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curmudgeonDowntown VancouverSince November 23, 2006Favourite List (1)100 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)


Displaying 81 - 100 of 100 Reviews Found
Victoria Chinese Restaurant1088 Melville St, Vancouver
not bad dimsum for downtown
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 11:17am [Dine in]

My co-workers and I had this craving for dim-sum, so we headed over to the Victoria Restaurant for lunch.

Evaluated on it's own merits, the food is pretty good. Not the best I've had, nor the worst. But it's a little pricey.

And there aren't many places that offer dimsum in the downtown peninsula, and those that do, are the same price, or more.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Oh, I'm glad I came here for lunch
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2007 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

I've been looking for a good casual place for delicious food at a reasonable price, and this looks to be one of them.

After hearing so much about Guu and it's related restaurants, I met a friend for lunch at the Thurlow location, and I wasn't disappointed.

I ordered the pork cutlet curry. Being a fan of indian, thai and malaysian curries, I figured I'd given japanese curry a try. While much milder than those of other cuisines, it was still very tasty. The pork cutlet was perfectly prepared.

Its a little bit loud in there, so not a place for an intimate dining.

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Centro Mediterranean Grill901 Granville Street, Vancouver
pretty good all around
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

On a whim, stopped in for a weekday lunch at Centro.

The servers were very prompt, polite and friendly. We were seated on the patio, since it was bright and sunny outside.

I ordered the charcoal grilled chicken with roasted potatoes and green salad, which was light and delicious. Salad was curious in that it featured cubed melons, which was tasty, if somewhat unusual.

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Next Noodle Bar560 Robson Street, Vancouver
not bad
Submitted Thursday, May 3, 2007 - 5:08pm [Dine in]

As a pan-asian cafes go, Next Noodle bar is pretty good.

Everything is made fairly well, and made to order. Prices are quite reasonable.

The server was attentive, and place is fairly clean and presentable (I admit that I judge the service and ambiance at chinese restaurants by a slightly lower standard).

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Patisserie Lebeau1728 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
waffles and croissants
Submitted Monday, April 30, 2007 - 9:51am [Dine in]

I love to stop by this place on the way to Granville Island, or when I stop in at BarbaraJo's.

The belgian waffles, and the croissants are fantastic (although I'm not a fan of their liege waffles... not a fault of poor execution, I just prefer the lighter belgians over the heavier and denser liege waffles).

Be sure to get there early (before noon) when the selection is best.

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Trees Organic Coffee450 Granville St., Vancouver
thumbs up!
Submitted Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 9:57am [Dine in]

prompted by my friends, I stopped in, grabbed a slice of the NY Cheesecake and a latte to go.

The cheesecake is very good. I hesitate to call it the best in the city, I've also enjoyed equally good cheesecake in a handful of other restaurants and dessert shops around town.

The latte was excellent.

The feel of the room is... rustic? The weather beaten wood finishing feels that way, perhaps could use more colour, but new I'm nit-picking to find something to criticize.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Very pleased
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

Went to coast with my usual dining compatriots, to celebrate a belated birthday.

I'd like to award 4.5 across the board, but since I can't I'll go with a mix of 4 & 5.

We ordered an appetizer sampler consisting of smoked salmon, prawn & sausage spring rolls, crab cakes, mushroom, goat cheese and potato gallete, braised short rib, tuna sashimi and a lobster poutine. All items in the sampler were very tasty, although, personally, i found the combination of french fries and lobster & cheese sauce a bit odd. The sampler was much bigger than I expected considering it's supposed to be an appetizer plate for 2, it was easily enough for 4 of us.

For mains, I ordered the feature special of halibut with peashoot salad and a risotto. My friends ordered the rack of lamb with seared scallops, the seared sable fish with asparagus and pancetteta beans, and the spiced tuna with crab roll. All of which were delicious and prepared to perfection.

Finished up with desserts consisting of a lemon creme brule, a molten coconut banana cake, pear & brie turnover, and a rhubarb & banana galette and a strawberry beignet. The desserts were hit and miss. The rhubarb & banana galette and the pear & brie turnover went over very well, but the lemon creme brule (served inside the hollowed out lemon was a bit too tart, and the molten cake, while tasty, didnt generate much enthusiasm among our group.

Loved the look of the room, deep red and soft brown with natural wood finishes and the subtle lighting.

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Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant8100 Ackroyd Rd, #120, Richmond
reservations required
Submitted Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

The food at Top Shanghai is quite good. I loved their potstickers and soup buns. The crispy rice was very tasty too.

But the service is weak, even by the lower standards I use when dining at chinese restaurants (its a truly rare chinese restaurant that boasts excellent service).

This place is very busy (and noisy), and if you show up without reservations, be prepared for a long wait. They're good, but not so good, that it's worth waiting 45-60 minutes for a table.

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Fatburger111 Dunsmuir St, #105, Vancouver
Not sure what to make of this place
Submitted Monday, April 9, 2007 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

I remember going to the Bite of Seattle several years ago, and sampling 7-8 restaurants, including Fatburger. I recall thinking that it was a decent enough burger, but not special enough to make me warrant a special effort to find the store and eat there.

This would appear to be their newest location, across the street from the Stadium Skytrain station.

I'm not quite sure what to make of the place. It feels like A&W done with a 50s flair (checkered floors, vintage neon lights, and CFOX-esque music pumping loudly over the speakers), but not quite.

It is a pretty good burger. Fresh ingredients. Made to order, with fresh crisp fries, at a price that's probably more than an fast-food burger place (say comparable to a Red Robin's or a White Spot), but without the sit down table service you'd expect from a full service restaurant.

BUT, for a place that makes you line up at the counter to order, gives you a plastic order tag to place on your table, and brings you your order on a plastic tray lined with wax paper to catch the drippings.... a 25 minute wait feels too long.

So.... my overview is, it's a fast-food joint (order at the counter, receive your order in a plastic tray lined with wax paper) with pricing and speed that feels more a casual full service restaurant.

I would never recommend that any place reduce the quality of their food, so my feeling is that Fatburger would be well served by going the extra distance and making the restaurant a full service diner, with servers taking your order at the table.

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Crisp Salad Co.861 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Nice change for lunch
Submitted Thursday, April 5, 2007 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

Nice to find a fresh tasty (generally healthy) lunch.... and made to order.

I'd like to give 3.5 stars in food and service, but since I can't, I'll give 4 overall, and 3 for the rest.

The servers are eager to please, and friendly. Perhaps I came a bad time, but they seemed to be a little flustered at the moment, bumping into each other a fair bit, and switching jobs.

The salad itself is generously portioned, fresh, quite tasty.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
nice lunch
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

Had a nice late lunch with a friend at Glowbal.

Nice room, nice decor, a little loud for my liking (loud music).

Ordered the feature special grilled chicken, bacon & pesto panini with mesclun greens and a butternut squash soup. All well prepared and very tasty.

I'd like to come back for the satay bar and/or dinner.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 8:39am [Dine in]

After numerous aborted attempts, finally went to Chambar to celebrate a birthday.

I love the room (the brick walls, natural wood tables and the leather seating).

Our servers we pleasant, charming, and attentive.

I ordered the seared scallop appy, the mussels & fries entree, and the chocolate passion dessert. All were delicious, although I found the mussels a bit too smoky for my palate (lots of bacon).

My dining companions ordered the poutine side, flatiron steak, veal tenderloin, and the venison. For dessert they had the tropical flan, the Belgian waffles and the chocolate mousse cake.

As we are apt to do, every sampled each other's dishes, and we had glowing comments all around.

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Pepitas Restaurant2015 Burrard, Vancouver
Pretty good
Submitted Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

Granted, I'm not a big fan of spanish/mexican cuisine, so I'm not a tough critic for this catagory.

Stopped for lunch on sunday after the midday lunch rush and my friend and I were the only guests in the restaurant.

Ordered the taco salad with chicken and the seafood flauta. Both were very good, tasty, fresh and well made.

Our server was friendly, polite, and prompt.

I'd like to rate 3 1/2 stars for each food and service, but I can't. So I'll give 4 overall, and 3s for the rest.

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
some of the best pizza I've had in years
Submitted Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

On the recommendation of friends, I stopped in a Rocky Mountain Flatbread for a weekend lunch.

Was seated promptly and given a menu (was not told about the daily specials, but they were written on a chalk board in the back of the room).

I ordered a $12.95 lunch special consisting of cream of cauliflower soup with roasted garlic, roasted red peppers and herb pesto, and the featured pizza (curried brown mushrooms, caramelized onions, sun dried tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, pesto and goat cheese.

Waited only 10 minutes for the soup (generous sized bowl, smooth, tasty) and another 10 minutes for the pizza (which was delicious with a fabulous crust, baked to a light crisp on the outside, but with a nice chewiness on the inside).

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Sciue800 W. Pender St, #110, Vancouver
Great spot for a quick lunch
Submitted Saturday, February 3, 2007 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

Decided to give Sciue a try on a Saturday afternoon.

Menu is focused... romana pano (ie. pizza), paninis, pastries, coffee & espresso, gelato.

Placed my order (pizza) at the counter, sat down, and my order was ready less than 2 minutes, but I did have to wait quite a bit for my coffee (I think they forgot).

The pizza is crisp and very tasty, the service was friendly and attentive.

As pizza and paninis go, its good stuff, if a bit pricey for a regular lunch spot.

If I could, I'd give them 3 1/2 stars across the board, but since that's not a option, I spit the difference, giving 3s and 4s.

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Pisces Fish & Chips3675 Westminster Highway, #115, Richmond
Decent fish
Submitted Monday, January 29, 2007 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

Fish was pretty good, fresh, with a lightly crisp batter. But I'd say the fish is better than the chips, which I found okay but... well, not as crisp as I like.

If I stop by again, I'm tempted to try the Indian cuisine.

But the service was very good, better than many other comparable restaurants.

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Choice Fast Food1117 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Neighborhood secret
Submitted Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

You could easily walk past this place, never know that they serve some pretty good indian food. A first glance, it doesnt look like an indian restaurant... looks like a little greasy spoon/cafe. And its in a low profile location, so it's customers are mostly local residents and office workers.

The menu is fairly small.... chicken curry, lamb curry, butter chicken, chicken tikka, samosas.... most served as combos, with basmati rice, a piece of roti and small green salad.

The salad is unremarkable, but the butter chicken and the curries are quite good, especially for the price.

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Good meal in a super setting
Submitted Monday, January 22, 2007 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

Bridges was my first Dine Out stop. I've walked past the establishment for 10 years and never eaten there until now.

Ordered from the Dine Out set menu, chosing the Tomato and Mozarella Salad, the Pan Seared Monk Fish with Risotto, and the Citrus Creme Brule.

The food was all well prepared and quite delicious.
Our server was polite, attentive and inobtrusive, and the room is one of the best dining settings in town, especially at night.

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Fritz European Fry House718 Davie Street, Vancouver
Great fries
Submitted Tuesday, December 5, 2006 - 11:32am [Dine in]

I had this strange craving for fries, and decided to grab a small order of frites to go.

It was made to order, so it took a few minutes, but they were hot, crisp, and tasted like a good french fry should. Didnt get any of the european style mayo, but I probably should have.

Nothing fancy about the room. It's a frenchfry joint, and it's good at what it does.

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Prima Taste Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
Decent, but not remarkable
Submitted Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

Stumbled upon Primataste about 2 weeks ago. Ordered the Char Kway Char Kway Teow and the veggie springs rolls.

Service was quite prompt.
Room was modern (little bit hard on the eyes with the bright orange) but fairly understated.

Noodles were decent, but not remarkable. Spring rolls were a little denser than I like, but not bad. Overall, the food was good, but did not stand out amongst other malaysian/singaporean restaurants in town.

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