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noticPitt MeadowsSince May 1, 200712 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
If you haven't gone yet, go.
Submitted Friday, February 29, 2008 - 8:15pm [Dine in]

After reading some of the reviews below, I have to admit that I have almost nothing to contribute to this guide except,

-if you haven't been there, go
-if you can't afford it, then save up and go (within reason of course)
-if you live too far, go on your off day

I might have raised expectations a little too high with statements like these, but they are deserving to say the least. In my mind there is almost nothing better than hearty cuisine paired with excellent beer.

...they also throw great parties too!

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No. 9 Restaurant5300 No. 3 Road, #812, Richmond
Is there anything else open at night?
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

I frequent this place (sometimes reluctantly) about once a month. There isn't much available in the lower mainland at three in the morning so it really comes down to whether or not I want to suffer another night at Denny's or come here.

To be honest, the food isn't bad. It's really a case of you get what you pay for. Some age old recipes of chinese cuisine are pretty solid and the bbq pork (char siu) is really hit or miss. The more western dishes like chicken burger n fries are however completely abysmal (are those mccain fries?). If you do go, get a noodle dish or maybe some char siu fan, but stay far far away from the western style food.

The biggest problem I have with this restaurant is the lack of effort placed into upkeep. I understand that your margins are thin when you don't charge much, but please, save some of the profits and renovate. The sticky vinyl seats and blurry tv's are bordering on discomfort.

Also, if the sanitary conditions of the bathroom are representative of the rest of the establishment, then this place is comparable to a suburban strip club.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The8331 River Road, Richmond
Try a different location
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

I don't usually frequent franchised restaurants where the menu is always the same and the creativity for culinary creations seems like it was based more on the results of a focus group than the actual artistic merit of the chef, but I was inclined for two reasons: 1. I was in the area and 2. I had a gift certificate.

The biggest flaw here is the service, once we were seated, we were left abandoned by our server. We fell into some sort of blind spot area on the serving floor where waiters would quickly buzz by, but never really stop to or even glance at my gestures for help. 20min later we finally managed to get help (the trick here is to use a combination of vocal and arm flailing gestures). The food, slightly better than pub food. An assortment of deep fried and grilled sea food, no surprises here. And once again we were faced with the problem of service, no one came to check up on us and no one bothered to clear the table once all diners were visibly finished. To be fair I have been to other Boathouses where the service was better, but this occasion was a total disappointment, enough to probably keep me away until the next time someone gives me a gift certificate.

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Ocean Club, The100 Park Royal, #105, West Vancouver
Surprisingly Good
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

When you first step into this place you get the feeling "great, another sports bar/lounge/theme restaurant". There's the tvs on the wall, the long bar counter, and the array of trendy minimalistic seating so synonymous with the other west coast casual franchises.

However, things start to change the minute the drinks arrive. Immediately you notice that they actually pour a decent mojito. They don't skimp on the mint or even the rum. The quality is better than other establishments of seemingly similar calibre. Same could be said for the food. The description on the menus don't do the actual dishes any justice. It would seem that they serve the cliche, seared tuna, their take on a gourmet burger and an upscale mac n cheese. But surprisingly, in a good way, this wasn't the case. The burger was juicy, the meat was well seasoned and the yam fries were all crisp. It takes skill to do the simple things correctly and they've definitely accomplished that here. Will be back for some non dine out fare later.

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
As upscale as ramen will get
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2008 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

Best ramen in Vancouver

I eat A LOT of ramen, probably more than I should. There's something about the savoury, slightly fatty tasting soup that makes me want to frequent these small shops a few times a month.

Motomachi is not merely a sister of Kintaro next door, but an improvement of it. By using quality ingredients with proven methods, they have managed to create unique flavours (try the charcoal ramen) unrivaled in Vancouver...so far that is, there is a new place opening up around the corner (I forgot the name).

Downsides to this establishment, very hard and uninviting chairs (step ladders actually) that force you in almost a squatting position and I'm not digging the share table in the middle either. I wouldn't list price as a con (2-3$ more), simply because the better ingredients make up for it.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Top Marks for Originality
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2008 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure if this concept was taken from another part of the world, but in Vancouver it is the most original modification to street food I have enjoyed so far. The dogs are top quality, the service is quick and friendly, they are definitely not stingy with the toppings and you get to people watch while chowing down your dog on the curb in front the Sutton.

I liked my first trip there so much, it became a regular destination in the summer time.

the only problem, it seems to only be open on sunny days :(

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Rare1355 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

Having been to the majority of the fine dining in Vancouver, I can say with some authority and confidence that this establishment is amongst the top when it comes to service. Food and ambiance? Well those things don't quite live up to the idea of being "rare". In fact, they are a bit more common relative to the other purveyors of upscale dinning.

Food: My reason for depriving rare of the fifth star would be difficult to justify at an objective level. Let me give you some insight; when I dine, I focus on trying not to compare dishes in relative terms, but instead in absolute terms. Imagine comparing Da Vinci to Warhol, both great artists (in their respective times), but with completely different perspective when approaching the concept of "art". Therefore I find it unfair to compare one head chef to another. I feel their creations should be an assemblage of flavours unique to their personal style. So why only four stars? When I place an order for a chefs-tasting, I expect the chef to showcase their originality and flare more so than say if I ordered a la carte. While the dishes did demonstrate the chefs ability (best duck in the city) to cook, I felt it lacked in terms of creativity. Having rare ingredients is one thing, but having the ability to match those ingredients to others to create original flavours is what will earn this restaurant the commendation of "Incredible". Technically, everything was cooked to perfection. Nothing was undercooked or overcooked which is why I "only" gave ranked the food as outstanding.

I've used up the quota of max allowable characters, so I'll stop here. And yes, I would recommend rare :)

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Food: Very average, middle of the road sushi rolls and garden variety fusion cuisine. If you've ever been to a non-traditional japanese (or even korean) restaurant, you'll probably have tried similar combinations of ingredients and flavours. The prices are fair for the area and the so are the portions. Take your friends if you want to try lots of dishes because they have a huge menu.

Service: A little disappointing. I find the place to be slightly under-staffed on the weekends which makes it uncomfortable with everyone running around trying to seat new guests and take orders. When they run out of what you ordered they tend to tell you only slightly before the food for the rest of your party arrives...

Ambiance: If you love Astroboy (to almost a kitschy extent) then you'll love this place. I grew up watching the show so the first time I went I was totally amused by all the little figurines and posters. The next few times weren't as fun because it started to seem as if I was sitting in a theme restaurant.

Overall: I'd go back, but there is nothing there that makes it a destination restaurant for me.

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
The plus side, its open 24 hours
Submitted Friday, September 7, 2007 - 1:46am [Dine in]

The first time I went it was a pretty big disappointment so I decided to go back two more times hoping they would vindicate themselves, here's what I found:

Food: I gave it a 3 because I feel that maybe I don't understand vegetarian cuisine. Does a lack of meat have to be positively correlated with a lack of taste? As in, no meat, no spices? I'm exaggerating a little here, but you get the point. The nacho's aren't bad.

Service: Worst service ever. Wait to be seated (not their fault I know), wait (15min) for someone to give us a menu, wait for (20min!) for someone to take our order, and wait another 20min for food to arrive. Thats almost an hour before I actually start eating. Once the food was dropped off, no one bothered to check up on us and once we got the bill no one came to pick up my credit card (I ended up going to the front).

Ambiance: Like an old summer cabin thats lost its rustic charm, only to be face with wobbly tables and chairs that pain me to stay longer (maybe thats how they encourage turnover?). They make up for all of this by having live music on occasion. To be honest, the musics not bad, it helps me ingest the hastily prepared food.

If you have nowhere to go at 3am and you're craving nachos or noodles, there is no better place to go. But during regular hours, your money can be better spent elsewhere.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
Not You'r Average Fish n Chip Hut
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

Food: Like the title states, its nowhere near average relative to the other garden variety fish n chip shops dotted around the lower mainland. It manages to actually be creative with its ingredients. A definite surprise considering everyone else's recipe is just deep fry and serve with a side of tartar. Try the scallop burger, or the any of the daily catch items, they won't disappoint.

Service: You place an order, you get a table and they call out your order. If you've ever been to Starbucks you'll know what to do.

Ambiance: It's mostly outside so go on a nice day. The upside, funky plywood chairs and a view of fishing boats and sea gulls.

Overall: The best fried fish hut in town. Yes, its better than Pajo's ;-)

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Green Lettuce1949 Kingsway, Vancouver
Surprisingly good
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

I wouldn't have heard about this place if someone hadn't of told me about it. It is very easy to pass by such an inconspicuous looking restaurant, especially in that part of town.

Food: Believe them when they say it is spicy. Its not like the kind of mild spice you find in upscale fusion restaurants, but an authentic sweat releasing mayhem you can only find in a traditional home cooked meal. If you're feeling masochistic, feel free to finish the entire plate by yourself, otherwise, share and get LOTS of rice. I don't frequently eat spicy food, so going there was quite refreshing. A different spin on the type of food I've grown accustomed to. Btw, the food portions are quite large (think chinese food).

Service: I got what I wanted when I wanted it, which is a good thing. No complaints here, but also no commendations either for doing anything out of the ordinary.

Ambiance: Typical, but also kind of odd. One would look at some of the decorations and think "why?".

This place gains my recommendation as one of those "dinning in the rough" places where the food is original and ambiance is akin to dinning in someones house. Even if you hate spicy food, go and order something hot. Ask them to start you off with something more moderate to ease you into it.

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Takano Japanese Noodle Cafe3242 Westwood Street, #100, Port Coquitlam
Great Ramen
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

Food: Great stock, excellent portions and nicely prepared. I'm glad there is a place outside of downtown to get some decent ramen.

Service: Nothing to complain about when it comes to service. I get seated right away and my order usually comes with 10min of me ordering. Great service.

Ambiance: Typical ramen house. I'm not complaining or anything, in fact I like it. Nice and simple.

Overall: This is a great place to get a quick bite. Its not very expensive (between $6-$8) so you get a pretty decent meal for the price.

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