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BuddyBoyVancouverSince December 16, 20066 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)


Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Reviews Found
Urban Tea Merchant825 Main Street, #G3, West Vancouver
Great spot for a proper tea
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 3:21am [Dine in]

I'm a tea lover and discovered this spot when a friend brought me there for my birthday some years ago. They were originally more counter-service oriented with lower prices, but they have since undergone a transformation to become a table-service tea room, at slightly higher prices.

The staff are very knowledgeable about tea and can suggest some interesting blends, and rare teas from around the world. The food, scones and desserts are lovely, if, in my opinion, a bit pricey, but I'm content to sit over a pot of tea for one ($5) and a scone with clotted cream and jam ($3.50) and watch the world go by.

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Red Robin801 Marine Drive, #100, North Vancouver
Undercooked Meat Strikes Again
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 3:11am [Dine in]

I actually like Red Robin's. Well, maybe the truth is my friends like Red Robin's and I don't mind it. The food is ok, the service, if a bit slow, does eventually get around to you, and the bottomless fries, though a bit pale, are nevertheless hot and crunchy.

My big problem though is that three times in the last few years I've been served a seriously undercooked burger, pink and bloody in the center, and it's finally caught up to me, striking me down with cramps, fever and things better left unsaid.

They're always very apologetic, preparing a fresh properly cooked burger and taking it off the bill, but it's worth a heads up that you might want to cut open your burger before going to town on it. The fact that they wrap it makes it a little difficult, but believe me it's better than the things "better left unsaid." Urp.

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Italian Tomato8380 Bridgeport Road, Richmond
Mixed Reviews - oh, and avoid the parsley!
Submitted Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 11:43pm [Dine in]

The atmosphere was nice, kind of down home and friendly meets sports bar. Without a reservation, the wait was about 30 minutes.

While waiting we could see the manager and the hostess using their hands to dunk into the bowl of dried italian parsley and sprinkle it over the dishes. It might be ok if they were clean kitchen staff, but the hostess kept running her hands through her hair and scratching her nose and then dunking her hands into the garnish. Yuck! Needless to say, we asked for no parsley, thanks.

Of our party, two ordered pasta dishes, fettucine alfredo and the penne with the tomato vodka sauce. The other two ordered the chicken piccata, one with the whole wheat linguine and sun dried tomato pesto, and the other with spaghetti carbonara.

The fettucine dish was ok - the pasta was a bit soft - and the penne was quite good.

The linguine was a bit greasy, and the carbonara was a train wreck - greasy noodles way past al dente, so far past al dente they couldn't even look back and see it. After puddyizing the pasta, they added the cream, cheese, bacon and eggs and must have gone out for a smoke - it was scrambled eggs on noodles.

Now, the pollo picatta. Words fail me. When I think of a picatta, I think of a thin pounded cutlet of chicken, lightly dredged in a seasoned flour, gently sauted in a lemony garlic butter, drizzled in a light sauce made by deglazing the pan with a bit of white wine.

Italian Tomato seems to think a picatta is made by throwing some small chuncks of chicking into an au gratain dish and smothering it with a thick, flour-based lemon "gravy" more at home in a pie crust. It was, in a word, awful.

So, I'd say, if you want something edible, stick to the pasta and non-cream based sauces. Look for pasta that isn't as likely to break down if it's overcooked and don't be afraid to send it back if it's a congealed mess on your plate.

And trust me, avoid the parsley.

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Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant703 Denman Street, Vancouver
Overprice and Mediocre. If I wanted pasta with attitude, I'd eat at nona's.
Submitted Saturday, December 16, 2006 - 5:18am [Dine in]

I wanted to like Ciao Bella. I have two friends who love it and show up every weekend for the $25 dinner and a bottle of wine and I really wanted to join in. Bad idea. I guess, since I don't drink, I'm more apt to notice how mediocre the food is, how snotty the service can be, and, if you stray from the narrow $25 menu, how overpriced and such a poor value the whole experience can be.

I had an appy, small pasta, entree and mineral water, and I spend $60.

I think I'll pass. I'd rather spend a little more and have a meal I enjoy, or a lot less and have some good italian comfort food.

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Banana Leaf1096 Denman Street, Vancouver
Tasty and Nice, but not as good as Broadway
Submitted Saturday, December 16, 2006 - 5:11am [Dine in]

I was lucky to be going out to dinner with a friend who had to visit all three Banana Leaf's over a period of a couple of weeks for a work project.

Oul last stop was the Denman location, which is conveniently close to where we live. I have to say the food is great, there is no question about that, but it wasn't eye-rolling incredible.

When we ate at the original broadway location (our second trip to a Banana Leaf) we were blown away by the food. The Sambal green beans knocked our socks off. It was the cheesecake scene in When Harry met Sally. At deman, the beans came out lukewarm and boring.

So, good enough, but the one on Broadway east of Oak is an order of magnitude better.

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Kisha Poppo Japanese Restaurant1143 Davie Street, Vancouver
Hit or Miss at Kisha Poppo
Submitted Saturday, December 16, 2006 - 5:01am [Dine in]

The Kisha Poppo on Davie seems to go through cycles: it starts out great, gradually declines, get's downright horrible and then some kind of turnover happens and it starts getting good again.

Went there last night and it looks like it's sliding down the slope again: the beef teriyaki was dripping grease, the yakatori chicken looks like braised nubbins of cat food and the ika karrage was like dry cardboard rings.

The maki rolls, however, were good, as were the miso soup and sunomono salad. The tempura wasn't bad., but the chicken teriyaki was a little rubbery.

I say give it a couple of months to bottom out and then it should start climbing back to greatness. My personal barometer: the quality of the beef teriyaki is always a good tip off as to when they are resorting to cheaper ingredients or have unskilled kitchen help.

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