Sakura Cafe

Sakura Cafe is a small Japanese/Asian-style cafe located on Burrard, just a short distance from Broadway. They have a menu of various breakfast and lunch items, as well as a large variety of drinks. I had a Matcha Latte and Breakfast B, which consists of pancakes, eggs, and sausage.

Matcha Latte ($4.35):

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Matcha Latte

4/5
The latte had a great fragrance from the matcha. It was smooth and creamy, and had a wonderful, slightly bitter flavour.

Breakfast B ($7.99):

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Breakfast B

3.5/5
This consisted of two pancakes, two scrambled eggs, and turkey sausage. The pancakes were relatively light and fluffy. The eggs were quite fluffy and creamy. The sausage was flavourful, and had a nice spice to it.

I enjoyed my visit to Sakura Cafe. The food was solid; the prices were also very reasonable. The service was minimal, but the staff was very friendly. All in all, this is a joint that I’d definitely recommend checking out. They do have quite a limited number of seats however, so catch them at a less busy time or have your food to go.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Matcha Latte, Breakfast B
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Denny’s – Broadway

I was having a craving for pancakes recently, and the first spot that came into my mind was Denny’s. Yes, Denny’s the restaurant showcased on Breaking Bad. Not only do they give you a free Grand Slam on your birthday, but they have created a series of new menu items, including a variety of scrumptious looking pancakes with various toppings. The nearest one to me was the Bar One one, which was located on Broadway near Burrard. This location had an incredibly sleek interior (just like a bar) with a large number of seats and some very nice and clean washrooms. They also have quite an extensive menu of breakfast and lunch items. I had their Cinnamon Roll Pancake Breakfast, which comes with two eggs, your choice of bacon or sausage (I had sausage) and hashbrowns.

Cinnamon Roll Pancake Breakfast ($13.99):


3.5/5
This consisted of pancakes topped with whipped cream, cinnamon crumb, and cream cheese icing, and comes with eggs, your choice of sausage or bacon (I had sausage) and hashbrowns. The pancakes were of a good size, and were fluffy and light, without too much of a baking soda after taste. The cinnamon crumb provided a nice crunch and sweetness, while the cream cheese icing was sweet with a nice tanginess. The eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns were just standard; nothing to write home about.

I was quite impressed by the food at Denny’s. Their pancakes were scrumptious and quite reasonably priced. The service wasn’t the best, but the staff members were at least friendly. This is a restaurant chain that I would definitely recommend a visit to.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Cinnamon Roll Pancake Breakfast
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Sunshine Diner

Sunshine Diner is a pretty distinctive restaurant thanks to their retro decor, which includes statues of icons like Evils and Marilyn Monrone outside. The interior is equally well decked, with booths, pictures, and other decor. Their menu consists of various breakfast and lunch items, many of which are named after movie icons. I had their Elvis Eggs Benedict.

Elvis Eggs Benedict ($17.45):


3.5/5
This contained bacon, back bacon, and turkey bacon, and is served with home fries and a cup of fresh fruit. The eggs were tender and runny; the hollandaise was quite creamy albeit a bit on the bland side. It was quite salty from all the bacon. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the English muffin, which was quite tough at the bottom. The home fries were a bit soggy, but still tasty. I quite enjoyed the fruit, which came in quite a good variety, and were fairly fresh.

The food at Sunshine Diner was not mindblowing, but still fairly good. I did find the price to be a little on the higher side. The service was good though; the food comes quite quickly and the server I had was extremely warm and friendly. All in all, while the food didn’t blow me away, I think the diner is still worth checking out for the decor and service alone.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: N/A
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Au Comptoir

The only encounter I had with French was years ago in highschool, and I’ve never learned the language well. Currently, my entire French vocabulary consists of probably less than a dozen words. Whenever I go to a French joint, which is not all that often, I always wonder if I should try speaking French to the staff or if I’m just being insulting by butchering their language. Such as the dilemma that I encountered when I visited Au Comptoir. They are a small French bistro located in Kits, on 4th Avenue. I stopped by the joint during breakfast hours, which goes from 8:00-11:00 on weekdays. I had their Breakfast Au Comptoir, which came with a variety of breakfast items.

Breakfast Au Comptoir ($14):


3.5/5
This came with egg cocotte, your choice of bacon or sausage (I had the sausage), country bread, potato rosti, and a side of salad. The salad was actually quite nicely dressed. The baked eggs were tender and had a custardy texture; it was a tad underseasoned, but nothing some salt won’t fix. The sausage was tender and juicy, although I did find it to be quite salty on its own. I actually ate it with the potato rosti, which had a great crispness on the outside and tender on the interior.

I really enjoyed my visit to Au Comptoir. The food was tasty, and although the portion wasn’t very large, it was quite rich and filling. The server I had was very attentive and professional. He spoke French, and I think I probably embarassed myself trying to say things like “merci” and “au revoir” and completely butchering the pronounciation as a result. All in all however, this is a place that I’d highly recommend checking out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Breakfast Au Comptoir
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Helen’s Grill

I’m not picky when it comes to hashbrowns; it doesn’t matter if it’s shredded, diced, whole or cubed potatoes, just as long as it tastes good, I’m happy. For some reason however, not many places appear to be able to make tasty hashbrowns. In most places, they turn out to be bland and/or mushy. Unfortunately, Helen’s Grill ended up falling into that camp. They are an old(er) diner located on the corner of King Edward and Main. Their seating includes a row of booths with jukeboxes on each table. Their menu consists of all day breakfast, lunch items and a few dinner and desserts. I had their Montreal Eggs Benny and Gyro with Chicken and Fries.

Montreal Eggs Benny ($13.95):


3/5
This comes with a side of hashbrowns. The eggs were poached overeasy, with the yolk being orange and runny. The hollandaise was creamy, but a bit underseasoned/bland for my taste. I also found their smoked meat to be a bit on the bland side, and tasted a bit watered down. Unfortunately, I really didn’t like their hashbrowns, which was mushy and very bland.

Gyro with Chicken and Fries ($13.95):


4/5
This comes with your choice of either chicken or lamb and a side of salad or fries (I had the fries). The pita was soft, and stuffed with a generous amount of filling; there was a good amount of chicken, which was tender and well-seasoned. The fries were thankfully a lot better than the hashbrowns, and were crispy and well-seasoned.

I really didn’t care for the hashbrowns at Helen’s Grill (to be fair though, I’ve never tried making them myself, so maybe it’s exceptionally difficult) and the eggs benny was just decent; however, their gyro was quite tasty. The prices are reasonable, and the service was fairly decent. This isn’t the greatest diner that I’ve been to, but I think it’s still worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Gyro
Helen's Grill & Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Evelyn’s Cafe

I’m always on the lookout for some cheap eats. One such place is Evelyn’s cafe. They are a small shop located near the intersection of Broadway and Arbutus. Their menu consists of all-day breakfast foods, as well as Chinese dishes, with most of the items being under $10. You order at the front counter and they’ll bring the dishes to your table (if you’re eating in that is). I had their Cafe Hash and Honey Garlic Boneless Pork (with fried rice).

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Menu at front

Cafe Hash ($7.38):


3.5/5
This consisted of potatoes, peppers, mushrooms, bacon, sausage and ham, and is served with toast and two eggs. I was a bit disappointed that the potatoes weren’t really crispy; however, the hash was still very flavourful with all the sausage and ham. I had asked for the eggs to be over-medium, but the yolks were still quite runny (more like over-easy to me); it was fine though, I just ate them over the fried rice I also had. I also really enjoyed the toast, which was buttered.

Honey Garlic Boneless Pork with Fried Rice ($7.86):


3.5/5
This came with your choice of either chicken or pork and fried rice or noodles; I went with the pork and rice. The pork was fairly crispy when the dish came out and not overly battered; I did find the meat to be a bit overly grisly however. It had a pretty good, slightly sweet flavour. The fried rice went well with the pork.

I really enjoyed my visit to Evelyn’s cafe. The food wasn’t the greatest, but decent; the prices are a steal. Even though the service is pretty minimal, the staff are still quite friendly. I definitely recommend checking this place out for a decent and very affordable meal.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Honey Garlic Boneless Pork with Fried Rice
Evelyn's Cafe and Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Argo Cafe

When I visited Argo Cafe lately, I couldn’t help but think “Argo f*** yourself”. I’m quite sure that Argo Cafe is not named after Argo the Batfleck movie however (brief digression: I actually quite liked Ben Affleck’s batman), seeing that the diner existed long before the movie came out. The latter is a small but quite popular diner/cafe located in Olympic Village, right by 2nd Avenue. The atmosphere is very casual, and they don’t have printed menu: everything is written on the board. They have a breakfast menu that’s served till 11:00, a lunch menu consisting of burgers, sandwiches, and various Western/Asian/Mexican plates, and a specials menu that rotates daily. I had their Argo Plate and Chicken Chilli Con Queso.

Argo Plate ($17.95):


4/5
This was from one of their specials menu, which rotates daily. It consists of short rib, bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, and roast lamb, and is served with mashed potatoes and vegetables. I found the lamb to be a bit tough and chewy; the pork was quite tender and well seasoned however, and the shortribs were tender and flavourful. The mashed potatoes were also very tasty, and were smooth, creamy and flavourful.

Chicken Chilli Con Queso ($14.95):


4/5
This consists of a thick stew-like chicken with cheese, and is served with either fries or rice. The stew was thick and very flavourful, and had a nice bit of spice. The chicken was tender and juicy (I think they used dark meat, which in my opinion is always superior to white), although I did find it to be a bit underseasoned on its own.

I quite enjoyed the food at Argo Cafe. The price was a bit higher for a diner, but still reasonable. The service was quite casual; the food comes reasonably fast and the staff were fairly friendly but generally leaves you alone. All in all, this is definitely worth checking out.

P.S. The staff asked me if I wanted soup, and I turned it down because I thought that it was going to cost extra (and I was too shy/scared to ask if that was the case). But apparently, after checking their website, the soup is complimentary with their meals. So if the staff asks you, don’t be an idiot like me and turn it down.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Chicken Chilli Con Queso
Argo Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rumpus Room

I had the chance to check out the Rumpus Room lately. the latter is a small diner located on Main Street, not far from Broadway. They have a casual atmosphere, and have sofas available in addition to regular tables, as well as various games for patrons to play with. Food-wise, the menu consisted of comfort food: fries, sandwiches, burgers, etc. I had their Chicken and Waffles and Mac and Trees. While waiting for my food to arrive, I entertained myself by going through the game of Never Have I Ever…and quickly realized that I’ve lead an extremely dull and boring life.

Feeling a bit depressed and inadequate, I was glad when my food finally arrived.

Chicken and Waffles ($15):


3.5/5
This came with 2 small waffles and chicken tenders, and was served with a side of gravy and maple syrup. The waffles were a bit dense and hard, but still tasty, and contained sesame, which provided a nice fragrance. The chicken tenders had a pretty nice crunchy crust that was well-seasoned and flavourful, and the meat was quite tender and juicy; I did find some of the pieces to be a bit too small and not meaty enough, however.

Mac and Trees ($13):


3.5/5
This consisted of macaroni, mixed with broccoli, and was served with a biscuit. The noodles were very well cooked, being tender whilst retaining some chew. The sauce was quite thick and coated the noodles well; it was a bit underseasoned however. The biscuit was a bit dry for me, although it did have a nice savoury flavour and fragrance of sesame.

I had a good time at the Rumpus Room. The food didn’t really blow me away, but was still fairly tasty, and the prices were also fairly reasonable. The service was a bit slow, but the staff was very friendly. I’d definitely recommend checking this place out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Mac and Trees
Rumpus Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cafe Zen on Yew

I’m certainly learning new things from eating out at restaurants. Like a couple of days ago, I’ve learned what an orangerie was. More recently, I’ve been subjected to some ancient Chinese wisdom a la Confucius.

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If you’re wondering where I got that quote from, it’s from Cafe Zen on Yew. They are a small diner/cafe located not far from Kits beach serving up a small menu of breakfast/brunch and lunch items. In addition to their regular menu, they do also have daily specials that are written on a board. During my visit, I had their California Club Sandwich and Chorizo Bennie.

California Club Sandwich ($14.25):


4/5
This consisted of two layers filled with grilled chicken breast, cheese, tomato, lettuce, and your choice of either avocado or bacon (I went went bacon), and is served with French fries. The bread was nicely toasted. There was a generous amount of filling, which was very flavourful and tasty. The standout for me however, were the fries, which were were hot, cripsy and well seasoned.

Chorizo Bennie ($12.49):


3.5/5
This consisted of large chunks of chorizo on toasted English muffin with poached eggs and hollandaise, and is served with hashbrowns. There was a good amount of chorizo, which is juicy, flavourful with a nice amount of spice. I asked for my eggs to be overmedium and they were more overhard, but I didn’t mind (I actually enjoy firmer yolks). The hollandaise, while thick and creamy, was a bit on the bland side for me. I also found the muffin to be a bit gummy and hard to cut through. I did quite enjoy the hashbrowns, which were crispy and well seasoned.

I really enjoyed my visit to Cafe Zen. Not only was I given some Chinese wisdom, the food was also tasty and reasonably priced. The staff I encountered was friendly and fairly attentive. This is certainly worth checking out.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: California Club Sandwich
Cafe Zen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Slikity Jim’s Chat & Choux

I’ve just had the most ridiculously awful experience with Vancouver public transit in recent memory. I was traveling to Slikity Jim’s a diner located in on 7th Avenue (they also have another location on Main Street). Since it as close to Broadway, I was taking the 99. The first bus that I was on broke down at the Arbutus stop (aka one stop away from Granville, where the restaurant is). I wasn’t too worried, seeing that the 99 came every couple of minutes; I simply unboarded and got onto the next bus. The bus travels maybe two blocks before it struck a car that was parked on the side of the road. Apparently, what happened is that the driver of the car happened to open their door right into the way of the oncoming bus. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, but I was seriously just about to give up on going to Slikity Jim’s. I mean what are the chances that you have a bus break down and a second bus crash into a car within two blocks of each other? But then a third 99 comes along and…I got on. Miraculously,  this one actually did manage to make it the few blocks to the Granville stop without any incident. Still slightly traumatized and very hungry, I hurried to my destination and ordered the Chez Fe and When the Chicken Lies Down on Broadway Sandwich. The latter was supposed to come with a choice of either salad, soup or potato, but unfortunately (because this is really not my lucky day) I didn’t have the opportunity to chose because just as I was ordering, the phone rang and the waitress went to answer. She didn’t get back to me, and had apparently already put in my order; when I received it, I ended up getting salad as my side (I would have actually picked soup).

Chez Fe ($13.75):


3.5/5
This consisted of braised short ribs and roasted potatoes in a gravy-like sauce, topped with two eggs and chimicuhurri, and is served with toasted focacccia. The short ribs were quite tender, although I do find it to be a bit underseasoned and one-note in flavour. The potatoes had a nice crispiness to them, even when smothered in the sauce. I quite enjoyed the eggs, which were well-seasoned. Strangely, my favourite part of the dish was probably the bread, which was like garlic bread and was great for mopping up the sauce.

When the Chicken Lies Down on Broadway Sandwich ($13.50):


4/5
This was a sandwich containing chicken breast, brie, and fig balsamic on a grilled baguette. It was supposed to come with a choice of salad, soup or potato; unfortunately, as I’ve mentioned earlier, I didn’t have the opportunity to chose and ended up with rabbit food (aka salad). Again, I loved the bread here, which was buttered and nicely toasted. The chicken was quite tender and flavourul and the fig balsamic provided a great tanginess. I do wish that there could be more brie present however; I wasn’t able to get much of it in the sandwich.

In spite of the horrible experience I had getting to Slikity Jim’s, as well as the unfortunate incident where I wasn’t able to pick my side for my sandwich, I did quite enjoy the food. The prices were also fairly reasonable. Service- wise, the waitress I had was fairly friendly but a bit inattentive. All in all, while I wasn’t blown away by the place, I did still enjoy my visit and would recommend checking it out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Chez Fe, When the Chicken Lies Down on Broadway Sandwich
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