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foodiephilRichmondSince February 15, 200765 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value2 (2.2)
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Dentry's Irish Grill4450 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Okay, that's it for me.
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2007 - 11:09am [Dine in]

I read the posting I left here quite a while ago about this place.

Now I'm laughing...

We went on a weekend night a week or two ago...

At 11pm, they pushed all the customers out, put up the chairs, and actually came over to our table and ASKED US TO LEAVE, though we'd only received our food from the kitchen a half-hour before.

The reason? The very apologetic server (who was good, by the way) said the manager was feeling sick and needed to go home early.

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Zocalo2515 Main Street, Vancouver
Pretty darn good, but pretty darn expensive
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2007 - 11:05am [Dine in]

The drinks are good - and they have a great selection to choose from.

Great service.

The food is good. Absolutely delicious, prepared well, served nicely, and it's the kind of comfort food that you've never tried before. I loved it.

But the prices reflect its 'corner of B/W and Main' location - it didn't seem worth it to me.

The only thing I DO have to say (and this is the hallmark of a good restaurant)... is that though it's been a few weeks since I was there, I can remember the food, and I crave it.

So there.

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Tandoori King8017 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Great food, no service
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2007 - 10:59am [Dine in]

Another reviewer had a bad food experience. That's sad to hear... because as far as my personal experience goes, this place has GOOD food.

I have wandered the city looking for the kind of butter chicken I could get when I lived in Asia. It's always a watery disappointment... but not at Tandoori King! It was really butter chicken - and I'd drive from my place in Steveston to Tandoori Kind for this item alone.

The goat, vegetables, naan and rice pilao are outstanding, at least when we went, anyway.

The service is wonderful, if you would like to feel that you are imposing on the restaurant's space. (Maybe they don't like you breathing their oxygen or something???)

So take out it is for me!

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Charlatan, The1447 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Much better than average food, good price
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2007 - 10:42am [Dine in]

The chef does it right.

Tuna bites - grilled to rare perfection with wasabi mayo. $9
Goat cheese - a HUGE slab of WARM cheese, lovely foccaccia, greens - $7 ...let me repeat that. $7.

Our burgers were very well executed, with just the right combo of ingredients to go with it.

Duck breast cost $17 - have paid a LOT more for not as good.

We will CERTAINLY go back, and soon!!
Do not miss it.

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Sala Thai3364 Cambie Street, Vancouver
I guess it just works for us (?)
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

Well, it appears we've been lucky the 10 or 15 times we've gone, or else we just have different tastes than other people.

We find the flavours quite well done. You can't beat their coconut rice. The curries are actually Thai curries, and the green papaya salad is spicy and refreshing all at once.

Well, I can't account for the other reviews on here, but this place is good in our books.

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Quilon6030 No.3 Rd., Richmond
Better than average Indian
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

The owners are from Kerala, so the flavours are the richer, warmer flavours of the south.

The dosas are amazing.

The onion bhaji is good.

And, the vindaloo was real south-Indian vindaloo, and very well executed. We didn't get charged for extra rice, and the naan is better than at most places.

I would definitely recommend you go.

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Don Don Noodle Cafe3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
The owner & server Simon is the best.
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

Simon remember our names after we walked in after having only been there once before AND 6 months prior. WOWSERS. He even remembered what we ordered.

I have sad news.

As a result of the Canada Line construction, Don Don can no longer afford to operate with the drop in business after June 2007. Go before it closes. The food isn't all that memorable, but Simon is worth the visit and then some.

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Main, The4210 Main St., Vancouver
Late nite consistent
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 6:27pm [Dine in]

I go the Main 'cuz it's open after 9pm, and not a lot is.

I've had only a few things - Fasoulada Soup - excellent.
Roast Lamb? Pretty darned good I have to say. Saganaki? Better than at other places. I like their 4 dips and pita, too.

Pitchers of reasonable beer at 10.95 and drinkable reds at $20? I'll go for that.

The Main's not the best place in town. But it serves food late, and it's nourishing and delicious, that's all I can say.

One thing to note... my friends who've had the calamari say it's TERRIBLE... and this is different friends on different occasions. Just lettin' ya know.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Help me... I just don't see the hype.
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

At 9:00pm, waited for about 35 mins. for a table at a place everyone said was the "awesomist!" Though there was a table open for the 3 of us, they wouldn't seat us. We shrugged...

Appy calamari? Puleeze. Not good.
Appy dolmathes? Pretty good.
House wine??? Gimme a break. It was grape juice mixed with vinegar. The house wine at Stepho's is the worst house wine I personally have ever had at any resto.

Dinner... my roast lamb was dry inside. How do you dry out roast lamb? I mean... even if you tried?

The rice had frozen peas 'n carrots in it (they weren't frozen when served to me, but clearly from a Safeway bag).

As Greek goes, I've had better at both Kisamos in Steveston and The Main on Main St.

But that's just me. Just wondering what the hype is anyway...

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Fabu 1st visit, so-so 2nd visit
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

I can't say enough about the ambience. It's VERY comfortable, and nice to see something like this around town.

We've had fabu service both times we went.

First time around, we were wowed by the food concept - they were executed well and showed complex flavours.

Second time around, not so much. Same food, different execution - meats were not as succulent, bread was not fresh, seafood lacked that umph.

I won't bore you with all the different details about the menu, but one drawback we found on our second visit was that it only takes about 2 visits to try everything on the menu. And then that's it. Not much new to discover.

A big plus - great drinks on the alkie menu.
A big minus - wine is overpriced, and martini of the day tasted like kool-aid both times we went.

One thing I must say... they called us after our second visit to ask if we'd enjoyed it, and the hostess was very open to our comments. Any restaurant that's going to ask me for my opinion gets my vote... so for that alone, I'll go again.

It's worth trying at least once. Enjoy!

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Correli's Restaurant3900 Bayview, #160, Richmond
I guess I had a different experience...
Submitted Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 10:56am [Dine in]

After reading some reviews here about this place, we decided to check it out despite a warning from our neighbour not to.

We had been seated for maybe 5 seconds... literally... and the waitress came over to take our order. We had to let her know we'd been seated only just now, and we were still taking off coats and so on. ... x

We ordered an appy platter to share, but asked if the shrimp could be put to one side... the explanation being that if the other food touches the shrimp, I won't be able to eat it, seeing as how I'm allergic to shrimp. There was no problem with this request, but it came out with the smoked salmon sitting ON TOP of the shrimp (rendering it poisonous to me) and the shrimp and salmon were covered in that yucky red seafood sauce you would expect to get on the Prairies, not 3 feet from where the Fraser River empties into the Pacific. ... x

Food comes. The Linguini dish for my mother in law (in which the noodles have been so overcooked they were limp and mushy) has parmesan cheese on it, even though we emphasized on many, many occassions it can have no cheese.

I kid you not. The waitress takes a spoon from the table, scrapes the white shavings off the top of the dish, and says, "This isn't cheese." I said, "Ok, no problem. I'm just wondering what it is, then?" She takes the spoon with shavings into the kitchen. A moment later, she comes back without the spoon and says, "I just tried it. It's not cheese." She wasn't willing to back down from this position, so we moved on... x

Guess what?

It was cheese... x

None of our dinners were any good - certainly not worth the money in any way - but one dish DID rock... the baked oysters. They were, indeed, excellent.

One last point... we waited for 15 minutes at the entrance, tho' we'd made a reso, and tho' the place had more than enough tables to accommodate us. The host made it seem as if 5 was an inconvenient number for him. ... x

Bye, bye Correli's.

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Habit Lounge2610 Main Street, Vancouver
This place doesn't do it for me
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 11:43am [Dine in]

Maybe it's what we ordered.

Maybe it was the night we went, I dunno.

We didn't enjoy the food (well, the bread and olives WERE excellent, but ok... bread... and it's not like they grow the olives.) The service was good, but there were some silly errors.

We left all saying, "we won't be back."

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Great Hungarian food
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 11:38am [Dine in]

Yes, the service isn't great. It's not rude, however. If you walk in knowing this, and if you're not in a hurry, you're in for a treat.

We haven't tried anything we didn't like... but highly recommended is the duck, of course. Their schnitzels and cabbage rolls are excellent as well... DO TRY langos - deep fried bread. Yes, I know, it sounds awful. When you try it, however, you'll know just what I mean. (this is the original 'elephant's ears').

Desserts are well-done and they alone would keep you coming back for more.

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Kyung Bok Palace5300 No. 3 Road, #720, Richmond
They should have paid me to be there
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

This place is just wrong.

My first visit...
We were greeted at the front with a grunt. Our orders were not taken too politely. When they came wrong, we got blamed. I'm allergic to seafood, you see, so there's no chance I would have (even mistakenly) ordered shrimp. We had a hassle trying to get it changed. The food was not great. The bill came without us asking for it, though you couldn't get more hot water for tea if your life depended on it. Rather than a thank you or goodbye as we left, we were barked at "Don't go through that door! They're closing the mall in a minute. Use the other one, instead."

The second time (not my choice... I was with friends)...
The mandatory grunt at the front. A hassle to get paid attention to in order to place our orders. Like during the first experience, they only spoke to my Chinese dining partners, not to me. (The servers are all Chinese. I'm caucasian.) One server made a comment how 'it was surprising a white guy could eat spicy food'. Hmm. No water for tea. When finally we complained about a 45-minute period with NO service (even with hand waving and everything), the server told us our section was closed and there was no service there anymore. (They seated us there.)

What's more, when I told the staff member that the restaurant had terrible service, he looked directly at my Mandarin-speaking friends and started explaining away in Mandarin. I had had enough. I happen to speak Mandarin fluently as a second language, and I understood everything. I took a strip off of the waiter in Mandarin and we walked out.

When are restaurants in Richmond going to learn... customers don't HAVE to spend money at YOUR place!! We have choice! No surprise that restaurants in Richmond keep changing ownership with the seasons.

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La Pergola3131 Chatham St., #100, Richmond
Excellent Italian dining in Steveston
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

We've been twice. The second time was last night, after more than a year. When we came in, the owners (a very lovely Italian couple) REMEMBERED who we were, and asked after us BY NAME. Wow.

Word is, the owners run this restaurant as a hobby - and thus, they truly make the dining fabulous. Every details is looked after. Personal greetings, unpretensious service, good wine list, fantastic food.

If you want to enjoy yourself, go here soon... because they are retiring soon. I haven't found the personal level of service anywhere else, ever. First class all the way.

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Banana Leaf3005 W Broadway, Vancouver
Pretty good
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

No big complaints.

Food was delish. Good portions, we didn't go hungry. The chicken curry wasn't fabu... it seemed to have been made when we ordered it as opposed to simmering for hours like their beef curry did.

I personally think it's waaaaayyyy overpriced for the food ingredients and level of skill they present. I don't mind $3 for the roti canai and curry, but I feel nickeled and dimed to death by this place. ($1.25 for skewers of meat, min. 6 per order?)

The Banana Leaf, like Tropika (and the Stone Grill, and Samba...), is yet another example of Hong Kong owners providing Hong Kong style service by... well, Hong Kong staff. And again, not that there's anything wrong with that in theory, but you get treated they way customers get treated in Hong Kong. I'll let you draw your own conclusions on that. (Though the Banana Leaf provides noticeably better service than Tropika.)

I would go again I guess, but only if someone else pays.

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Chili Pepper House3003 Kingsway, #1, Vancouver
Authentic, yet accessible Indo-Chinese food
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

This is a place where you feel at home. Our server was lovely - very helpful and patient, and multilingual. In our party, we had two English-speaking Canadians, one Mexican, one Hong Kong fellow who could speak English, and one Hong Kong lady who spoke no English. Such an ecclesiatical group can be very hard to please - believe me, we go out often. We're usually bound to find something that someone doesn't like. But the server switched languages like that and made everyone feel welcome.

The owner took the time to talk to us. That is a real plus. He's an ethnic-Chinese person who grew up in Kolkata, India.

The food tends to Chinese more... but the sauces and flavourings have a decidedly Indian influence. They offer some Indian appies like pakoras - the best pakoras I've ever tried.

What is memorable about this place for me is that, with each dish, each person at the table made "Mmmmm...." noises with each bite. The flavours are combined in such a way that they are familiar and yet exotic. The quality of food prep is excellent.

Only 2 criticisms...
1) It has the typical ambience found in most Chinese restaurants. Harsh lighting, everything looks like it could use a reno. The owner pointed out, though, that they only rent the space, so they can't do much about it.

2) The foods were ever so slightly over-sauced. They tasted good, but the chicken and fish were rather swimming in them. But oh well, more for everyone to scoop up on rice.

This is a must go - do not miss this place.

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Kettle of Fish, A900 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Nice on the eyes, anyway...
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 12:47pm [Dine in]

People I talk to either love or hate this place.

As part of Dine-Out Vancouver, we went, not having tried it before.

I can't fault the service in any way. I would say the service was pretty darn impeccable. Very lovely restaurant; nice lounge, nice seating area, very, very comfortable. If the food were better, we'd spend lots of time here.

The 3 of us tried 3 different dishes, and none of them were anything to write home about. My trout was overcooked. It had been stuffed with corn masa, but the flesh of the fish itself had turned to pure mush. My friend's tuna was well done (a no-no), and the accompaniments were ho-hum.

Dessert was good, but not great.

From the prices on the menu, this is a restaurant in love with itself (that, or it's trying to make rent / taxes every month...). It could have all kinds of potential.

We won't be back.

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Certainly recommended
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

I have been here a number of times, though I'm discovering that each time I go, I'm slightly less and less impressed. It's still on my 'eat here' list, though.

The food is presented nicely. It's pretty. The decor is very nice - it's my kind of place. I have never had a problem with the service, personally. As far as Asian cuisine is concerned, I would say Rekados has the friendliest, warmest staff I've seen in a long while.

The only complaint is that in winter, the dining area is C O L D if you happen to sit on the wrong side of the door entrance, and the food correspondingly loses its wonderful aroma, and much of the enjoyment is then gone.

Dishes that I personally like include 'crispy pata', 'adobo' and 'crispy tofu'. Desserts are out of this world, wildly delicious - especially the toffee cake.

Do go!

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Cupcakes on Denman1168 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great little packages of sin
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

Personally, I like the cupcakes here... a LOT.

The icing is almost pure butter. Sinfully delicious! The cake itself isn't too heavy. It could be a bit moister, but the cupcake is simply a vehicle for the icing. You don't go here for a light snack...

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