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Eliot1Vancouver (east)Since January 18, 20113 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


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Our Town Cafe245 E Broadway, Vancouver
A gem in the midst of too many cafes
Submitted Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

As anyone walking around the Main and Broadway area has likely noticed, it's certainly not lacking in coffee shops. Yet I find myself continually coming back to Our Town. They have pretty great americanos, and I really love their baking! The muffins are always fresh and delicious and they usually have a few vegan options which is pretty great. Paninis are also decent; I like that there are at least a couple of vegetarian options.

The place itself is really cozy, I love that there's a variety of seating and little corners that are kind of tucked away. I'm not sure what's up with the comments here that the clientele is pretentious...are you actually trying to instigate conversations with people or pick up a date? Sure people use the free wifi, but that's no different from any other cafe that offers it. I've never felt like people are staring or rude; gotta say, it just sounds like people's own insecurities at work there...

Anyhow, I do find the staff to be friendly and helpful when I have any quesitons about what's in a drink or the food. It's great that they're open late, I've also stopped by the evening for a beer or glass of wine. Significantly quieter place to have a beer and a conversation than the majority of pubs and restaurants in the area which is appreciated when that's what I'm in the mood for.

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Tandoori Delight205 East 51st Ave, Vancouver
Great Little Indian Joint
Submitted Friday, January 21, 2011 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

I recently stopped in here on a whim with my partner as we were stocking up on Indian spices in the neighbourhood. I was delighted to see that they have a few Indian dishes I hadn't tried yet, including snack foods and various chaats.

I wish I could remember the exact name of what we'd had. It was a chaat with chickpeas that was incredibly flavourful. The chutney (tamarind maybe?) was delicious and added a bit of sweetness to the spice and fresh cilantro. I loved popping the crispy little rounds in my mouth to have them burst on my tongue with all the different flavours! If only we'd had more cash on us we would have tried another item, but we'll definitely be back.

The service was very solid. I'm pretty sure the owner served us, and he seemd genuinely excited for us to try his food. The ambiance was pretty standard for a low key restaurant that probably does a lot of takeout.

I was very impressed with the value overall; if only there were more places like this closer to home! I'd much rather go here and get tasty, fresh food, than pay a similar amount at one of the ubiquitous fast food joints, or boring sub shops around town.

Definitely recommend checking it out!

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Nakodhar Sweets & Restaurant6560 Main Street, Vancouver
Worst Buffet Experience. Ever.
Submitted Friday, January 21, 2011 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

My partner and I recently dined in at Nakodhar and had the buffet. I had stopped by for the cheap samosas before, and they're decent enough for the low price, so we thought we'd give the buffet a try. Very bad idea, as it turned out.

The place is pretty divey, but this wasn't a huge concern since I already knew it wasn't fine dining. Sometimes the food can far supercede ambiance, but not in this case. The salad bar should have tipped me off in regards to what was to come: old, mushy tomatoes, dry cucumbers, browned lettuce and bottles of kraft dressing. It looked like it had been out there all day!

The curries were all mislabeled; extra fun for a vegetarian! I tentatively chose a few items, including mattar paneer, palak paneer, mixed vegetables, and a kidney bean and lentil curry. I love samosas and aloo tikki so I grabbed a few of those too. Seated at the table, I opened my samosa and it immediately seemed off. There was some white goo inside, and upon smelling it my gut instinct told me not to eat it. I have no idea how long they'd been out there, but it definitely seemed like a health hazard. The owner noticed I was unimpressed, and hurried to get me a fresh one, which I did appreciate.

Next up, the aloo tikki: these tasted as though they'd been fried in rancid oil. I absolutely love Indian food, and have yet to come across aloo tikki that I found inedible, but this was it. I took one bite and couldn't bear to finish it. Next up was a hair in my oil drenched vegetable curry. Along with the stale pappadums, dried out kidney bean and lentil curry (daal with kidney beans maybe?) and tasteless, if not entirely inedible other dishes, my partner and I decided we'd had enough.

Even at $10 a person, the value was nil since the food was so awful. After we left, we both felt cheated of our money. Indeed, I can think of countless places to eat for $10 or less that have fresh, delicious food! Saravanaa Bhavan, I am thinking of you! Oh I do regret having strayed....

I can only give the service one star as well; although the owner had seemed attentive about my dismay with the samosa, I don't see how he could possibly allow the rest of the food to be served in his restaurant! Make no mistake, this is no hidden gem, or a dive with awesome food. It is flat out the worst Indian food I've ever had!

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