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EmileighPoint Grey, VancouverSince January 16, 200626 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)


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Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant2149 Commercial Street, Vancouver
Go here for Ethiopian, skip the other places
Submitted Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

Food: Harambe offers the usual Ethiopian dishes such as tibbs and watts, but also some more unusual ethiopian foods. The food arrives warm and nicely flavoured, and you are provided with plenty of injera bread to grab up the stews.

Service: We were greeted pleasantly, seated promptly, water was brought right away and the waitress didn't rush us while we took our time figuring out what we wanted to order. However, after the food came, we were mostly ignored, and had to flag down the waitress for things like more water. In fact, they left us for so long that we finally gave up and had to walk to the back in order to get our bill and pay out.

Value: vis-a-vis other Ethiopian restaurants, Harambe is superior in terms of getting quality for what you pay. The food is not cheap, but rather about middle of the road for what one can expect to pay for a meal out in Vancouver. What Harambe really has over other places of its kind is the beautiful interior and variety in menu.

Ambiance: the walls are painted with vibrant colours and decorated with pictures of Ethiopia and African-style art. The tables are tastefully appointed and everything looks very neat and clean.

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Bean So Good Bakery Cafe2533 Heather Street, Vancouver
Nice cafe, nice owner
Submitted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 2:52am [Dine in]

This cafe is very near VGH and gets a lot of traffic from the health care crowd. Despite a great number of customers, the manager (owner?) is very personable, and he'll remember you the second time... He might even know your name on your third visit.
The cafe offers a wide variety of made-to-order and ready-to-eat items. They also are okay with minor substitutions/alterations. The eating area is seat-yourself, but the tables are always clean, there is plenty of bar-style seating for eaters on the go, and sofas and chairs for those who wish to stay and enjoy.

Here's where Bean So Good really gets me--at 5 minutes to their closing, my friend and I wandered in, wanting espresso drinks. Even though he was giving the floor a final sweeping, the owner stopped what he was doing and cheerfully made us our drinks, wishing us a pleasant evening as we left 3 minutes after closing. Being willing to serve a small order so close to the end of his busy day gets him brownie points.

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Benny's Bagels2505 W Broadway, Vancouver
Late night coffee
Submitted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 2:44am [Dine in]

I gave Benny's an overall of 2, which I'll try to justify by going through the other rubric parameters first.

Food: I've only had their coffee, their smoothies, and a veggie samosa. While the samosa was hardly authentic, it was still delicious--think Greek phyllo dough wrapped around spicy chickpeas, onion, and carrots. Yum. The smoothie was fine, just berries and banana, plus ice. A bit pricey for the portion. Their drip coffee is rich and hot, and they make a killer mocha, perfect proportions of coffee and chocolate, and very creamy.

Service: Friendly. When I was last there, the barista made a mistake, giving me an americano instead of a mocha. She instantly realized what she'd done, told me, and made me a new one immediately. Yeah, it wasn't right the first time, but extra points for acknowledging your goof and fixing it!

Ambiance: This is where it really falls down. They need to walk around the tables more frequently, because a lot of their customers fail to bus their own tables or clean up their spills. They also need to know how to draw the line between coffee drinking and studying--if you go in there any given weeknight, 90-100% of the tables will be occupied by people staring unblinkingly into their laptops. This is especially irksome when it is one person occupying a table that can accomodate four. I'm not a big fan of Calhoun's "no books on tables" policy, but something needs to be done so that customers can actually enjoy their drinks.

If Benny's would reign in the studyfest and clean up the tables, I'd give them a 3 for ambience and a 4 overall.

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Noodle Box, The1867 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Food court ambience, sit-down prices
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 1:49am [Dine in]

This is actually two reviews in one. The first review is quite short:

Came to the Noodlebox on widespread positive reviews. Nowhere to sit. Left.

On our second attempt, we got lucky, and just as another group left their table, we slid in and bussed it ourselves. You see, there is no table service--you order your food at the cashier, as if at McDonald's and then when it's ready, the chef calls out the order. Because there is no hostess and no bussing crew, it is up to you to finagle seats for your party, and bus your dishes at the end.

My other criticism is the music. It was waaay too loud, and drowned out any type of meaningful conversation. In a way this may be strategic, as diners are more likely to just down their food and scram, if they cannot linger over good, audible chats.

The food. It was good, but nothing remarkable. I have had as good or better many times over. A more serious criticism is that while they didn't list it on the menu board, I am 99% positive there were fried peanuts topping my food. This is a very serious health risk for anyone with allergies and needs attending to. When I brought it up with the staff, they just shrugged. Bad sign.

In short, Noodlebox is nothing special and isn't worth the priciness of their entrees.

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Nyala4148 Main St, Vancouver
Unreliable quality
Submitted Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 1:55am [Dine in]

The sweetheart and I have come here twice.
On our first visit, we had a mild chicken dish and a spicy beef dish. Both were flavourful and true to their menu descriptions. The presentation was excellent. We liked the injera bread, and got a kick out of having to eat it with our hands. The warm washclothes provided beforehand was an excellent detail. Our server was very laissez faire, but we didn't feel neglected. In short, it made us want to come back for a second go-round.

However, on the second visit, our server seated us and didn't come back for a full 30 minutes, even though we put out all the clear signs of being ready to order (menus closed, looking up). The food, once ordered, came promptly. This time, the food was still nicely presented, but very oily, so much so that it rendered the injera bread underneath into an oily mess that we didn't want to eat. It was even darker in the restaurant this time, which made it a somewhat less enjoyable experience--vision is one of the senses that enhances food. Our water glasses were only filled once, and that was when we flagged down the server, having had no luck prominently displaying our empty water glasses at the edge of the table for 20 minutes.

There probably won't be a third visit. We liked the food itself, but we need a restaurant that will delivery ambience and service as well.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The800 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Excellent staff and excellent food
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 7:42am [Dine in]

We arrived without a reservation on a Saturday night, but we were seated within 15 minutes and our order was taken promptly less than 5 minutes after we closed our menus. Even though our server was clearly very busy, she was cheerful and polite, and we never felt rushed, and our needs were anticipated and never neglected.
Both my date and I had signature Keg steaks, which were perfectly cooked, as well as the asparagus and snap peas tempura for an appetizer. Miraculously, the appetizer arrived less than 10 minutes after we ordered it, and our entrees came hot from the kitchen in under 20 minutes. The food was very neatly laid out on the plates and everything tasted fresh.
Friends who had been dining elsewhere joined us for coffee after dinner, and we weren't rushed out even though I'm sure they could have used the table. What's more, the server gave them their coffees on the house!

The Keg also gets extra points for dimming all their lights from 8:00 to 9:00pm in recognition of Earth Hour.

I don't go to West Vancouver much, but if I do, I'll stop by again.

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Jitters Caffe1966 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
My new haunt!
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

Came here with the sweetheart for a coffee. They have a number of tables and chairs, plus a very comfy leather cough and two armchairs.

The walls are decorated with original photographs, posters, and artwork. Top 40s and dance music playing, not too loud but audible.

The staff are very friendly, and didn't harass us even though we lingered over two cups of coffee for over an hour. The entire restaurant, including the cooking space, seating area, and washrooms were spotless.

I recommend this little coffee spot as an excellent place to catch up with friends or get a light lunch while shopping on 4th.

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Great dinner date
Submitted Sunday, November 4, 2007 - 1:26am [Dine in]

My date and I came to Burgoo tonight to find it very busy. However, our timing was perfect and we were seated immediately. Our waitress was very pleasant, but not overly-familiar and never rushed us even though she was hurrying to serve several tables.

My date ordered the Guiness Stew, and I had, well, Burgoo. Both of our dishes were fantastic, and came out promptly from the kitchen, piping hot. The dishes were well seasoned, with a variety of vegetable textures (soft to al dente) and perfect meat doneness.

I will definitely be coming back here!

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Primo's Mexican Grill1509 W 12th, Vancouver
somewhere between Meh and Bleh
Submitted Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

The service was polite, we didn't have to wait for a seat, and the place was clean and decorated in an uncharacteristically restrained manner. In other words, a restaurant that you would expect in Vancouver, but never ever in the hardcore mexican restaurants you see south of the border.

My date and I both ordered the burritos. Every entree on the limited (1.5 pages) was at least $15. The burritos were completely flavorless, as were the rice and refried beans. It wasn't worth $7.50, let alone the $17.50 we paid for each plate.

Just go on over to Las Margaritas--you'll save $20 and you'll get better food.

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Olympia Pizza3205 West Broadway, Vancouver
huh. yeah, okay.
Submitted Monday, September 17, 2007 - 9:25pm [Dine in]

It's not too often that I come away from a place with a feeling of ambivalence. Even if it's small, something always manages to tip the scale in the direction of like or dislike.

The food here wasn't burnt, and it wasn't cold. It wasn't too bad for the price, but it was pretty forgettable. I had dolmathes, my date had souvlaki. Pretty easy stuff for your average cook.

We sat out on the patio, and the service was polite. But nothing about it makes me yearn to go back.

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Dragon Ball Tea House1007 W King Edward, Vancouver
Great flavor and pearl consistency
Submitted Friday, June 29, 2007 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

I was needing a bubble tea fix, so I wandered into Dragon Ball. I ordered the longan fresh juice tea mix with tapioca.
It took quite a long time to get my drink, but it was worth it! The bubbles were very chewy, warm, and delicious. I'd never had longan before, but blended with ice it was fantastic (very sweet!)

I will definitely go here again!

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Chutney Villa Fine South Indian Cuisine147 East Broadway, Vancouver
Excellent opening, sketchy on the follow-through
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

I had been craving South Indian food for quite some time, and as Vancouver is dominated by north indian and pakistani food, I was very excited to find Chutney Villa.

The restaurant is very nicely decorated with indian art and gentle lighting. Since it is situated on Broadway, however, finding convenient, safe, affordable parking might be difficult-to-impossible.

We were greeted and seated promptly by a polite and friendly server who didn't rush us while we perused the menu. I chose idli and a masala vadai to start, my friends had kurma and lamb curry.

Our dishes came promptly enough, very beautifully laid out and smelling (and tasting!) Excellent. My friend's dishes were pricey but they got their value in quality and quantity. I was less impressed with my food--$6 for four idli the size of golf ball each seems a little ridiculous, considering that they're made of rice flour and lentils. The chutneys and sambar, however, were excellent, nicely seasoned and spicy without being acidic.

The only complaint I have is that once our orders were taken, the responsibility for our table inexplicably fell to another server who was both abrupt and curt with all of us for no reason. Even after we made it abundantly clear that we were ready to pay after we received our bill, we were ignored so long that we decided to embarass the server and approach the cash register ourselves (as a waitress I know this is the clearest way to tell someone "you've ignored us too long!").

Despite this, I'll definitely be back. The food was worth it!

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Fair enough
Submitted Sunday, November 12, 2006 - 3:28am [Dine in]

It was a very busy night. We were seated in the makeshift covered patio area, and although they filtered in warm air, it was still too cold for most of our party to take off jackets.
Our waiter was friendly and prompt... Was that a hint of Irish lilt? Hard to tell--the voices of dozens of patrons drowned out all but the nearest conversations.
The menu featured a decent array of entrees, appetizers, and desserts. But the strength of Irish Heather lies in its drink selection. They offer several good Irish beers and some classic beer blends--try the Shandy.
The bathrooms were dirty, but what can you expect from an irish pub in Gastown? Anything less would make me question its authenticity.
Will I return? Not unless my friends really want to. Am I glad I went? Definitely! Give it a go, you might like it.

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Chai Gallery3243 West Broadway, Vancouver
see aftaab
Submitted Sunday, October 8, 2006 - 3:02am [Dine in]

I agree with Aftaab's estimation, although my anger wasn't aroused nearly so much. In addition to what Aftaab has said, I would add...

1. IF YOU HAVE ALLERGIES, BE CAREFUL!!--the cooks will throw in walnuts if it seems like a good idea at the time, even if the dish doesn't list walnuts in the menu description. The server may or may not be aware of this either, so don't just go on his/her word.

2. $27 is too much for an entire meal (thaali and drinks), let alone a single thaali. A good portion of that $27 is paying for the ambience, which really is kinda cool as long as you aren't bothered by new age Kits types.

3. the cuisine does suffer from (con)fusion, but seems to actually be macrobiotic food masquerading as indian/middle eastern.

4. Canadian culture is not vacant; it is a plural society composed of many cultures. This is a RESTAURANT REVIEW site, not a forum for social or political views. Thank you and good night.

5. If you want a fun, style-conscious and spendy place to eat dinner and chill, try Chai. If you want true Indian food, go to Main or Surrey. If you want good Persian or Arab food, go to North Van. It's as simple as that.

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Libra Room1608 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Stars smile
Submitted Saturday, September 30, 2006 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

... on this restaurant. The Libra Room really fills up on Friday nights starting at about 8:30. Friday nights they have a live jazz trio and Saturday nights is live flamenco music and dance. Libra features a martini for each of the 12 western zodiac signs. For the chocolate and coffee lovers out there, I recommend the Gemini martini.
I had ginger beef. The beef was cut in strips and perfectly grilled. It came drizzled with a creamy ginger-mint sauce over a heap of gingery rice noodles mixed with cabbage and julienne carrots. My two dining companions had seared tuna and chicken stuffed with mushrooms. The chicken was good but the tuna was very well done.
Our waitresses were not very attentive and had to be prompted to refill water glasses, but they were friendly enough. They were also understaffed as the customer volume increased at about 9.
The restaurant is very slickly and artistically decorated. I would say this is a good dining experience but nothing exceptional. I'll be coming back as I know I enjoy it here.

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Churrolicious3143 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Addictive Mexican treats
Submitted Saturday, April 15, 2006 - 3:42am [Dine in]

Churrolicious is owned and operated by a delightful Mexican couple who will remember you the second time you visit.
All the churros are made to order and are hot and sugary, just like Mexican desserts should be.
Mexican music plays in the background and plenty of spanish is spoken by both the staff and other customers--a very good sign.
I recommend their hot chocolate as a decadent accompaniment to any churro you order.

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Cafe Crepe1032 Robson St, Vancouver
Yummy snack
Submitted Saturday, April 15, 2006 - 3:39am [Dine in]

Cafe Crepe is a great place to grab a snack and coffee before seeing a movie or catching a bus.
They offer all types of crepes, both sweet and savory. The staff is friendly and any crepe you order will be served piping hot and fresh in under 10 minutes.

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Calhoun's Bakery Cafe3035 Broadway W, Vancouver
Nice place to chill
Submitted Sunday, April 9, 2006 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

Because it's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, serves coffee and snacks, and can seat upwards of 60 people at both tables and couches, it qualifies as a coffeeshop through and through and attracts both Kits-dwellers and UBC students who come to read and caffeinate.
Unfortunately, the staff are extremely rude. First, they will ignore you or avoid you. Once you have their attention, they'll look at you as if to say "get out of my store," and at that point one is tempted to. Once they've taken your order and slowly serve it, they take your money with a sneer and no "thank you," "come again," or even "the cream and sugar is to the left." This isn't just one customer's vendetta-fueled diatribe. The Calhoun's staff is nearly famous, especially amongst UBC students, as a surly and forbidding lot.
If you don't mind being slighted, it's good food and a great, safe place to hang out. I've never enjoyed their catered food, but the catering menu looks scrumptious.

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Andales Mexican Restaurant3211 W Broadway St., Vancouver
Dark Horse no more
Submitted Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - 12:11am [Dine in]

Andale's doesn't seem to get a lot of attention, and that's a shame.
The restaurant is brightly decorated with Spanish and Mexican posters, piñatas, coloured christmas lights, sombreros, and the like. Mexican painted tiles have been plastered to the walls and the red brick arches add to your basic Mexican restaurant feel.
We were immediately greeted by a cheerful and friendly host, who invited us to "sit anywhere you like."
Service was attentive, patient, and again, friendly. It took some time to order because the menu is HUGE! If you want to see a basic outline of their menu, google "Andale's Mexican Restaurant Vancouver" and check out FoodVancouver's website.
My food was nothing out of this world, but my two companions loved their dishes--chicken mole and chicken chimichangas. The bill was a tad steep but nothing over the top. For desert, I had a delicious mango margarita--very good and huge for the price. Definitely recommended.
If you've been craving Spanish food, are disenchanted with Las Margaritas, or just want to check out another scene, I recommend Andale's.

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Hamburger Mary's Diner1202 Davie Street, Vancouver
Funky, Friendly, Yummy
Submitted Sunday, April 2, 2006 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

The walls are covered with memorabilia and a mix of classics and Top 40s is always playing from the jukebox. The place really does look like a souped-up 50s diner.
The food selection is what you would expect from a diner: burgers, fried foods, milkshakes. What makes Mary's exceptional is that everything they make is awesome! Their milkshakes are delicious.
It's true that service could be faster, but then again, business there is never slow. Waiters are friendly and don't get on your case even if you're just sitting down with a couple mates for a margarita and an appetizer.
Tables and seats are clean; washrooms are iffy. Ladies washroom in particular I think is the smallest of its kind in the western hemisphere, but whatever.
I love going here, it's a great place to mess up one's diet in the Davie District.

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