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erlingbiggsVancouverSince January 12, 20084 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)


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Red Sea Cafe670 E Broadway, Vancouver
Must have caught them on an off night
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

I'm surprised by the rest of the reviews here, because I ate at the Red Sea for the first time last night and was really disappointed.

The service was indeed friendly and prompt, the restaurant clean, comfortable, and well-maintained.

My friend and I ordered a vegetable platter of five dishes. We had the lentils, a split pea dish, green beans, cabbage/carrots, and another dish I can't recall. The food arrived very quickly, but it was really disappointing. Three of the five stews were lukewarm to almost completely cold - the carrots in the cabbage dish were actually chilly. I think the food arrived so fast because it had been prepared earlier and not heated through. The two dishes that were almost sauce-like in consistency (lentils and the one I can't remember) were warm but not hot, tasty and well-spiced. Some of the food seemed a bit over-processed, although it had been left a few spins too long in a Cuisinart. I didn't find the flavours remarkable - except for those two dishes the food seemed a little bland.

Had I been alone I would have sent the food back for heating. Had the food been warm it probably would have been OK - hard to tell because it's hard to evaluate a hot dish when it's served cold.

The injera was warm and plentiful - we needed more and it was provided. The prices were good.

I'll try the place again to see if I just caught them on an off night.

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Afro Canadian Restaurant324 Cambie Street, Vancouver
almost 15 years, never gone wrong
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 9:22pm [Dine in]

I've been a customer of this restaurant since it opened (in, I believe, 1993), and I've never had a bad meal. I've ordered most everything on the menu. Food is always carefully prepared in complex spices, hot but not overwhelmingly so. Meat dishes are tender. Portions are good. The way some of the dishes are prepared can change with the mood of the kitchen, and so ordering the same dish can often yield a different result - which might be a minus for some people. This is particularly true of the vegetable dishes.

The kitchen and service are run by the owner. He's gracious and attentive and good at explaining menu options for folks who are unfamiliar with Ethiopian food or who want to try new things on the menu.

The menu occasionally veers into other kinds of cuisine - for example, they make a killer jerk chicken.

My favourite vegetable dishes are the red lentils, the ful (a stew of fava beans), and the green vegetables - usually an interesting, spinach-based stew. For meat dishes, the jerk chicken is very good, and the African lamb (boneless, made with a spiced clarified butter) is very good.

Not on the menu, but usually available, is ugali, a cornmeal dumpling served with a delicious (and quite spicy) wat (sauce).

I think the best way to eat here is the combination dishes, where several different items are served on one platter of injera to share. It's a good way to try different tastes, and the value is good. I will often go in with a friend and order the vegetable platter - three vegetable dishes for two people for (I believe) $16 - and leave it to the owner to choose which to serve.

There's a pretty standard selection of beer; they also carry Red Stripe.

As for ambience: the place is comfortable, cozy, painted in warm colours. Nothing fancy. I enjoy it.

It's easy to feed two people to the point of bursting here for $20. For me, this restaurant is one of the most reliable inexpensive options in Vancouver.

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Jade Dynasty Restaurant137 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Good, slightly uneven dim sum, great service
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

After reading reviews here we went for dim sum late this afternoon. The restaurant was fairly quiet. Service was prompt, cheerful and helpful. Ordered half a dozen dishes - shrimp dumplings and shui mai were delicious, as were the wonton in chili and steamed beef balls with bean curd sheets. The one so-so spot was the deep fried squid - it was tasty but a little greasy and heavy, although the portion was huge. Dishes came quickly but well-paced. The room is comfortable and, unusually for the neighbourhood, the bathrooms were in good shape and very clean.

Six dishes plus four Tsing Tao came to $50 after tax and before tip. Definitely a good meal for the price. We'll be returning.

(As for the squid, for a far superior version I'd recommend the Phnom Penh on Georgia near Main.)

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Gigi's Pizza & Spaghetti House189 West Broadway, Vancouver
Never again.
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 3:46am [Dine in]

I've been a regular patron of Gigi's but after tonight's debacle I will never order from them again. The driver arrived with a malfunctioning debit machine (I had told them I was paying by debit when I ordered). We spent 25 minutes in the hallway of my apartment as he made futile attempts to process the transaction by both debit and credit card. He offered no solution to the problem except to ask that I come out to the curb (in my long johns!) to get a credit card slip. I finally called the restaurant myself in frustration - he hadn't thought to do so - and the manager told me, and I quote: "What do you expect me to do about it? Sometimes the debit machine doesn't work!" He then talked to the driver - on *my* cell phone - and refused to continue the conversation with me when they were done - as it turned out they were putting my VISA payment through on the phone without my knowledge, but I didn't know any of this because they were speaking another language.

By the time the order was processed - about a half hour later, and with a trail of cancelled transaction slips that I'm going to have to reconcile against my bank and credit card statements - the pizza was cold and inedible. When I called back to speak to the manager about it he I could not believe how incredibly rude and insulting he was. As far as he was concerned it was not his problem, it was not his responsibility to do anything about it, and if I didn't like the food I could wait for the driver to come back and pick it up. I am a very pleasant a patient person in situations like this and I have never, ever been treated this way. Eventually I demanded that he reverse the charge on my VISA. He hung up on me.

The driver still hasn't returned, I've been charged over thirty bucks for food I couldn't eat, and I have never in my life been spoken to so rudely in a retail/restaurant context as I was by their manager. They've lost my business permanently.

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