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chikachikawowYaletown, VancouverSince November 25, 20079 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


Displaying 1 - 9 of 9 Reviews Found
Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
worth the wait for my friend, he won the pen...
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2008 - 8:39am [Dine in]

came here with 10 people. we tried to come early but still ended up waiting. thankfully we all arrived on time cause another group didnt have all the people in their party there so the restaurant wouldnt seat them.

we got crammed into a small space but once a table for two opened up beside us, the waitress combined the tables.

we were served complimentary bread upon request. also asked for olive oil/balsamic - i dont know why but i was surprised for some reason that they didnt charge us for that.

the menu is pretty big but as far as great choices, there didn't seem to be many dishes that stood out. i ordered the emiliana. the waitress said it was her favorite. i also saw a lot of other customers eating it. the dish was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!! the flavors really worked together and there wasnt any heavy sauce which was really nice. even with sharing some of my plate with friends, i still had enough leftovers to last me a couple more meals.

my friend did manage to finish his pasta. he was the only one in our group who conquered his plate. he was pretty excited to get that pen!

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
once was good enough
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2008 - 8:26am [Dine in]

I dined at this restaurant with a large party recently...
We were seated upstairs in an area kinda tucked away. I actually liked this as it gave our party some privacy. The tables were set up in a way where we all couldn't enjoy each other's company but the staff were great in rearranging the set up for us.
Compared to some of the reviews I read, I think we got lucky with a very good waitress. She was sweet and attentive.
I ordered the pasta platter to share with one of my friends. For $18/person, I expected a bigger portion and well, better food.
The stuffed ravioli was delicious. Everything else was just okay.
We each were able to sample the kobe meatball. I'm really not sure how this made van mag's "101 things to taste before you die". It was so salty and NOT the quality of kobe beef im used to. The rest of the platter had nothing else worth mentioning.
My friend got free tiramisu for dessert since it was her party. Pretty standard, nothing special.
I wouldn't return to this restaurant. There are MUCH better places for good italian food than Italian Kitchen..and at a much better value. I am thankful we had better service than what I was expecting based on reviews.

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
believe the hype. . .
Submitted Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 9:00am [Dine in]

I've been here a couple times and returned again to buy a couple individual sized treats for my coworkers and myself last night. I bought two of the chocolate caramels and a coconut mango.

The desserts here are INCREDIBLE!

The flavors all come together perfectly, the texture was smooth, creamy, moist. Not overly sweet.

The prices are a bit on the high side but worth it.

As for the desserts being pre frozen then thawed, the quality of the product isn't put at risk in my opinion.

I saw the owner on City Cooks last year and he definitely puts a lot of effort into his creations. His passion shines through in each dessert Ganache offers.

I'll be returning again soon. The must trys so far: chocolate banana, chocolate caramel, coconut mango (my personal fav).

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
good food, ok value
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

I've only ordered 4 different dishes from the restaurant
Butter beef: EXCELLENT. rare beef, great sauce.
Lemon pepper garlic squid: similar to most calamari dishes I've had in chinese and other restaurants. At almost $16 for a large that's like 50% lettuce, it's over priced and it's hard to understand why the dish is listed on 100 things to taste before you die (in vancouver).
Beef on rice: a simple, tasty dish. The beef has good flavor, the fried egg is a nice addition.
Chicken wings: tastes good cause of the sauce (same sauce as the squid). But has anyone noticed a quarter to half of what you get is just the meatless wing tips? Disappointing.

Now the lemon pepper sauce served with the squid and wings is good but when I was a kid, my mom and grandma made the same sauce. It tastes the same anyway and if it's made the same the lemon comes from the green bottle, not fresh squeezed.

The place gets busy, the food is good, but the prices for some of the dishes are a bit high..or maybe a lot high. Guess it depends on how many wings with meat on it you actually get on a given day.

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Beard Papa's1184 Denman St, 104, Vancouver
papa's makes a good puff
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

i tried the original vanilla cream puff the other day...
the pastry was light and flakey and the cream was smooth, not overly sweet and you can actually taste the vanilla.
I was hoping they'd have the green tea puffs but their special at the time (and what seems like the whole summer) was strawberry. i personally havent tried strawberry but my friend reports it's not that great.

for less than a couple bucks, i'd say it was worth the buy. took my cream puff, grabbed a coffee and enjoyed it a few steps away at the beach.

itd be nice to see more flavors available.

cant really say much about the ambiance. its a tiny space with a walk up counter. but as i said, the beach is a perfect place to enjoy beard papas!

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Top ramen spot downtown...
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

Benkei serves the best ramen I've tried downtown.
The ambiance at Benkei is what'd give it the step ahead of other good ramen spots.
The service was quick, friendly and efficient. I ordered within a few minutes of sitting and had my soup shortly after.
The broth is delicious (I had the Shiso). I like that it's only an extra 50 cents to add extra ingredients. Added the egg. Is it just me or do they know how to boil an egg to perfection? There was just a hint of moist, slightly soft yolk and no grey around the yolk like my hard boiled eggs seem to get!
The fatty pork was soooooooooo declicious!
I like how they've got the container of fresh garlic at every table to add onto your meal.
The card that offers you a free ramen after buying so many is all the reason to frequent this place..especally as Vancouver's entering the chilly, rainy season(s) - Great comfort food!

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Pinky's Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge1873 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
a review of the Yaletown location
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

Went to Pinky's for Taste of Yaletown with some relatives.

It was a busy night so we sat at the bar for a drink while we waited for a table.
Checked out the drink menu, noticed house martinis were the special for $6. My cousin asked the server what was in the house martini, he described it, we ordered 3.
The bill came for the drinks. They certainly didn't cost $6. He had charged us for their signature martini or something. Come on. We specifically asked for the house. It ended up being a $10 glass of juice with a splash of coconut milk.

The ambiance was nice. Cool paintings everywhere including the ceiling. It was a bit dark but as my cousin says, in Yaletown, everyone's gotta look sexy somehow. The big lit Pinky's sign is a bit tacky in my opinion but I digress.

We all ordered the $35 meal. I had wok squid for my appetizer. The flavor was only okay but the squid was cooked to tender perfection.
The steak was cooked to my specifications and absolutely delicious. The onion rings are a nice touch.
Plush potatoes are their signature side - mashed taters wrapped in eggroll wrapper and fried. A simple way to change up how mashed potatoes are served, seemed to work.
Prawns were huge, juicy and tasty.

Ended the meal with some Tiramisu. It was light and creamy. Quite good.

Pinky's serves a great steak at a good price for an entire meal.

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Jonker Street Restaurant1128 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
My first trip to Jonker . . .
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

I've walked by this restaurant many times and finally decided to give it a try.

I called ahead to ask about the lunch specials and placed an order for pick up.

For $8.50 I ordered the Nasi Jambori. On the phone I was told by the lady it was a dish of beef rendang, chicken curry, prawn sambal and egg.
I also got an order for some Roti.

Upon pick up, the guy who I believe was the owner greeted me promptly with a big smile, my order waiting. He added some mint chocolates which was a nice touch.

I got home, ready to dig in!
Now, I'm unsure if the prawns go missing when the Nasi Jambori is served at lunch but they weren't there! Disappointing because I was told over the phone it was indeed included in the meal.
The beef was delicious and extremely tender with an interesting hint of sweetness.
The chicken curry was ok but the chicken itself was overcooked and very dry.
The food was spicy with the dollop of hot sauce on the side. I liked that.
I'm not used to the type of roti I tasted. I'm only familiar with the roti of the east and west indies. This was an interesting take..light and flakey, a nice side.

Overall, I would likely try Jonker Street again for the beef rendang and hope that the chicken satay is more tender than the curry. Although...I'd personally return mainly for the location. I've heard from friends (some Malaysian) that I should make my way to Banana Leaf for Malaysian cuisine.

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Salsa & Agave Mexican Grill1223 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Not as good as when I first came here...
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

When I first discovered the restaurant about a year ago, the service was friendly, food was fresh and cooked to perfection.

These days, the nice gentleman who usually greeted me when I'd stop by the restaurant is almost never there. The last few times, our server has been a girl who seems to barely smile and is not nearly as attentive with her service. I noticed there is another female who works (or maybe helps out) there..other than the one time I've seen her serving, I noticed her taking up a table, feet up on a chair on her computer while patrons waited to be seated. Kind of unprofessional if you ask me.
It was also unappetizing to see the server wiping tables, cloth dirty, plopping it on top of a trash can then handling food without washing her hands first.

I know the restaurant has a charge on the menu for extra salsa & chips but in the past, we were never charged for an extra bowl. I went yesterday with a friend and even when we asked for just extra chips, there was a charge for chips & salsa on our bill. *sigh*

The food has also taken a dip. The pollo in my tacos has been dry, not moist and flavorful like before. Even the tortillas have tasted stale and dry on some occassions. A true disappointment.

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