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irongoddessteaVancouver, CanadaSince October 2, 200629 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
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Displaying 21 - 29 of 29 Reviews Found
Falafel King1110 Denman Street, Vancouver
Best Shawarma Plate & Hummus
Submitted Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I had the best chicken shawarma plate (complete with hummus & tabouleh) that I can remember, in all of Vancouver. Good value for about $7.00 after taxes, and the chicken was pretty good. I would recommend the plate over the wrap (you get more for your money).

I really liked the hummus. It was light, not too salty, and was just the right thing to go along with the meal.

I will definitely be going back again.

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Best Ramen in Vancouver so far
Submitted Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

I went into the restaurant not knowing what to expect. Having tried Kintaro's before, I had something to compare to. It is a small place but much quieter and nicer atmosphere from Kintaro's.

I ordered the Extra BBQ Miso Ramen and it was delicious. The meat was better quality than the Kintaro one. The broth was tasty and not nearly as greasy/salty as Kintaro's, which is much healthier for you, and to me it tastes better than Kintaro's broth. But the chef is Kintaro!

Yes the noodles are a bit pricier here than at Kintaro's (like $2 more) but I think it is worth it. Everything here is cooked more to perfection and with more care, and I like the presentation better, too.

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Top Gun Hot Pot4500 Kingsway, #2228, Burnaby
Dim Sum is Not Good Anymore
Submitted Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

Unfortunately the Top Gun at Crystal Mall changed chefs or something about a year ago or so and the Har Gow and everything else has not been the same. What a shame. I suppose shrinking profit margins for restaurant owners means they cut back on the quality of their food.

Sucks. Yeah, go for dim sum at Kirin in Richmond or something is what I would suggest (NOT Sun Sui Wah... they all suck now too).

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Mahek Restaurant9470 120 St., Surrey
Way too salty and hygiene problems
Submitted Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

I have had my share of Indian food. I am afraid to say that Mahek is very heavy on the salt in all of their dishes. The only one I could stomach was the butter chicken but even that sauce was a little on the salty side. The chicken tikka masala, lamb tikka masala, chickpeas (channa masala) were all waaaaay too salty -- I couldn't taste anything but salt and a little bit of spicey. It's too bad because the meat they use is good but when the sauce is too salty, it just made it hard to eat and my tongue went numb.

The chai was not very authentic either -- was missing Indian spices in it. A very flat chai. Milky, though.

The naan bread was too dry and did not have enough chew to it.

The mixed appetizer platter with 1 vegetable samosa and assorted pakora -- the vegetable samosa was disgusting. It wasn't deep fried, it was baked in a toaster oven or something -- terrible crust/pastry, and the inside did not taste very good either. Even the samosa's from the corner of my house, 2 for $1.00, taste waaaay better.

Cleanliness is also a problem as there was a long black hair on my folded napkin and our table had caked-on spinach/grout on half of the "clean" plates we were given.

All in all I am disappointed in this restaurant. I think it caters mostly to people who don't know what real Indian food should taste like. I have eaten at much better tasting Indian restaurants in both Vancouver and in Toronto. I will definitely not be returning.

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Zest2775 West 16th, Vancouver
Submitted Monday, September 24, 2007 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

This is a more conservative, elegant restaurant than your typical izakayas, and yet the food is more inventive than your traditional Japanese restaurant.

We had ordered various different kinds of rolls, all of which were like works of art. We also ate the chicken karaage but it was no ordinary chicken karaage -- it was pieces of really delicious, juicy chicken, lightly battered and fried, but there was a light lemon juice over all of them, evenly coated -- just enough for a delicious zing taste. We also tried a more inventive soba noodle sushi roll (which I didn't find too special). All in all, quality of food and freshness of ingredients is excellent. I would definitely come back again. Service was attentive and polite.

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Falafel Maison516 Robson Street, Vancouver
Crusty oversalted chicken
Submitted Monday, September 24, 2007 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

I don't know what the hype about this place is. I ordered a Chicken Sharwarma dinner plate for $6.25 + taxes. It came with rice, tabouleh salad, hummus and a pita. If nothing else, shouldn't the chicken taste good? No, it did not. All the chicken was dry, slightly burnt and too jerky-like, oversalted. I was hugely disappointed. I would never eat here again. The food did not make me sick or anything, but the chicken was just the worst. Perhaps people who have no taste buds can't tell the difference between good meat and crusty/salty bad meat. I've had much better shawarma in downtown Toronto -- a little tiny place on Elm Street just off Yonge (on the west side). The best shawarma I had so far, though, was at a Lebanese place in Montreal. Now that was delicious -- the meat was actually fresh and tasted like roasted meat, not dried salted pieces of crap.

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Caffe Artigiano1101 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Good but not great
Submitted Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

I had a Cafe Latte from Caffe Artigiano off the corner of Thurlow and Pender. I would say that they have an awesome method of foaming milk but the espresso in the latte itself was good but not totally wowing. A tall goes for $2.99 + tax.

I also had a hot chocolate here ($2.99 + tax) and that sucked so don't bother. What a waste of my $3, plus they really overfoamed the milk that time and thus you get less hot chocolate for your buck. Starbucks hot chocolate still tastes a lot better and weighs heavier, meaning they don't overfoam like crazy, but it's quite caffeinated for a hot chocolate.

All in all, I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon to Caffe Artigiano. Kind of overhyped, if you ask me.

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Go for the Prime Beef Tenderloin
Submitted Monday, September 17, 2007 - 10:51am [Dine in]

If you visit Stone Grill, you just have to try the Albertan AAA Prime Beef Tenderloin, their signature dish. Although my friend did have the sea bass and that was delicious as well.

The concept is that they give you a really premium thick cut of meat, and you slice each bite and cook it as much or little as you prefer. Some people like to go to restaurants and all they can taste are the sauces and not the actual quality of the meat itself, and therefore if something is served too "plain", they automatically think that the restaurant is no good. Here, it is all about the quality of the meat - no fancy sauces to hide anything. It is a more expensive place because of the meat quality. Yes, you must grill it yourself. It is best to have the beef medium rare to rare. It was sooooooo good, melt in your mouth good.

Yes there is a bit of a grilling smell but nothing that is so overwhelming. Because you must grill the meat (very quickly) yourself on the provided hot stone, there is a bit of a casual feeling to the place. Service was excellent, attentive. They were very accomodating in helping out to serve a birthday cake we brought in for a friend.

One thing I didn't like was the lychee martini's. Couldn't taste much of the lychee, too much liquor, and too dry. I think the rest of the menu is more of an afterthought.

However, definitely, come here for the Albertan AAA Prime Beef Tenderloin. That is their signature dish. You really can't go wrong with that one.

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Fortune House Seafood Restaurant4700 Kingsway, #2199A, Burnaby
Too Much Salt in Food
Submitted Monday, October 2, 2006 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

I recently spent quite a sum of money taking my mother out for her birthday dinner here -- we ordered abalone (which cost $40 each), some kind of cod fish steamed, some kind of "chef's special" shark fin type soup, and stir fried vegetables ("dow mew in Cantonese") with a crab meat glaze over it.

Overall, the best dish was the steamed fish because you really can't screw it up unless the fish is not fresh.

The expensive abalone was way too salty, and so was the stir fried vegetables -- we complained to the manager, and he pointed it back to it being our fault, saying maybe next time, he'll ask the kitchen to put in less salt. The point was it was too salty that it was barely edible -- what poor service, and also he didn't take the customer feedback seriously.

As for the shark-fin soup type creation -- it had the cartilage part of the shark fin in it (not the actual long strands of fin), and they mixed some crab paste (from the shell head) and some tobiko like eggs... but it did not taste like shark fin soup. This one is probably more of a matter of preference -- it was not too salty.

All in all, I would have to say that the quality of the cooking has gone downhill.

As for dim sum, they have really large shrimp "har gow", but it is way too big and also the outside layer falls apart really easily. This is not good "har gow". It's kind of nasty, in fact. If you want good "har gow", go to Top Gun in Crystall Mall -- that is good "har gow".
The steamed pork buns are good, everything else I would say is really below par for Vancouver dim sum. However, I'm sure that in Toronto, Fortune House Seafood Restaurant would do well, as in general I have found Toronto dim sum to not be as of consistent quality as in Vancouver.

I would stay away from Fortune House Seafood Restaurant for dim sum and for dinner.... unless you enjoy overly salted foods.

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