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WBuckWalterEast VanSince July 28, 20106 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


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Sake Maki1414 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Best Sushi on The Drive, hands down, by a windfall.
Submitted Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

The title says it. My wife and i have been three times, just to make sure. And we're sure, by comparison to everywhere else on Commercial Drive that Sake Maki surpasses all other Sushi restaurants by leaps and bounds.

Went in for lunch today and sat by the window, which was great for people watching and enjoying this sunny September day. The restaraunt is clean and inviting, and they've got these really stylin' sushi serving plates on the tables with matching soy sauce containers. Good vibe from the staff and a nice room, so for where it is, I rated the ambiance as Outstanding.

We each ordered an Asia Lunch Special. For $6.50 you can choose two items from a list.

I ordered the Teriyaki Chicken Roll, and The vegetable Gyoza, while my wife ordered the Spicy Tuna Roll and The Yam Tempura Roll for her two choices. We also added a Volcano Roll which we picked from a great looking menu of specialty rolls.

Each roll was incredible from presentation to finish. Every dish was very fresh tasting and extremely flavourful. We enjoyed the attention to detail like the fact that the Yam Tempura Roll has avocado in it.

The Volcano Roll is basically a scallop roll with Salmon on top and is drizzled with a black sesame sauce. It tasted incredible and "melted in your mouth."

The Vegetable Gyoza is fresh and had a perfect dipping sauce.

This was also the best Spicy Tuna Roll I've ever had. The texture was perfect and the taste was amazing.

The Chicken Teriyaki Roll was fresh, delicious, and there was care put into it inasmuchas there were quality peices of chicken used in it. Did I use the term inasmuch as correctly? I digress....

All in all we payed $21.95 (before the wonderful HST was added on, which brought the bill to $24.58.) Pretty amazing value for such high quality food.

To sum up, this place stands far above the rest, and this is evidenced by their basic rolls (spicy tuna roll, california roll, etc.) which are in a class of their own and don't feel or taste "stock" like most other joints.

This is our new favourite and we're lucky that it's just around the corner from where we live. Or maybe that could be dangerous....

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Legendary Noodle4191 Main Street, Vancouver
The Legendary House of Bland
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

Stopped into Legendary Noodle House on Main Street tonight with a friend after not having been there for about a year and a half. A co-worker was raving about the joint a few days ago and I was in the neighbourhood so thought I'd give it another shot as I seemed to recall the last time I'd stopped in to be quite dissapointing flavour-wise. I should've trusted that memory....

My friend ordered the Beef Brisket Hit Me w/ Dao Xiao Mian (Finely Sliced Noodle from a Flour Dough) which had Stir Fried Greens, Red Pepper, Celery, Bean Sprouts, and Black Bean and Soy Sauce.

I ordered the Gan-Ban-Mian Ground Pork & Black Bean Sauce w/ Minced Mushroom.

I also ordered the Gan-Ban-Mian Creamy Peanut Sauce with chicken added for an extra $2 for my wife which I had them put in a to go container to bring to her later.

My friend's dish came a full 4 minutes before mine. "Why the f--- not bring them both together?" we pondered. I tried some of her Hit Me w/ Dao Xiao Mian and it was admittedly delicious, but she didn't finish it because she discovered a few generous peices of gristle.

I got my dish and tried it. Bland. No condiments on table except a little jar of spicy oil. I added it. Now the dish was merely spicy bland. I can only describe it as bland noodles with little chunks of bland mushroom and bland pork all covered in a creamy bland sauce. I ate most but didn't finish.

Finally, I brought my wife's dish home. She gave me a bit to try and we discovered that I had payed and extra $2.00 for chicken that they didn't include. I have my bill and will take it back over there as soon as I finish typing this review. I'll also keep you posted on the outcome, gentle reader. I'd just like that money back out of principle. Also times are tight and it's Christmas on top of that. Merry Christmas by the way, but I digress...

My wife's chickenless dish was --- surprise! --- bland. "How can you get a dish with peanut sauce wrong?" we marvelled. After several additions of what we could find in the fridge - hoi san sauce, soy sauce, and sriracha sauce - it was workable, but still mediocre. Before these additions, we would describe it as bland noodles with about three slivers of bland steamed spinach covered in a bland sauce with a very subtle hint or inference of bland peanut flavour.

All in all, the bill was $26.80 including the tax. Considering the very poor quality of the food and the fact that I paid for non-existent chicken, I gave this place a "poor" rating in the value department. I basically paid to taste air.

I also rated the ambience as mediocre due to the uncomfortable little seat I had to sit on, and the really bad music blaring over the speakers. Having to listen to an acoustic singer-songwrecker's remake of The Police is what kills the vibe of any place. The rest of the too-loud music sucked hard too.

I retain a small sliver of satisfaction (a sliver akin to the size of spinach in my wife's dish, perhaps) seeing so many other bad reviews about this place here. I strongly regret going here today.

Let's work together to keep spreading the word and to warn others about this joke of a restaurant.

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Tom & Jerry's Restaurant2828 E Hastings St, #101, Vancouver
Downhill from what it used to be
Submitted Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

As my wife says, there's a reason why some places that serve breakfast on a Sunday morning have a lineup and others don't.

We were late in the game in getting to The Roundel on East Hastings (glowing review coming soon) for breakfast this Sunday morning so naturally, there was the usual lineup to get in. We weren't in the mood to wait in a long line and we were hungry. As we were heading out of Vancouver and east into an afternoon hike, we decided to venture further east along East Hastings and try one of my old favorites from when I lived in the neighbourhood seven years before. Sure enough, there was no lineup at Tom & Jerry's. There always used to be. That and the gaudy signage now plastering the windows advertising a new menu where "everything is under $10" should have been the first clue to try elsewhere. We entered and were promtly seated by a very friendly waitress.

There were a few people peppered throughout the place, and I could instantly see that whomever is running the joint has let it go. It looks like some of the booths have been ripped out and duct tape has been left to cover the scars on the floor, and it didn't appear to be super clean. Again, the word gaudy comes to mind to describe the ambience and the lack of upkeep. There was a horrible satellite music station blaring on the 62" flatscreens titled "Adult Alternative." And yes, it was as awful and embarrassing-goosebump-inducing as you would imagine "Adult Alternative" music to be.

Our waitress was friendly and prompt and we ordered coffee and and an orange juice to start while we perused the menu. Across the room, I witnessed a mouth-breather chachi-type that didn't know how to hold cutlery except in a fist ask one of the very gracious and friendly waitresses to change the channel on the TVs from the "Adult Alternative" station to an American football game played by two teams from cities that I'm sure he has never visited, let alone could find on a map. As he ignored his girlfriend by moving his chair to watch this slow drag of a sport, he shovelled food generously into his mouth with fork clenched firmly in fist. This killed what little shred of atmosphere existed as my wife and I tried to talk overtop a stupid game that in my opinion, is like watchin paint dry. Give me a real game that requires incredible skill and athleticism like Hockey. I digress.....

I ordered the basic Eggs Benny and M'lady ordered two eggs over easy with hash browns and toast. As she lamented about how disgusting her two sips of coffee were, I assured her that Tom & Jerry's "used to be really clean and kept up nicely and I used to come regularly and it used to be busy and I'm sure the food will still be really good...."

My Benny came smothered in what the menu described as a homemade hollandaise sauce, which was bland and flavourless. A whole lot of salt and tobasco sauce made it a little interesting. Both of our sides of hashbrowns came cold, and again, I had to put salt on them with Tobasco and ketchup to get through them. M'lady also had to smother her food with ketchup and tobasco. She didn't finish the eggs or the hashbrowns, nor did she get past those two sips of her coffee.

7.99 and 5.99 respectively for crappy food is not good value. Give me the Tom & Jerry's of old which may have been priced a little more, but was a good breakfast in a decent looking restaurant. At least the place is still clinging to great customer service, and we tipped our waitress well.

We will never go back, and will make sure to get down the street to The Roundel early on the weekends from now on!

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Britannia Sushi1016 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Better-Than-Most-On-The-Drive-Sushi for a great price
Submitted Monday, October 25, 2010 - 8:35pm [Take-out]

Been a number of times and they are consistently good. The sushi is better tasting and presented betterm compared to others on the drive. I find other spots put too much rice in the rolls while very obviously skimping on the fish. Britannia doesn't. And the wasabi is actually hot and the ginger plentiful. These are two very important and pivotal factors in my impression of sushi joints.

Ordered the sushi special for my wife and I - California rolls, yam tempura rolls, and tuna rolls with miso soup. A sweet deal for 5.95. Also ordered the unagi roll, salmon avacado roll, and dynamite roll. All very tasty and "melt-in-your-mouth" peices. The waitress was polite, quick, and stone-faced but not going out of her way to provide outstanding service. This was perfect and expected.

Got all for $21 and change which included the always awesome HST. Thanks again to Scampbell and also to all of you who voted him back. I digress....

A great deal for good tasting sushi. It's far from my favorite spot in town but it is close to home, tasty and very affordable.

If I had the option of rating a 3.5 up there for food, I would. That would put this between Solid and Incredible, which in my mind is Good.

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Le Do Vietnamese Restaurant2292 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Excellent Food - No disappointment here!
Submitted Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 9:55pm [Take-out]

I was introduced to Le Do about six years ago and have kept going back. Just went in tonight and instead of staying in, grabbed an order to go. Got the large seafood combo Pho, which was very good. Great noodles and a tasty combination of seafood. The shrimp 'cracker' in the soup is a favorite. My girlfriend had the same meal but in a small size and enjoyed it thoroughly.

All in all, $15 and change including taxes isn't a bd deal at all and good value for the quality of food. The service, as always was friendly, fast and polite. The restaurant is pretty small, relatively clean, and nondescript. Nothing fancy which is just fine by me.

I highly recommend this restaurant for Pho in Vancouver and have found it comparitavely better and more authentic than several other Vietnamese restaurants I've tried in the past years.

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Food Loft1836 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Succintly Terrible
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

Stopped into the Food Loft tonight around 7pm, and ordered the rice with Lemon Chicken and Mixed Vegetables as the side. The fellow behind the counter seemed genuinely put out that I was there, and I double-checked the signage thinking maybe I had walked in while he was trying to close. Nope. 2 hours to go.

After getting my food I walked into the cafeteria style restaurant space. Not clean, but not dirty.

I tried the lemon chicken first. Lukewarm at best, and hard and chewy. I tried a few peices hoping it would get better, but out of the 8 there, I managed three before pausing to stop myself from gagging.

Pushing those aside, I tried the mixed vegetables. Overcooked and cold. The garlic in them tasted good, and again I only got through about half of the serving because the taste, texture, and temperature were awful.

The rice, which looked like a chef's special, was lukewarm and mediocre at best, even after a dose of soy sauce and sweet chili sauce. I managed to make it through most of it to mask the previous urge to vomit the lemon chicken, so all in all I threw away about half the plate.

The Arizona green iced tea I ordered was the saving grace to wash away the unpleasantness. I love that stuff. It's been a friend many a time, but I digress....

5.99 for very poor food is not a great deal or good value. Wasn't expecting amazing but then again wasn't expecting it to be this bad. Ah well, now I know and I certainly won't go back.

Final summmary:

The Food Loft --- neither food, nor a loft.

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