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lindaroseVancouverSince November 26, 2007172 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (3)
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  • Value2.5 (2.7)
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La Brasserie1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
Submitted Friday, February 11, 2011 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

I have been having cravings for European food as of late. When I say "European" - I mean specifically French/German type food. I know that Italy and Greece are part of Europe - but I guess I have been having Italian and Greek food a lot over the years and my palate is turning to food more akin to my own roots - which is northern European and German.

As it is - French food is the epitome of European food - in its preparation and quality.

This brings me to La Brasserie - which has French and German food.


I ordered the beet salad to start and the lamb cheeks as my main. I asked the waitress to pair both with an appropriate red. She brought me an Argentinian Melbac with wonderful fennel notes that paired well with both dishes. The beet salad was generously sized and very tasty with fried goat cheese, pecans and almonds along with large chunks of delicious beets and interesting lettuce greens. Mmmmmmm good.

My lamb cheeks were oh so tender and tasty. They were served with mashed potatoes, some sort of veggie puree and ample vegetables (including carrot, cauliflower and asparagus). Mmmmmmmm great!!

I finished with a creme brulee and a coffee. The coffee was served in a coffee press. I was advised to press it in a couple of minutes. I ended up with a perfectly brewed, fresh cup of coffee. The cream brulee was very tasty - although I found the burnt sugar topping just a tad thick - making for some uncomfortable shards of sugar. Other than that - it was a perfect meal.

The bill for three courses, a glass of wine and a cofee was approximately $65 including tax and generous tip. For the quality and amount received - I found this price point reasonable.

The waitress was good. I think wait staff are a little surprised when I dine solo - they aren't quite sure how to respond when I ask for a table for one. This waitress confidently gave me a choice of either the bar or a table. I chose a small table by the window so that I could see Davie Street and people watch. I also like to engage in a crossword puzzle (my date this evening was Will Shortz - editor of the New York Times Crossword LOL!!!)

Although this is a bistro rather than a formal dining room - I found the tables to be a little more reasonably spaced than other bistros. One could actually walk through them as they were spaced at least one foot or so apart. I mention this because one of my other favourite French restaurants (Les Faux Bourgious) has most of their tables spaced a few inches away - so that one is practically sitting in their neighbours lap!!! I found La Brasserie a little more reasonable in this regards.

All in all - I had a good meal and will certainly return again with my husband (Will Shortz will have to stay home!!)

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The4510 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby
Meat Meat Meat Meat Meat
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

We were celebrating our anniversary and we traditionally have Prime Rib (me) and Filet Mignon (hubby).

We chose the Keg because we usually get a good slab o' meat and decent service.

The Keg does not take reservations for parties of two. This is annoying. However, we still like the Keg overall and we choose to have a cocktail in the lounge while we waited for a table in the dining area. Interestingly - they will also serve everything from the dining room menu in the lounge. The table in the lounge was nice with club house chairs. There was a game on the television - but it was not loud, nor overly distracting. The table was well spaced from other patrons. After we enjoyed our cocktails, we were alerted that a table was available in the dining room.

This is when I laughed out loud - the table was not a booth or a well separated dining room table. It was a small, postage stamp sized table which sat less than 10 inches aways from the other postage stamp sized tables on either side of it. If I choose to dine here - I might as well introduce myself to the patrons on my left and right as we would have been practically sitting in each others laps!!! I asked to be returned to the lounge to the much more appropriate seating arrangements and we ordered from the lounge wait staff.

Anyways - aside from this silliness - the food was good. The meat arrived as ordered. We both chose the classic Keg dinners - which are good value as they come with the Cesear Salad and a side of veggies. We both ordered wine - which was pricey - but very good.

The meals and four drinks (two cocktails and two wines - one "keg sized) - the bill came to around $165 (including tax and tip). The value is not outstanding - but it was okay.

The service was adequate - I aksed for a little extra sauce on the side (I like the various sauces which accompany different meats). They did not charge extra for this. The waitress was prompt and did quality checks. All good.

I would return to this Keg again - but stick to the lounge unless I can get a booth in the dining room.

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White Spot7519 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Lose the "upscale" look and try to make decent food!
Submitted Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 9:28pm [Dine in]

Dined here a few days ago with the kids (age 3 and 5).

The service from the hostess and waitress was fine. Friendly, professional, appropriately attired. All good.

As for the food .... it was blah.

We ordered calamaria. They were the smallest rings I have ever seen. It was served with a chunky tsisiki (sp?) dip. It was impossible to pick up these tiny rings and dip them into the sauce. The cucumber chunks in the dip were bigger than the rings. To make matters worse, the calamaria was not hot and they were greasy. When the waitress checked on us - we explained that the rings appeared to have been deep fried at too low an oil temperature and explained the extremely small size of the rings. She was professional and advised that she would bring it to the cooks attention. She also had the item removed from the bill.

We also ordered pirate packs for the kids and burger platters for ourselves. I ordered a Monty Mushroom Burger The burgers were only okay. Again, they could have been served hotter. As I had to tend to my kids (who didn't like the relish on their burgers and I had to switch half of my bun with their relish contaminated bun) - I did not immediately notice that they forgot to put mushrooms on my Monty Mushroom Burger!!!!

The fries were a bit greasy and even the cole slaw seemed overly dressed.

It was just not particularly tasty or high end food.

This brings me to the ambiance. What is it with trying to look like The Keg?? Sure, the stone work is nice, the fireplace is nice and the high ceilings are stunning - but come on!! It is White Spot! It ain't a high end steak house - it is a family restaurant/burger joint. Personally - I think that it looks out of place - it would be like Burger King suddenly putting in a granite counter and wooden tables. The whole big decor concept is just silly.

Anyways - next time the kids need a burger fix - I will be trying other places.

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Donair Land3384 Vanness Avenue, Vancouver
Good Mid East Eats in Collingwood
Submitted Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

I rated this a "three star" all round - but please keep in mind that it is not in any way a "fancy" place - it is a neighbourhood place which has counter service (no table service). There is tables and chairs and a counter to dine in. The items are served in styrofoam containers.

Having said all this - the food is good.

I went there after doing some Christmas shopping and just missed my bus. I decided to have some dinner and try it out.

There is a cooler filled with ample choices of canned/bottled beverages. I chose a middle eastern malted mango soda which I enjoy with this type of food. It is not cheap at $2.50, but it is a tasty accompaniment. There is also regular canned pop and I noticed that there is imported Pepsi from Mexico (I understand that Mexico still uses can sugar as opposed to high fructose corn syrup - which gives this produce a better taste and mouth feel).

There were wraps for just under $5. One could choose "main" fillings like chicken, lamb or falaffel (which is vegetarian). I decided on a plate which was $7.95. It included my choice of "main", rice, salad, hummous and pita bread. I choose chicken as my main.

When I picked up my order - I was not overwhelmed at the portion size. I have had bigger portions at other Donair style restaurants. However, I noted that the flavours were more subdued. The food was tasty - but not overpowering with garlic or lemon. The meat was tender, the rice was good. The salad was a combination of tubouli (sp?) and lettuce greens, with cucumber slices and tomato slices. The pita bread was large and was good for scooping up the goodies in this combo. As usual - the malted mango drink made a perfect accompaniment.

This is the kind of place where friends could meet after work for a quick, healthy, inexpensive meal and not have offensive breath afterwards - but still enjoy a middle eastern meal.

The ambiance was decent. It was clean, well spaced and the counter had these nice amber salt lamps to give the place a nice glow. There were newspapers available to peruse while eating.

I don't know if I would go out of my way to return, but I might stop in for a snack if I miss my bus again.

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Water Street Cafe300 Water St, Vancouver
Good Lunch with a nice street view
Submitted Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

Had a little over an hour to enjoy lunch and I'm glad I choose to sample the Water Street Cafe on a Saturday afternoon.

I was quickly seated and offered a nice little window seat overlooking Water Street (right across from the Steam Clock).

I perused the menu and decided on a salad for $6, the calamaria for just under $9 and a glass of white wine.

The wait staff were prompt and friendly. I was served two pieces of complimentary bread - they tasted good, but could have been a little warmer.

The salad was excellent with a very light dressing sot that the main ingredients could shine. The calamaria was light and crispy without being greasy. The accompanying dipping sauce was nice too - not too garlicky, but gave a nice flavour.

The service was efficient without making me feel rushed. I could enjoy my lunch is my limited time, but I felt that I could have lingered if I chose.

I would return if in the area.

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Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
Family Brew Pub Experience
Submitted Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

Went here with my kids (ages 5 and 3) at 5:00 on a Saturday. Requested to sit in the downstairs Family Seating area. For patrons who want to relax and enjoy an exclusively adult environment - there are also age 19+ sections of this Brewpub restaurant.

Anyways, I enjoy spending an early November evening with my family in a high-end-casual sort of place. Steamworks hits the right notes in this regard.

Hubby and I each had a pint of the Pale Ale and the Stout respectively. The kids each had Shirley Temples. We ordered a pepperoni pizza for our son and the chicken strips and fries for our daughter. The waitstaff kindly pointed out that they could bring "child sized" versions of these dishes (which were also more value priced). Hubby and I shared the Halibut and Chips and a large house salad.

The pizza was good. It had a nice amount of cheese. I found the inside of the thin crust just a tad doughy - but it was overall good. The chicken strips were kind of unremarkable - but our daughter enjoyed it.

The halibut was a tad overcooked, but otherwise tasty. The salad was wonderful.

The beer, as always - was fantastic.

I found the service friendly and adequate.

I would go again, but I would probably go for a snack and a drink rather than a full meal.

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Applewood Country Gifts, Tea Room & Bakery6345 120 Street, #112, Delta
Quaint little tea
Submitted Friday, November 19, 2010 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

Went here for high tea.

Firstly, the ambiance is wonderful. It has a "grandma's house" appeal. One can borrow old fashioned hats and kid gloves to wear if one want to get very kitchy (which I do...). Even the bathroom is cute.

I ordered the high tea for twenty something dollars (I can't remember the exact amount). I shared it with my three year old daughter (who was decked out in frilly hat and gloves).

The tea itself was delicious.

The food was also good and all made in house.

The service, though friendly, was a little slow. The food was served in separate courses instead of all on a three tier tray. I thought the courses looked sparse when presented this way. Also, the time between courses (savory items, scones and sweets) was long. The items would have been pre-made (although made on premise) and it shouldn't have taken over 20 minutes between courses of sandwiches, scones and little cakes.

Other than that quibble- the place was nice and I would return (but if ordering the high tea - I would ask that all my courses be served at the same time).

BTW - it was nice that I could split the order with my daughter. I had been to another high tea where I was charged extra for my child to drink out of my teapot. This establishment does not do silly things like that so I gave it three stars for value.

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On On Wonton House5640 Kingsway, Burnaby
On On is a No No
Submitted Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 5:38am [Delivery]

Had a craving for Chinese Food and felt like ordering in.

Champlain Heights is annoying in that there is a dearth of decent restaurants nearby. I had ordered delivery from Lucky's before - however - they have since closed.

I remembered the On On was in nearby Burnaby and the reviews seemed okay so I went ahead .... this was a mistake.

I ordered an eclectic mix:

Medium Hot and Sour Soup for $8.20
House Special Mix BBQ Meat for $9.50;
Dry Garlic Ribs for $7.95;
Deep Fried Jumbo Prawns (full order) for $10.25;
House Special Chop Suey for $10.25;
Spicy Szechuan Fried Beans for $8.50
Steam rice (I can't remember the exact price)

The total bill came to about $67.

Thy person answering the phone was efficient and reasonably friendly. The food came within the estimated time and was hot. The delivery person was pleasant - hence 3 stars for service.

The food, however, was not particularly good.

The soup didn't have much flavour - it was spicy - but not tasty. It didn't have much tang. The small amount of meat in the soup was tough.

The BBQ Meat had a couple of nice pieces - but the pork was mostly scraps. There was also a few scraps of duck. Not good value at all. It was also not very tasty - it had a salty/sweet soy sauce poured over it.

The Dry Garlic ribs were bone in - but each piece had several small bone pieces in it. The flavour was just okay - I didn't give me kids this item due to the danger of swallowing bone pieces;

The House Special Chop Suey was SUPPOSE to have BBQ Pork, Chicken and Prawn. There was no meat in it at all. Not even a tiny bit. It looks like it was simply omitted. The vegetables were overcooked and lacked any crispness. The baby corn (which my daughter loves) was tiny scraps. There were small button mushrooms and very little carrot. It was just not very good quality. Flavour was only okay;

The spicy beans were also boring. There was a bit of heat - but not much else in the way of flavour. The beans also lacked a nice crisp snap and seemed a bit overcooked.

The rice was good - hard to screw that up.

Overall - the food was overpriced for the quality received.

I threw away the menu for this place and will not order from there again. What a waste of seventy bucks (I had given the driver a tip).

Next time - I'll get hubby to pick up from Kent's Kitchen on 41st Avenue and Victoria (see all the good reviews - including mine).

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Grand View Szechuan Restaurant4181 East Fraser St., Vancouver
Yummy Szechuan Food
Submitted Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

Went here on a Sunday night (4 adults and 2 children).

Ordered Wor Wonton Soup at $9.95; Chicken Sauteed with Black Bean Sauce for $10.95; Sliced Lamb Family Style for $13.95; Prawns sauteed with cashew nuts for $14.95, House Special Chow Mein for $10.95, and steamed rice for the table. The kids and I had a coke each and the other adults had a total of 4 beer.

The food was very, very good. It came at the right time (soup first, then the rest of the dishes within a few minutes of each other (with the rice coming 2nd). We ordered mostly meat dishes - but they came with a nice amount of vegetables which were cooked to perfection. The spicy item (the lamb) was spicy - but not uncomfortable to eat.

The service was warm and welcoming, with quality checks and offers bring more beverages as needed.

It was a good family dinner and we will return.

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Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant2149 Commercial Street, Vancouver
First time to try Ethiopian
Submitted Monday, October 25, 2010 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

Family went bowling at my favourite lanes - Grandview Lanes - just a block or so away. Decided to make ourselves feel better after having such lousy bowling scores by having a light meal...

I have always been curious about Ethiopian Food - there are a few restaurants serving this type of cuisine around Vancouver - we went in.

The server was very welcoming and friendly. We decided to try the combination plate for two (the waitress advised that there would be plenty to share with the two kids as well). I opted for the specialty drink - a tej. Hubby had a beer and the kids each had a coke.

My tej (served in a traditional container) was interesting - kind of hoppy honey - it was not really sweet. I thought the traditional vessel was interesting - but it reminded me of drinking from a chemistry beaker.

The combination plate had a variety of stews served up on a large, spongy pancake type bread. There was additional bread to pick up the savory stews and then the large pancake (which would have absorbed all the juices from the stews) could be eaten.

I liked the spinach stew and the lamb stew the best. The rest were okay too.

The ambiance was fine - the washroom was clean.

I don't know if I would return. The food was fine for what it was. However, my kids thought that the bread was too sour. The bread was fine - it is suppose to have a slightly sour, fermented kind of taste. It's just that the kids palate isn't ready for this kind of food yet.

For others who might enjoy this style of food - I thought that this restaurant was fine.

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Waves Coffee House590 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Sweet treat
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 10:02pm [Take-out]

I was downtown with my daughter and we both felt like a sweet treat.

I checked out the Waves on the concourse of the Stadium/Chinatown skytrain station. My daughter choose a pecan fudgy hunk of decadent goodness priced at $3.50. I decided to buy one for myself too. I didn't have a place on the stroller to put a coffee - so I settled for a San Pelligrino soft drink and my daughter wanted a Happy Planet drink. Bill came to about $14 (which is what I would pay for a steaming bowl of Pho adn a Vietnamese sub - so the value is iffy for my taste).

However - the treat WAS quite good. I found it better value than Starbucks. It is pretty decadent, so I would share one piece with my daughter in the future (and we would still have a little left over).

I would pick up this particular dessert if I wanted a sweet treat and was sharing or wanted to save some for later.

I"ll try their coffee next time.

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Big River Brewing Company14200 Entertainment Blvd., #180, Richmond
Apres Bowling Lunch
Submitted Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Took the family bowling - five pin - sucked as usual - but that's our own fault ;)

Went to the adjoining Big River Brew Pub for some lunch.

The pub is divided into two secitons - an adults only side when one turns to the left after entering the main entrance and a smaller "family section" to the right. The family section also has an entrance off of the Zone Bowling Alley. For patrons with a rabid "hate-on" for families with young children - you will be happy to know that the kids have to access the washroom in the bowling alley so that they do not sully the adults "pub experience" on the adult side. The two sections are well separated.

Anyways, onto my actual review:

I found the food only okay, overpriced and the ambiance "meh"

We ordered two Kids menu selections. It was a burger and fries with a small drink for $7.50. The bun for the burger was a nice kaiser - but that is the best I can say for it. There was no lettuce, no tomato, no pickle, no mayo or special sauce. It was dry, dry dry. The fries were okay. The drink was small.

Hubby and I ordered a Zone Platter for $26.00 (this item is featured on the menu in the bowling alley, but not in the restaurant itself for some completely unknown reason). The platter was okay, but overpriced. It came with fries, chicken wings, dry garlic ribs, a few veggies for dipping and some jalapeno fritters - the fritters were the highlight. The platter came with ranch dressing, ketchup, a mustard sauce and some other savory white sauce. I found the food merely okay and the valley poor compared to appetizer platters at other establishments. It should have been around $19 to $20, not $26.00!!!

We also ordered a New York pizza, which I found very greasy and not particularly tasty. It was $13.00.

The beer was okay (it is a brew pub so it is brewed on premise). A pint of Vienna Lager and a pint of Pilsner was $4.02.

Service was adequate.

All prices I list do not include HST.

Frankly - I would just order the beer and drink it in the bowling alley and not bother with the restaurant at all - it was just too pricey for the quality received.

Also - we noted that the tv on the family side had something wrong with it - the colour was all off, making the faces of the people on tv blue in colour. We cracked jokes about it being "Smurf TV" and "Blue Man Group TV" One couldn't even enjoy watching any programming due to this. Furthermore - the tv should be tuned into sports so people can enjoy it - not tuned into a talk show or whatever.

PS - they do not accept interact or debit - it's cash or credit card only.

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
Nicely done Szechuan Food
Submitted Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

Took hubby and the two kids for lunch and used our "groupon" this afternoon.

We noticed that the Restaurant had placed instructions for "groupon" users. I thought this was good as it made things clear for diners.

I was disappointed that the dim sum was not offered as part of the "groupon" - we were only allowed two choices off of the Northern dim sum menu. The Southern dim sum menu was not included in the "groupon" - I have no idea why they would do this as the prices for dim sum were average to above average - these were not specially priced items.

Anyways - besides this hiccup - the food was actually quite outstanding. We ordered the Great Wall Special Chow Mein for $9.99; a mixed vegetable dish (recommended by the server), the Fried prawns Sichuan Style for $13.99; and a small bowl of the deluxe wonton soup for $7.99 and a small bowl of white rice. We also asked for an order of sticky rice and an order of Chinese doughnut for $4.25 and $1.99 respectively. Again - these items were to be included in the groupon special - but the kids like them, so we ordered them anyway.

The Chinese doughnut came first. It was good. Not too greasy, served nice and warm. It arrived a little sooner than the other items - which was disappointing as we wanted to enjoy it with our soup. The soup was fantastic - lots of wonderful vegetables, some meat and shrimp and large, delicious wontons in a nice broth. The vegetables were all cooked very nicely. We requested that the spiciness be toned down on the prawns - and they came just right.

The service was friendly enough, but I found it a tad slow bringing out the dishes (and we gave consideration to the fact that the items were being made fresh). Also, although I liked all of the items - I thought that the waiter's recommendation of the mixed vegetables was poor. The Special Chow mein had exactly the same vegetables in the same sauce as the mixed vegetables. I would order the Special Chow Mein OR the mixed vegetables - not both (unless someone just really, really likes these mixed vegetables - I personally would have rather sampled a different item).

The ambiance was nice. I liked the chandeliers and the uniformed wait staff. I thought that our table was a tad to close to the table of some fellow diners - as there were other tables available and some unused floor space - we did not need to sit that close to other diners. The washroom was tiny - don't expect to be able to navigate a stroller or a wheelchair in here. There is no change table, so people with infants, babies or young toddlers might find diaper changes awkward. Also, the ladies room was out of toilet paper. It's a good thing I was helping my three year old and had baby wipes and extra supply in my diaper bag. I told a staff member - but they looked irritated at me (sorry - but I would be pretty unhappy if I was the next person to use the ladies room and was in dire need of tp!!!).

Despite some of the negatives - I would return here. We really liked the Wonton soup and would sample a few other items as well.

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Kent's Kitchen5659 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Cheap Takeout
Submitted Monday, October 11, 2010 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

I used to go to the Kent's on Keifer, when I was in a mood for cheap Chinese and didn't mind sitting at a communal table with a street person on my left and a construction worker on my right. I have no problem with the eclectic clientele - though sometimes, I just feel like having my own little table.

Anyways, this issue is not a problem at the 41st Avenue Kents as it is solely a takeout joint. There are no frills - take a number, order your food and exit.

I would have given 1.5 stars for service, the people working there are not unfriendly, but not friendly either. They are not interested in answering questions - if you have questions about the food - you're better off asking the other customers standing in line.

However, if someone wants to have lots of food and lots of choices - it is excellent. I particularly like their deep friend garlic pork ribs (Yum!). I usually choose some sort of veggie dish to go with it. They staff pile the food on high and need to close the take out container with elastic as it is so crammed in there.

For my family of four, I would order three of the two selection combos on rice or noodles. We have enough for our meal and my husbands lunch the next day.

Outstanding value.

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Britannia Sushi1016 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Thanksgiving Sushi
Submitted Monday, October 11, 2010 - 4:24am [Dine in]

Dear hubby and the kids were visiting the inlaws and I had most of Sunday to myself. Decided to spend some time on Commercial Drive - practiced some bowling at Grandview Lanes and went for a nice walk down the Drive.

I decided on sushi for my evening meal. Non Traditional Thanksgiving fare.

The menu looked extensive and I walked into Britannia Sushi.

The hostess was prompt, but not overly welcoming. She gave me an okay table (I like the fact that, as I single diner, I was not immediately placed either by the front door or by a washroom). She gave me my menus and I spent some time perusing.

One thing I appreciated was that there was many choices of Bento boxes. I like to have small portions of several items and a diner could get many combinations of favourite items.

I opted for the Chicken Terriyaki Chicken/Sashimi box for $9.95. I also ordered a Gamae salad for around 2.95 or so and a small sake.

I liked the gamae salad, a reasonable portion, and the focus was definately the spinach with a lighter sauce and sesame sprinkles. Tasty.

The bento box was okay. I was not impressed with the chicken as the terriyaki sauce was just smoothed onto pre-cooked chicken. It was only okay. I would prefer the terriyaki sauce cooked onto or with the chicken. The tempura, sashimi and California roll were all good.

The saki was served a bit too hot, the small container almost burning my fingers. I let it cool down a bit and then enjoyed it with my meal.

The ambiance was really nothing special. Functional, a but run down. It could have used a bit of a cleanse. The washroom was kind of grungy, but it was stocked.

Bill came to just under $19.00 (including tax, but before tip).

I might return only if I'm in the area and particularly craving sushi.

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McKim Wonton Mein Saga2780 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good for Wonton Soup only
Submitted Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

I was given a verbal recommendation of this restaurant and I checked out the reviews at dinehere.ca before taking my children there for lunch.

I'll start with ambiance. It was clean (including the washrooms). It was functional - no real decorations or real "ambiance" per se. My five year old son noted that there was no music playing at all (not even a background radio). The only sounds were the patrons dining, the staff and the phone ringing.

I ordered a shrimp wonton and noodle soup. I also ordered a lunch special - two kinds of bbq meat on rice (which comes with a pop) and two more pop for my kids.

The wontons were good - the broth was hot. The noodles were good texture, but they were kind of clumpy in the bowl. We choose the duck and bbq pork - it was reasonable, although the lunch was bereft of any vegetable matter.

Service was adequate throughout.

The price for the two dishes, and an extra two pop came to $18.00 plus change (including HST, but before tip). I guess I was a little underwhelmed as I could go to other "just okay" eateries and get a LOT more food for the same money (e.g. for Chinese take or most Vietnamese Noodle Soup places - and at Vietnamese Noodle Soup places one gets fresh basil, bean sprouts and lime to help make the food more healthy).

I would return ONLY if specifically craving wontons. I wouldn't bother otherwise.

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Village Pub7725 Champlain Crescent, Vancouver
Neighbourhood Pub
Submitted Monday, September 20, 2010 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

This is a neighbourhood place that waters the locals. Not worth driving to, but okay if one is in the area.

The food is average priced - no great deals, but not too expensive either.

Had the appy platter for around $16. Not bad - good to share. Too bad there is no Guiness on tap - I would go more often if there was.

Ambiance is solid - typical pub.

I give extra points to our waitress, a wonderful server hailing from Ireland. She was attentive, pleasant, knowledgable and, best of all - appropriately dressed. This isn't Cactus Club where they hire teenagers dressed as call girls waggling their tails for tips. This waitress was the real deal. Dignified and professional. A real breath of fresh air!!

It's too bad that our children can't join us for a meal here - as it is a licensed pub. So people reading this who have a hate-on for children can dine here. Just a warning though - if a potential diner also has a hate-on for people with disabilities or older adults - Champlain Heights is a mixed community with people of all ages and backgrounds. There is a seniors residence and nursing home across the street. If one thinks that life ends at thirty a la Logan's Run - please stay away and wallow in your sense of self entitlement at Earls or Cactus club where you can ogle strippers ..... er..I mean.... waitresses.

Anyways - the Village is a decent, down to earth, friendly neighbourhood pub that is meant for all adult patrons who can feel comfortable and at home here.

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Brado Pizza1399 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Pizza for the Kids
Submitted Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 4:48am [Dine in]

I actually went to this location to enjoy some Middle Eastern food at the Paradise. However, my children are partial to pizza - so this location had something for each of us.

I ordered two slices of pepperoni pizza and a pop at a special price - I think it was $3.99. I ordered a second pop on the side. The bill came to five bucks and change.

My kids seemed to like the pizza. I found it kind of basic, but better than most cheap slices throughout the city.

There is very limited seating area - but if one is lucky enough to get a seat - there is ample room so that one can navigate a stroller. The music was a bit loud and out-of-place. The ambiance was sort of strip mallish. Okay for a quick bite to eat - but it ain't fine dining!! LOL.

The washrooms were not stocked with paper towels or soap - but the worker there seemed to attend to this right away when it was brought to her attention.

I would go back to this location as they serve stuff that my kids will eat and I can enjoy the more complex Middle Eastern food at the other counter. After reading the reviews - I might indulge in some of Brado's poutine and see how they measure up to La Belle Patate on Davie Street...

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Taste of Paradise1399 Commercial, Vancouver
Good Mid East Eats (and a healthy meal too!)
Submitted Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 4:41am [Dine in]

Took the kids to Commercial Drive for lunch.

I decided to come here because I had a craving for Mid Eastern food, but I know that my two children will always eat pepperoni pizza and might be fussy if given something new.

This particular spot has an unusual set up. There is a common seating area - but there are at least two food establishments. I ordered the pizza and a pop from the right hand side, where the left side was another counter, where one ordered the Middle Eastern food. My food review will focus on the Middle Eastern food.

I ordered a Paradise Platter. It contained chicken, a ground beef item, dolmades, humus, green salad, tabulah salad, and pita. I also ordered some sort of malted mango pop (which appeared to be from the mid -East). The price (with tax) was $13 and change.

The food was good. I found some pieces of chicken a tiny bit dry, but it was overall flavourful. The dolmades were okay - they were vegetarian and tasty enough - they seemed to be the canned variety. I actually make dolmades from scratch and the homemade ones are less oily - but these were certainly passable. The ground meat piece was a bit dry - I think that I will ask the server to sub this item if I visit in the future. The humus was tasty. I really liked the two salads. They were fresh, tasty and provided nice balance to the meal. I have ordered combo plates from other Mid East eateries and my plate is usually loaded with rice. There was no rice on this plate - but lots of salad. The server offered a nice, big piece of pita to go with it - this made up the simple starch portion of the meal and was good for scooping up the items on the plate.

I found the malted mango drink a good accompaniment to the meal.

I give the Ambiance one star because I found the music loud and out-of-place. The seating area was pretty basic and there were not many seats, but there is enough room to navigate a stroller and park the stroller beside the table. The washrooms lacked both soap and paper towels (which I brougth to the attention of a staff member who appeared to attend to it right away).

I would go again if in area - I would just bring my hand sanitizer and some supplies from my diaper bag to make up for any supply shortfall in the washroom and make a simple substitution on my order.

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Cinnzeo4700 Kingsway, #1155, Burnaby
Ooey - Gooey Good
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

I had to pick up some purchases from the Real Canadian Stupid Store at Metropolis in Metrotown. I could smell the cinnamon from the outside of the garish oversized grocery store and felt compelled, like I was being lead by a tractor beam to Cinnzeo....

I had a cinnamon bun with extra frosting. It was warm and gooey and good. I am also pretty sure that I consumed my recommended caloric intake for the next day and a half without any recommended nutritional intake.

These buns are soft, full of cinnamon, super sweet and yummy. The coffee which I purchased to go with was nice too. It was brewed perfectly and hot.

The service was acceptable. Friendly and effecient.

The value is meh - it costs $3.99 for my cinnamon bun, plus an extra $0.85 for the side of frosting. I can't remember exactly what the coffee cost - but it was average. It is a little steep in price - but that is mall food for ya .... kind of expensive.

I decided to eat my gooey cinnamon bun there. There are some tables and chairs. I find the mall annoying - lots of people walking around, the loud din from Stupid Store carries out into the mall. What can I say - it is a one star ambiance. If the van wasn't parked far away - I would have carried it to the van and eaten it there and the interior of our van is better ambiance - despite the the detritus of a family of four with two preschool aged kids.

But ohhhh boy - what a yummy, decadent cinnamon bun!!!! I would have enjoyed it anywhere.

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