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Chris81South Cambie, VancouverSince April 5, 20076 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)


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Vanya5615 Harold St, Vancouver
A solid Japanese eatery
Submitted Friday, December 21, 2007 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

I've been here several times for lunch and enjoyed myself on every occasion. By no means a fancy place; basically just a hole in the wall. That aside, the food itself is nonetheless attractively presented, delicious and cheap.

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Romano's Macaroni Grill1523 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good experience with large group
Submitted Friday, December 21, 2007 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

I went to the Macaroni Grill recently for a birthday party. We had a large group (20-25) and the organizer opted for a preset menu.

The building is gorgeous. Everyone else mentions this, so I won't dwell on it. One of the servers gave a brief singing (some operatic aria?) performance that was very nice touch.

Food was mostly good but far from memorable. Steaks were decent. Pasta dishes and salads were well done but nothing distinguished about them. Salmon was disappointing; it had a sweet syrupy glaze that did not mask the fact that it was overcooked. Wine list was short but fairly diverse. A wine snob might call it a bit pedestrian (translation: I could recognize most of the vineyards/producers and varietals listed).

Staff were pleasant and quite prompt. One made a wine recommendation that panned out nicely.

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Rasputin Russian Cuisine457 West Broadway, Vancouver
Uniquely good time
Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:52pm [Dine in]

I went to Rasputin recently for a birthday celebration. Upon entering the first thing I noticed was the classical decor, a little fancy but unpretentious. It was fairly quiet when we arrived but by the time we left the atmosphere was lively and even a little boisterous. There was live music and singing and a small dance floor.

Service seemed a tad slow but it was busy. Servers were friendly and helpful with the food and drink (read: vodka) selection.

Due to overindulgence in vodka early in the meal our appetites were impaired and I am sorry to say we did not get to try much of the menu. That which did order, however, was quite a treat. A platter of assorted appetizers included blinis topped with sour cream and salmon caviar, smoked sausage, potato and beet salads and coleslaw. There is a pickle platter on the appetizer menu also that proved to be a bit less impressive; the pickled tomatoes were excruciatingly sour (though they were probably meant to be), and the dill pickles and olives were fairly run of the mill. The only entree we ordered was a plate of dumplings (like perogies, but stuffed with meat and vegetables, delicious!).

All in all, a fun place for an evening out, particularly for a larger party. I will definitely return.

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Mongolie Grill467 West Broadway, Vancouver
I can do this at home
Submitted Thursday, April 5, 2007 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

My family and I decided to try Mongolie grill for a simple meal close to my apartment. We weren't expecting anything fancy but were still largely unimpressed.

I will say that there was a more than ample selection of meat, vegetables, and sauces made available to us. However, the staff were rather inattentive and it was not made clear to us, until we asked explicitly, how we were to go about getting our food. The interior was poorly lit and a little dumpier than I expected. The food was unevenly cooked, although is was probably just the result of all the ingredients being put on the fryer at the same time. Our meals ended up being a little under $20 per head before tip, which seems a bit steep for what was really just a predominately vegetable stir-fry.

I can imagine this place possibly being fun with a large group, particularly on the patio in the summer, but I can't say it did much for me.

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Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe3292 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Breakfast/Brunch food at it's finest
Submitted Thursday, April 5, 2007 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

In addition to a fairly extensive menu of more generic breakfast fare, the Wooden Shoe boasts a selection of several dozen varieties of pannekoek, both sweet and savoury. Definitely a good place for comfort food.

The inside of the restaurant is cozy and decorated with various dutch-themed bric-a-brac and photos of staff and patrons.

They also serve a wonderful dessert item of which I cannot recall the name. It consists of a plate of little fluffy dumpling type things topped with whipped cream, fruit, and some sort of liqueur if memory serves. Highly recommended if you still have room!

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
One of the best reasonably priced sushi places in town
Submitted Thursday, April 5, 2007 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

One of the finest quality sushi restaurants you will find without entering the territory of such upscale establishments like Tojo's or Yoshi's.

The fish is fresh and of very high quality. It is one of the few sushi restaurants where I will order scallops with confidence (those of you who enjoy raw scallops know that they are one of the first things to be compromised in quality at mediocre sushi restaurants!). Overall, the menu is quite extensive, and highlighted by the availability of wild sockeye, real crab, fresh wasabi, as well as less commonly found dishes like chawan-mushi and sanma. Sushi is prepared at the bar by Japanese chefs who show all the signs of being professionally trained. Donburi dishes are competently prepared but nothing to write home about.

Service is friendly and fairly consistent. Atmosphere is homey and decor is tasteful and as good as anyone would expect from a small restaurant located in a strip mall.

It is also worth noting that they seem to have a decent selection of sake and shochu, which I have not sampled, though I notice this is becoming more common in licensed japanese restaurants these days.

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