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badgerbalmpretentious yaletownSince December 15, 200737 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)


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Edge Cafe, The2450 Yukon St, Vancouver
nice gem
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

I'm lucky in that the 3 block radius around my place of employment there is a plethora of restaurants.

Vancouver being so culturally diverse that sometimes it's a treat to go out to a cafe and having a good old sandwich.

I've been to Edge cafe several times, but only to have coffee and/or some baked treats. I actually never really looked at their lunch menu and today decided to have my birthday lunch there after reading the reviews.

I decided on the turkey swiss panino and my goodness, it was so delicious! The sourdough cranberry bread compliments the turkey so nicely, and there is a sprinkle of either thyme or rosemary that makes the whole thing work so well. My only complaint is that it was gone in a flash!

I didn't have the soup, but I will have to go back to try some next time.

I had the pecan tart, which was good, but you can't really screw that one up.

The service was good. You order up front and get a number and wait for your food to come out. People came around often enough to collect finished plates. The girl who took my coffee and tart order seemed a bit challenged in that she forgot about my tart and looked at me oddly when I asked for it.

Overall, it's a nice cafe with better than average cafe food.

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Curry Point514 West Broadway, Vancouver
consistently fresh
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

I work half a block from this place, and my coworkers and I often find ourselves here a couple of times a month.

I'm going to give this place an excellent rating (for me anyways, I'm a miss fuss-pot).

The food is always fresh, and the owner/server is very generous and will often pick out more meat for you rather than skimping with sauce. I'm assuming the wife runs the naan factory in the back; they always come out piping hot.

I've tried all the curries by now, and my usual is chicken curry and mixed veg. Nothing stellar, but at least it's always fresh and consistent. With naan and a bottled water, a superb deal for less than $7.

Since I go there often, I do wish they varied their menu a bit, but if you go there once in a while, this won't be an issue for you.

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Saravanaa Bhavan955 W Broadway, Vancouver
worth a try
Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 11:32am [Dine in]

There aren't many places left where you can fill yourself up for $10 and even manage to take some home in a doggy bag. And it's always a good sign to see people from that region dining there.

I've tried both the lunch buffet as well as the menu driven dinner. Buffet was almost overwhelming in choices. Great deal at $10 AYCE. The only complaint with this is they could come around with dosa/naan a bit more frequently. I never sampled their naan as nobody was around until I was done.

Dinner was good - we all had the dinner special where you get about 8 little things of this and that to try. Maybe I'm just used to the Punjabi type curry, but I find the southern/Pakistani curry to be a bit on the sour side. They could ease up on the hotness of the spices a bit. I'm not afraid of spicy foods by any means, but I found this too hot to actually enjoy. Yogurt and raita can only help your tongue so much.

The pancake (sorry, can't remember what they're called) was good, too.

Maybe I'm not reading the menu correctly, but it didn't look like they had many a la carte curries. Their specialty seems to be in dosas.

The service is very good for an establishment like this. I was a pain in the ass asking to move 2 different times, and they were very accommodating.

I couldn't give it more than 3 stars, however, because I think they could offer a bit more, like more curry choices and level of spiciness. But considering how horrible restaurants are becoming, this one is a shining beacon for value and freshness.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 11:55am [Dine in]

I'm really not sure what the allure of this place is. I could understand it 10 years ago when you got a whole plate of food for $5, but now I'm just baffled as to why people are willing to wait in the cold/rain for a long time for mediocre food.

I had one chicken souvlaki take out with pink juice running out of it (they forgot about it so they rushed it), and getting sicker than a rabid monkey the next time I went there (who knows if it was a virus or the food, but after the pink juice chicken, I'm not doubtful) I don't think I can stomach going back there.

If you want good Greek without the wait, the noise, and the harried meal as they try to rush you out the door, go to Kalamata on W. Broadway and Yukon. Probably cheaper than Stepho's now, too.

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Andales Mexican Restaurant3211 W Broadway St., Vancouver
waste of money
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 11:28am [Dine in]

We were originally planning to go to Topanga as I was craving enchiladas. We got there after 8pm and there was a huge lineup. We were too starved to wait, so we went to Andale.

I've been here a couple of times before, but both with Entertainment coupons which made the meals worthwhile. But when you have to pay $15 for two paltry tortillas stuffed with dark meat chicken...it's really not worth it.

Why these Mexican restaurants feel the need to decorate in such gaudy manner is beyond me. It was okay in the 80's but it's time for a bit of updating (and some dusting!)

The whole experience was "just okay", and for me, $15 is a bit much for "just okay" enchiladas.

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Yamato Sushi616 Davie St, Vancouver
More than what you pay for
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

I hate the ubiquitous "18 pieces for $5.99" deals you find on every corner in Vancouver. You get what you pay for: a stomach ache.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I let my friend convince me to try it.

"Hole in the wall" truly is apt for this spot. What I love about this place, above all else, is the freshness. They don't make all their California rolls by the dozen, pre-made and sitting in a fridge. They make the sushi as they come in, and it's always been very fresh. I mean, when was the last time you had a yam tempura roll and the yam is still warm?

The rice is soft, not hard or mushy.

I will not delude anyone by saying this is comparable to Yoshi or anything like that, but it sure leaves all the "quantity, not quality" places behind in the dust.

I usually get their sushi/roll combo with California and Yam roll. As I'm not a huge tuna fan I substitute that with cucumber roll. It comes with miso, and if you eat it there, it also come with a small salad. The portion is huge, I can never finish it. For about $6, you can stuff yourself silly!

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La Fourchette1951 Glen Drive, #101, Vancouver
same name, but not the same
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

The previous reviewer is slightly incorrect in thinking that both are one and the same. Apparently they're not. I asked the cashier the last time I was at the Fashion Exchange location, and they said they're different. Didn't get the details but her tone suggested I shouldn't press the matter further, so perhaps some family drama?

I've been to the Fashion X location several times with co-workers. I always end up with the Chicken burger with fries. Always fresh and hot. Sometimes it's a bit on the busy side so your food may take longer, but at least you know it's fresh.

The servers can be a bit harried, but they always have a smile on their faces.

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Pie R²6138 SUB Boulevard, Vancouver
University Staple
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

I can't believe there's been no review for this!!

Once upon a time, back when the Neanderthals were still around, I went to school there and lived on campus. I had many a frantic evenings before an exam or a project due with with a slice from Pie R2 to keep me going.

I now go to UBC to swim, and I occasionally stop in there to pick up a slice after a workout. In the 15 years since I left school, the only things that's really changed is the crust (it used to be more herb-y), and the price (still a steal at $2.75/slice and tastes way better than Flying Wedge).

They still have creative toppings, but my favourite is the baked potato with bacon.

Can't really comment on the "ambience" - it's in student union building, so it's not like you'll be taking a date there!!

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Sushi House3779 Sexsmith Rd, #2182, Richmond
nice little joint
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 11:47am [Dine in]

My mother loves this place - and that's no easy feat as she's Japanese and she's an awesome cook herself. So many of the sushi restaurants are run by "pretend" Japanese, they look Asian but they don't know a thing about Japanese food. Little nuances change the flavour dramatically.

We started with 2 pieces each of ikura (salmon roe), which is my favourite and very difficult to find good fresh ones. It was indeed fresh and mouth watering. Not overly salty like some of them can be. We also ordered one of the bento boxes (beef teriyaki, tuna and salmon nigiri, tempura, california roll, salad, rice, miso soup), california roll, chopped scallop roll, and salmon kama (bbq salmon head, ick) for my dad.

I wouldn't say the food is wet-your-pants good, but it's good and tastes authentic. Miso soup was full of flavour and not watered down like a lot of other places.

Service was a little lacking, our boy wasn't terribly aware of things and we had to wave a few times to get his attention.

One thing that gives it away as an authentic Japanese joint is the fact there's self-service containers of ginger and wasabi right on the table. No begging for more wasabi or ginger.

It's a good little place that delivers authentic Japanese taste. I recommend this place.

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Templeton, The1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 10:08am [Dine in]

Sunday brunch shouldn't be difficult, in my opinion. Eggs, some sort of meat (or similar facsimile), potatoes, and bread. Simple ingredients, but oh, how foul it can go.

My friend and I entered the dive and was met with smoke of a different kind - grease. That should have been our clue to flee. But, I've been there before and it was decent so we stayed.

The menu needs a bit of a review, as they were not very good at describing what I ordered. I ordered the scrambler (or something like that, can't remember the name) with scrambled eggs, rosemary potatoes, brie cheese on croissant. I thought it was going to be scrambled eggs with a side of croissant and brie, but it came out as a sandwich. And NOWHERE on the menu did it mention anything about garlic (more about this later). My friend ordered the blueberry banana pancake.

The people who ordered after us got their food first. But to be fair, maybe my friend's pancakes were holding it up?...

I got my food, and the potatoes were black. I would be ashamed to serve people burnt food. I asked for better potatoes, which they replaced. The first bite of the sandwich was so overpowering with garlic, I nearly spat it out. I'm not a fan of garlic, and a little bit is fine, but this was loaded with it. I didn't know where it was as I couldn't see it. I bared with it as long as I could and stopped about 3/4 of the way through as I started feeling nauseous.

Turns out the brie is infused with garlic. I wish they had mentioned that in the menu or I would not have ordered it. Again, I stress that it was not a little bit, it was overpowering.

The final insult was having to pay $12 for that horrible experience. I came out and my clothes and my hair reeked of burnt oil. I felt gross inside and out. Never again will I set foot in that disgusting joint.

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
pretty decent
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

Went last night for a dinner party of 6. I was the first to arrive, and there was no record of a reservation my friend made. Luckily, though, 2 parties were leaving so we were able to get a couple of tables put together.

We started with samosas and pakoras. The pakoras tasted good, but looked a wee bit overdone. The samosas were good, but 2 weren't enough for 6 of us.

For the main course, we chose: butter chicken, aloo gobi, chicken heyerdahl, goa fish curry, prawn curry, and spinach with cheese. Out of all of them, the chicken heyerdahl tasted the best, that was gone in a couple of seconds. Aloo gobi was a bit on the salty side, the spinach was good, and butter chicken was good. The fish curry was very fishy tasting, meaning the fish wasn't fresh, so we returned that one.

We ended with pretty much every dessert on the menu, and we were sufficiently stuffed.

I would like to try the lunch buffet sometimes.

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Cafe Katzenjammer4441 W. 10th Ave, Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

A group of us swim at UBC, and after a good workout, we're famished. A plate full of stick-em-to-your-arteries sausages is precisely what we crave.

I always have trouble choosing the sides, because I want them all. But their red cabbage is excellent, and so is their pan fried potatoes.

I always end up driving so haven't had the pleasure of combining the sausages with beer (and they've got more than just sausages, I just happen to like them).

Service has always been good, food is prepared fresh for you (you can see them sizzling away on a grill), and the bathrooms are clean.

It's a bit out of the way if you don't live on the west side of Vancouver, but it's a nice little community restaurant.

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East is East3243 W. Broadway, Vancouver
wish it was cheaper
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

this place is quite expensive for what it is, but does taste good. And considering they don't actually have a kitchen, they do a pretty damn good job of serving up meals.

The curries are refillable, but they take so long to give you the refill, by the time they arrive, your brain has had time to catch up with your stomach so you're not hungry anymore. Ended up having my friend eat the rest.

The sample chai they give you is strong and good, but not sure I want to pay $5 for a cup of tea.

Overall, the taste is exceptional, but so is their high price.

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Deserts The Falafel Oasis905 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
best deal around
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

I haven't been there in the last 3 months, but their lunch special is always phenomenal. At $5 (it was 3 months ago, may have gone up since), you really can't beat it. The curries tend to vary even among people in the same party, so there's some variety if you're good friends and can try off their plate.

They could be a bit cleaner, but I guess that's par for the course for the 'Drive. It's not pretentious in any way, you can go as you are, and the food will always be good.

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Szechuan Chongqing Seafood1668 West Broadway, #205, Vancouver
no line ups
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant quite a few times for dim sum. What's great about this restaurant as opposed to other dim sum restaurants is that they hardly ever make you wait to be seated. And they are nice, which is sometimes hard to get in Chinese restaurants.

Their carts sometimes go around and around and the food may go a bit cold, but overall, their taste is good. All dishes $2.50 (or whatever it's advertised) is a bit of a misnomer as they'll push things that are considered "special", which can be fairly pricey (i.e. gai lan, spicy squid).

I've noticed that they're a bit on the cheap side when it comes to heating. Last time I was there, I took my parents and both my mother and I never took our coats off.

Since I'm not Chinese, I do like the fact they make us gwai lohs feel comfortable and never like a fish out of water or unwelcome guests. It's never packed so you don't feel like you'll die of clustrophobia.

Overall, this is a very good place if you want a friendly and peaceful dim sum experience.

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
best Japanese in town
Submitted Saturday, December 15, 2007 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

Over the last 10 years, I've taken all my friends to Shiro to have them experience real Japanese food, not one of those pretend ones that are on every corner selling 200 pieces for $5.99.

you may not get quantity here, but you certainly get quality.

When people say they don't like sushi, it's because they haven't had real sushi. Real maki isn't supposed to be the size of donuts, they're supposed to be bite-sized without choking or looking like an oaf. Real sushi joints wouldn't serve farmed salmon, either, and that's why I love shiro for using wild-caught salmon.

There isn't a whole lot I can say that's bad about this place. They do get busy, and sometimes the service may not be so doting, but you'll understand when you see the girls running off their feet.

This place is as close to home for me (I'm originally from Japan). Go there for great food, and also go there to support those poor Cambie stree merchants.

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Rasputin Russian Cuisine457 West Broadway, Vancouver
waste of money
Submitted Saturday, December 15, 2007 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

It started badly from the get-go. They couldn't figure out which table to seat me, getting the name horribly wrong from the actual reservation name.

We were seated at the back with this horrid picture of what looked like a nun at a funeral. The menu was disgusting - physically - there was something spilled and smelled rank. The waitress asked if I wanted water, but when I looked at the glass, there were lip marks on it!

The 2-person appetizer was a collection of deli salads from Safeway, heavy on mayonnaise, and minimal in taste. It's huge, a friend and I shared that and split the main meal. The caviar (better known to me as "ikura" from my sushi background) was not fresh at all and disgusting. I love how they put in (canned)tuna salad - is that Russian?

The main meal was the hand made dumplings. At $17 for 13 little wontons (that's basically what it tasted like), not a very good deal. The meat was gristly and I pulled out many lumps I couldn't chew.

The Napoleon was okay, probably the only thing about the meal that didn't gross me out.

And the entertainment... oh.my.god. The owner is so in love with himself, it's not even funny. He sings horribly and the volume's about 20 times louder than it ought to be at a resaturant. I don't like screaming at my friends across the table to have a conversation.

The place was unbelievably bad for what it was, I certainly would not recommend it to anyone. But I guess they're doing okay, the place was packed.

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