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pachowhiVancouverSince March 13, 200713 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


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La Grotta Del Formaggio1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Ditto, ditto, ditto - love the sandwiches, but no room to eat 'in'
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

Reviewers on dinehere are usually pretty consistent with one another when it comes to any particular restaurant - I would pay attention when so many people say the same thing.

This place IS great for sandwiches - esp. paninis. I love the grilled veggies and I won't say more b/c it's all been said. Grad a sandwich & grad cheese, but grab it to go, b/c it's not really set up for alot of eating in. The line ups can also get a bit long here and the service is just okay - getting a sandwich can take awhile.

This is not SUBWAY or Quiznos, this is SOOOOOOO, so, SO, much BETTER!

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Cafe du Soleil1393 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great place for families, great place for breakfast
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

I love this place - I hope I've got the right Cafe du Soleil (as there's also Cafe Deux Soleil or something like that, on the drive).

This is a terrific place for breakfast. They have a play area for kids and a great selection of vegetarian breakfasts. Everything tastes fresh here and I really like it whenever they are baking!

It's a terrible trick, but they bake these magnificent muffins and leave them on the counter by the cash register to cool... ; ) I always end up buying extra muffins to take home when they do this - they smell so good that I can't walk away and I end up giving them as gifts!

I usually come here to meet friends for breakfast. The staff are warm and laid back, and I love the coffee, teas, and yerba (I believe) they serve. The only point of criticism I have is that the benches in the booths are a bit uncomfortable, too stiff.

All is else is great!

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Havana Restaurant1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
I'm not sure what I keep going back?
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

Rating this restaurant made me wonder why I keep going back.

The food never seems to live up to what I anticipate it to be on the menu. It's not terrible, not great, it's just decent. I think they have a flavouring issue here. All of the menu items read as if they are better, the menu is quite inticing. When the food finally arrives, however, it is like others have said, kinda blah. Not yucky, just no flavour sensation.

The service is not terrible nor great either. Everyone's playing up the cool thing, but they don't seem to realize that being warm and smiling more often doesn't compromise 'coolness'.

What I like about this place is the set up and the vibe and I guess I keep hoping that something will actually taste as good as it sounds on the menu (because everything sounds great). The gallery in the back - I love it, and I love supporting local art. And, oh yeah, the garlic toast is very good. I also like going for a drink and having a little snack here late at night. Come to think of it, I often end up here because nothing else is open (I seem to either come on the late or early side). Breakfasts are also disappointing. Maybe I come because I love black beans so much? Ha!

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Iki Japanese Restaurant2756 W Broadway, Vancouver
Better than most, but not best
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

Okay all you reviewers. I went to this place because of you.

We took 5 adults and 2 kids to this restaurant a week ago due to the good reviews. This is not the best sushi in town, but it is better than most.

We ordered alot of items (bill came in at $200), but nothing stood out in mind. The oysters (3 on half-shell) were a disappointment (sauce was incompatible with raw oysters) but the Tuna Carpacio was decent. I've had alot of sushi in my life and there are some innovative items here. I disagree with anyone that calls this real sushi - if you mean authentic sushi by Japanese standards, this is NOT it. This is still Western style sushi, California inspired with alot of innovative rolls (alot like the rolls on the Eatery menu, but they taste much, much, better - i.e. with Philly Cheese, deep fried this or that - trust me this is not authentic! - but it's yummy nonetheless).

The fish is pretty fresh. There's lots to choose from on the menu. The bathrooms are interesting and the decor is fun. BUT, and here it is, the food (and service) is much too slow, and the prices aren't great - not totally out of the ballpark, but not great value (i.e. they wanted $15 for wild salmon carpaccio).

So there it is, it's a good little place on the Westside but not something to rave about.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Happy with Hapa - best Izakaya in town!
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

I love Hapa Izakaya. I've been here over half-a-dozen times and I love it. I can understand that the Izakaya may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's definately mine!

I agree with other reviewers:

Yes, it's youthful
Yes, the service is inconsistent (but my experience has been positive overall)

The place is modern and hip and just alot of fun.

The food is FANTASTIC - I love the cold tofu salad, and the Salmon Roe/Kimchi Udon is my favorite!!!! The deep fried prawns and the all their tuna sashimis was gobbled down with glee by all my friends on my last visit here. And everyone I've ever taken has found the food delicious and the place exciting. I haven't been disappointed by a single menu item I ever ordered here.

That said, I had some older family friends visit a week ago and I didn't take them here. Nor have I ever taken my 2 preschoolers here. I think that the very young and old set might find it a bit loud, dark, and overstimulating here. But this is an Izakaya, read up on wikipedia if you haven't been to one. And I think Hapa is the best one in town!

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Great place for food and drinks
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

I've heard lots about Guu since moving back to Vancouver last year and I finally tried it on the weekend. The one on Thurlow is open late and has your typical Vancouver izakaya groove and fare, which my partner and I LOVE. It's lots of fun, a great place to have a few drinks and order lots of different items (think tapas size) with your friends or as a couple.
The atmosphere, like other Izakaya's, is very social. This is a hang-out spot. And the food is fresh, fun, and tasty.

I found good to be a pretty relaxed, funky and down-to-earth sort of place with very reasonable prices and good food. Service was good - not great - but definately solid.

Guu is a happening spot and I would definately go back.

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Mui Garden Restaurant4327 North Road, Burnaby
It is what it is...
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

I'm a regular here because it's close, the food is decent, they know us, and the price is right.

That being said, I can understand the comments on service (which is why I gave it a 3 instead of more), I think that one of the waitresses is really tired of her job, but I must say that we consistently receive EXCELLENT service here. There are a number of servers who are just outstanding, always on top of filling up the tea, bring you what you ask for promptly, and generally attentive, but 1 or 2 seem overworked and tired of being there.

The curry is awesome, awesome, awesome. The Ong Choy (sometimes called marigold in English, but usually not listed on the menu as it is one of those seasonal items) is simply done to perfection when you order it with fu yu (a type of fermented bean sauce) and chili.

I've tried alot of items on the menu and it's all pretty good for this type of fair. Don't expect words like decor, ambience, and dining experience to mean the same thing here as you might expect elsewhere (ie finer dining). This is essentially a restaurant that sits on the border of Chinese Canadian and Hong Kong fare (yes, they say Hong Kong style, so there are live prawns, crab, fish, and slow boiled soup and the like, but the menu is also really tailored to longstanding perceptions of what Canadians expect out of Chinese food, so you'll also find all of your sweet and sour and lemon chicken items as well).

Not out of this world, but I keep coming back when I'd rather not cook because it's so solid, local, and affordable (and no one bats an eye at noisy kids here ; ) )

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Cco Cco Chicken2055 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Good but slow
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 11:48am [Dine in]

I agree with others, this is a decent mom & pop operation and it's different from your usual Korean restaurant in Vancouver.

We had the whole chicken soup dish ($21), spicy pork with rice ($8.95), and chap jae ($11?). I also agree that the portions are not big enough, but I must say that the chap jae (sorry, probably misspelling here) was excellent and my little boy LOVE the spicy pork (both portions were too small). I would not order the soup again though, it was too rich for us.

My biggest concern with this restaurant, and what might just prevent me from coming again, is that it is very, very, slow. Others in the restaurant were complaining to the owner about the speed - I think the young woman next to us waited between 20-30 minutes for her food.

Try it if you have the time. It's clean. It's local. And the food is quite delicious.

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Goldfish Pacific Kitchen1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
I would call it 'overrated' except no-one seems to be rating this highly....
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 11:31am [Dine in]

Give me a break, Vancouverites are more food savvy than this.

Goldfish comes in at a price point that can only be justified by good food. We tried this place on our anniversary and left after our appetizers. Don't get me wrong, the decor is modern and both the Mayor of Vancouver and Isaiah Washington were eating here when we went on Sunday, so there's clearly some 'buzz' around Goldfish, but my advice is stay away.

The word 'snowed' occured to my companion and I as I was served up a way too pulpy cran/blueberry martini and a prawn cocktail made up of 5 or 6 small, shriveled up (aka overcooked) things that wouldn't even meet Costco's standards. We also had the scallops, which were cooked but not flavoured properly. That is, they were crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside, but the sauce was so BLAND that my palate cannot - honestly - recall any taste!

We had also ordered a host of other things, including the chili crab (at $59) and halibut ($26) , which I was really excited about, a fish dish, a few sides like asparagus, rice, and mushrooms (since everything comes a la carte) and alot of alcohol (you should know that the wine list is very poor, it's not only limited but doesn't contain better selections - more like a wine list suited to a Milestones or Earls calibre and even that's arguable).

The appies were such a disappointment that we canceled the rest of the order, paid, and went somewhere else! Don't get me wrong, we weren't unhappy or angry with this experience (as our waitress was warm and friendly), just hugely disappointed and unwilling to shell out more for such poor quality. I can see what others are saying about the service though, the hostessing was pretentious and one of the managers (I think) we came to speak of us was as well.

I love dining out (do so alot) and I love great food, excellent service, and a cool ambience - Goldfish just doesn't have it.

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Take Sushi4528 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Best Sushi in North Burnaby
Submitted Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

I'm reluctant to share, but here it is: Take Sushi is the best sushi restaurant in North Burnaby.

This little gem of a restaurant opened in the Summer (?) of 2006 at about the same time as I moved to this area of town. We have been dining here ever since it opened and let me tell you, the food is very good here. There are some innovative items on the menu like Mango Paradise and a Pacific Roll which are both very tasty. The food and fish are consistently fresh, which is unusual for a restaurant of this size since it probably doesn't do as much volume as other larger places. The prices are very reasonable and the hot foods (beef teriyaki, tempura, etc.) are also good, beef's always done to perfection, not too chewy or salty and the tempura's always perfectly crispy and not dark (in other words they probably change the oil on time here).

The place is VERY clean, but the decor is not anything to write home about. But I am okay with that as the place seems to be a labour of love for the young sushi chef and his fiance who you will meet if you go here because he makes the effort of connecting with his customers. I have fairly high standards when it comes to sushi and I can say that this place exceeds my expectations for something in this price range.

Try it and tell me what you think!

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Fish On Rice4361 Kingsway, #201, Burnaby
You can do alot better!
Submitted Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

I have no idea why anyone would give a place like this a second try when they live in Greater Vancouver. There are SO many good sushi restaurants here and this is not one of them!

The sushi is not very fresh (the california rolls were big - which is not usually a positive indicator in my book as it usually signifies to much rice - and okay tasting, but the scallops were not fresh), the edamame was overcooked and oversalted. And the worst thing was the udon - we had to send it back because the pork was bad (was overbearingly gamey). My husband thought this place was okay. i thought it was poor. Neither of us will be going back.

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Cafe Classico4263 East Hastings Street, Burnaby
Classico or Anachronistic?
Submitted Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

I really wanted to love this cafe, but I didn't.

I consider myself a coffee lover and the coffee here is not the best in Burnaby Heights (the Euro Cafe a few blocks west is much better). I ordered a semi-dry cappuccino and got what was essentially a very weak latte - too much milk, too little espresso.

I am biased towards Italian cafes as I they tend to make better coffees than ANY of the chains - they know the important of a good bean and honour the practice of espresso making and in doing so bring out the best (no bitter, burnt or 'flavored' coffee for me please).

While this place did not burn my coffee, they did not get the proportions right either. They also do not have any soy milk here (which is so behind the times for Vancouver!).

Although I tried their cookies (okay, not anything special), I did not eat here. I just moved to the area and have been testing out the cafes on Hastings. This place gets busy on the weekends and is full of locals who seems to really enjoy the sandwiches - perhaps, I should try these instead? I would love to support this cafe over Starbucks, but in all honesty, I don't look forward to another visit here. I think I'd rather go the extra blocks to the Euro cafe as they do up an excellent espresso and usually have a wonderful assortment of salads (eggplant, roasted peppers, etc). as well!

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Can't beat it! Ideal place to eat for environmentally & health conscious families
Submitted Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

Do you want to sit down to a nice glass of wine or cold beer and great food, while your kids play away for longer than you could ever imagine in a restaurant??? Adults get a chance to talk over a drink, and kids get to play here! The food is extraordinary! I've eaten here twice, once for a business lunch and last night for dinner with friends. Yes, it is a bit pricey but I think that the prices are justified by the fact that they incorporate a wide range of organic ingredients AND they show a high level of committment to local suppliers (this is highlighted with photographs and snippets that are displayed on the walls throughout the restaurant and washrooms). This restaurant offers enough extras to keep me coming back. Both families agreed that they offer the best fudge brownies we ever tasted and that the tomato sauce is -honestly - out of this world (incredibly fresh tasting, flavoured to perfection, with a little zing). The pasta is also phenomenal (we had two of the specials a vegetarian curry lasagne and a red pepper fettucini with organic chicken, artichokes, mushrooms and a basil cream sauce. The service was fine, not stellar nor shabby - we had a new waitress who was very friendly but still learning the ropes, so perhaps the restaurant is trying to improve the service? Our children LOVED playing with the wide assortment of toys and being led to the kitchen to make their own pizzas.

To sum up: we had a good bottle of pinot noir, one adult pizza, three orders of pasta, four desserts, three childrens' pizzas, coffee, bottled water, one meal sized gourmet salad, one small sized gourmet salad, two sized of pesto prawns, a server who took our kids to the kitchen to wash their hands, and make their pizzas, ORGANIC, SUSTAINABLE foods and practices, and a play area outfitted with a wide array of toys for $199 (tax incl.).

Let's get realistic - can you get all of this anywhere else?

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