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Betty_WooVancouverSince November 27, 200615 Reviews
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3 (3.1)
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Salam Bombay755 Burrard St, Suite 217, Vancouver
Lunch was twice the price of any other Indian lunch in that neighbourhood
Submitted Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

Went to lunch with a couple of colleagues on a quiet day. The place is spacious and well-appointed. Service was OK. Nothing outstanding.

The menu had a few interesting choices but we stuck with the more mundane stuff: butter chickens and lamb curries, figuring we need to be in/out in less than an hour.

The nan bread wasn't 'right'. It was too thin and crisp. Being too thin and crisp meant it became dry and brittle half way through the meal. There was nan left at the meal.

The meals were fine. But absolutely nothing above what any diner could get at any other Indian restaurant in that neighbourhood during a lunch special.

Finally tally: $23.00 (incl. tip and taxes) on a lunch special that wouldn't be more than $13 - $14 anywhere else.

Sorry. The nice room wasn't worth the extra $40 the four of us unloaded on that table.

We're not going back and from discussions with other colleagues when we got back to work, the few people who ventured into the restaurant after reading the menu prices didn't think it was worth it, either.

I'm not sure how this place is going to survive unless it goes for volume of diners at a more reasonable price point at lunch. It can get as chic chic as it wants for evening sittings.

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Asian Express1441 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, Vancouver
It is what it is... and that's OK
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here a few times. The price is cheap and the food is average but, you know, it's comfort food and that's a good thing.

I usually stick with the General Tao Chicken (just the right amount of spice - not blazing hot) and the Sweet and Sour Chicken (you can actually taste the sweet and the sour).

Sometimes there is a lot of batter vs. chicken but... um... this is where the 'comfort' comes in... sometimes that's exactly what I want.

The noodles are fine. Not great. But fine. Haven't tried the rice or Singapore noodles that are option with the specials.

The Honey Chicken was decent and battery.

It's a good and decent grab-'n-go. Especially when the 2 toppings over rice/noodle is under $7.50 as the nightly dinner special is. Looking at the menu, there are 23 lunch/dinner components so everything in the display cases isn't everything they offer. I'd suggest picking up their small menu and getting acquainted with that as opposed to just picking from the available selection.

Being new, I think they've been experimenting with cooks in the back but they've finally settled on one guy during the week so the quality should remain the same: high cafeteria. The decor is clean and neat and trying for that contemporary look, there's been a 20% off special and the meat is Halal certified for the Muslims among us.

It's a nice change on that part of the Drive: a Chinese restaurant serving Chinese food made by Chinese cooks (as opposed to say, a Japanese restaurant run by Chinese) and at a price point below well below $10 for most dishes (the seefood main ones hover around $11.50).

A welcome addition to the strip of non-posh places. I hope they last.

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All India Restaurant1188 Davie Street, Vancouver
Always good buffets
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

My colleagues and I spend just more than half of our lunch hour just getting here and back to work but do it happily for the buffet.

Always a nice choice of delicious dishes and all-you-can-eat for less than $10? Can't go wrong.

The service is always friendly and they'll happily (and quickly) make anything on the regular menu. Things we've had from the menu's always been well-made and tasty.

Haven't been there during the evening but with the quality of the food being high during lunch, I can't imagine the quality lowering for the night time crowd.

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Stix Noodle & Grill903 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
A good noodle/soup place on the Drive... .
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

The menu is still limited (grilled chicken/pork skewers, Malaysian curry, lemon grass chicken/pork, noodle salad and soups, bbq skewers and salad rolls mainly) but the Stix noodle salad with chicken I had at $6.99 was a large bowl of freshness and taste. The noodles actually tasted fresh and weren't overcooked, the veggies were crisp and plentiful and the sesame dressing was delicious.

I topped that off with the Japanese green tea with milk. Yummy.

The staff are friendly and inviting, the decor is contemporary and clean in its banquette/window bar arrangement and the prices aren't out of whack.

A nice addition to the lower Drive.

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WaaZuBee Cafe1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
M'eh - the brunch was just that...
Submitted Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

Saturday lunch - not too crowded. We only got the brunch menu (and it was almost 1PM - too late from brunch, really). The sweet waiter got our orders: two teas and friend had a classic benny, I had some omelette with roasted vegetables.

Ten minutes later, still no tea. Waiter wins points for coming and telling us it'll be there soon but they're backed up at the bar (what... the waiter couldn't just put the scoop of tea in the bag, toss it into a pot and do it himself? It really wasn't that crowded and he had the time).

The food arrives (after a while; another plus for the waiter who informed up the kitchen was backed up. Did I mention the restaurant really wasn't very full?).

Friend's benny was kinda blah, according to him. It was just 'basic' and the flavours were flat. The potato fries were 'm'eh'. I don't even think he finished it and he's an 'eater', you know?

My omelette was a plate of dull flavours - I couldn't really detect any of the roasted vegetables and the cheese was so mild that it just became filler. I mean, two hours after leaving the place I had to really think of what I ate because it left absolutely no impression on me at all (neither good nor particularly bad). I do remember I had to add a lot of salt and pepper to get any 'bite' out of it.

Maybe the dinners and lunches are better.

Anything on the menu at the hole-in-the-way Starlight Café down the street for $5 and under was more flavourful.

But props to the sweet waiter for at least acknowledging some problems.

It'll be a while until I return.

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Juicy Lucy's Sports Cafe1420 Commercial, Vancouver
Good to lull you into thinking you're eating healthy - bad for the back
Submitted Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

The fruit and veggie juices and smoothies are a really nice alternative to the other outdoor cafes that serve caffeine or booze. The prices are reasonable for those and the food is healthy and tastey. It would be great, though, if they invested in some decent tables and chairs. What they have is unhip hodgepodge and uncomfortable. I find it ironic that every time I go there with a friend to have a healthy drink, my back hurts when we leave... . But, overall, a nice quiet spot with a good selection of drinks and, apparently, wifi-able, too.

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Charlatan, The1447 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tried it again and the blandness continues...
Submitted Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

I really think I'm fair. I give places chances to re-introduce themselves to me.

But another brunch this week, another stab at liking this place, another disappointment.

Ordered tea. Came in a lovely carafe. So weak that a 5-minute steep couldn't make one mug tasteful even after some sugar and milk, much less a carafe full. So weak I just tossed the tea off the patio and stuck with the left-over warm water. Strike one.

Ordered the breakfast thingy-thing. Basically, a two-egg omelette stuffed into two pieces of bread, two pieces of fruit and some yam (potatoes?) fries.

Bland. All of it. I had to add salt and pepper to get any taste out of the sandwich thing and a lot of ketchup and salt to add any flavour for the fries that tasted like they'd been sitting under the heater lamp too long. Strike two.

The server was very nice and did the job.

Got the bill. Over $13.00. For what amounts to an egg sandwich and tea. Strike three and The Charlatan's out. I can easily get better food (and more of it at half the price) at the Cottage half a block away.

No more attempts at eating here for me. I'd go for drinks with a few friends, but that's it.

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Stormin' Norman's Spirit Grill1438 Commercial, Vancouver
M'eh... food was only OK, service was bad
Submitted Sunday, June 3, 2007 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

Took a friend to have a bite. One waitress, (loud) bad music that wasn't required for a weekend lunch atmosphere and about three tables in total, staggered sit-down times about ten or fifteen minutes (two sets of couples and a family of three or four adults + a baby). Shouldn't be hard to handle.

The waitress was down right rude when my friend asked her a perfectly natural question; is 'x' meat gamier than 'y' meat? She eventually caught herself and pulled back into pressured-polite mode and gave a restrained answer. He decided on something, I went with the lamb burger. We watched the Stanley Cup quarterfinals, she ran around the small narrow room basically making everyone slightly tense. The chef came over to watch the game a bit. He was nice enough.

The food: the lamb was slightly undercooked. I didn't bother finishing it. My friend's dish was OK - nothing much to write home about. The fries were pretty good.

I live within a block and a half of the place and it didn't impress me enough to put it on my 'to go' restaurant list. I'll probably try it again in another six months to see if things have changed. I was disappointed, frankly.

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Lennox Pub, The800 Granville St, Vancouver
Submitted Friday, December 1, 2006 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

That can lead to some embarrassment when it's time to pay - especially since there's no signs up in obvious places saying this.

They do accept cash and credit cards, though.

Lunchtime can get filled quickly. The food's OK... usual pub grub. Nothing's struck me as outstanding (yet). I don't drink so I have no idea what the beers are like. My friend ordered a Bloody Mary and she really liked it... .

The location's convenient, it's nice to find something in the area that's dependable and the drinks prices didn't seem excessive.

Why they're not accepting Interact, though, is beyond me. I would have definitely gone there a few times until I realized I only had a $10 bill on me (good for a pint - not so much for a full lunch).

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Megabite Pizza2440 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
The place is also known at 4 Brothers Pizza
Submitted Tuesday, November 28, 2006 - 11:47am [Dine in]

The take-out pamphlet's list the place now as '4 Brothers' and the superpages.ca listing is the same... although the web site included in the listing is still for Megabite (?).

Since they're calling themselves 4 Brothers, I've started a 4 Brothers listing on this site, too.

You're right about the food, though. Hot and yummy!

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Elizabeth's Hungarian Bakery1303 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Terrific prices, good baked goods and beside Grandview Park for quick picnics and on-the-run eating!
Submitted Tuesday, November 28, 2006 - 12:04am [Dine in]

The bakery's obvious Hungarian origins (goulash soup and some Hungarian baked goods are still made well) haven't been forgotten by the lovely Asian family now running it.

It is a true neighbourhood bakery - nothing too fancy, nothing expensive. A nice selection of breads (sourdoughs, ryes, multigrains, focaccias, buns) at very good prices. Small sourghdough ryes come in under $2, full-sized multigrains hover around $3.

Dessert-worthy baked products (cheesecake slices and cakes, eclairs, pastries) are all basic-but-delicious and have managed to retain the European taste and haven't slid over to the Asian style of 'lighter' baked fare. Prices range from $1.80 for cheesecake slices down to $0.65 for big cookies of all sorts. Gelato in the summer, too.

Fantastic bargains at $2.80 for loaves of mango, carrot cake, blueberry, banana bread, etc. I bring a couple of loaves in a week to work and a loaf will be gone by lunch on most days. Many compliments on all the types I bring in and I've even been commissioned to bring in loaves for people who live out of the area.

Great place for on-the-go eating, too. Big kaiser buns with cheese and ham fillings come in at about $2.50-ish and there's a variety of fillings to choose from. Goulash soup and a bun will set you cost you less than $3.50. Grab the stuff and sit in Grandview Park or toss it in your bag for lunch.

Hours are great. Presently open seven days a week (although there's usually a few winter months when they'll be closed on Sundays), weekdays from 7:30AM to 6PM or later. If there's a special event happening along the Drive, the place is likely to stay open for a couple of extra hours. If there's a big bake order they're still making it after regular hours, they usually just keep the front open, too, so you may luck out.

These people work *hard* and provide the 'hood with decent-priced and good quality baked goods that taste great. A small, discrete, essential gem in the area.

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Side Bar Lounge & Grill1060 Howe, Vancouver
Great place to have a quiet lunch with well-made 'honest' food at good prices
Submitted Monday, November 27, 2006 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

Frankly, the interior looks like the restaurant should be family-run in Hope, out by a highway with a truckstop near at hand. But it's pleasant, the tables are big enough and the chairs are comfortable, the windows on Howe let the light in and the noise level isn't hard on the ears.

I think 'down home' may be a good word for the place. It's nothing fancy to look at but it's a really nice option in an area that seems to be geared either to small, cramped high-turnover lunch establishments or bigger, more expensive restaurants.

And it has a pub, if you're so inclined to have a liquid lunch or maybe catch some afternoon sports.

The menu has the usual (big-portioned) breakfasts, burgers (the fries are great), a nod to salads and other classic diner-ish fare like steaks and sandwiches. I've fallen in love with the BLT with fries, myself, but have tried most things on the breakfast menu and I've never been disappointed in taste or serving size or price.

The great finds are also found in the daily specials. Nothing fancy but always prepared well and pleasantly presented.

Today was half a rosemary chicken, some dipping sauce and fries, some salad-thing (not big on salads, myself) and a bowl of wonderful Italian Wedding soup - all made fresh in the kitchen and not from cans. The portion was so big I had to bag it to bring it home where it'll do double-duty as a solid base for chicken vegetable soup.

I've been with dining companions who have tried specials ranging from fish to kababs to Chinese and everyone's been impressed and have returned at some point on their own.

A great place to come, keep a low profile, chill out a bit, eat well for about $10 for a good lunch and not feel like you're being pushed out the door.

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Frenchies! Montreal Smoked Meat1018 Commercial, Vancouver
Native Montrealers may stare strangely...
Submitted Monday, November 27, 2006 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

What's with the Steamies in these long narrow plate things?

Steamies = Lesters in a bun with the usual stuff and sweet 'kraut in paper sleeves. How hard is that? Eeesh.

The fries are pretty good, the tourtiere is dry, frozen, sort of bland and the pudding chomeur (when they have it) seems to come from a powdered mix.

You know, if you're going to really push the French-Canadian angle, the food should be up to par of any of the casse croutes or Le Binerie on Mont-Royal (yum, yum). And cheaper for what it is. You could easily make up any price point differences on volume of sales and have a bigger customer base that way 'cause in Montreal, two steamies, a decent big bag of fries and a Cott Black Cherry should definitely slip under the $8 limit and that doesn't happen here.

I *really* want to like this place. Really. I'm a native downtown Montrealer and I pine for this stuff.

But the owner went for frou-frou French Canadian designer diner look (and too loud music most of the time) and doesn't pay enough attention to the food, itself.

Which means I only go in once in a blue moon when my disappointment is temporarily overcome by the hope the tourtiere is better than last time or I can get over the weird food presentation or I bring my iPod so I can shove them in my ears to drown out the music.

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4 Brothers' Pizza1914 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good Pizza at $4.25 for a small? YEAH!
Submitted Monday, November 27, 2006 - 11:51am [Dine in]

Just a slightly-more-than-$1 a slice joint hole-in-the-wall. But the pizzas are really good and the prices are fantastic if you pick up, say, a small pizza with three toppings. It comes out to $4.25. And they're willing to do half-half pizzas.

Comes with really good dipping sauces (the blue cheese is delicious) and three pepperinos.

Staff are friendly, the ovens hot and the pizzas come out quickly.

It's great for the kind of place it's suppose to be and I find I go there even when the angel on my shoulder is trying desperately to steer me to 'healthier' alternatives.

Price and quality can't be beat, though.

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Dallas Souvlaki Greek Restaurant2095 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Moussaka with chili powder!?!
Submitted Monday, November 27, 2006 - 11:09am [Dine in]

The service was nice and friendly, the ambiance is OK (lacking in charm but at least the table and chairs were comfortable) but the moussaka *should* have been, you know, Greek.

With cinnamon and allspice (or nutmeg or cumin) as the taste leaders. No way in heck should the overwhelming taste be too much (or any) chili powder. Really disappointing and makes me wonder if the cook is even Greek since no Greek I know would use chili powder.

On the other hand, everthing else on the plate was fine (not *great* but not disappointing, either).

Something so basic to Greek food that is so off makes me wonder about the rest of the menu. Don't think I'll go back again on my own but if friends want to, I'd tag along.

I give it an 'eeeeh'.

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