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bigfatcowKitsilanoSince June 22, 200713 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)


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Saigon Venture1310 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Changed owners
Submitted Friday, April 25, 2008 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

This place used to be ok... a couple years back. Expensive (prices are about $1 more than usual), but ok. At least, it was good enough for a pho fix, being the only pho restaurant in that area.

I went back yesterday for lunch and the chef and waiter were different people than I remember. Ordered my usual pho, and the flavor was no where to be found. The broth was bland and colorless, like hot water. The plate of sprouts/basil I got seriously had about 15 sprouts on it total. And I didn't think it was possible to mess up the simple step of boiling rice noodles, but apparently it is. My noodles were actually slimy. Ick.

Would recommend avoiding this place if possible.

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Indian Oven2006 4th Avenue West, Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

Whenever we dine here or get take-out here we always get the same few things:
-Butter chicken
-Prawn Masala

As far as authenticity goes, this place has gotten a few bad reviews from people who claim to know Indian cuisine really well. I'm no expert in Indian cuisine, and neither is my boyfriend, but the food tastes pretty darn good to us. My boyfriend gets a craving for this place every month or so, and it always satisfies. I don't doubt the other reviewers' experiences or knowledge, but I'll just add that when one of my friends visited from out of town, I brought him here and he judged the food to be very authentic and high in quality. He's an Indian guy, and also something of a chef himself, so I believe him.

I do agree that sometimes the service can be a tad flaky. They are generally very nice and friendly, but sometimes slow to fill water. The room is huge with high ceilings and not very Indian in feel, but still comfortable.

Overall, decent value, and good hearty food.

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Bawan's Donair & Pizza1453 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good take-out
Submitted Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

We love Bawan's. We've only done delivery with them a few times, and every time they've been consistent.

The ladies who answer the phone are always friendly and super sweet. The same gentleman who's delivered our food is always nice and polite too. Delivery is quick, usually 30 min.

We've only tried a few things on the menu, with the baked spaghetti being one of the items we always get (thanks to the reviewers here who recommended it). It's so good covered in gooey cheese and it's such a huge portion for $9. The lamb souvlaki is pretty decent too. Last time we ordered from them we decided to try something new and got the Pepper Steak dinner. I was kind of expecting a steak au poivre kinda thing, but instead, it was chunks of beef, peppers, onions and mushrooms swimming in a sweet/sour barbecue sauce. It tasted ok, but really not what I thought it was. I'm also not a mediterranean food expert, so I don't know if this is an authentic dish or just something the chef threw together. Next time I'll probably try the pizza.

Overall, a great choice for take-out/delivery.

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Crisp Salad Co.861 Hornby Street, Vancouver
did I go on an off day?
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

I really love big fresh salads, and after reading the reviews here, was excited to try it out.
I got the Cobb as other reviewers had, but the ingredients weren't as fresh as I expected. Lettuce was kinda brown, avocado was definitely brown, chicken was a processed loaf and the bacon was soggy and limp. As I was eating it, I kept getting a weird taste, kinda plasticky/soapy. I couldn't figure out what it was, and ended up just throwing the salad away after eating about 1/3 of it. Soup was good though. Nice and hot.
Service was great, very friendly and professional.
Ambience seemed nice. Nice and clean. Mind you I got my food to-go, so didn't really stay long.
Overall... don't know if I'll go back. So what if the service is great, and place is clean, if the food isn't there?

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New management
Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Going downhill
Submitted Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

When my bf and I first moved to Kits a few years ago and tried Hell's Kitchen, we were blown away by the Hell's Benny on their brunch menu. Since then we've gone back at least once a month, but each time the food has gone steadily downhill. It started with our favorite Hell's Benny being smaller, and having less ingredients, then kept sliding from there. Today, we returned and they had replaced their homestyle breakfast potatoes with TATER TOTS!!! Who's the genius who decided that was a good move? Service is still the good-looking (but a little flaky) bunch, and the room seems nicer now that they've opened up the other side of the room, but it was definitely the food today that made us decide we wouldn't be returning anymore.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - 12:02am [Dine in]

I've been here a few times now, and I've discovered a few things about this place:
1) If you get 2 pieces of fish, 1 piece tends to be undercooked. I practically scraped off all the batter today from my 2nd piece of fish.
2) The service isn't very friendly or appreciative - they know if I don't go back, they'll still get plenty of business. The staff takes their sweet time, chatting with each other, making their own meals, or just standing around.
3) There will always be considerable wait times. See 2) for reason.
Other than the service and half my order of fish, I still drop by this place every few months for a good soup, slaw, and decent fish & chips.

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Cafe Luxy1235 Davie Street, Vancouver
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

Good healthy portions of pasta (great flavor), caesar salad (very good house-made dressing) and garlic bread (warm, fresh and tasty) for lunch, at under $8! Everything was so yummy and the waiter/bartender was really nice and professional. I'm SO glad I work just a few blocks from here! My only fear is I'll be coming here for lunch so often now that I found this place, the bartender might think I'm stalking him, but I just really love pasta, promise!

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
just ok for lunch/brunch
Submitted Sunday, November 4, 2007 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

The menu at Burgoo looks fantastic, especially the classic dishes like the Irish Stew and Beef Bourguignon, but today for lunch, my bf and I left rather unimpressed.

We shared the scones, and they were warm and fresh, no complaints there. He had the Mesa Scramble, which at $9 looked and tasted really drab. There was a total of 3 toonie-sized slices of chorizo in the eggs, and it didn't even come with toast. You can get better/cheaper eggs and potatoes at Joe's on 4th. I had the soup & sandwich combo - the French Onion was great, but the bowl was scorching hot! My bf burnt his fingers on it. The wait staff really need to warn customers about that. The chicken club sandwich wasn't anything special at all.

Service started out ok, as we were one of only about 4 parties at the time, but as the restaurant filled, our waitress seemed to get flustered, and stopped checking in on us. Maybe she's not a seasoned waitress, but for the number of tables in the restaurant, split between 3 waitresses, she really needn't be that stressed.

I definitely want to come back to Burgoo to try their Bistro Classics, fondue, or even dessert, but not for lunch/brunch. Just not great value for the quality that you get.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Submitted Friday, November 2, 2007 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

Came here on a Thursday night w/ my boyfriend and we were sat at the bar in front of the chefs, which was fine with me. It was interesting watching the 2 chefs work (well) and interact with each other. Waitresses were welcoming and I loved that they yelled out greetings and thanks/bye to all the customers who came and went.

We both had the medium miso with lean pork, and shared a plate of gyoza. Though the flavors, portions and ingredients were really good, I have to wonder if they use lots of MSG or something. I felt SO thirsty the entire night after leaving the restaurant! Still, the flavors will have me coming back again, at least once more.

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Dragon Ball Tea House1007 W King Edward, Vancouver
I'm hooked
Submitted Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 12:30am [Dine in]

Had to try this place after reading all the rave reviews on this site. Even though I'm not a huge bbt fan, I am now hooked. The other reviewers are so right, the bubbles are awesome here.

I even have my boyfriend craving bbt from this place, and he's never liked bbt before. He loves their strawberry banana milk slush w/ coconut jelly. The only thing is, these drinks go down SO quickly, that I'm finished mine by the time we get home, so I always order 2 whenever I go now.

Service is efficient and friendly, and the prices are great. I hope that doesn't change too soon.

I don't want to repeat what has already been said in other reviews, but basically the parking and store size are the only problems I have with this place.

Also, does anyone else love that the cups say "Caution: Choking Hazard" on them? Too cute.

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Chianti Cafe & Restaurant1850 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Sadly disapointed
Submitted Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 12:18am [Dine in]

After reading the good reviews on DineHere, I decided to try lunch for the first time there today. I had high hopes for Chianti, because I'm a huge pasta lover, and live only a few blocks away, so I was really hoping to find a pasta joint I could just walk to whenever I had a craving. Unfortunately for me, there doesn't seem to be any other Italian joints in the immediate area.

The ambiance was nice and cozy when I first walked in - so far so good. The waitress then seated me at a table that she had to clear while I stood behind her and waited. Not a problem for me. The problem was that she just lightly dragged a cloth over the dirty table, so when I sat down there were still crumbs, spilt water, and dried food stuck to the table. Still, she was friendly, so I didn't bring it up, and instead just avoided the crusty parts. I was dining solo on a table for 4, so it wasn't too hard. My water and menu came slowly, but that was because she appeared to be the only one working the lunch crowd. Water glass had orange spots on it, tomato sauce residue from a previous diner? Eew.

The menu had a lot of tempting dishes, and I settled on the Penne Kitsilano with green salad. It came out really quickly - perfect for quick lunches. The salad was decent. The pasta was piping hot, which was nice, but the sausage in the pasta had cold centers... how odd. Overall it was just ok. The flavors were ok, but I definitely agree with the other reviewer who said there is way better pasta out there for not much more money.

Service was a little unattentive, but again, it was because she was the only one working. I had to ask for water refills a couple times.

I'll probably try Chianti once more, and try a different pasta, and I really really hope I can give it a better review next time.

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MacFalafel3601 W 10th Ave, Vancouver
Service did it for me
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

What a coincidence that someone else happened to submit a review on the same day I visited this place. Like the previous reviewer, I never thought to stop by MacFalafel either. I've only ever stopped by this plaza for 7-11. But today, I was feeling too lazy to make a second stop for food, so I tried it and so glad I did. I had the $5.99 beef platter for take-out and it was yummy. But what really stood out to me was the lady working behind the counter. She was SO friendly and in the time I was there she chatted with me, and another regular behind me and she was so nice and genuine. Reminds me of someone's mom or aunt that you eat over at and they would push you to "eat more" kind of warmth. I'll be back to visit her.

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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine4530 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Gold Train Express? Get out, QUICK!
Submitted Friday, June 22, 2007 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

I was craving a little pho for lunch yesterday, and since this is the only Vietnamese restaurant in the Kits/Point Grey area, I gave it a shot.

The place was dark and dingy, but I sat down anyways - takeout isn't really an option when you want a hot noodle soup.

I ordered my favorite noodle soup, Bun Bo Hue, and it came fast enough, but it was missing even basic ingredients that make the dish what it is. The plate of bean sprouts and basil that accompany the noodles looked wilted and old. All the sprouts were broken in half, as if they were leftovers from other patrons. I found the same of my noodles, every noodle was about 1-2 inches, as if they were leftovers. A few bites and I had to leave.

I don't think I'll ever come back to this place, no matter how bad my craving for Pho is!

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