First time diner at the Cannibal Cafe-so impressed. Loved the decor. Our booth was clean and service was prompt and with a smile. I had an American Classic with salad and my fellow diner a Bacon Bad with onion rings. My burger was great-bun was soft and fresh, burger was great. Nothing in my dining experience made me feel greasy or queasy when I was done as some greasy burger joints can do. the onion rings were huge,little doughy for my liking but not too oily. My dining partner thought the burger was very tasty. Go hungry! Sides are all a la carte,so no obligation to get them-id recommend splitting them if you dont have a killer appetite. I cant wait to return.
I recently began to order from this place again - quit once already because of the service - and it has not gotten ANY better. The food is ok, not quite worth the money they charge but they should get some friendlier waitresses, especially perhaps sending the daughter for some hostess classes. Each time I have gone to pick up my order, the waitress has been has been rude. They always consult with the owner's daughter and she is down right rude when she answers. She is very abrasive and needs to remember who pays her wages - it may come from Daddy but ultimately, it comes from the customers.
If there was another pizza place in the area that didn't have curry flavor in the sauce, I would never go back to Neighbors. Who wants to patronize a place where the customer is obviously not appreciated!!!!
One of my friends wanted greek food so we headed for Apollonia. Well, what can I say, it was well worth the visit! It’s clean, quiet and cozy, and we were seated right away. The chef’s platter is great for sharing, as the portions are generous. I especially enjoyed the chicken souvlaki. I was pleasantly surprised by the baclava, it was not overly sweet. Both the menu and wine list are extensive enough to merit a second visit. They also have delivery, in case you feel like eating at home or anyplace else.
We had a really nice dinner here the other night with a couple of friends. Our reservation was for 6 o clock, but didn't get seated for another half an hour. Luckily, to spare us of our boredom, the manager came and started talking to us.
Fast forward to the 'meaty' part: the food was really well presented and perfectly seasoned, not to mention it smelled great! The chilli paneer was terrific, and the dal shorba had good flavour. The gulab jamun was rightly sweet. The restaurant was nearly full and many clients were Indian, which always is a good sign of authenticity. So it must taste like home? Service was attentive and friendly too. Our waiter was always giving us suggestions but not to the pushy/annoying point. All in all, dining here was a great experience and I would gladly do a repeat.
I had a very negative experience at Incendios Gastown last night when I picked up my pizza. To make along story short:
I ordered a pizza for pick-up and when I got there I was told the driver had taken it by mistake. I asked for a fresh one and was assured this was no problem I would have a new pizza in 5 minutes. I left the Restuarant for a couple minutes came back and "Voila" was presented with a "under 5 minute, fresh out the oven, can't be fresher" pizza. I was vocally sceptical and assured by the staff it was fresh. Right out the oven.
This has happened to me before at Incendios about 6 months ago. Fool me once... Well you know the rest.
After all was said and done I had to question staff 3 times and argue with the manager to finally learn the truth that they were trying to pawn off a cold meal that I specifically asked and checked to make sure was fresh. And what REALLY gets me going is that this happened before, and I was so furious that I didn't even think to ask for my money back. So no only did I have to argue for what I paid for, but I ended up paying for an experience that was less than enjoyable (on New Years Eve). I have been eating at Incendio for 20 years and have many fond memories there, but after this experience I will never eat there again.
A premium meal should never come with a headache.... Unless it comes with a bottle of wine.
And that's the short version.
Romano's is always a good option for when you are hungry late at night. Actually, for any time, but when it's past two AM and people are hungry, its best to treat them right and give them something tasty. Great, cheap pizza which is hard to do in a location like Granville. The pizza tastes fresh, not greasy which is a plus for the prices they are charging. Lots of toppings to choose from. I especially love the blue beef cheese with mozzarella and blue cheese.
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.
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