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jtcstVancouverSince April 7, 20078 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2 (1.8)


Displaying 1 - 8 of 8 Reviews Found
Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
Great sushi but not so great service
Submitted Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 2:01am [Dine in]

I've been here about ten times now and the sushi has always been consistently great. You know the caliber of the sushi chefs when the rolls don't break apart. It also helps that the restaurant is actually Japanese owned and operated. They do the staples well but if you're looking for really creative/unique creations, you won't find them here. Favourites include yam roll, caterpillar roll, alaska roll, and dynamite roll.

While the salmon sashimi is very fresh, I can't recommend them because of poor value. For $8.5 you get 6 extremely thin slices (about a third to half the size at other restaurants)

Mini seafood okonomiyaki and takoyaki are good appetitizers for first timers. The donburis are nothing special.

The ambiance is kind of bland and can quite feel crowded at times. The tables in the middle for two guests are very small and not very stable.

Service is this restaurant's weakpoint. The waitresses aren't fluent in English; occasionally I have trouble understanding them and vice versa. Ordering take out generally isn't a pleasant experience. I've been scowled at for not tipping for takeout -- I would be more inclined to tip if they'd actually offer something to drink while I'm sitting and waiting for takeout on a slow day. Just yesterday I ordered takeout and was shortchanged by a loonie but I didn't bring it up since I didn't want to look cheap. I doubt it was an honest mistake either because it's hard to mistake a $10 bill and a few nickels and pennies as more than $11..

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Au Petit Cafe4851 Main Street, Vancouver
Love the vietnamese sandwiches
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 1:58am [Dine in]

I've only had the banh mi and the pho, so I can't comment on the other food.

The sandwiches are really incredible. Very large, crispy fresh bread with good portions of meat and lots of veggies. Tastes amazing. I prefer the ones with grilled chicken over the ones with house special meatballs. The chicken subs are a dollar cheaper too.

I'd give the food rating 5 stars simply because of the sandwiches, but I didn't really like the pho. It was very mediocre. The broth tasted bland and very salty, and the pho lacked meat. Friends weren't very impressed either.

The service was okay. I wasn't impressed by anything. The owner was like a robot when I paid my bill. Just said my total and didn't say thanks.

The restaurant is very small, about the size of Bon Cafe, and it's EXTREMELY cramped. A 3-year-old could probably reach out and be able to touch the table next to you. Ambiance is very dull and decor is non-existent.

Since the restaurant is usually packed, and there are no chairs specifically for patrons waiting for take-out, you'll be forced to either stand and look around like a fool in a crowded restaurant or wait outside in the cold.

I highly recommend trying the vietnamese sandwiches here, but for take-out only.

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Bon Cafe4909 Main Street, Vancouver
Best pho on main st
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 1:16am [Dine in]

I've visited Bon Cafe several times over the past two months.

I order the house special pho dac biet every time. A large costs $6.50, and the bowl is actually LARGE. The broth itself is probably the best I've had in Vancouver. It has a very "beefy" taste to it with just the right amount of saltiness. Would like just a tad more noodles though.

The vietnamese sandwiches are delicious! They taste pretty similar to the neighbouring Au Petite Cafe's much acclaimed sandwiches, except the bread isn't as crispy and there's less meat. Then again, Bon Cafe's subs are cheaper at $3.25 for eat-in and $3 for take-out.

A friend once ordered the pork chop with rice and vermicelli, and he enjoyed it.

Spring rolls are tiny and nothing special.

Service is friendly and prompt; food comes pretty quick. Haven't had any misplaced orders yet. One time when I ordered take out, however, the server didn't offer a cup of tea. Not that I was parched or anything, but a cup of tea isn't expensive at all and it'd definitely be a kind gesture for the patron while they waited.

The restaurant is very small and cramped. It has a very modest ambiance with the white walls, but it's brightly lit and relatively clean.

If you happen to be in the Main St/Riley Park area and craving for some pho or a good, inexpensive meal, Bon Cafe should suit your needs well.

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Ken's Chinese Restaurant1097 Kingsway, Vancouver
Vile waitress dampened our holiday spirit
Submitted Saturday, December 22, 2007 - 2:40am [Dine in]

My friends and I unfortunately tried this place for dinner tonight. We had a VERY nasty waitress. When a friend was placing his order and asked "pardon?", the waitress, much to our surprise, yelled at him -- "Do YOU WANT (insert number and food name here)?!?!" while violently stabbing the menu with her index finger. This was for the first order too so the rest of us carefully placed our orders as if we were dealing with the Soup Nazi.

One of my friends got spaghetti instead of the rice that he asked for. But that's not all for bad service.

Two of my friends ordered set combo's that came with buns. The waitress wasn't done being a (nasty comment here) yet. She didn't want to single out my friend and of course, being in the holiday spirit, decided to share some vitriol with me as well. When she came by to deliver two petite, plain buns, she pointed at who they were for, then pointed at me and scornfully said "you, NO!!!". Calm down, lady, I'm not gonna fight over some cheap, tiny buns. And any decent restaurant would have gave everyone else a bun, out of good will, since they're so cheap.

She left a bad vibe for the rest of the evening.

We all agreed the food was very average. Nothing unedible but nothing good by any standard. We definitely won't be coming back after the experience with the nasty waitress. At the end of our meal, the waitress had the audacity to pretentiously ask simply, "GOOD?". We left a 10% tip which, in hindsight, was too generous.

If I wanted average chinese food, I'd go to Honolulu Cafe instead. At least the servers there are patient and friendly.

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Dragon Ball Tea House1007 W King Edward, Vancouver
Amazing bubble tea!
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 2:29am [Dine in]

The bubble tea is probably the best in vancouver. I've gotten bubble tea from here at least 10 times. It's consistently delicious. The bubbles are always cooked to perfection and are flavourful. There's a variety of flavours to choose from. Naturally, the fresh fruit ones are the best. I've only ordered the strawberry and the mango bubble teas so far. They're just so damn good, especially the mango. It really does have a "creamy" texture to it if you request milk (no extra charge). The bubble teas are reasonably priced at $3.75. (medium-large size)

Service is quick and efficient. Not really anything else to say.

This tea house could use a renovation. It's dull looking, dirty, and smells like rotten fruit in there. It's also small and cramped so I don't recommend people to drink and chat there. Best for take out.

It's hard to find better bubble tea than this.

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Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant3388 Main Street, Vancouver
Avoid -- Subpar food & snobby staff
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 2:01am [Dine in]

I've been to Pho Hoang a handful of times over past several years. And each time the experience is worse than the previous. My visit last month will be my last...

We dropped by on a Saturday around 11. It was empty. The mean looking female owner glared at us without greeting when we walked in,leaving the waitress to take us to our seat before dumping the greasy menus on the table.

We ordered the Pho Dac Biet (which is basically pho with a variety of different cuts of beef) and the spring rolls. The spring rolls tasted okay but was barely warm. The pho was very salty and oily and lacked any beef oomph to it -- MSG, anyone? Not to mention that the broth wasn't even hot at all. It was quite warm, but not hot enough that pho should be. It's almost as if they made the food 20 minutes in advance. The pho didn't come with lime wedges. This stuff should be standard, right? Apparently, it was too early to serve lime. When we were leaving, the waitress was just starting to cut a bunch of lime wedges en masse.

The waitress either hated her job or had attitude problems. When my friend asked a simple request (getting an extra empty bowl), the irritated waitress sighed at such a huge chore, and plopped the bowl upon returning.

Neither the waitress nor the owner showed any signs of gratitude when we paid the bill and left.

Everytime I pass by this restaurant, there's always a lot of people dining inside, which is puzzling. This place is overrated and living on its past reputation for solid (but not spectacular) pho. All the nearby Vietnamese restaurants on Main St are much MUCH better than Pho Hoang -- Vancouver Vietnamese, Pho Tan, Au Petit Cafe, Bon Cafe.

If you want mediocre food and be treated like crap, Pho Hoang would be a fine choice.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
great, inexpensive authentic Singaporean/Malaysian food
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2007 - 12:07am [Dine in]

I found out about this place last year and have been hooked. Have ordered from here at least 30 times.

Food: Authentic, inexpensive, and tasty. Food is almost always consistent, except for the hainanese chicken rice, which is sometimes hard/not perfectly cooked. Almost everything is 5 bucks or less. Personal favourites: mee goreng (fried noodles with assorted veggies), nasi goreng (rice equivalent of mee goreng), and hainanese chicken rice.

Service: Nothing great or bad to say about it. You order and pay upfront, like in a street stall, then they serve it to you.

Ambiance: Terribly small and uncomfortable (too crowded). Old and in need of a renovation. I guess it gives a food stall vibe to it. It's better to order take-out.

Recommended for its cheap, tasty food.

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Wing Nuts4444 Main Street, Vancouver
Prices up, food quality and quantity down
Submitted Friday, April 6, 2007 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

I've been here many times since this place was opened two years ago or so. The thing that irks me is the food has since been going downhill while prices have been jacked up at least twice.

Food: Used to be awesome and in large quantities. The wings are pretty damn small now. Fries come in a small cup instead of a large foil bag like before. When Wing Nuts first opened, poutine used to come in a relatively large container. Now they come in a container roughly half the size and its noticeably more expensive.

Service: About what you'd expect from a fastfood-esque place. They've screwed up my order several times (pop and wing sauce choice).

Ambiance: Pretty decent and comfortable compared to most Main Street restaurants since it's a fairly new restaurant. However, the tables often had stains and were sticky.

Not recommended.

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