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Rick89GTSVancouver AreaSince March 15, 20097 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Donair Spot8616 Granville Street, Vancouver
Excellent Chicken Shawarma
Submitted Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 11:43pm [Dine in]

I've been coming to this little hole-in-the-wall restaurant for years - I don't mean any disrespect by calling it a hole-in-the-wall - I love this place. It's small, not much for decor, but all they do is make great chicken shawarmas. As in my other reviews, decor doesn't really matter to me as long as the food is good, and it certainly is here.

The guys are usually friendly and service is good. Often times it's just one guy working, so if it's busy, you may need to wait a few minutes. No big deal.

I always get the chicken shawarma, it's about $7; not cheap, but not overly pricey either. It's fair, especially considering the amount of chicken they put in that thing. The flavour is great, and they make it how you want it. I always get humus on it. they don;t skimp, and you get a lot of food, very filling. Delicious!

I've been coming here for about 8 years now. One of these days I'll try the other menu items, but for now, I definitely recommend the chicken shawarma - it's very tasty and filling. Minimal decor, but good place, good food, decent value.

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Jethro's Fine Grub3420 Dunbar, Vancouver
Not going back to Jethro's
Submitted Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

The girlfriend and I decided to check out Jethro's after seeing some decent reviews and hearing it was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, so there as a line-up and wait time up roughly 30 minutes. No problem, as we weren't in a hurry to go anywhere and figured it'd be worth the wait. The wait is understandable; this place is small, with about only 8 tables and was quite busy.

After we got seated, we found the music to be too loud and abrasive. Decor is minimal with mostly white and gray paint, which is fine with me as I'm not too worried about ambiance as long as the food is good. The place is pretty clean.

Waitress was nice and came over quickly to take our orders promptly. We ordered chicken fried steak with 2 eggs and pulled pork sandwich with salad.

The kitchen service was very slow - it took another 30 minutes for our orders to come out. How how long does it take to deep fry a steak and put some puled pork on a bun?! The chicken fried steak looked good - it's a large piece. However, it had no flavour and was bland. The eggs were fine (over-easy) with great, deep orange-coloured yolks, but really, how hard is it to make eggs?! The hashbrowns were quite good through. The white gravy was peppery, but again, short on flavour.

Girlfriend's pulled pork was lacking flavour as well. She though most of the flavour came for the off-the-shelf bottled BBQ sauce. Her salad was nothing more than greens from box of store-bough pre-mix salad. I tried a few bites and found it to be average. Memphis Blues has a better and much tastier pulled pork sandwich.

I didn't finish my meal, which is rare. I'll usually eat everything on my plate but we really just wanted to get out of there by this point.

Overall, the prices are reasonable, but the food quality - specifically flavour, was lacking for what we ordered.
Service was ok, the waitress was pleasant with the only flaw was that she did not come back to check on us after our orders arrived.

I can see why some people like this place, it's kinda funky, decent sized portions at relatively reasonable prices. However, the acid test for me is: Would I come back to eat here again? The answer for us is NO. So I can't recommend this place.

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Ken's Chinese Restaurant1097 Kingsway, Vancouver
Best Bang for your Buck
Submitted Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 11:04am [Dine in]

This place is one of the best kept secrets for Chinese food in Vancouver. Good food value and very tasty dishes. If you go there in a group, there are combo dinners that can't be beat. One thing I've found is that the food is more consistent during the evening shift after 6pm. The three or four times I've gone during the day, I found it to be hit and miss. Once I had to send something back and learned that the day chef was in training. The experienced chefs seem to be on the evening shifts.

The menu is almost too huge and has a section with an odd variety of things I think are designed for western palates. Most of the more authentic Chinese dishes are very good and I usually order (and recommend) the following: wonton soup, hot & sour soup, beef chow fun, sweet & sour pork, gai-lan, spicy dry squid, seafood chow-mein, beef & broccoli chow-mein, clams in black bean sauce. I've found these dishes to be consistently good. Oh yes, the dry spicy crab is delicious, even though Ken's is famous for his golden crab special.

Decor is casual and basic, no frills and that's fine with me. The staff is friendly and business-like; they do their best during busy times running around with steaming plates of delicious food. Great food that I could eat daily and best bang for your buck for casual Chinese dining.

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Overpriced for average food
Submitted Friday, March 26, 2010 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

Not recommended.
Made reservations for a party of four on a Friday night at 6:00 pm at Cipriano’s. The place is very small and rather unimpressive. Rather than homey, it’s just old and run-down looking. We were seated at a somewhat cramped table against a protruding wall pillar even though the restaurant was over half empty at that time. The décor consisted of mainly red and green paint over rustic white walls and some assorted old photos of the “Rat Pack”: Sinatra, Sammy, Dean and the like.

Three of our group ordered the “Feast” which at $25 per person gives you an appetizer, salad, entrée and desert; I had bruschetta, Caesar salad, veal parmigiana (served with marinara and penne) and ice cream. Sounds like a good deal, right? Well, read on. The fourth member of our group ordered a simple linguine dish, which consisted of marinara sauce and Italian sausage for $18.95 - pretty steep.

The food is poor to average and quite unremarkable. One of us ordered the garlic bread, which along with the bruschetta was fresh and flavourful. However, I found the main entrees plain and utterly forgettable. The veal cutlet itself was tasteless, even though it was covered with marinara sauce and cheese. The penne and sauce was bland – I make better pasta at home. I sampled the linguine dish and was also disappointed by its blandness.

On an up note, the service was swift and attentive and they cleared away dirty plates in a timely fashion and replaced our cutlery when needed.

Poor food value and I agree with the reviewer who felt they were 30-40% overpriced – he hit it right on the head. I don’t mind paying if the pasta is excellent but this is a rip-off for crappy pasta. Sure the portions are large but who cares if it’s tasteless. I do not recommend this place to anyone and will tell people to stay clear. I will never come back. We finished dinner at 7:20 pm and the place was even emptier than when we came in. Maybe those people know to stay away from this place. Definitely not recommended!

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Martini's Restaurant151 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good Calamari and Pizza
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2009 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

Known for their whole wheat pizzas, Martini's also serves some of the best calamari around. I recommend the Calmari for One; it will easily serve two or even three people as an appetizer. It's deep fried but relatively non-greasy and comes garnished with red onions and the standard tzaziki sauce. It's not fancy, but then again it's not like some other trendy places that will serve you six pieces of greasy squid, all symmetrically arranged on a fancy rectangular
plate for $14. Martini's gives you a generous amount of squid for a very reasonable price of $9.

I usually order one of their fabulous whole wheat pizzas and they are consistently good. The veggie special is a favourite, as is the Canadian bacon, mushrooms and black olives.

The prices have crept up a bit over the years but it's still excellent dining value. The decor has a warm, rustic appeal with exposed wood beams, brick and concrete. It is dimly lit, as others have commented on but this has never bothered me. It's not so dark that you can't see what you're eating - that's a bit of exaggeration. Service is normally quick and efficient. Only once or twice have I encountered a sarcastic or blase waiter.

I look over the menu but virtually always end up ordering the calamari and pizza and my review and scores reflect this.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1465 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Memphis Blues BBQ - Broadway
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2009 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Memphis Blues on Broadway.
Been here twice now and had two slightly different experiences, none that I would say was poor though.

First time there it was pretty empty, so no waiting for a table which was good. We ordered the pork brisket and pulled pork and rib dinners. Food was tasty if a bit rich but hey, this is BBQ after all. The portions were a little on the small side, not what I expected for southern BBQ. It was about 8:00 pm, so maybe they were winding it down for the evening because it was slow, I don't know.

Second trip there it was very busy and we had to wait for about 12 minutes to get a table, still not too bad. It was early, about 6:00pm and this time, the portions were huge. We could have easily ordered just one entree and split it, like the couple next to us did. As it was, we each had a light meal or snack for the next day. Bonus.

Self-serve for most of the stuff which is fine with me. You even pack up the doggy-bag yourself. Prices are fairly reasonable, tending slightly to the high side. The food is rich, tasty and heavy - it's obviously a lot of meat. I haven't ordered the brisket again as I found it a bit tough. Mine didn't contain much sinew and/or connective tissue, so it was inherently drier and therefore harder in texture. It required more chewing - I much prefer the pulled pork, it's soft and delicious and I would recommend that instead.

The restaurant is small and the decor is nostalgic and casual. As as long as a restaurant is not dirty or a total dive, I'm cool with whatever theme. Often you will have a small line-up of hungry customers waiting to be seated. Not a place I can go to every week, more like once every 6 months or so, but definitely a place I will come back to when I get a craving for Southern-style BBQ.

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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips66 10th St, #130, New Westminster
Cockney Kings Fish & Chips - New West
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2009 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

I have been going regularly to the Cockney King for years and had been bragging about how good it was. Finally went to the New Westminster location this week with a group of five and we all ordered the All You Can Eat (AYCE) fish and chips.

Unfortunately, I gotta agree with Newestguy and Vanichow; the AYCE F & C appears to be NOT Cod, but something else now. Is it Basa fish? Who knows, but the texture and taste sure doesn't appear to be Cod. Cod has a firmer flesh and tends to flake off in shingle-like fashion. The Basa (or whatever it is) is mushier in texture and finer in grain, more similar to Tilapia.

I've been there many times before and even noticed the sign has changed. It used to read "all you can eat COD and chips", now it's "all you can eat fish and chips". I asked someone there if they had switched from Cod to Basa and he said flatly, "no, we've been using Cod ever since we started".

It's not necessarily bad fish mind you, maybe just not what I'm used to from this establishment and thus a little disappointing. Maybe they've spoiled me a bit. Most people probably wouldn't even notice and for $9.50 with a bottomless pop, it's still a very good deal.

I'm happy to say, however, the main menu still has cod and halibut and that is up to its usual good quality. I will return for those items, but less so for the AYCE special fish and chips.

In summary, the NW location is a great place for F & C if you stick with the regular menu Halibut & Chips or Cod & Chips. Still good for the AYCE special F & C, if you're not too particular about Basa or Cod.

Some have mentioned that the Hastings Street location still uses cod for the AYCE special, so I plan to visit them shortly to confirm this.
I will report back!

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