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aharrisonVancouverSince December 7, 20083 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)


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East is East4413 Main St, Vancouver
Tasty Eats and Exotic Ambiance - A dining experience
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2009 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

Imagine you are a hungry and weary merchant of a spice caravan that is trekking across Persia into Afghanistan with a pack train of camels.

You arrive at the oasis and enter a long canvas hut where the walls are covered in lush persian rugs, low tables and comfy piles of cushions line the walls, several musicians play a tabla and sitar in the corner and in the dim light a dancer moving to the rythyms of the music.

As you settle among the pillows and take it all in, the hostess brings you a warm cup of complimentary chai and a glass of water.

She offers you a selection of roti - chicken, lamb, eggplant and more, all cooked in exotic spice blends that set your taste buds tingling when you bite into them.

This is East is East on Main St.

Delicious roti for $10 comes with lentil soup and a mixed herb salad. If you are really hungry dinner plates come with rice, 2 choices of meat/veggie dishes, salad and lentils and are bottomless.

The milkshakes, especially Turkish Chill and Nutty Gypsy are nothing short of heavenly.

Unforgettable atmosphere for a dine-in experience and tasty 'fast food' for a takeout option.

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Aphrodite's Organic Delights Cafe3598 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
great place for brunch
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

Went here for Sunday brunch with two others after it was highly recommended by a friend. We arrived around 1pm and the place was full with a small queue at the entrance - a good sign as people are unlikely to line up for something that isn't worth it.

After waiting several minutes we were seated at a nice large table with lots of room. No feeling cramped or crowded here. The room itself was bright, open and had a friendly atmosphere to it, complimented by the friendly and attentive staff. It also helped that the room was filled with delicious aromas wafting from the kitchen.

The menu offers a great selection of mouth-watering dishes featuring organic, locally-grown ingredients. Their beverage selection is also very good. My dining companions ordered fresh organic blueberry juice and a organic blueberry lemonade mimosa (both less than $5!) while I went with an americano, which was as good as I could have hoped for.

For our meals I had the French Toast with Raspberry cream, whipped cream and fresh raspberries ($13) and the other two had the Breakfast Sandwich (egg, bacon and avocado) and the Pacific Salmon Benny. The French Toast was delicious and came with a generous amount of maple syrup on the side. The sandwich came with a large mound of greens on the plate and was a large, filling meal (she had to pack up half of it to take home) while the benny must have been delicious as she ate every single thing on the plate.

This place is renowned for its organic pies but we were too full to sample any this time around, sadly. I saw a server deliver a slice to a nearby table that looked truly decadent and to-die-for. We will definitely return for some pie & chai and add this place to our list of options for brunch.

All in all an enjoyable, filling and feel good experience.

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Smoking Dog Bistro, The1889 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Not really worth the time and money
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I thought we'd try this neighborhood bistro for a nice fine dining experience. Upon our arrival the staff was friendly and accommodating in seating us despite us not having a reservation and the room was pretty full. We ordered drinks and our meals and shortly after our server brought us some delicious piping hot French Bread and butter. Good thing because it would be over an hour before our mains arrived. The drinks were quite tasty (we both had martinis), though at $10 each having more than one was a bit prohibitive.

I ordered a grilled asparagus salad with the asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and my partner had the Cypress Street salad with greens, beets and goat cheese. She ordered a side of chicken to go with her salad to make it a main while I also ordered a Bistro Burger.

The salads were pretty good though the prosciutto was a bit too salty for my liking and the side of chicken was two skewers with a couple bite sized morsels of poultry. It was a good 45-minute wait for my burger to arrive after our salads, which I was not impressed with. The burger was merely ok and came with pomme frites (your everyday French Fries). I was not impressed when I looked at other patrons meals to see that all the meat entrees came with the ubiquitous fries and nothing else. For close to $30 getting some vegetables or at least a baked potato wouldn't be bad....but nothing except fries?

All in all, we spent $80 for 2 salads, 2 drinks and a burger. And it took over an hour for the burger to arrive. I'd maybe go back during lunch to try the French Onion soup, as it looked good...but I won't be returning for dinner.

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