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zarekuVancouverSince July 9, 200710 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value3.5 (3.7)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine4530 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Definitely a bizarre place to go, but give it a shot!
Submitted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 2:36am [Dine in]

Fondly refereed to as "Thai Spicy," by the boyfriend and I because of the neon sign in the window, Gold Train Express has been a favorite place for us to eat for ages.

I beseech any of you reading this to give GTE a chance after reading what I have to say. It's true that it the ratings here are awfully grim, and perhaps rightly so, but don't judge this little gem by its cover.

I've lived in Point Grey for a number of years now and GTE definitely stands out from the bunch. Walking in, it is definitely has a bizarre ambiance you wouldn't expect from an otherwise upscale neighborhood. There are odd Olympic rings mounted on the wall, strange eastern religious monuments, and unusual Greek-style motifs along the ceiling. The floor is definitely in need of a good scrub as well.

But even so, the food is AMAZING. Having become a regular over the years, I've learned that everything is made from scratch in a traditional Vietnamese fashion. The pho in particular is to die for - rich with flavors, not too salty. You'll also find noodle bowls, curries, and a variety of fruity beverages available as well. I know the appearance of the place may suggest you could go home with food poisoning, but it has never happened. The staff do wash their hands and the fish tank is regularly cleaned out. Prices are also very fair, which makes GTE an excellent option for poor students like myself.

As soon as you walk in, it isn't "welcome!" but rather "for how many?" - The staff are not exactly warm and accommodating, but they're nice enough to get you something if you need it, even if you have to go up to them to ask for it.

So give GTE a try! If you're a fan of Vietnamese food, you shouldn't be disappointed.

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Copa Cafe4036 Cambie Street, Vancouver
This place is a paradox of love-hate.
Submitted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 2:05am [Dine in]

Copa Cafe is a busy, Hong Kong-style restaurant that the boyfriend and I discovered late one night after missing the last bus home from a date. Pleasantly surprised to find a restaurant open after 11:00pm on Cambie/King Edward, we strolled on in and have been back a few times since.

I feel as though I need to mention the service at Copa Cafe before I go into detail about anything else. First of all, the food at Copa is good and the ambiance is great. It's a decent place to go. However, I am astounded that people go back just because the service is laughably atrocious. You do eventually learn to cope with being ignored by the wait staff and having to deal with people who hardly seem to speak any English, but it can be a huge hurdle to overcome. It is extremely depressing to me to be sitting at a table, waiting for my meal, when I notice the staff walking back and forth from one side of the restaurant to the other not really doing anything, completely ignoring the people at the front of the restaurant who have been waiting for a seat for the last five minutes. There are no assigned areas for the staff either - you will probably never see the waitress who took your order again because it'll be somebody else who brings you your food and then later on your bill. I tend to just smile now with a forced patience when my boyfriend has received his food fifteen minutes before my own arrived, having had to inquire when to expect it.

This is Copa Cafe. It's part of the deal.

With this said - like most Hong Kong-styled restaurants, the menu offers a variety of quick, semi fast food-esque Asian dishes. You'll find all the familiar favorites of Chinese curries, fried rices, noodles, some seafood, steaks, and so on. You'll also find some Western dishes on the menu as well, although if you are like me and are a bit squeamish about Asian restaurants that offer Western dishes, you'll find that a lot of the Western food itself has been influenced by the Asian ingredients. For example, I once ordered a BLT and Roast Beef sandwich. Unlike the traditional strips of bacon, I got very fatty side-bacon, and the roast beef itself was mostly fat with very little meat. Even so, everything I've had is usually very good, and I've yet to encounter something I couldn't finish. There's enough variety in the menu for just a light snack to a full-out meal, plus some desserts and bubble teas.

The prices, however, are very fair. If you're a student on a budget, you can get an enormous plate of something for pretty cheap. They have a special in their main menu that lets you choose three different meats (sole fillets, rib-eye steaks, leg of lamb, etc) with a side (potatoes, rice, etc) and an appetizer soup.

Ambiance-wise, Copa Cafe fits the description of a hip and trendy Hong Kong restaurant. Everything is usually very clean and tidy. The background music is usually subdued, but tasteful. You will, however, encounter the staff yelling at each other in very loud, sharp Mandarin from one side of the restaurant to the other, but alas, I always know that everything will be fine.

Again, this is Copa Cafe. A paradox of love and hate. Joy and sorrow. Everything will be all right, I promise you.

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Pita Pit, The5717 Dalhousie Rd, Vancouver
It's a good place to eat, but understand something...
Submitted Sunday, June 15, 2008 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

Pita Pit UBC is a great place to go. It offers a menu that caters to the health conscious and someone wanting to treat themselves. Prices are reasonable and you always get a huge pita for your dollar.

The thing to understand - in my experience - about Pita Pit UBC is that they seem atrociously understaffed. One will usually only see one to two people working at once. They will usually take about four to five orders at a time, stop, make those orders, and then rinse and repeat. It is a solid system and I can understand why they have it in place because if not, they would get swamped in their orders. If you see a line, chances are there will be a wait. It's just the way it is.

With that aside, my visits to Pita Pit have always been pleasant. The staff are humorous and friendly, often going out of their way to make your food the way you like it. Definitely a little gem to visit if you're looking for something tasty (and often health conscious) to fill you up. If you can't wait, there's a McDonalds down the street.

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SKP Restaurant4409 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
It was a fantastic evening.
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 1:48am [Dine in]

Some Kinda Pasta is a gem. The interior is reminiscent of one of those old brick Italian-style restaurants that are seldom seen anymore.

The food is good. I've only eaten at SKP twice. Their portions are enormous and I believe they do this deliberately to either full you up to the extent where you're going to have trouble getting to your car or so that you have some leftovers to take home with you. In the case of the latter, the staff are more than welcome to pack your extra food for you and seem accustom to doing this a lot. My first experience was with the Fettuccine Alfredo. I thought it would be a good place to start - with something classic. I enjoyed it, but I thought it was too creamy and less cheesy than I would have liked. The second dish I tried was the Spinach tortellini in a creamy tomato sauce that was delicately seasoned and palette pleasing. I finished the entire plate n one sitting - I enjoyed it that much.

The staff are friendly enough, but they seem a little overworked, and it shows. Though they manage to put on a happy face when they arrive to your time, I tend to get the "please hurry up and tell me what you want quickly because there are six other tables waiting for me" face a lot. Otherwise, they fill up water regularly and are generally very nice.

SKP is great for dates. Potentially a bit intimate for clients, but is definitely one of Point Grey's hidden gems. Try it. You'll love it.

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Rice Bar4512 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
A great meal.
Submitted Monday, March 3, 2008 - 2:06am [Dine in]

Rice Bar is awesome. I'm usually not a huge fan of Chinese food, finding the majority of it overly rich and greasy, but I'm happy to say that I'm extremely fond of Rice Bar.

I've only tried out their curries so far, and a friend of mine tried the BBQ Pork, and we were both pleasantly surprised. My only small complaint was with the Beef Brisket curry because most of the pieces (especially the larger pieces) were rather fatty, which is something I'm not too fond of. Otherwise portions are generous and everything was delicious. My friend, an "I've-Seen-It-All" Chinese restaurant veteran, also gave Rice Bar rich praise.

The service at Rice Bar is very good. Rice Bar is a family-run restaurant and I have yet to see any hires that don't know what they're doing or what they're talking about in terms of the menu. I was offered tea when I was purchasing my food and they have self-serve water plus extra tea free of charge.

Rice Bar is a relatively new addition to the 10th Avenue/Point Gray area, so like someone said earlier, it's been fairly quiet. I'm hoping that things pick up soon because I'm definitely going to go back soon and don't want to see this place closed down due to lack of business. It's a great, quick stop for me because it's not terribly expensive and easy on my poor student salary.

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Good hearty food, but terrible service.
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

I came here with my mother and my boyfriend. I had read about Burgoo in a newspaper, saying that it was a local gem in Point Grey. It was just up the street, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Well, we went in. It was pretty busy. A couple came in behind us just after we arrived. The waiter gave us a rather rude look and seated the couple that had come in after us right now, came back, and then proceeded to openly insult us. "So I don't know what you've done wrong, but this is a family business, and frankly, we're a little confused with you. You never leave any tips. What's wrong with you?"

We were completely baffled. It was our first visit here and we had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. He must have mistaken us for someone else, but we left anyway. I think he was fired and the manager sent us a gift certificate in the mail a few days later. I came back only recently and the service hasn't really improved. The wait staff are all kind-of cold and uncaring.

But the food is good! Lots of hearty stews that fill you up. I love their fondue. They package and sell their soups as well, so that's cool. The ambiance is nice and reminds you of an old restaurant in Paris or kind-of a bar in Ireland kind-of feel. Just don't expect good service.

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Enigma4397 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Try Enigma at least once!
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 5:44am [Dine in]

My typical Enigma experience typically involves me coming by in the early evening or around lunch time. Unless it's a special event night or Saturday around 7-8:00pm, you shouldn't need a reservation and you'll usually be seated right away. The servers definitely have personality and can sometimes be misconceived as being snippy, but are usually very prompt and knowledgeable about the menu. You generally won't have to worry about waving anyone down unless it's a particularly busy night. At least not any longer than six - seven minutes.

In response to what the other person said about the bread being from Safeway, I've inquired about this before and apparently they do bake it. I've received it warm and soft before.

The menu has a lot of variety and they often rotate through daily specials. Lots of great appetizers from seared Ahi Tuna to breaded chicken tenders. The food, in my experience, has always been excellent, though they serve their vegetables relatively firm. I don't know if this is deliberate or not, but if you don't like crunchy vegetables then I recommend you substitute it for something. The main courses are great with lots to choose from and ALL of the desserts are FANTASTIC, especially the sticky toffee pudding.

You _will_ often see the managers speaking to the servers and this will occasionally delay your server from getting to you. Try not to take it too personally. The managers, in my experience, are very friendly. My boyfriend and I went once and they were out of their calamari and we got an entire meal free, so they're different customer service oriented even if they are busy.

Ambiance-wise, Enigma is very cozy. Crisp and clean during lunch and very chic by night. There's lots of artwork on the walls from local artists and it's all great to look at it.

So I recommend to you all to disregard all the negative reviews you see here about Enigma and TRY IT at least ONCE. And get the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. It's to die for.

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Sushi King House8176 Granville Street, Vancouver
Not as bad as everyone else says it is.
Submitted Friday, July 13, 2007 - 4:13am [Dine in]

I was actually very surprised that the reviews for Sushi King on Granville were so poor. My room mate and I have been visiting Sushi King for the last couple months now with more than satisfactory results.

The service lacks a bit, I do agree. The ladies can sometimes seem as they've forgotten about you, but at least they're prompt. The sushi sizes are enormous, especially the house roll. I've never tried any of their sashimi, but I've heard it's good.

Try it out once, at least. Be your own judge.

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Shabusen Yakiniku House2993 Granville Street, Vancouver
Simply Wonderful.
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2007 - 4:32am [Dine in]

I am a lover of Shabusen and would highly recommend it to anybody who loves fine Japanese cuisine and Korean Barbeque.

Though not a fan of sushi myself, I can still comfortably say that Shabusen offers a wide variety of well-priced maki rolls, lunch boxes, and sashimi. The Korean Barbeque is also great and lots of fun, offering enormous, tasty portions during the dinner service. You get a little less during lunch, but luckily the All You Can Eat prices during the lunch hour are more than fair at $13 dollars per person.

The wait staff are all very friendly, but the restaurant can get very busy. A little understaffed in my opinion, so sometimes people can seem very focused or look irritated. During the busier hours they can also tend to forget menial things like your drink or refilling your water, but a quick reminder usually does the trick and I have yet to encounter any problems with not receiving something that I have ordered.

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCED. On Friday nights or Saturdays, the restaurant is usually booked solid by noon, so make your reservations early.


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Kyung Bok Palace5300 No. 3 Road, #720, Richmond
Worth a visit, but not for everyone.
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2007 - 4:23am [Dine in]

Kyung Bok Palace was quite an adventure for my friend and I.

It was a rather impromptu visit. We dropped by at around 10:00pm looking for an evening meal after a long day. The ambiance is very posh and elegant, as are most Korean restaurants that try to cater to Caucasian tastes. Even in the evening, the restaurant had a good amount of people around.

We had to wait about ten minutes before we were seated. A sweet Chinese lady eventually arrived after weaving back and forth between a number of already seated customers, doing menial tasks like refilling their water and offering them more chopsticks before actually coming to us. She had good intentions, I'm sure, but I was slightly taken aback when my friend asked her if it would be all right if one of us ordered All You Can Eat and the other didn't and she told us, rather bluntly, that we might "cheat" and it wasn't allowed. I wasn't surprised, but her delivery was... a little... off.

The food was good, but service is definitely lacking. It takes forever for the wait staff to fill your water and you do indeed have to actually get up to get their attention sometimes. Portions are reasonable, but certainly not enough for your dollar. All You Can Eat offers decent choices and is worth a lot more when most of the other items on the menu are the same price PER SERVING.

It's worth a visit if you're looking for true, mostly authentic Korean cuisine, but be prepared for some waiting.

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