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sometimecookVancouverSince February 25, 20076 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)


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Cheesecake Etc.2141 Granville, Vancouver
Atmospheric and tasty
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

Like being in the art bar in Florence, this place makes a few things from scratch and makes them well. Plain or chocolate cheesecake with strawberry preserves that still have firm tasty strawberries inside, french bread with butter and the yummy preserves, a tasty walnut raisin cake that is FULL of walnuts and raisins and not too sweet. I've never seen my family inhale cheesecake so fast - it's not too heavy, and not wierd, foamy, gummy or stretchy like so many lighter cheesecakes. The vanilla is not overpowering, the cheese not salty - yum!

Service was fast and friendly every time I've been there. The walnut cake seems fine for the lactose intolerant - guess they use oil and not butter, but it still tastes great.

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Elizabeth's Hungarian Bakery1303 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Hidden gem
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

This little hole in the wall with almost no seating has great baked goods and excellent homemade sandwiches for extremely reasonable prices. We order the mini-cream puffs/profiteroles for parties because they contain real whipping cream, not too sweet, and are a great deal at 3 for a dollar. Just like a fine pastry shop without the hit or miss nature of Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts's student creations that are sometimes fancy looking but not great tasting - all the cornish pasties at Elizabeth bakery are great too - the stew isn't greasy and contains veggies, and the cornish pasty is incredibly filling! Veggies on the bunwiches are always fresh and crispy, and the buns are fresh too.

Apple slices, pecan pies and rumballs are great here too, but my favourites are the mini creampuffs and sandwiches - a great little lunch at the park or walking in the rain.

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All India Sweets & Restaurant6507 Main Street, Vancouver
Great on a study night
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Well, the price has gone up by $1.50 since I first visited in 1997, but I think that $8 for all you can eat is a good deal. Dinner includes spiced yogurt raita, fruit and salad bar, rice or naan, a choice of 6 types of vegetarian curry, none of which is especially spicy, but some of the chutneys make up for that... Fresh naan without much butter - the rice is always a little more buttery than I like - and a great gulab jamun (like cheesecake soaked in honey syrup) or sweet rice dessert. The buffet items are never dry on top, and are always hot, refilled frequently at this busy place. I wish things were less oily, but that is inconsistent.

We think the videos are fun to watch, and add to the ambiance. This is a regular family restaurant, not a fine dining place, but the sweets and samosa or cheese patty takeout are great, and the buffet is good value. We've never actually ordered from the menu, and so the service on the self-serve buffet has always been great! The waiters are regularly polite, and I don't really demand much of a waiter. All they do for me here is seat me and bring the bill.

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Fassil Ethiopian Restaurant736 East Broadway, Unit 5, Vancouver
Our favourite restaurant
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

We've tried several other Ethiopian restaurants after Fassil because they had been well-reviewed and Fassil seemed like a bit of a hole in the wall. None of the others measured up in terms of spicing, flavour, low oil, friendly service, and made to order. The lady cooking and working the tables at Fassil seems to make all the meat dishes from scratch after you order them, so this is not fast food, but is always served hot and fresh. The injera bread is the only exception - like a giant thin sourdough crumpet, but delicious and soaks up the sauce from the various stews served on it wonderfully. Some of the stews are extremely spicy, but you can order around it. There are never leftovers when we bring people here, vegetarian or non. Only one person has been uncomfortable with eating with their hands.

We have been back here many times, with family from out of town, my book club, and local friends. Once when we ordered a round of coffee for our table of 6 and the restaurant wasn't busy (rare), the owner who has explained the ingredients of her dishes to us (and who's english has improved enough over the last 3 years to do so!) made us coffee from scratch, roasting the beans, pounding them in a pestle and serving it in a little clay pot. It was really excellent, like espresso and so fragrant.

The prices here are extremely reasonable, and the decor (paintings of ethiopian historic buildings and landscapes, with authentic enamel pans and basketry, tablecloths covered in glass) is nice. Too bad they put in a tv, but this place serves all kinds. Service can be very slow when the lady serves and cooks, but the food is worth it.

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Budgies Burritos44 Kingsway, Vancouver
Tasty, healthy, filling, and cheap
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

I wish they had more types of veggies available to flavour the burritos, but the Mr Jones is tasty at $5.50, and if you can't handle lactose they will switch your cheese and sourcream for guacamole or extra salsa!

So many vegetarian options... All full of protein and tasty! where else can you have lunch and a snack or a giant lunch for $7 including tax?

The two girls working behind the counter did wear gloves and had hair tied back and clean aprons when I was there on a Thursday lunchhour.

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El Rancho112 Kingsway, Vancouver
Solid and non-americanized - not out of a package.
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

We came here a week after hurricane Katrina had hit Mexico, and they were the only place that had coverage of impacts there on locals. I'm not usually a fan of the big screen tv, but if something not too disruptive is on, or something interesting, then... OK. The volume wasn't too loud.

Anyways, we ordered the fried plantain stuffed with rice pudding and a breakfast special, and they were excellent. Homemade salsa and chips even at breakfast as a starter, free of charge, decent huevos rancheros with enough food on the plate that we had to share it.

Once we were there for dinner and didn't find the food as good as usual, but it's always better here at Ranchos than at Pepitas, because the food here is all homemade and non-americanized.

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