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cheapfoodieRichmond , BCSince February 11, 20105 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3.5 (3.6)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)


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Bonchaz426 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Great sandwiches, bread and pastries, great price but don't try the soups!
Submitted Friday, January 14, 2011 - 2:11pm [Take-out]

Picked up lunch from Bonchaz today and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the sandwiches. I ordered 2 lunch combos which includes a sandwich, soup and a brioche pastry.

We ordered:

- smoked salmon sandwich - v. good
- brie and avocado sandwich - v. good
- beef & barley soup - not good
- tomato basil - not good
- banana walnut brioche - v. good
- chocolate truffle brioche. - v. good

I highly recommend the sandwiches because they are made really great bread, tastes like a foccocia type, made in house and the flavour combinations are really good, of the ones we tried anyway. Also they didn't skimp on the salmon or the brie, they were maybe a little too generous. I had to take out a few pieces of brie, eventhough I love brie! the sandwiches would be better if they'd add a bit more tomato and cucumber. Otherwise overall really great quality for the price.

Whatever you do, do not order the soups! I tried them both and they were not good at all.

I agree with a previous reviewer that the pastries are best eaten right away. There are a few different flavours. The banana walnut had a banana type filling and the chocolate truffle had a chocolate filling, I would imagine that the others would have a filling. However, the "original" pastry does not.

Overall a great place for great sandwiches that start at $4.95 and delicious buns to go with your coffee.

Oh and when I walked into this place for a coffee before 10am on Tuesday I got a free pastry! i don't know if this is a regular promo during the week but a free pastry with coffee?! can't beat that.

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Babylon Cafe716 Robson Street, Vancouver
Very filing decent flavoured Falafel
Submitted Monday, March 15, 2010 - 11:53am [Dine in]

So I decided to check this place out based on some recommendations from friends and ordered the falafel. The size of the wrap was very big, much larger than I expected. The falafel patties were very tasty however,the downfall is the veggies, it was mainly lettuce, along with some tomato, cucumbers and peppers. I opted to not include the pickles and hot peppers.

Overall its a decent falafel very filling and good value at $5.95 but nothing spectacular. Next time I'll try the Shawarma, maybe that'll be better.

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Falafel Maison516 Robson Street, Vancouver
Excellent Shawarmas
Submitted Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

We thought we'd try this place based on the reviews and we weren't dissappointed! I had the shawarma which was a perfect blend of flavours, chicken, parsley, hummous and other veggies. I've had a lebanese style shawarma before but i guess the ones they serve at this place aren't lebanese. Regarless, they are yummy. My husband had the kebab plate which was served with Hummous, pita and salad and it was all realy good as well.

The shawarma, kebab plate and a sprite cost us $17 and we were full!! So I'd say its excellent value.

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Smoking Dog Bistro, The1889 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
We'll never be back!
Submitted Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

We went for lunch on a Saturday and were surprised that there were no other patrons, regardles, the service was terrible. The waitress 1) missed one of our orders 2) failed to bring a a couple of side orders we had requested 3) was impossible to get her attention I had to wave my arms in the air 4)


- bolognese - decent
- omelet - decent
- veggie fettucine - vegtables were under cooked
- beef borguinon - very good
- french onion soup - very good

I don't think we'll ever be back.

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Cucina Toscana8580 Cambie Rd, Unit 104, Richmond
Great Italian food at great prices
Submitted Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

I decided to check this place out based on the past reviews. So I made a reservation and was a bit apprehensive when a Chinese woman took my reservation.

Our first impression is that it’s got decent décor and its clean but thought that it odd to have some Chinese characters on the window. Also I peaked into the kitchen and noticed the cook was Chinese. Regardless the food was really good with really good portions. (not too much where you can expect to bring leftovers home)

Our party ordered:
-the portabello mushroom appetizer which was decent
- the potato gnocchi with clams and Italian sausage which was pretty good although I think the sauce would be better with regular pasta
-the sole with cream sauce which was amazing and the linguine with clams in a white wine sauce which was really good but I thought the pasta could be a bit more al dente
-For dessert we had the tiramisu which was excellent and the crème brule was really good as well.

Overall I’d rate the food is better than the Italian tomato or Spaghetti Factory but not quite Italian fine dining. Also, the price rating for this place should actually only be $$ as opposed to the $$$ that its currently rated at.

I’d recommend this place if you want good Italian at really great prices.

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