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musselsVancouverSince October 31, 20053 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


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Chili Pepper House3003 Kingsway, #1, Vancouver
Keep going back again and again
Submitted Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

Fantastic Indian style Chinese food, with friendly and helpful waitstaff. Most people I know prefer Green Lettuce over Chili Pepper House, but after having visited both restaurants several times, Chili Pepper House remains my favourite.

Try the honey garlic chicken (to die for), vegetable manchurian balls (fresh and spicy), vegetable dumplings, or hot and sour soup.

Staff are happy to answer questions about menu items, careful to make sure they've understood your order correctly (several of the menu items have similar names), and eager to customize the spiciness of the food to your individual tastes.

The decor isn't much to look at, but the food is what keeps me coming back for more, not the scenery.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
This barbecue will not lead you astray
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2005 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

As a Texan who relocated to Vancouver, I'm picky about a few things, and barbecue and Mexican food are two of them.

Memphis Blues is the one barbecue joint i've found which passes muster.

Supposedly founded by a couple of Vancouverites who discovered Memphis-style barbecue in a trip to Tennessee, and then spent a great deal of time and research learning to replicate it, the restaurant and its food speak for themselves.

Memphis Blues carries a varied selection of different meat choices which put most other barbecue establishments to shame (their pulled pork and rib ends are my personal favorites, especially on a sandwich), and executed in a way which does not disappoint. They also offer two different sampler platters which allow larger groups the chance to try a little of everything (though I've watched as few as two men finish off an Elvis Platter by themselves a time or two).

The only thing which sets Memphis Blues aside from truly authentic Memphis style barbecue is their homemade sauce, which, although quite tasty, falls into more of a smoky molasses-rich Texas-style barbecue sauce category rather than the sweet and pungent sauce usually associated with Memphis, but really, at that point, it's splitting hairs, and over something which still tastes better than anyone else's in town, so who's to complain. Oh, and then there's the not putting the cole slaw directly on the sandwich, but if you're a true Memphis barbecue purist, nothing's stopping you from doing that yourself anyway. . . .

Bring a big appetite, and leave your vegetarian friends at home.

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Oysi Oysi Restaurant1136 Alberni Street, #607, Vancouver
Frozen tuna is not sashimi
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2005 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

I dined at Oysi Oysi once in November of 2004, and intend never to return. It was one of the few sushi restaurants in that part of downtown open in the evening, and that's about all it had going for it.

The service was abysmal. I waited for nearly 20 minutes after being seated before even getting a welcome, and future visits from a server were nearly as slow.

Worse, when my meal was finally brought, I discovered that my tuna sashimi, served in a dish by itself, was not only completely frozen, but the slices were frozen to each other in their arrangement on the dish, indicating that the tuna had been pre-made hours before and placed in a freezer. When I mentioned to the waitress that my tuna was literally frozen to the plate, her response was, "Still?" -- indicating that she was well aware that this was standard operating procedure and didn't even have the tact to hide it.

Perhaps Oysi Oysi has shaped up since then, but in a city as full of great sushi restaurants as Vancouver is, I have no reason to risk going back.

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