally. We were a party of 4 and paid 170.00. We had about 50% of it packed up later because we ordered more than we could eat.
Overall, first impression is this place is clean and quite a few bucks was spent in its minimalist, west coast style interior design.
I was quite impressed with the washroom to be honest - i am weird sometimes.
We ordered 2 sharing plates, a soup, 4 entrees and 2 teas.
Overall, the menu was nothing to rave about - the owner seems to be playing it safe and simple although that is not necessarily bad.
The downside for me, which i will begin on in terms of safe playing is of course, value. Value was solid but i wish they would have taken it up just that one notch. that missing 10-15% in the end of menu design, cuisine design - that flare.
why? because the price is on par with milestone and earls - and in some areas 10-15% higher.
i can't be totally bias in my criticism because the restaurant's expenses are, to my guess, mostly due to location.
this restaurant's view is AAA, right on the cusp of granville island facing english bay and the burrard bridge.
real estate is probably taking a huge chunk out of the owner's profit margin so i can be fair in heart.
but i also need to be objective on the food part. the owner can keep the same, fresh ingredients, but maybe up the technique and taste without sacrificing kitchen efficiency.
for example, if you're going to do tacos, don't just do fresh tacos, but do tacos that are unforgettable - or at the very least make me want to come back for a second try to quill my doubts. i ordered tacos today and i just eat and forget about it.
i do not believe the mantra of because my ingredients are fresh so i do not need to do much to them since i want them to speak for themselves. wrong.
i think a chef needs to enhance a fresh ingredient's natural taste - however you do it.
because, at the end of the day, with vancouver's incredibly cut throat restaurant and foodie industry, it's about the food and in this sort of depression, economically speaking, the dollar value trumps all no matter how safe you try to play. people's mouths do not lie.
i suspect this restaurant's greatest kitchen skill is consistency. why? because this kitchen was on the lighter side of seasoning and so i can respect the chef's bravery is showing to its clients, "i use fresh ingredients and i am not afraid of showing it without masking it with heavy flavor".
i respect that, but even your side sauces lacked flavors at time.
the tartar sauce, chipotle (i think?) and another dipping sauce just tasted like mayo. no offense.
the service was solid, waitresses were attentive.
my final thoughts of this place is the view, the atmosphere and the fresh ingredients. price-wise, i would say it is fair but that is because of the freshness of the ingredients, cooking technique and portions, not because of actual menu design.
perhaps i am asking too much, but i think paying around 45.00 pp for lunch is reasonable enough of an excuse to ask for that extra 10-15% flare in cuisine design.
overall, i'd return and try this place again, but only on very special occasions and not as a regular.
Below are the reasons that you should NOT go there.
The points are in chronological order. (Point 5 is the worst)
1. I was there with a group of 6. My group made a reservation for 6 pm, and they never had it written down on their reservation booklet.
2. We had to wait until they set up a few tables for us. We waited for about 20 minutes, thinking it was awefully long for a table setup. Finally, I couldn't wait any longer, so I asked the owner if the table was set up. While looking at me like 'Are you stupid or what?', he said "Well, we already set up the tables. Just go and sit down." THE TABLES WERE ALREADY SET UP, AND THEY DIDN'T LET US KNOW!
3. Then, we ordered Bu-Dae-Jji-gae along with other Korean dishes. 20 minutes later, we got Gal-bi-jjim instead of what we ordered, so we let the server know of it. She took that hot pot, went into the kitchen, and came out right away to serve that to a table next to us. Then, we waited for half an hour for our order. But, we never got it, so we cancelled it.
4. While eatting, we realised how dirty all the dishes were. ESPECIALLY, THERE WAS SO MUCH SLIME ON THE BOWLS!
THINK ABOUT ALL THAT SLIME RUNNING DOWN ON YOUR THROAT.
5. Although the owner brought his card machine to other customers, he completely ignored us. We were utterly displeased with the service, so we decided not to tip. One of us went to him and gave him cash. He checked the amount and said "WHAT? NO TIP?"
- WHO THE FACK SAYS "WHAT? NO TIP" TO CUSTOMERS? REALLY?
We were so upset and disgusted by their service and decided not to go there ever again.
There are so many other good restaurants along the street, so save your money and go somewhere else.
I recommend this place for their food and service. We had the Butter Chicken which was succulent with just the right amount of spice, Rogan Josh a spicy north Indian dish with yoghurt, cream and masala which was tender and done wonderfully, Palak Paneer one of my favorite dishes with paneer cheese cooked in mild spice and spinach, rich and creamy delicious as well as the Prawns Vindaloo. The prawns were done perfectly not overcooked and the Vindaloo was awesome. All excellent quality and delicious. The service was great and it's a nice quiet restaurant.
Denman has lots of good restaurants, and this is one of them. This was my first time here but it definitely lived up the expectations and left us with a good impression. I had heard great things about it's meat but never got around to trying it. So when our initial restaurant of choice was packed, we decided to head down here. A little bit of luck and curiosity.
This is a little quaint restaurant with lovely staff. Despite the loud music and crowd, our group had a great time. I especially loved the fact that the staff was so friendly and enthusiastic to help pick out our dishes and bring them out in record time.We had the smoked brisket, potato fries, beef back ribs, and st. louis ribs. Special mention on the beef ribs which were great. Portions are small and plates are not cheap.
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