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pickyjerkkitsilano vancouverSince January 10, 200867 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)


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Siegel's Bagels1883 Cornwall, Vancouver
Closest approximation to Montreal style Jewish food
Submitted Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 9:21am [Dine in]

I am from the Montreal Jewish community so these kinds of bagels are close to my heart.

The bagels here are the most authentic you can get in Vancouver. They are not perfect but they are definitely the best I've found so far.

Its a bit expensive, especially if you want to buy sandwiches etc. I don't really buy those, I just get the bagels.

The smoked meat is good but its never quite right because they heat it too much before serving it so the texture is compromised.

I would recommend this place but I don't go that often. I'd rather wait until I go back a few times a year to have the real deal.

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Simpatico Ristorante2222 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Update- it totally depends on the day. I wouldn't recommend for anything other than lunch
Submitted Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 12:45am [Dine in]

so the lunch here is like 10 bucks and you get a generous portion - for those of us who like leftovers this, like many greek places, has a lot to offer

Their rice is terrible

Their potatoes are amazing as I mentioned in my previous review

The salad is horrenduos- they keep it cheap by using tons of cucumber and the cheapest shdreeded "feta" ever, and way too much of it. SO salty and not good.

The meat is usually well cooked and marinated

Yeah, go for lunch if you are on fourth and want to leave full.

I won't be paying more than 10$ for the food here again.

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Nuba207B West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Decent place for a decent meal
Submitted Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 12:35am [Dine in]

I like this place - I've tried their chicken dish (I don't know what they call it, its a marinated grilled thigh if I remember correctly) and lamb kofta, as well as their vegetarian lentil dish

The food is nice

You may have guessed that its not "authentic" but its a nice healthier twist on that kind of food

You will enjoy everything on your plate and you will almost definitely clean it - servings are well balanced but don't expect a doggy bag. You will be pleasantly full though.

My 3 star all around rating is mostly due to the fact that theres nothing OUTSTANDING about this place- its just very good. I recommend it.

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Twisted Fork Bistro1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
I will be back again, but not for the Sunday special
Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 7:05am [Dine in]

Like the previous reviewer, I don't recommend the 'specials'.

It looks good and is good value but honestly you can get the same meal at safeway in the frozen section.

I also did try the flank steak dish and it was amazing so I will definitely be back for their regular menu and may also like to go for their cheap mussels.

Good staff, nice space, affordable wines

But again, if you are thinking of going for the sunday special i recommend that you skip it- the ribs are and mash are seriously dry and again, u can get those at safeway for cheaper

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Bistrot Bistro1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Good value; exceptional service; good ambiance; OK food
Submitted Friday, April 23, 2010 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

I went with two others, we tried the rabbit, the filet mignon, the lamb shank, and the charcuterie platter, as well as the potato and brussels sprout side dishes.

I DO NOT recommend the charcuterie platter, the liver terrine was straight up awful, terribly disappointing. The rest of the platter was ok but you could definitely do better. Too bad because the ingredients were quality and the presentation was lovely.

The rabbit was insipid. Tasted like boiled chicken.

The filet was probably the best dish. Great big piece of meat with good sauce.

The lamb shank tasted like a standard lamb shank, the seasonings were really really mild and almost non-existent.

The side dishes were great.

In summary, this is a good place for a decent sized chunk of good protein for a reasonable price.

I would probably go again and try different things.

Really the food is just not very flavorful or complex - at least not the three meat dishes we had.

The prix fixe deal is worth checking out so I will do that since its right around the corner.

If you are looking to be blown away by excellent french cuisine, go elsewhere. If you want a sort of comfort food meal for a decent price in a really well-run establishment then go here.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Really excellent food, skilled and efficient servers, good value, but yes, you gotta wait.
Submitted Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 12:09am [Dine in]

The food here is terrific

There is a reason why people line up for it (other than sheepish conformism)

The quality is that of a high end place but for regular prices

The servers are grown up, professional, hardcore, and serious.

The place has a good vibe minus the massive lines

its totally worth going but it probably won't become your go-to sushi joint because the lines are long.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
A nice place for a flavourful meal
Submitted Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

Went there with a large party and they were able to accommodate very comfortably on short notice.

I tasted a few of the dishes around the table:

Green bean dishes (two different ones that taste the same and are AMAZING)
Tiger prawns (pretty good but not mind blowing)
Rice noodles with seafood (great)
Roti appetizer (GREAT)
Calamari (really good one, we've all tried tons!)
salad (skip it)

Everyone around the table seemed really happy with their food.

They are also a bit stingy on the shrimp so do keep that in mind if you are hoping to order that as your main dish, esp if you are going to share.

Overall I really enjoyed the place and recommend it if you're looking for something different and lots of flavor (and salt)

If you are a Malaysian food snob, well, I am not sure if this will be up to snuff but its pretty good for the rest of us!

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Expected so-so food and got it. Not bad. Cheapish. Good ambiance.
Submitted Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

For a restaurant that tries to keep dishes affordable this place does an ok job.

Lets get real: you can make a lot of profit off of mediocre pizza and pasta. Flour is cheap.

They treat the place as though it is fancier than it is which is possibly part of why it is so popular. Thats not a bad thing. They have a dress code.

Got the chickpea "bruscetta" and it was pretty crappy. Definitely.

Also got a cheese pizza that was pretty sloppy and tasted like I coulda made it at home. I much prefer the pizza at rocky mountain or Nat's etc.

My friend got the kobe lasagna which looked good and she said she liked it.

All in all its not a bad place to go have some drinks and some cheap(ish) ok food. I wasn't expecting much from a dressed up chain restaurant and so wasn't terribly disappointed- though I think the pizza could have been a lot better.

It's popularity is owed to its ambiance and affordability, not to its outstanding food quality.

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Dae Bak Bon Ga1947 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
A good choice on 4th Ave
Submitted Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

This is the second location of this Korean BBQ restaurant.

I have not been to the other one, nor am I an expert in Korean cuisine.

I tried one of their lunch specials and, for 9.95, had a good meal of marinated beef stirfry, rice, soy bean paste soup, four pickled side dishes, and a complementary appetizer (sort of like two amuse bouches).

The food was very good and the value was outstanding.

The prices seem quite reasonable. The service was good, albeit somewhat slow.

I recommend this as a good place to enjoy a good meal on 4th ave.

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Sushi Bar1822 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
A good honest sushi joint
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

I have tried all of the sushi places in that part of fourth. This one has the best quality and is nice, simple, clean, and laid back. They serve brown or white rice sushi at the same cost, have a cheap special daily (usually fried stuff and low on raw fish), and serve wild salmon.

Kishu star close by has a cheap after 7 menu, but its limited and the quality isn't as good. For good sushi on fourth, particularly before 7, go here absolutely.

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Royal Restaurant1855 Burrard, Unit 1, Vancouver
Pho/Vietnamese in Kits? Finally? That's right.
Submitted Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

I was so happy to stumble upon this place the other day.

It opened less than a month ago.

Its a pretty basic pho place with good prices and good service.

the Pho (haven't tried anything else) is very very very good! Not fatty, good broth, generous portion of meat.

They have one size (large) which is $6.50. Their salad roles are 2 for $3.99 for people who like those.

There are (as far as I know) not other vietnamese places in Kitsilano and this place is a much welcome addition!

Support these guys instead of going a few blocks away and blowing money at noodle box.

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O Thai Cuisine Restaurant1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 4:03am [Dine in]

This place has reduced its menu and executes the few dishes it now cooks rather poorly.

chicken curry- fine, but for 16 bucks, you are gonna need more than a chicken leg and sauce.

duck - an absolute piece of __________. Total crap; do not get it; gringo-out and go for the pad thai. You could kill a pigeon and deep fry it and it would taste better than that ________.

chicken stir fry- whatever.

salmon - salty rip-off.

in short, the service is good, as well it should be with only 2 tables in the whole place with customers. Food is crap, so if you go, go for a special if the have one or go for the pad thai.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Definitely worth trying.
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

For those of us who love a good hot dog now and then, this place is worth walking the extra few blocks to try when you're in the downtown area.

I have tried the miso mayo, its pretty good.

It consists of miso sauce and mayo with radish sprouts on a simple turkey smokie.

Their teriaky sauce- mayo- nori strip hot dog is also popular.

Try it sometime for a change from the usual condiments. Its interesting and you're unlikely to be disappointed.

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Tatlows Broiler Bar2741 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Good pub food, reasonable drink prices
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

Until 1 a.m, tatlows is a good alternative to the Naam for the carnivorous diner.

The menu is massive, I will agree with one of the previous postings. I don't see the need to be everything to everyone. A jack of all trades is a master of none.

The burgers are actually a bit pricey.

The lamb burger was a bit overly salty due to a slab of feta, as well as salty tzaziki- you need to be able to taste that its lamb,and you couldn't really.

AAA New York strip, I mean, for 10$, it wasn't bad. But the quality of the meat was dubious, a bit tough and fatty, maybe it needed to be tenderized more.

The person I was with enjoyed their grilled salmon, I found it dry.

Try this place out, the quality is decent, not perfect.

Pints on special are around 3.50, so thats good.

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Hapa Izakaya1516 Yew St, Vancouver
Great food and atmosphere
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 8:03pm [Dine in]

Went here last night and tried quite a few dishes.


1- Salmon carpaccio. Absolutely amazing.

2- Salmon and avo salad, believe it or not. Very fresh and flavourful.

3- soft shell crab

4- plum sorbet (especially the roasted nuts on the side, so simple but remarkably delicious).

The seared toro was mediocre, and the mackerel sashimi (seared also) was not very exciting.

Wonderful meal, and, considering the number of drinks/dishes we ordered, the bill wasn't a total nightmare.

highly recommended.

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Addis Cafe Ethiopian Restaurant2017 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Appears to have gone downhill, unfortunately.
Submitted Friday, April 25, 2008 - 1:53am [Dine in]

This was my favourite place on the drive for ethiopian, and I always enjoyed it.

However, today, I went and was very, very disappointed.
My meat was clearly cooked a while back, and was hard, overcooked, and was obviously taken from the fridge and put in the microwave

so was everything else on the plate.

The food wasn't terrible, but not the high quality I remembered. I will need to find a new place, I am sure there are many

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
A good restaurant with interesting cocktails.
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 3:16am [Dine in]

This is a pretty nice place.

The loudness of their greetings and goodbyes can get irritating, at least for some.

The food: some dishes are really great, others are very mediocre. Focus on the proteins and less on the starches for sure. Their rice dishes are not great, the pot pie is mediocre, and pretty much so are their noodles.

The tuna steak was deliciously seasoned and well cooked. Their fish dishes are pretty good too. The lamburger is nice too.

Fried brie is good.

green tea mojito is also good there.

salad can be quite greasy, and they sure do love the mayo

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Connie's Cookhouse2135 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
A great place to eat on 4th
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

Connie's is a really nice place to have a meal, and is very affordable.

The lunch specials are an absolute steal! for 6.50 you get a very generous serving of one of the probably 2 dozen choices and a soup. You will leave satisfied. The food is not as greasy as other places. DO NOT miss the wonton soup here, it is well above average! the wontons are so soft and tasty, and the broth actually tastes like something.

I also enjoyed the eggplant dish, and they cook vegetables very well- not too much, not too little.

Connie is so friendly and helpful, and is always accommodating to special requests and preferences, and is honest about the food (this is more greasy, this takes a long time, we ran out and substituted but gave you a discount, etc).

Go here! you will enjoy the friendly bright decor too

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
Very good Mandarin cooking.
Submitted Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

I really enjoy this place.

Whenever I have a hankering for something greasy (Chinese) this place is at the top of my list. Its near Sha Lin but is much more flavorful.

I have tried their Schezuan beef noodle soup, which for beef noodle lovers, is another great one to ad to the repertoire different kinds from different countries/areas. The beef tasted incredible, the the noodles were fresh and delicious. There were also some leafy vegetables, which were nice. GREAT dish, ideal for sharing because its huge.

I also got the beef roll, which was fine but I am not crazy for it. I would sooner go for their xiaolongbao, juicy soup dumplings.

This place is very affordable too! two can be stuffed for less than 20$

highly recommended.

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
An enjoyable meal at a higher price
Submitted Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

I enjoyed my experience at Gastropod.

The food was very good, high quality ingredients and they make a real effort to please.

My amuse was a was a carrot soup with a lavender foam and shallot crisps with vanilla, it was wonderful.

The trio of duck was pretty good, followed by a duck course for me and the beef for my partner.
The meat in my duck dish was cooked perfectly but the sides were lacking.

The beef was delicious and the sides as well, I much better dish.

The portions for the main courses were very small!

A nice dining experience, the food is very nice.

The price is a bit high and I will be able to tell if the place should be chosen over its neighbors when I try them out.

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