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dretkvancouverSince October 21, 20085 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


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Applause Japanese Restaurant8269 Oak street, Vancouver
Surprisingly Solid
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

I live in this area and saw this location's predecessor totally miss the target demographic with a half hearted attempt at an izakaya. This reinvention sticks to the basics of sushi and sashimi which is more suited for the marpole area.

If you are to compare apples to apples this restaurant is a solid 4.5 in the sushi eatery category. Their sashimi and sushi are way above average for their price point. Their rolls aren't standout but I would say it's difficult to judge quality of fish based on rolls as other ingredients mask the taste and the fish gets all chopped up. It's when you get the sushi that you notice how much better their fish is than any other sushi restaurant in the same price range. Their tuna sushi is only 1.25/ piece and it is as good as 2.75 tuna sushi that i've had at other higher end japanese restaurants. For 1.25 it's a steal. The tuna is flavourful, the appropriate temperature and melts in your mouth. Almost all other restaurants in this price range serve hunks of square cut tuna that has a much rougher texture and a bland tasteless flavour. I would describe the latter as almost meaty which i used to believe raw tuna to be. Good tuna should have the flavour of toro and a similar consistency. This place kills it.

What else is good? Their saba (mackeral) sushi and their uni sushi. Uni is also one that tends to be poorly done in mid-ranged restaurants (Probably due to lack of turnover) and can often taste fishy. Their's has been consistently fresh.

Their sushi is genuinely priced quite cheap and if you do a quick comparison you find that it's even cheaper than the sashimi- whereupon with most restaurants it's the sashimi that is higher priced.

Thinking about the sushi makes me want to go back (and I've been there the past 2 days in a row)

The rolls? They're fine. If you're judging sushi based solely on rolls then I'm gonna venture a guess that there is a price conscious aspect to your valuation. This place has average sized rolls so you get a fair value but it'll never be as cheap as say.. samurai (If you're into that kind of stuff)

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Blueberry World Frozen Yogurt1517 West Broadway Avenue, Vancouver
what fro yo should taste like
Submitted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

I love their yogurt. It's the real deal. I will admit that I haven't been to too many of the new yogurt establishments aside from this and Qoola so I can't necessarily compare yogurt.

But this one is good. Is is very refreshing but sour and milky. It is not creamy milky but icy milky.

It is incredible. I am lactose intolerant and it doesn't bother me
I go out of my way to buy this yogurt and everytime I'm glad i went.

I just get the original and i get a medium size to share. Yes the yogurt is hollow in the middle but it's quite a large portion for 4.95 and i would say even cheaper than all the new yogurt places out there now. I agree the toppings are expensive but I dont care for them anyway and i only eat the yogurt

Great yogurt. keep patronizing them!

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Il Giardino1382 Hornby St, Vancouver
My long delayed review..
Submitted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

I went there for a special Christmas get together with my girlfriends (12 of us) admittedly some time ago during X-mas 2008. However I can't imagine much has changed since this place is doing so well.

Let's face it 12 girls who on average weigh 110lbs are not going to eat much or drink that much. I spend a lot of money on food, however as a whole we are unable to eat very much. It's the laws of nature Small size = Small stomach. This establishment is very much a place with service is dependent on your ability to consume. Our waiter was never negligent but often seemed patronizing.
But everybody has different thresholds for service.

Regarding the food, *sigh* first let me qualify by saying I have probably turned food back once in the past 5 years. Additionally, one of my gfs there works at a high-end restaurant herself and is very conscious of restaurant dining etiquette. Her and I both ordered the same dish, some sort of pasta with seafood, and both of us had to turn our food back while feeling almost guilty doing so. The shrimp and scallops in the seafood were previously frozen which would could have accepted (albeit not expected in such an establishment) but the problem was that it suffered from freezer burn. It was cardboardy and had the texture of pork that had been severely overcooked. Another girl also had to send her dish back. Keep in mind we're the sort that will only ever make negative comments to one another and NEVER to a restaurant to have a waiter send it back.

It's already awkward sending food back but a server's reaction can make or break your mindset after the fact. Our server was not amused. It was evident he didn't agree with our opinions. If it were just me and another person it may have been slightly uncomfortable the rest of the evening.

Regarding the value rating- it's a 3 as it's not overpriced for whats it's presenting itself to be but it's also not an inexpensive restaurant. So it gets a middle of the road rating.

The restaurant also seems to cater to chachi types. IE. those who strut around with skantily clad girls and drink and yell loudly during dinner and wear their button up shirts wide open with a gold chain dangling in front. The table next to us was that type and they were often yelling and attempting to join into our dinner conversation trying to one up their boys. If you're looking for a rambunctious night out this won't affect your much. But I did feel for the middle aged couple seated against the wall in our particular room of this restaurant

This restaurant just has a total poser feel to it. This is one of the very few restaurants in the city where I would actually decline to go back to if somebody suggested it or held an event there.

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Aphrodite's Organic Delights Cafe3598 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Yet I keep coming...
Submitted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 9:16pm [Dine in]

There's something to be said about rating a place 2's and 1's yet returning. I'm glutton for punishment and Aphrodite's is more than happy to deliver.

It is true, Aphrodite's service is so bad to the point where you will ask "did that just happen?" or "did I really order an iced tea 30minutes ago?" But to their credit or maybe just through chance I was there relatively recently (2 months ago) and it seemed that they have completely overhauled their staff. I am still leery so I gave service 1-star due to my lasting impression of the place.

I've only been here for lunch and brunch and even while taking into consideration the increased prices for organic food their menus is overpriced. I can't recall the exact price but a breakfast along the lines of 2 eggs, toast, hash browns was noticeably more pricey than say Tomato Cafe close by.

Unfortunately for the price increase I would say the food is not exceptional. Their food is "fine" and they have burned things on occasion.

So why do I come here? First, their chocolate raspberry pie. I honestly love that pie. Granted there have been occasions that I endure it all just to have the pie only to find out that it's sold out, but I still go waiting for the moment I'll get to savour that first bite.

So why not take out? This leads to the 2nd reason why this place is popular. The location draws you in. It's quaint. The inside space has a simple neighbourhood like feel. And the outside seating faces a street that has enough traffic and action to keep you occupied but doesn't usually get congested or overwhelming. It's the perfect restaurant for the location and complements the stores around it. I've sat outside on a sunny day and just enjoyed the breeze and the relaxing feel of the area.

This restaurant really could be so much more; better food to match the prices, better service, consistent availability of menu items but truth of the matter is that people keep coming back regardless of its deficiencies.

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Mirchi7964 Granville Street, Vancouver
Good neighbourhood joint
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

Finally went to check this place out after seeing it as I live around here. Had read the previous reviews and set my expectations low. Went nonetheless to support local businesses.

I was pleasantly surprised. They must have made some changes from last year.
Food was prompt with shorter waits than a typical chain restaurant like cactus club.
Naan did come out after the rice but maybe 1 minute after and it was so freshly made. Fluffy and finger burning hot. I'm not hugely into bread products and I greatly enjoyed the Naan here.
The food was good. Portions were sufficient and priced at $13 per order. Food was not greasier than any other indian place and was just as heavy in the stomach. As with any indian place you often get full on the sauce and Naan.

The server was a younger Canadian born Indian male. He was pleasant .Chatty enough but not overbearing. No issues with me packing a very small item

Ambience was acceptable but definitely reminiscent of a local joint. It's not a destination place but definitely recommended if you live in the area and make a pit stop for indian. It's small and suited for 2 people or 4 but definitely no more. Unfortunately they do not have a liquor license but for a location like this it's not a big deal.

All in all a good option for a casual meal. Definitely will go back.

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