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EatsFatsVancouverSince April 22, 2007322 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
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La Brasserie1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
Very competent, very tasty
Submitted Friday, October 15, 2010 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

It's a pretty small, compact place that we've been itching to try for a while. Well, we finally got a chance. Luckily, we got the last empty seat in the house, so no waiting. It's a little cramped, but fits in well with the whole "theme" of the restaurant and it's nice to be able to see the kitchen at work right in front of you. You get a nice view of them at work all around due to strategically placed mirrors all around the walls.
Waitress was thoroughly competent. Clearly not 5 star material, but a perfect fit for this restaurant. Absolutely no complaints other than a forgotten ketchup request, which turned out not to be needed.

Some reviews make this place out to be a bit of a "meat fest", but this didn't seem to be true. Very nicely balanced meals all around.

We started with the soup du jour, which was a roasted tomato fennel soup. It was okay, definitely taste the quality, but my personal opinion was that it was a bit too strong, too salty and bordered on being a tomato sauce rather than soup. The mains were a lamb salad and the roast suckling pig sandwich. Let's start with the pork sandwich. It came with a light salad and fries. The salad, while simple, near perfectly done, not overwhelmed with sauce. The fries? Not mindblowing, but very good. Good enough that we didn't miss the forgotten ketchup. The centerpiece, the sandwich ... well, didn't meet our high expectations. Good sandwich? Yes. Good suckling pig sandwich? Not so much. The problems were that the pork was generally overwhelmed by the other ingredients. The pork itself was slightly on the dry side and in terms of flavour, not up to the suckling pig found at many Chinese eateries. I'm being picky here, because we enjoyed the meal.
The lamb salad? That's a bit misleading, it's really a bunch of lamb sirloin chunks (3 of them, quite reasonable size) with a side of salad. The greens were very similar to the previous dish, so no complaints. The lamb was a thorough thumbs up. Done absolutely perfectly, not too rare, dry or overcooked. Exceedingly tender and juicy. It did have a "lamb" flavour that was a bit unique and a bit stronger than normal, so if you do not like lamb in general, you'd probably hate this. If you do enjoy the unique flavour of lamb, this would be a big hit.

None of the mains hit over $14, we left feeling perfectly satiated, but not overly full. Way better deal than the main chain restaurants. Definitely recommended, I hope we'll be back sometime to try their other dishes.

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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
Not worth the wait or the hype
Submitted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

No reservations here, so it's a wait. A potentially long wait. If you get in within 15 minutes, consider yourself lucky I guess.
It looks like a small place on the outside, but there is quite an expansive back room, so there is more space than you think. Which makes the wait even more unbearable after the fact. To top it off, the staff just don't seem to care. Another group who came much after us got a table ahead of us (same size) because the servers didn't pay attention to the list and they shoved themselves inside, after we were requested to wait outside.

The ambience is not bad, that's probably one of the high points, because the service wasn't that impressive either. We waited quite a while before we even got water, some more waiting before they came to get our order and even more waiting for the bill. In fact, they forgot our request and we had to flag down another waitress ... who also somehow got tied up so we actually had to go to the register to pay. Seriously?

Now let's get to the food. Kind of rustic style, breakfast or brunch, it seemed like almost everything was served and cooked in small cast iron skillets. (That's not always a good thing, for some dishes with lighter flavours, you can taste the iron, blech). If I made this at home, or it were much less expensive, I'd be a happy man. But it wasn't. We had the cassoulet and the paella. Much to my surprise, the paella wasn't made with rice (which was not advertised on the menu) but pasta, orzo I believe. It's not the same.

It's difficult for me to say, especially since we had good experience at Chambar before and because the food is actually quite good, and we did have a pleasant morning, but I wouldn't recommend a trip here. It's not worth the food or the wait or the mediocre service, not at the prices they have. I would say the only people who would be impressed with this place are if you happen to have too much time on your hands, have too much money in your wallet and you can't cook. These are good dishes, but I would qualify as "low skill", they are easy to make. We could, and we have, made very similar dishes at home ourselves at the same level of quality. I don't need to wait and pay relatively exhorbitant prices to enjoy this stuff.

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Boonie's Southern Soul6465 201 Street, Langley
Some big hits, some not so much.
Submitted Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

Been here twice as well as back in the old location. The one in the curling rink. So the new one is in a hotel. We've had Southern/soul food down ... well, south. Maybe not that far south, but maybe close enough. The best places were in an abandoned gas station and in the back of a biker bar, so a "proper" place could be anywhere. The more unexpected, the better :-)
In some sense, this isn't as good because it's a clean, decent place.

Pulled pork was great as well as jambalaya. Would the new place measure up?
Well, the catfish was darn good. The corn bread was pretty good as well (but to be honest, if you know what you're doing corn bread is pretty easy, surprising how many places mess it up). The sides are to be expected, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your tastes.
We tried pretty much all the other main stuff on the menu. The best is still the catfish and the pecan pie. I don't know where he gets the pecan pie from, maybe it's just from another store. Don't care, because it was pretty amazing. Would go just for that.
The disappointment, which I have to agree with the rest of the reviewers, is the ribs. I mean, they're decent. But not as good as they used to be. I was already suspicious the first trip to the new place because there was no sign of the smoker and no smell of it. The ribs by themselves wouldn't be worth the trip out there.
I don't necessarily blame him, it's kind of hard to have a smoker going "full time" when you're located in a hotel.

Worth a trip I say, just because this type of food is hard to find in GVRD. But I think Boonie needs to do something about the BBQ ... or the location. It's still good, but not as good as before I think.

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Sula Indian Restaurant1130 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Indian goes up a notch
Submitted Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

This place sprang up on the old site of Lime, so it is exactly the same layout and pretty much the same feel in decor. That's not necessarily a bad thing...

We popped by for lunch, it was empty. Nobody but else. We had our run of the place. This is not normally a good sign. The waiter seated us promptly and was reasonably helpful and friendly, though I would say he isn't quite on top of everything yet. Either that or he is a slacker, but I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt today.

The lunch menu seemed on the small side, but it offered a generous variety. None of those places were 8 items are essentially the same thing. Prices ranged up to around $11-12.
So how was it? Good, really quite good. Each lunch "set" came with the main dish, along with rice, onions & cucumber. The rice was done very nicely, perfectly fluffed up and tasty. No clumpy stuff like at some other places. For the mains, we had a butter chicken, lamb rogash josh and some vegetable dumpling thing. Good flavour on all of them, and each dish was distinct. I would say one of the more perfectly spiced Indian meals I've had in a while. Great mixture of spices, the heat, upon first bite, was non-existent, but it slowly built up as the meal went on, giving that kick, but not overwhelming your tastebuds. It was a great experience, unlike those other crazy places that slam you with searing heat early on and numb your tastebuds to anything else.
Meals all came with naan, which I have to say, was one of the better ones we've had in recent memory. Good texture and flavour on that. To top it all off, even though we polished off 3 meals amongst 2 people, we never went away plugged and bloated (again, unlike many other places).

It's not super cheap eats, but it's good value. Waaaay better than most of those grungy places on Main or whatever. I'm glad to see that more and more Indian places are bringing the quality and execution up a notch, hopefully it will raise the general level in Vancouver.I would recommend this place, good execution, good quality, I would definitely return again if I had a craving for Indian.

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Euro Pastry House1058 Mainland Street, #114, Vancouver
Decent sandwiches
Submitted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

Well, I dunno where I got it from, but I heard about some really good sandwiches here. So, being faced with a slight change in my daily schedule and finding myself needing grub nearby, I stopped in to pick up a sandwich.

What to get? The classic, Euro Chicken Schnitzel (not the deluxe...). I think that ran me just over $7 (most other sandwich choices were around that price). Not that cheap I thought, but I guess compared to Subway, it is a way better deal.
Took a few minutes to do because I guess they were frying up the chicken right away.

The sandwich was packed with goodies, aside from the chicken, all sorts of other vegetable matter. I bit in. It was pretty good. Chicken not too dry, taste was okay. The problem? It tasted exactly like I expected. No surprise, no mind-blowing flavours...
So yeah, I got full, pretty full. It's a packed sandwich, and on hindsight, I would say a better deal than Subway or Quizno's or McD's for that matter. But is it a sandwich place worth plunking my $7 on? Hmm..... no. Not unless I've got a real sandwich craving and I can't walk a few blocks. I mean, I could fill my tummy for much less at Gyu-don. I had a really eye-opening sandwich at the milk & waffle bar a few blocks away. I would be happier with a couple of deluxe Viet subs, Sciue has waaay better bread in their sandwiches, these guys just use regular pre-sliced bread.
It's a bone standard sandwich that is done pretty well, so I suppose if that is what you're looking for, be my guest. It's good food, it just isn't special. For the same money, I'd walk over to Sciue.

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Cafe Truong Thanh2096 Kingsway, Vancouver
So much promise ... but not much substance
Submitted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

This looks like your "typical" greasy hole-in-the-wall pho place along Kingsway. Really. Maybe it has gone downhill from the previous reviews. The place looks okay clean, but you can tell, it hasn't been given the most thorough scrubbing. Standards have gone up from new competitors.

Service was okay, but not terribly spectacular. Waiter wasn't very helpful or personable.

The menu. Is small. I mean small. There kind of seems to be a decent list, but it's split up in something like 5 sections, and if you know typical Vietnamese stuff, there's often a lot of similarities. Like 5-10 noodle soups listed, but they're pretty much all the same thing. Same base, same noodle. One gets the pork cake, the other a fish cake. Big whoopy.
Nothing wrong with small, but if you're going to go that way, then you have to be good. Really good. Or really unique.

It does manage unique, sort of. Does it specialize in Northern Vietnamese food? Maybe. I'm no expert, but since we've had stuff elsewhere (sadly, not in Vancouver), this doesn't measure up to past experience. The noodle soup base and the noodles were different, so I guess it might be worth a try from that standpoint. The steamed rice cakes, blah, they're okay, but seriously, you can get that at least as good from numerous places in Vancouver. The sub? (There are only 2 choices if memory serves). Blah. I wouldn't say the quality is bad, but it is the most uncreative, underwhelming Viet sub I've ever tasted. I'm pretty sure the noodle soup was pretty high on the MSG factor as well...

Recommend? Probably not. It's just not good enough to make it worth a trip. It isn't even unique enough. If I were absolutely starving and I were right on that block. Maybe. Just maybe. Naaaw.....

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Dae Bak Bon Ga1947 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Good quality & better variety. Great addition to the area.
Submitted Monday, September 13, 2010 - 12:00am [Dine in]

Went here for dinner due to convenient location for that day. Restaurant is nicely done up, suits the neighbourhood. At the back they have a big TV with Korean food shows playing. Awesome!

Service was good, nothing special, but expected levels from a place like this.
We were promptly seated with our menus. Menus were great, full pictures for almost everything. And we noticed they had a lot of variety. Not just the standard BBQ stuff, but various cold noodles, soups & other interesting dishes.

Food came fairly promptly, and surprise(?) they did a good job. The haemul pajun wasn't the usual giant size, but taste & texture was spot on. Deokbukki, spicy yes, but more than that, plenty of flavour to go along with it, maybe the best in town. And so it was with the other dishes, all very solid.

They don't have much competition in the area, but even so, they are easily doing a very good job. All the stuff downtown near Robson & Denman or along Kingsway might be as good. Maybe. But it's tough to beat for a clean, stylish restaurant with good quality food. Recommended. We will likely be back.

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Sashimi Sushi17700 56th Avenue, #113, Surrey
Just another sushi joint, nothing special
Submitted Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 11:43pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch. It's a pretty small place. Maybe 6 tables?
Menu was stocked with the usual stuff, nothing standind out. We ordered one of the lunch bentos & tempura.

Tempura kind of sucked. Huge amounts of batter hiding whatever was inside. No worse than many other places I guess, but I wouldn't order it again. The lunch box was okay. The usual, a salad, roll, gyoza & something else. Chicken 'tonkatsu' in this case. Which was kind of dried & hard.

Overall, it felt almost like a cafeteria, with service to match (they were fast & friendly enough, but nothing special). The tea sucked bad. The food was edible and that's about it.
Definitely not worth the trip here. Eat if you must, at least the ingredients seemed decent & relatively fresh. But still, I was left wondering if I shouldn't have just eaten at the nearby A&W...

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Red Hot Grill1393 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
One word sums it up. Bad
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

We had hankering for some Persian food and we decided to have a go at this place. Should be good given all the reviews, right?

We stepped into the place, clearly its previously life as a bar was immediately obvious. No matter, they seem to have it well kept and it lends a quirky atmosphere to the place. The server was friendly enough, though clearly not on top of the menu.

Our crew ordered a wide sampling of food, from koobideh, chicken, fish, beef kabobs.
I noticed right away one of the grilled tomatoes still had the sticker left on the skin. Come on! That's just sloppy.
The fish was actually quite okay, but it went downhill from there. The chicken was very juicy & tender, but too salty, like it had been sitting in a brine too long or to hide ... something. Unfortunately, no hiding from the koobideh and kebab torsh. This stuff, I would say was bordering on bad. As in spoiled meat bad.
(Don't tell me I don't know what I'm eating, we've had quite a bit of Persian food, here and elsewhere). Strangely, one of our party had been here earlier in the day and vouched that it tasted just like it did then, so it was not a one-off miss. And oddly enough, the entire staff, including the kitchen, had apparently rotated out already.
I'm not sure what happened, is this a really off day for them? With all these decent reviews, I would have been hoping for at least a reasonable, passable meal. No such luck.

This is, by far, the worst Persian food I've had in a long, long time. I'll be glad if I get away from this place without getting sick. There are SO many other choices in the area. Geeze, take a few minutes and drive up to Yaas or even down the block to one of the other joints. Their stuff there is way better and fresh tasting.
Highly NOT recommended. Don't go there, Stay far away.

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Tugboat Annie's Pub6911 Graybar Road, Richmond
If it's pub food you're after, great place to go
Submitted Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

I would never have come here myself, it's so incredibly out of the way for most of my travels. Fortunately, I was pointed here by some colleague.

Surprise, surprise, the whole ambience is actually quite nice. Really. Think waterfront dining (or near as you can get hereabouts). The waitress was really friendly and helpful, food came out at a reasonable time. Since it was a business lunch, most of us had burgers & soups and the like.

Presentation was good, for pub food (well, how much can you present a burger???). The soup du jour was quite surprising ... delicious stuff, not the usual super-salty swill that I get at a "pub-like" restaurant. Likewise the burgers and salad were well done, good flavour without overloading on the salt and sauce.

I agree with the previous esteemed reviewer, I'd give it a good recommendation. Don't know if I'd make the trip out here. I mean honestly, it is still "pub grub". It's really quite out of the way for most people. However, if I did happen to be in the area, this would be a definite stop.

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Sweeney's1091 Hamilton, Vancouver
Great quality, fresh ingredients for more than just sandwiches
Submitted Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

Contrary to the description here, there is much more than just sandwiches and plenty of table service. The place is not large, it's quite clean and nicely decorated, but otherwise not terribly outstanding. That's okay, I'm not complaining here.

The waitress we had was very attentive, friendly and helpful. For the kind of restaurant it is, big thumbs up to her. Some guy who seemed to be the owner or chef or whatever dropped by to check on us too, also very welcoming and friendly.

Initially we though it was just sandwiches, but no, at least not for dinner. Full appetizers, soups and entrees.We had a soup and a humous dip appetizer. Presentation, thumbs up. And not just for "cafe" type food, it was shown really nicely. The taste did not disappoint either, they did quite a good job here.
Mains were the meat loaf sandwich (ok, so we ordered one anyways, we had to try) and Trinidadian chicken. The sandwich also got a big thumbs up. Good, fresh ingredients. My only "complaint" is that it tasted like they used "regular" hothouse or hydroponic tomatoes. If they went all the way with some nice, grown-in-the-dirt, ripened heirloom tomatoes, it would've been amazing. The roast potatoes that came with it are pretty close to perfect, nice texture and flavour.
The chicken was another almost-hit. Came with roast, almost stewed vegetables and a stuffed, rolled chicken (presumably breast). Oh boy, the vegetables were near perfect, the sauce, the flavours, really, really hit the spot. The only miss was the chicken itself, which was just too dry. Neither dish was too rich or greasy or salty. Flavouring was perfect.

Strange as it may sound, I may actually second the previous reviewers call for more vegetarian dishes. The simple reason is that they do a really, really good job of the vegetable matter here. Were they just to re-arrange some of the ingredients in the various dishes and remove the meat, you would still be left with a very awesome meal that just happened not to contain meat.

This place was a big surprise. No, it's not a 5-star restaurant, but it's a comfortable, casual diner. The quality of the food was excellent and preparation was almost perfect. It was just like food that we would make ourselves. And that might be the only downside. Scanning the menu, there were some pretty nice items, I'm not sure anything really outstanding though in terms of creativity. So it really comes down to ingredients and execution. Any foody worth their salt should know where to get the same quality ingredients, so it really comes down to whether you're a good cook or not.
Regardless, I am giving it a big thumbs up, recommended destination, and I would return again. It's a good addition to the neighbourhood, refreshing change to the usual around here.

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Sushi Kimura3883 Rupert St., Vancouver
Yup, maybe one of the best in the neighbourhood
Submitted Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

Good job with the restaurant here. Looks good, looks like he means business. Not like he just slapped together a store.
We went during an afternoon, it's still "soft opening" I think, and business is reasonable for a start.

So, let's get right to it. The food. Has the usual sushi stuff, some "French style" stuff (like cheesed stuff chicken cutlets...) We picked up a creamy shrimp croquette and a special combo with soup and a bunch of nigiri.

The shrimp croquette was actually quite good, in absolute terms. Not mind blowing but certainly not disappointed. If I were feeling generous, I might say it is one of the better executions in town. It was paired with just some potato salad (good, not too goopy and creamy) and plain rice. (Strangely enough, seemed to be long-grain, not Japanese style short or medium grain).
Sushi combo ... miso soup was quite good. Not your usual, even had a clam in it (though ... to be fair, it is not as good as what Ichiro in Steveston does). The nigiri was very nicely presented and had a good selection. I would rate it a thumbs up, it was much better than I expect from this area.

What is the conclusion? Someone mentioned that the chef comes from Kyoto. Okay, so maybe he does. But first go eat in Kyoto ... this might be a cheap salaryman's place over there. Nevertheless, it's a great addition to the neighbourhood. If I were passing by, I wouldn't hesitate to stop in. Is it worth a trip out there? At this point I might have to say no. There doesn't seem to be anything that is a real standout that makes it worth the trek out there. I will probably return to sample the rest of the menu, just in case, but it's hard to give it a "must go try" recommendation.

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Miura Waffle Milk Bar2521 Main Street, Vancouver
Never would've thought waffle sandwiches were this good
Submitted Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

We walked by many times and never went in. Finally we decided we would like to have a go.
Small place, but very well appointed and clean. The 2 people working there are really friendly and helpful.

One sweet, one savoury.
The sweet waffle sandwich was filled with fresh berries & cream (or custard?) that had everything in just the right proportions. Not too sweet, nice fluffy waffle, it was really quite good.
Next up, bulgogi waffle. Yeah, weird concept, but .... first bite was like WOW. They did something really good to this thing. Excellent taste texture, not too goopy, not too strong. They really put thought into it, it's got some egg in there, just a bit of kimchi, the bulgogi isn't the usual, it's kind of a ground meat deal, which is perfect, otherwise it would be hard to chew off. It was really an eye opener.

Oh yeah, they have all sorts of flavoured milk as well, which is kind of neat.

While we were eating there, some other customers came in who were repeats, so that was a good sign. No surprise given the food! The top waffle "sando" was under $7 I think, and many are under $5. I would MUCH rather have this than a burger at the usual fast food joints.

I concur with the previous reviewers. This is strangely good and satisfying, dunno why. I'm pretty sure we'll be back.

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Romer's Burger Bar1873 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Did someone say best burgers in town?
Submitted Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

A burger bar? Sure, why not? This place does, well, burgers. It's a clean, "hip" place, certainly looking a lot more high-end than any other burger joint in town.

Service was okay, I mean, our waitress was a bit, errr....well, I dunno, just not fully there. But she was pleasant and helpful. Same with the host or manager guy. He sure seemed to be helpful, so it's hard to complain. But none of the staff ever gave me the impression that there were really _passionate_ about burgers. That's a real downer at a place like this.

Because, well, let's get to the burgers. Minimum $10 each. Just a burger. No sides, no nothin'. (Plenty of good sides by the way, we tried a couple of salads, fresh, tasty, creative. Big thumbs up). You're here for the burgers, right? We got a Rodeo Star and the Salmon burger. All burgers come with a brioche bun, but you can opt for the "green" option, which swaps in lettuce. I thought the burgers were reasonably sized, certainly not tiny, but you're not paying for size, that's for sure.
First up, the Rodeo Star. Now that was a damned good burger. Very tasty, very moisty & juicy. There's a certain depth to the flavour profile that I've not had in any burger in memory. At this point, I'm going to get picky. The 2 downsides: Uneven distribution of the fixings (e.g. tomato, onion, etc) so that it was possible to get an entire half of the burger with nothing but patty. The second problem was that fancy brioche bun, it's too delicate. It was completely overpowered by the beef patty. Other than that, it was top notch, fresh ingredients, done perfectly.
Next, the Salmon burger. This was better. Quality salmon used here, and unlike the beef burger, the more delicate flavour of the salmon paired perfectly with the brioche bun. The only complaint here is the salmon was rolled up in a thick roll, so we kind of had to unfurl it to spread even across the bun. Other than that, this was a big hit. Combination of flavours was excellent, the salmon was there, the bun was there and everything else was in full taste support mode.

So are these the best burgers in town? As of my current experience, this is a definite "YES". The flavour complexity, texture and ingredient quality is well above any other place I've tried yet. Despite a rather hearty lunch, we did not go away feeling really bloated or extremely thirsty unlike many other places, which we're attributing to fresh ingredients without sauce or cheese overload.

There is one big problem. It's pricey. I'm not feeling like burgers should be a fancy, pricey item. It's a good 50% more than Vera's offerings. Yeah, it's a better burger ... but I'm not sure I'm more satisfied with the burger experience here. Burgers should be inexpensive, sloppy, casual affair. Maybe. I'm still mulling over that one. On the flip side, if I wanted burger & sides, it'll be about $14-16, which is comparable to the big chains like Earl's, Cactus, etc., but these are waaaaay better.

I recommend it and I'm going to encourage you to try once, just to see what a burger could be. I'm just a little hesitant about a hearty two thumbs up due to pricing.

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Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House1537 West Broadway, Vancouver
Just not special...
Submitted Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

Somehow, somewhere, some really great reviews trickled through. And I'm wondering why.
Been there when it first opened, and it was okay. Now I'm back for a second time... well, time hasn't been too kind to the place. Okay, it's okay, but definitely upkeep of the appearance hasn't been first priority. It's looking and feeling like the "usual" Chinese congee / noodle houses (though with a different regional cuisine here).

Service is pretty good, all things considered. When we went, it was quite busy and they definitely felt rushed and a tiny bit understaffed, but I've nothing really to complain about.

The xiao long bao was pretty good, so I can't complain about it. Definitely solid stuff here, though I'm not sure I'd call it the best. The drunken chicken dish was far too rough, but the flavour was a big hit. As for the rest of the dishes, mediocre at best. Some where waaay to sweet, a little bit too much oil. Just nothing that great really. I dunno, maybe we just had the wrong dishes?

Don't get me wrong, if you need some reasonably inexpensive eats, it's solid. But there's no way I'd be making a trek down here just to sample, they just don't have anything special enough to warrant that. Maybe the only reason they've been around so long is the lack of competition anywhere near here...
It's a place I'd like to like, but I'm afraid I can't give it the coveted two thumbs up.

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Bella Gelateria1001 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
The best gelato & sorbetto. Period.
Submitted Monday, August 9, 2010 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

I think this is the first 5 star I've ever given. That's almost all I need to say.

The place is new, clean, a little small. But how long are you going to linger while eating gelato?
The guy is super passionate about gelato. Service is good, though, of course, when it gets busy, nothing to do but wait in line. Pay first and then get your goodies. Price-wise, well, it is similar to other ice-cream joints around town, which is to say, not cheap. For comparison, a 500mL order is $12.95. If I'm not mistaken, most supermarket brands (e.g. Haagen Daaz, Ben 'n Jerry, etc) are like half the price, if not less.

First thing to note, there are no eggs. We asked the dude, he said "No way! That's not gelato". That's the way it should be. Their web site notes eggs in some ingredients, so I suppose that is probably in a specific flavour. We tried it, and I would say this is true.

Why is it worth 5 stars? Because. It is. Because just the texture alone is so much better than any other thing we've tasted in town. The other ones are not gelato.
We had Tahitian Vanilla gelato, you can immediately taste the lack of fat compared to regular ice cream. Yet, the texture is so incredibly fine and smooth, it's almost like a soft-serve cone that has been frozen a bit more. Nice, clean tasting that doesn't leave your mouth sticky. We also tried a grape fruit sorbetto and wow. That was a real palate cleanser, exceedingly refreshing. Although no eggs or cream in it, it still had a fine, fine texture, almost the same as the gelato. Way better than Mario's. By far. It's hard to believe it is pretty much just frozen water. I've tasted fresh snow that was coarser than this.

At the same time, it sucks. Sucks because now I'm spoiled. I can't eat that other stuff. I've got a bucket of ice cream in the fridge and I can't bring myself to finish it. Damn you Bella! Is this what the Italians get to eat all the time?
Go try it. Highly recommended. What have you got to loose? The cheapest scoops is less than $5, easier than travelling to Italy...

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Kurumba Restaurant3003 St. Johns Street, #107, Port Moody
Cheap & decent eats from SE Asia
Submitted Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Place is very clean looking. Good sign. Everything seems new and well kept. It seems to be run by the chef and one waitress, that's all. They're very friendly.

Most of the stuff seems to be Malaysian style stuff with a bit of Sri Lankan goodies sprinkled in. I can't comment on the authenticity though.

Food came relatively quickly. I would say for the kind of restaurant it is and the pricing, the quality of the food is pretty good. The "outstanding" notes here would be some of the specialties, which we haven't seen or tasted elsewhere yet, and followed by the value. We ordered one of their supposedly popular seafood "hor fun" dishes (and to be honest, we saw a couple of other tables order it as well) and it was huge. For about $12, you could feed 2-3 easily. In fact, the 3 at adjacent table ordered just that dish and had some to spare.
Also tried a Sri Lankan dry curry noodle, which was very tasty. Also quite spicy, but not enough to overwhelm the flavour (and mind you, we are very, very sensitive to spiciness, I don't normally tolerate much at all).

I think I would give it a recommendation here. I wish it had more outstanding food ingredient quality, but then I've never seen an Asian restaurant do this ever. It has some interesting dishes and the proprietors look like they are putting in a good, honest effort here and they have some unique items on the menu. You certainly will not leave hungry that's for sure, so it would take quite a few trips back to properly sample the menu.

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Roaming Dragon555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Truck or no, good food ... at a price. Gourmet street food?
Submitted Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

Ambiance? Well, it was nice the day we tried it, but obviously being a roaming truck, it's really hit and miss.
Service? Yup, there's a girl standing outside to help us, very friendly, very helpful. And my, was the service ever FAST. Faster than JapaDog.

Okay, so let's get to the food. I had the pork belly sliders and the duck confit salad. Duck was a touch on the salty side for my liking, but otherwise pretty good, reasonably innovative. The pork belly sliders fared even better. Excellent taste, pork belly was done very tender, but not falling apart. Juicy, but not too fatty. And the buns they used, nice. Much better than the char siu bao at most dim sum places. Texture and taste was way better than any buns at dim sum.
The price? $6 a dish or $10 for two of 'em. And there in lies a dilemma. It's street food, it's off the side of a truck. I'm expecting cheeeeap and considering the size of the dish, $6 is not cheeeeaaap. The pork belly sliders are smaller than A&W mini sirloin burgers, yet a whole lot more expensive (sure they are better, but still). I think if I had these in a restaurant, on a plate, at say Cactus or Earl's or whatever, I wouldn't complain too much
To be fair, come on, most hot dog stand charges at least $3-5 for just hot dogs, so in light of that, maybe it isn't so bad.
Yeah, it might actually the best quality street food ever (word is the guy behind it used to be the chef for Opus/Elixir?), but I just can't wrap my head around the "street food" thing and $6 for what is a relatively small portion.
Maybe it's the price to be paid for being the first "gourmet" street food truck or maybe it's just me.

Okay, I would actually recommend it for a try, since they are serving good food, good ingredients and reasonably inventive about the few items they have. Just once though. Unless you're rolling in dough or you're sick of your staple diet of street hot dogs.

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Plaisir Sucre2668 Arbutus, Vancouver
Real French patisserie, oh yums!
Submitted Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

We happened to be in the neighbourhood looking for eats and this was touted to be kid friendly. Didn't know what to expect actually.

It's a very, very small place. We found out why it was kid friendly, it's a totally family run business, that comes with their 2 children (5 and 2, I believe). If you don't like kids, don't come. There's books and toys and a play mat here for any children that come.

When we were there, it was just like what I imagined it would be to sit in a little patisserie in France. To start with, everybody there was speaking French, including the kids. The hosts were very friendly and accomodating, it was sort of like dropping into their own personal abode in a way.

We picked up sandwich, soup of the day (potato bacon) and a croissant.
Let's start with the sandwich. Pretty standard prices I think, ranging from about $5-9. We went for the top.... and they came out with a SANDWICH. It was an entire baguette and it was stuffed full of fresh ingredients. I'd say it was about 2-3 feet long, so measure that cost against equivalent Subway. Easily enough to feed 2. Deal! We heard they make their own bread and I've no reason to doubt it. We fancy ourselves a bit of bread lovers (okay, food lovers!) so we've been to just about every bakery worth trying in town. This is really good bread. Nice crust, nice chew and just the bread by itself has a great flavour. I could munch plain bread like this every day.
The soup was a reasonable portion, exceptionally flavourful but not too salty, creamy, yet not too rich. The croissant was pretty good, it's more like a "hand-made" style, that has more chew and filling than the standard super-light variety. But again, excellent flavour and texture.

At the heart of it, it's just a soup, sandwich and pastry shop. However, they make their own great bread, it's good pastries. I would highly recommend. No better place in the area if I need to stop by for a good munch.

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Deli Nippon3913 Knight Street, Vancouver
Hit and miss. Big miss. Try again...
Submitted Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

We have been very hesitant to come here, situated where it is and looking like it does, we figured it was just another place run by Vietnamese or Chinese. But finally we decided to give it a go.

Hey, real Japanese patron at a table. And the dude behind the counter seemed to be Japanese (the guess is Hokkaido actually). Pictures plastered all over the wall with the menu items. They even have a couple of summer special for cold noodles. Things were looking up!

Oh boy, that was about the peak.
The dude, I shall call him "Old", seemed indifferent to us. No greeting, no instructions, no nothing. We just sat ourselves down while he ignored us for several minutes. At least he didn't seem unfriendly, so we cut him some slack. I saw another guy shuffling around the back, I shall call him "Older". Yeah, this place is run by Old & Older. The music seems to fit, it's like I've been dropped back in 1960's Japan in some tiny, insignificant village in the countryside.

Considering we were the only ones who had active orders going, and just 1 other person by the time we ordered, service is sloooooooooow. Okay, so I guess Old 'n Older aren't exactly spring chickens, but still...it was getting a bit ridiculous considering we just ordered a unagi set (roll & nigiri style), cold noodles and okonomiyaki.

The unagi roll was not good. Ingredient quality? Okay, except the rice was totally the wrong type, even ignoring the fact it wasn't properly seasoned. It was a medium or long grain rice. Assembly technique was epic fail.
The cold noodles took forever to come and ... well, we wondered why. All the ingredients should've been able to be sliced, from scratch, in about 2 minutes. It wasn't even great. If I had prepared this at home, I wouldn't be impressed with myself. Maybe if a 5 year old child did it. Again. quality of ingredients, okay, passable, but execution. Ugh.
Last up was the okonomiyaki, which we ordered "Italian" style. They actually make the Hiroshima style I think (yes, many different styles). Here's the kicker, it was actually good. Really good, better than the ones I've had at Clubhouse. I really can't complain about it. Presentation good, ingredients, taste are good, nice balance of all flavours. Good size, good price. And yeah, we've had okonomiyaki in Japan.

I'm so torn. The sushi and noodles were ridiculously bad. You can get better stuff from Fujiya. Heck, I've had better stuff from Thrifty Food's out in Port Moody! On the other hand, the okonomiyaki is good, really quite good. If this was all we ate, I would've given it a big thumbs up. As it stands, what can I say?
Oh well, I might give it another shot, but I would stick with the okonomiyaki and maybe try the hot ramen, but stay away from anything resembling sushi.

I really have to wonder WHY? What's the point? The younger of "Old 'n Older" is easily pushing well past 60, both should've been already retired. So if you're going to bother running a joint at this age, why do such a bad job? No skill, but especially no passion whatsoever.

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