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40somethingVancouver BCSince April 23, 20079 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service2.5 (2.4)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


Displaying 1 - 9 of 9 Reviews Found
Mali Thai2710 Main Street, Vancouver
Big Portions - Good value
Submitted Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

While the place is basically a take out we had lunch there (3 or 4 tables) and once did a pick up order, so I can't say anything about delivery time etc

I have to say the food, while not as subtle as some might expect from really good thai, is solid. Not as interesting as Hawkers but way better than Pad Thai down the street on around the corner on Broadway. In that neighbourhood and in that price range.

Pineapple rice- a bit oily.
Pad thai - very pedestrian
Crispy wontons- surprisingly light (and filled with yam?)
Chicken satay- Plump and generous only lightly "seasoned", biggest satay I've seen especially at that price 4 pieces for 4.95 - sauce a bit oily...

While it looks as if this quick food review is not complimentary, I have to say that I would order the rice and the pad again.
Haven't had the curries yet but I will!

The portions are big and the price is great. This is a place for getting chow not ambiance. However, the place is very clean and pleasant on the counter/restaurant side.

I look forward to seeing other reviews...

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Decent food and drink - when they finally showed up.
Submitted Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

The food was good and the prices reasonable but that is about it.

I was concerned about coming here with friends based on wait time at table based on other reviews. They still haven't figured this out yet. 20 minutes to get drinks and water and then well over an hour to gets the mains. Thank god we ordered appies.

The biggest problem was that the staff (who were polite) thought that this was normal and did nothing to remedy the situation. They thought it was kind of a joke.
Whether it was our not terribly bright waitress or the kitchen that was responsible is an unknown. We were there so long we noticed it was par for the course for everyone that night (A Thursday).

Given that most the food is prepared during the day, we were told us as much because we couldn't modify any of the mains and the rest is soup, salad and sandwiches, these people have no idea what they are doing. Your better off buying their pre-packaged food and eating at home.

The reason why it is busy is because people are waiting and waiting for their meals.

I wanted to like this place...especially because it is close by. I would rather choose a place where I was treated better. SAD.

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
An enigma...Funky - Nice, as a bar with Haute Pub Grub
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

Not what I expected at all. The decor is polished and dark with mute dark green panel lighting. Wear black my dear! Very Sean Connery turtle neck. BTW The prices reflect the ambiance.

This place is essential a wine bar. In fact I would like it better if it had even more of a wine selection. All the wine was West Coast, nice to see Washington State and Oregon wine on the list!

The food was pretty darn good. Like with other outings, we ordered and shared. It was eclectic and all nicely presented, yet seemed more like elaborate tapas then meals. Our service was good (I guess that has changed for the better recently given the older reviews). And our wait staff seemed knowledgeable and attentive enough.

The menu is pretty limited (only about 10 choices). All apparently local, but where do you get local Jumbo Prawns? The drinks menu is by far away the star here. Although it isn't the hanging around type of place. A bit of an enigma this place. Interesting experience but not one that I expect brings many repeat customers. (Not comfy enough)

Very suave but for who and what? The pre and post theatre crowd perhaps? No theatres around here. A bit upscale for the movies across at Tinseltown. In fact I would rename it ENIGMA. I wouldn't however spend too much time trying to figure it out though.

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Locus, The4121 Main Street, Vancouver
Cool atmosphere and booze covers up mediocrity
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

The menu is exciting and interesting but doesn't live up to expectations.
Food lacks the subtlety you might expect from the prices and description!
But after the pitcher of Margaritas started going round things improved.
Wait staff more decorative that knowledgeable. All part of the show.
A funky outing for sure but not really worth the trouble unless you get a seat near the front and someone else is paying.

Maybe I'll get a tattoo and paint the dining room black...
Until then, I know I can go to the Locus to get that feeling.

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All day breakfast takes all day to arrive...Maybe bring a snack for your wait...
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

The food is actually pretty decent and cheap cheap cheap. That's it!

The place is filthy. Junk all over the stairs, carpets upstairs strewn with food, no kidding.
The staff is totally oblivious to both the surroundings and the customers and still manage to be friendly. Orders take FOREVER! 45 minutes last time, thats after a good long wait to place an order. I thought my first time there was just a really off day, nope. I guess there is only one person in the kitchen.

Oh yes, the bathroom, brings your own supplies.

Everything "looks" right, sort of, but it like being on candid camera with Luis Bunuel behind the curtain. The "is this for real?" feeling.

$30 for three including large sake and tax! Surrealism no extra charge.

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Splitz Grill4242 Main Street, Vancouver
Best Burgers Around, no question, try the lamb!
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 5:08pm [Dine in]

I was a little surprised to see a burger place open on main and frankly a little skeptical.
I ended up being pleasantly surprised.

I gave 3 stars because the food is (as the stars say) "solid". Can you really have an outstanding burger? Well, I'll say for less than 10 bucks this is a great burger. I think this is as good as it gets. As another reviewer said, better than WhiteSpot and better than Vera's. The fries are WAY better than Vera's! And do you really need to be reminded of the utter sad lameness of the chains who shall not be named.

Ambience is like, you guested it, a burger place.

Burgers are big.Toppings are put on to your taste, like at subway. Lots of very fresh looking veggies and hoummus, bagaganoush, house sauce and even sprouts available. No skimping by the servers, like having a side salad on top.

BTW you pay a bit extra for certain toppings like cheese, fried onions, bacon, fried mushrooms.

My burger was lamb with fried onions (with baba and tomatoes, onions) YUM!!!
Others had the regulars with cheese and without, they were good too.

You will leave full! Now my first choice, and only, choice for burgers!

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Sawasdee Thai Restaurant4250 Main St, Vancouver
Solid across the board! Wanting to go back for other dishes!
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

It seems like Sawasdee has had its ups and downs over the years and I have been hesitant to go back but things seem to be on track again. Yes, it's true, the portions are not huge. However an appetizer and 2 mains for $40 incl. tax and tip (no drinks) is reasonable and we left full. The place is noisy so maybe not the best place for an intimate date but good for a casual night out. Service is good and friendly. We had the fried chicken wonton appetizer, not your usual deep fried over-doughy thing, rather a lighter alternative with more filling. Pad thai, yes I know maybe a slightly dull choice, and seafood combo curry. Solid stuff. Not big portions, but I mentioned that! Tasty and filling, yum! Going to again to try other things, this time with enthusiasm!

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Just OK...
Submitted Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

Walking by this place the other day and seeing the big platters of food we had to try it. Went for lunch and got a 2 meat combo shared between 2 people. it was...OK. Brisket and rib ends. More than enough for 2 people at lunch we left full, but it was just OK.
And yes I have been all through the south east. This place is basically a road side stand trying too hard with the "ambiance". What they lack in subtle they make up in portion size.

Maybe I'm a cheapie but 5 and half bucks plus tax for a glass of beer on tap that I have to go get myself?!?!

BTW no table service, order and pick up when called.

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Habit Lounge2610 Main Street, Vancouver
Great fun - go early!
Submitted Sunday, April 22, 2007 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

6 of us went and since everything sounded good on the menu , we ordered almost everything! A great sharing experience. It was all pretty terrific. Great combinations of flavors. A great place to go with a small group and try things. We arrived early which was a very good idea because this place gets very very busy. The food came in waves rather than all at once. (which for us was perfect) While the staff did not check on us every minute, (which is fine with me and we were obviously having a good time with each other and the food) they were right there when we wanted another drink or another plate. There was a big line by the time we left. Oh yes the decor is oh so funky, almost too cool, man... The things young people wear... I would go back but with friends rather than for an intimate evening and I would go early. Oh yeah they don't do espresso, and hey why bother when there are 6 places within a block.

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