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.
This was the second time we went for dinner at Central Bistro, and it was once again a disappointment.
We started off with some mussels, which were anywhere between raw and grossly undercooked. After we complained about it, the waitress took them back to have them cooked some more. The second time around they were ok.
Both me and my wife had stakes, which were so-so. One would expect better quality meat at these prices.
The desert was just terrible - a so-called New York cheesecake that seemed to be nothing more than a mixture of butter and cream cheese and nothing else. We barely had a taste of it and we left the rest of it untouched, it was that bad.
Perhaps the biggest letdown was the bourbon eggnog, which the waitress cheerfully recommended as the special of the season. I still cannot understand why they call that thing eggnog, because the drink they brought me had nothing in common with what an eggnog should be. Oh, and on top of everything, I ordered it double, and it barely had any alcohol in it at all.
The service was ok, no complaints there, but the food and the drinks were just terrible. We will not return there again.
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.
Recently discovered this place, I've only been here a couple of times but enough to realize why its been such a hit. While I still consider Guu #1 as far as izakaya goes, this one is does not disappoint. The tuna takaki is amazing and the bibimbap is actually quite good. The main problem can be getting here, esp if you dont have a car, but other than that, this little establishment is a gem on Main Street. Prices are a little on the high end but the food is authentic tasting, which is a plus. And if you don't know much about this type of food, the servers help you out and seem to be knowledgeable on what they are serving (I think the waitresses are originally from Japan).
The good thing about this place is that is does not get crazily busy, so finding a spot should not be a problem.
Hawker's Delight is THE place to go to for cheap Malay food. I've been coming here for years for their roti and hainanese chicken. I usually just take to go because it is always packed with lots of people, primarily college-going students (surprise surprise). Nonetheless, service is fast. For those that complain about it being too greasy or heavy, they are forgetting how inexpensive the food here is. Not much of a service offered here, but for less than $10, meal, what do you expect?
They dont accept credit cards so prepare to bring cash.
I have been to this place a few times - usually ordering the same dish "spicy drunken noodle" which is usually pretty good. I would say this place is a 'hit and miss' kind of establishment for food and service. This time I opted for a coconut milk soup that was really delicious, however, I wasn't able to keep it with me for the 2 block walk back to the office.... Once bitten, twice shy. The friend I was with had Pad Thai and said that it tasted like ketchup...
I tried this Mom's Grilled Cheese lunch truck today for the first time after hearing rave reviews since the 'truck' fad started downtown. I don't get it. It was okay - just that. OK. The tomato soup was ok - I prefer a creamier soup without all the tomato bits in it but it was still just OK. I had a sourdough with swiss. I didn't think anything could ever have too much cheese, but I couldn't finish the sandwich - I was actually starting to feel a bit sick. I'm not 100% sure, but the cheese may have been processed - it had that look to it. The chips in the bottom of the cone were stale too. I'm not ready to write this place off just yet, but I think I'll peruse a bit before returning.
Every time I am in Vancouver, Las Margaritas is my go-to place. I come here frequently for the really good Mexican food. They offer good prices for healthy, wholesome, richly flavored food. The Chimichanga and the Pollo Loco are by far my favorite dishes. This is not the place to take family or kids, so leave them behind! My friends like to hanging out here for drinks and a little something to eat, like the tortilla chips with the best salsa I’ve ever tried. The ambience is loud and cheerful, and the staff is so welcoming. Highly recommended.
Arguably the best Indian food in the area. For a starter, I highly recommend the samosas. All the appetizers are great but in my opinion the samosas are excellent and the best they have. The tandoori fish was great. For dessert, I had the mango cheese cake and enjoyed it fully.
Handi is a place that truly offers authentic Indian food and is true to the cuisine. I went with a large group (11 people) and none of us had any complaints. Even the kids had a great time, who are definitely hard to please. We were all impressed with all the dishes on the table.
I eat lots of dim sum. High end, low end, family oriented, fast food, buffet, you name it, I've ate it.
The one thing that is absolutely important with dim sum, and like most other cuisines, is technique plus value in the end.
Do you think you got your money's worth?
No I do not. From food to service to bill, the only thing this place had going for them were utilities, utensils and decor.
Peninsula is a 1 year old restaurant, opened up in Oakridge mall to cater to the wealthy young chinese of vancouver. They have VIP rooms with minimum spending and all of their menu items are 30% higher than Kirin (Very well known and respected same category restaurant in Vancouver)
What is ironic is, the design of this restaurant is heading for modern, high end luxurious dining and yet, they put a huge 9 feet wall LED TV right in the center back of the restaurant. It kills the mood and the ambiance.
Now onto the service. All waiters are young and novice in training. You do not use novice, inexperienced waiters in a restaurant with such pricing caliber - it's an insult to the patrons.
You order something, they forget it - even something as simple as ice water.
The menu had sushi and they weren't even high end - they were sushi you can get in a food court. This should raise alarm bells for you. A sushi menu in a restaurant that is trying representing authentic cantonese / guangdong dim sum etc? I say trying because they even failed at that in terms of their predecessor.
Now onto menu and food. The names of the dishes were not very traditional but you could tell what they were. For good or worse, this wasn't the worst part.
The worst part was the skills execution. We ordered alot and we paid alot. at over 700.00, we ordered a total of 3 dishes (king crab, pork ribs, oysters in shells) and around 10 smaller dim sums.
This sort of ordering would cost only 400.00 or so at Kirin and made much better.
- king crab: was flat in flavor, a big disappointment. it felt like they killed the crab awhile ago than served it when ingredients like this need to be cooked asap the moment they are killed alive.
- pork ribs: was 80% FAT. they should call it fat ribs.
- taro / radish cakes x 2: nothing special, just taro hash and radish combined in 2 halves
- chicken feet x 2: small, flavorless
- tendons: hard, not soft or melting in your mouth
- shrimp dumpling: this was one the only thing decent
- siu mai: small, mediocre
- pork buns: on a sizzling plate with greasy onion beddings? you'd be smart and imagine the buns would soak up all that grease instead of the reverse
- oysters: mediocre and too much black bean sauce on top
- scallop chung fen: NO SAUCE. can you believe they had no sauce for it? you had to ASK.
final verdict is this. if you are young, inexperienced and flushed with daddy's cash, come to this place. it was made for you and your money.
This one star is not based on the restaurant, but based on the rude worker at the commercial drive location (I would give a 0 star, but 1 star is the lowest possible). Twice the husky bald worker was very rude to us. The first time we went in 30 minutes before closing, and he wouldn't serve us and rudely kicked us out saying he was closed. Today (Dec 14) we arrived at 6:30 and he was sweeping the floor and told us rudely "COME BACK 30 MINS" We asked why and he just pointed at the floor and said he was sweeping. We were surprised since 6:30 is dinner time and he turns away paying customers to sweep the floor. This is not how you run a business and have repeat customers. There is no way a customer would come back since there are so many other food establishments in the area who value their customers. We are very disappointed and will NOT be visiting this location again. The Denman location however is very polite and courteous. I would give the staff at the Denman location a 5 star review and the husky bald man at commercial drive location a big fat ZERO. Its a shame how one person can tarnish and ruin an otherwise fine dining experience.
Denman Street, like most of Vancouver, does not lack for small sushi restaurants. They seem to pop up like spring flowers, only to fade and disappear before you know it.
I hope that Sushiholic survives this "blossom and die" phenomenon, because it really deserves to based on quality and value.
Two recent visits have been very impressive.
The menu is apparently the same as their Broadway and Rupert location, and reviewers there have commented on the excellent array of special maki rolls. At only $7.95 their signature Awesome roll (a California roll of sorts topped with baked salmon and mounds of thin crunchy deep fried yam strings and a spiced mayo) is appealing to the eye, mouth and wallet all at the same time.
Other makis are also very well priced and extremely fresh.
Their nigiri choices include all the usual favourites, plus several seared and innovative combos. The majority are priced from $1.00 to $2.00 and the top end is about $3.00
Two of us shared a special maki roll, a regular maki, 6 pairs of nigiri and soup for $30. Great value and presentation. Many places will cover a huge lump of rice with a thin sliver of fish and call that nigiri. Sushiholic seems to go the other route - a relatively small rice ball topped with a very generous portion of fish or shellfish.
The ambiance is OK - this place has seen many restaurants come and go including Roosters Quarters if you remember that far back. There is a main dining area near the sushi bar, and a raised mezzanine area where most of the seating is.
Service is a bit slow at times, and they will need to add a second server if it starts to develop the kind of following that I think it deserves.
Give it a try, and I'll be interested to see if other reviewers opinions match mine.
We ate here on a cold and rainy December night. We were welcomed immediately at the door by a nice woman who gave us our choice of seats. We had the vegetarian combo for two and some amazing, really snappy ginger beers. The food was extremely good and in large portions with unlimited bread (injera). The service was fast and the food delicious. The only thing is it was really quite in there, I hope more people discover this place to dine at.
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