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maorikiwiCollingwoodSince September 23, 20094 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


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Belgian Fries1885 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good place to try a Canadian staple - poutine
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

This place really is a mid-upmarket-ish takeaway place.

Poutine is a Canadian staple snack/fast food consisting of french fries with gravy and cheese curds. Here at Belgian fries you can order the classic poutine or poutine plus with lots of other toppings.

I ordered a Salmon burger and classic poutine with a beer.
My friend ordered a large beef poutine - classic poutine with ground beef and onions generously poured over the top.
My burger was a salmon patti rather than an actual salmon fillet battered but I actually prefer the patties as the fillets tend to dry out when battered. The food was generous and tasty.

Here you place your orders at the counter and collect them. The place is clean and the ambience is pretty laid back.

Cost wise it is decent. I think you can share a large poutine amongst a male and female and be satisfied.

It is a good place to introduce a non native to poutine - especially because there are a number of different toppings you can have with it. Great if you are in the area.

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Addis Cafe Ethiopian Restaurant2017 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Authentic and good value for money
Submitted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

A friend of mine visited recently from London, UK and I decided I wanted to introduce him to Ethiopian food and eating dinner with his hands - both of which I'm sure he had not done before. I remembered seeing Addis while wandering around Commercial so decided to try it.

Food - this was about the 4th time I had Ethiopian, in as many countries. We decided to go with a combination of meat and vegetarian. There were 2 meat dishes and 3 veggie dishes and salad. The lamb was very spicy though a little tough, the chicken was tender and nicely spiced. The vegetarian dishes consisted of Gomen (spinach), lightly spiced cabbage and lentils on injera. The injera was not as bitter as I have had in the past but I preferred Addis style. There was still a bit left over once were were finished but we declined the servers offer to take it home with us.

Service - there was only 1 server and I was worried we were going to have to wait a while to be served but this was not the case. FYI in my experiences the food has never been quick to appear in Ethiopian restaurants.

Ambiance - there was a nice incense stick burning to add to the experience. The restaurant was tidy with a few Ethiopian ornaments scattered around. I really liked the explanations of some of the Ethiopian culture written on paper and put under the glass table tops. We went on a Friday night and it was very quiet.

I would definitely go back again and recommend it to others who are Ethiopian connoisseurs or novices.

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Brioche401 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Flavoursome food, pleasant surroundings, variable service
Submitted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

Our group of three had a lovely lunch on a rather wet and dull Vancouver day.

On entering we were met with the light aroma of coffee wafting through the restaurant. The small restaurant has a wonderful ambiance - wooden floors, subtle artwork, specials and menu blackboard. The tables are not too cramped in the small space and the noise level is not too high.

My cioppino soup was brimming with seafood, simmered in a flavoursome garlic and tomato broth. It also came accompanied with a Greek salad - that I was unable to finish. My friend's gnocchio with wild mushroom sauce was delightfully soft. Our third main was another special - the Italian hamburger - (meatloaf and cheese covered in a tomato sauce on a bread) this too was delicious and the portion was generous.

What let Brioche down a little was the service and the cost. The staff who came out to the tables were attentive, friendly and smiley. The same couldn't really be said for the guy behind the till - there was no smile and it seemed a little too impersonal. (When we spent $45 on lunch I do want there to be personality).

I would go back but for something to take away or for a coffee.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
decent lamb chops and lamb roast for the budget conscious
Submitted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 6:19pm [Dine in]

I wanted to go to Stepho's because of friend's comments that it was inexpensive and good. I also wanted to go because I ALWAYS see people lining up to get in.

I'm not a patient person at all and so I thought a quiet night like a Monday might help my chances of getting in pretty quickly. There was still about 14 people in line when we arrived - so perhaps an indication Stepho's does not have a quite night. We waited about 15-20 minutes.

Once seated we had our drinks orders taken quite promptly (within 10 minutes) with our food orders taken soon after. We observed the HUGE portions that were served and the many doggy bags that were being taken so we decided against a starter.

It is a good thing we did not order a starter as neither my friend nor I finished our mains of roast lamb and lamb chops. Usually I would expect 2 lamb chops but here I got 4 piled on top of a whole lot of sides - including roast potatoes, salad, vegetables, pilaf and with pita on a side plate. Both mains were cooked how we ordered them - medium to well done and were juicy and tender.

The service was the right amount of attentiveness - I had my reservations that perhaps they hovered to quickly turn over the diners but this did not seem to be the case with us or anyone else - and we received our drinks and food orders promptly.

Ambience - partly it is what you pay for. If you want to pay more then you might expect more by way of design. It has a homely, Greek family esq feel to it. I did find it slightly too dark though my friend found it pleasant.

Overall a good experience. It doesn't hit the ball out of the park, but then with what we paid I wasn't expecting that. (We paid $40 for lamb roast, lamb chops, half krafe of wine and tip)

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