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brokentelephone Jan 23, 2014 10:39 AM

I'm coming to Vancouver for an extended visit and my parents live in Southlands so am wondering if there any interesting places nearby?

I know there is loads of new development around UBC so are there any new places? (I unsuccessfully tried to have a Menchies frozen yogurt in Westbrook Village on my last visit, but upon sampling, realized it is utterly crap).

The village no longer has the good Chinese stall (the weird one in the corner with all the yellow signage), or the Indian (which was disgusting and marvelous), actually on second thought, that underground food court is too depressing.

All and any suggestions welcomed.

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  1. Sam Salmon RE: brokentelephone Jan 23, 2014 11:48 AM

    http://www.spiceislandsindonesian.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/bigsbybakehouse

    http://www.faubourg.com/

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      brokentelephone RE: Sam Salmon Jan 24, 2014 07:27 AM

      Been to Faubourg, ok croissants.

      Bigsby looks promising!

      Any more suggestions.? Thanks SS

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      Georgia Strait RE: brokentelephone Jan 24, 2014 09:19 AM

      speaking of UBC area - and the "underground food court" - I assume OP means SUB - one of the depressing (esp during traditional school season) dark, dank, 70's concrete fortresses of all time ---- it will be interesting to know what will open there (in terms of food services) and how their food procurement and food
      waste etc will be handled - I believe it opens in time for Fall 2014 school start. (for any old alumns - what have they named that building - the Nest?! as in T Bird Nest.)

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        brokentelephone RE: Georgia Strait Jan 26, 2014 04:25 AM

        No I didn't mean the SUB, I meant the UBC Village Food Court.

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        islandgirl RE: brokentelephone Jan 24, 2014 09:56 AM

        The Clubhouse at the McCleery Golf course: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-...
        Jethro's Fine Grub: http://www.jethrosfinegrub.com/
        Enigma: http://www.enigmavancouver.com/
        Burgoo: http://burgoo.ca/

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          brokentelephone RE: islandgirl Jan 26, 2014 09:13 AM

          Whats the clubhouse like? Is it just nearby or is it a good restaurant?

          I refuse to at a a place called Enigma, its just too retarded a name (same goes with Burgoo, I suppose).

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            LotusRapper RE: brokentelephone Jan 26, 2014 12:40 PM

            Burgoo doesn't disappoint.

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              brokentelephone RE: LotusRapper Jan 26, 2014 02:25 PM

              It's already disappointed me and I've never been, Ignorant of the etymology of their name, I was seriously annoyed to find they didn't serve hamburgers. Don't worry though, I made my disappointment well known to the mid-day weekend hostess.

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                LotusRapper RE: brokentelephone Jan 26, 2014 03:27 PM

                Burgoo specializes in soups and stews, with some sammies and salads to round things out a bit. Too bad you had to find out they're not a burger place. For that, go to Vera's Burger Shack in UBC Village (beside Staples), or Enigma ('tho you're no fan of them), Westward Ho Bar & Grill (Univ. Golf Club),

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                  Blueicus RE: LotusRapper Jan 26, 2014 05:21 PM

                  Trying to figure out if the previous posts were sarcastic or not... they may not be particularly great, but Burgoo doesn't refer to hamburgers

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                    Georgia Strait RE: LotusRapper Jan 27, 2014 12:54 PM

                    Hi LR - what do you think of the little bakery on main level (ground level) on what i would call the west side of ubc VILLAGE building (where Staples is)

                    also - have you been in the japanese restaurant - i think it is 2nd floor (kind of above staples) - we went recently - and I thought it was pretty good - the service was very polite and patient with our multi-generational family

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                      LotusRapper RE: Georgia Strait Jan 27, 2014 02:25 PM

                      Hi GS - I wish I could answer both of your Q's, but I can't since I've not been to neither. What are the names of those two places ?

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                        Georgia Strait RE: LotusRapper Jan 28, 2014 07:45 AM

                        i think that the Japanese place is called ONE MORE SUSHI ----- it is on the 2nd floor near the skywalk that crosses kind of above Starbucks / Staples

                        http://www.onemoresushi.com/omstakeou...

                        there is another sushi place downstairs on the ground sidewalk level - not a fan of that place

                        the little bakery called Oven Fresh Bakery (according to VCH inspection report) is over on Western Parkway - the same side as Veras Burgers - the owners seem to be fr SE Asia - that said, the product is baguette, pork buns, quiche - best selection in the mornings -and way better than the food from McD or THorton etc which are also in that neighborhood campus area

                        http://www.yelp.ca/biz/oven-fresh-bak...

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                islandgirl RE: brokentelephone Jan 26, 2014 07:15 PM

                Hmmm, I guess "all and any suggestions" are not welcome...

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                  brokentelephone RE: islandgirl Jan 27, 2014 01:00 AM

                  Well, I though it was implied that I wouldn't want to eat somewhere with a ridiculous or misleading name. I should've been more clear.

            2. LotusRapper RE: brokentelephone Jan 24, 2014 10:53 PM

              Oh how I miss The Varsity Grill !

              I've never been to Sage (wife has, I could ask her how it was), but it may be worth a try for you:

              http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/181545...

              Along W. 10th, there's also Provence Mediterranean Grill, Mix The Bakery, En Cuisine, Burgoo Bistro (Islandgirl mentioned already), Cafe Katzenjammer and Hime Sushi.

              On Dunbar at 28th, there's Handi Cuisine of India. At 27th there's Butter Baked Goods's new tea room, with their larger premise on Mackenzie at 33rd.

              Other notable places in Kerrisdale and Marpole:

              In Kerrisdale:

              - Ajisai Sushi
              - Golden Ocean Seafood Restaurant
              - Secret Garden Tea Company
              - Fish Cafe
              - Tokyo Thyme
              - Baan Wasana Thai

              In Marpole:

              - Mirchi
              - Red Star Seafood Restaurant
              - Vera's Burger Shack
              - The Place (awesome Shanghainese food
              )- Tai Tung Chinese Seafood Restaurant
              - Daimo Noodle Restaurant
              - Talay Thai

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                brokentelephone RE: LotusRapper Jan 26, 2014 10:36 AM

                Thanks. Not too many new since was last there. Will have to try the place tho.

              2. waver RE: brokentelephone Jan 25, 2014 04:37 PM

                Rajio on 10th for deep fried Japanese things on sticks and kimchi caesar;
                Handi on Dunbar solid Indian, good take-out business with on-line ordering, eat-in seems quiet;
                Spice Islands on 41st Indonesian, haven't been in a while, it was v. good and quite pricey;
                Crepe Cafe on 41st for savoury buckwheat crepes;
                En on 10th isn't there anymore but replaced by a different Japanese place of some fame from the North Shore (name?), nice lunch bento choices.
                And yes, sad about the Chinese place in the UBC Village! Don't think Westbrook has added much except the Taiwanese noodle place which wasn't great the one time I was there but maybe I ordered poorly.

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                  Sam Salmon RE: waver Jan 25, 2014 05:47 PM

                  The Kitchen-(Korean) formerly of Kerrisdale now 2620 Sasamat just off 10th-has some good reviews.

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                    LotusRapper RE: Sam Salmon Jan 25, 2014 09:04 PM

                    That's the place beside Sasamat Pizza. Walked by in the summer, peeked in, looked interesting.

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                      Chomp RE: LotusRapper Jan 26, 2014 01:27 AM

                      I've been wanting to try The Kitchen since they first opened. My hairdresser used to be in this same spot before she closed up shop! We tried it for the first time tonight - would have loved to stay there to eat, but my husband has mobility issues due to his Lyme treatment, so my son and I walked down to pick up the food. Nice ambiance inside! Friendly people working there. Ordered some pan-fried dumplings, Regular bibimbap, salmon bibimbap, and Chicken BBQ (Dak Bulgogi). Got home and discovered that the regular bibimbap was missing (they hadn't charged us for it). My son ran back to re-order it, 'cause he really wanted bibimbap and added a seafood ramyeon (he wanted to try the Haejang Ramyeon - Ramyeon after Hangover, but they were all out). Everything was fresh and tasty - portions are not very large, though. I was disappointed that the bibimbap was missing the ground beef, although it's listed as one of the ingredients. The salmon bibimbap was nice (raw salmon). It's served over salad and rice. Dumplings were good. Filled with pork, and six of 'em in a large order for $9 - a bit pricey. I really liked the BBQ Chicken. It had a bit of kick to it, although I asked for mild - I'm okay with it, but my daughter was less than thrilled. The seafood ramyeon was a good-sized portion, with a dumpling on the bottom. A few containers of kimchi and marinated beans and bean curd accompanied our orders, so that was nice. I'd go back - hopefully to eat in, just 'cause I like the atmosphere.

                      BTW - the underground food court at UBC is in the same complex that houses McDonald's. Walk through the double doors, and a staircase takes you down to a food court that boasts a couple of sushi outlets, Chinese food, Falafel - and not much in the way of ambiance. It's okay stuff - fairly inexpensive, and better than most stuff in SUB (The Honour Roll is a meh sushi place in SUB). I still have a soft spot for The Delly in the SUB, though - they've been there since the 70s, I think.

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                        LotusRapper RE: Chomp Jan 26, 2014 06:58 AM

                        A UBC alumi group here :-)

                        Chomp is right, this is also known as University Plaza:

                        http://goo.gl/maps/rTqSr

                        But those of you (myself included) who graduated before 1990 wouldn't have used it since it wasn't built until the early '90s IIRC. Our options back then was the old strip mall where the pharmacy, CIBC and University Village Restaurant was, and still are.

                        The aforementioned U Plaza basement food court I find even more depressing than the SUB's since it's a fluorescent dungeon. Having said that I have had some okay-tasting eats at one or two of the Chinese vendors. This was as recent as about 2 years ago when I happened to be in the area and needed to pick up some items at Staples in the Village.

                        Since we're strolling down memory lane, anyone remember Yum Yum's in the Old Admin building ? Or the Ponderosa Cafe, and the Old Bus Stop Cafe ?

                        http://digitalcollections.library.ubc...

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                          waver RE: LotusRapper Jan 26, 2014 04:36 PM

                          Oh, Yum yums - loved that place. Nice lunch ladies always called everyone "dear" and "sweetie." Totally defined Chinese food for me for a long time.

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                            LotusRapper RE: waver Jan 26, 2014 06:04 PM

                            Oh those sweet "grandmas" behind the sunken counter at The Bus Stop Cafe (which was next door to the *original* campus bookstore eons before) were always extra nice to me, giving me more fries or salad, and [hush] free coffee refills. That was during my grad year when I had many Arts electives to fill up my schedule, not to mention the female student population at the north end of the campus was far superior to those at the south end ........

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                            Chomp RE: LotusRapper Jan 26, 2014 05:57 PM

                            I remember going to Yum Yum's for chow mein quite a few times! The Bus Stop closed during my first year at UBC. I now work on campus, so I notice the changes going on all the time. Anybody remember when Kinkos used to be where U Plaza is? Then there was a fire, and that was the end of that. University Village Chinese Restaurant recently closed down. The space has been divided into two separate businesses: A&W and Pizza Garden - those two are still at pre-opening stage.

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                              LotusRapper RE: Chomp Jan 26, 2014 06:07 PM

                              Sad to hear about UV Chinese. Dunno if it always had the same owner, but the place sure had a long run.

                              If it's the same Pizza Garden as:

                              http://www.pizzagarden.ca/

                              The kids are in for a treat !

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                      brokentelephone RE: waver Jan 26, 2014 09:46 AM

                      Thanks WAVER!

                      My buddy said that Japanese place is pretty good and excellent lunch specials. I used to go to En all the time when I was at UBC and in high school, sad it closed though admittedly it wasn't spectacular.

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                      brokentelephone RE: brokentelephone Jan 27, 2014 01:01 AM

                      What are peoples feelings on Mokis Pizza?

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                        Sam Salmon RE: brokentelephone Jan 27, 2014 03:49 AM

                        Been around forever but haven't ordered from there in years-never liked the way they chopped veggies into tiny pieces.

                        And Yes I'm picky.

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                          waver RE: brokentelephone Jan 27, 2014 08:11 AM

                          We really like it.

                        2. waver RE: brokentelephone Jan 27, 2014 06:05 PM

                          Anyone know of any Chinese restaurants that deliver in this part of town? Or even in for that matter. Not too fussy but ever since Lucky Star left there doesn't seem to be much.

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                            LotusRapper RE: waver Jan 27, 2014 06:16 PM

                            Ridge Garden might. Formerly beside the Ridge Theatre and bowling lanes, they've moved to MacDonald @ 24, taking over the space where City Mart green grocer was.

                            Or Tang's Bistro (formerly Tang's Noodle House) on Broadway @ MacDonald:

                            https://www.foodler.com/tangs-bistro/...

                            Lok's on W. 41st delivers too:

                            http://www.loksrestaurant.com/index.html

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                              Philx RE: LotusRapper Jan 27, 2014 10:56 PM

                              Here is the url for the Ridge http://www.ridgegardenrestaurant.ca/m...

                              Delivery after 5pm $25 or more local area

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                                brokentelephone RE: LotusRapper Jan 28, 2014 01:47 AM

                                Is Loks any good? If so, whats recommended? It seemed like a Cantonese cafe, would cafe type food be best?

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                                  LotusRapper RE: brokentelephone Jan 28, 2014 07:35 AM

                                  Lok's is not a cafe, but a regular Cantonese (not Westernized) restaurant:

                                  http://www.loksrestaurant.com/index.html

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                                Chomp RE: waver Jan 28, 2014 12:09 AM

                                Ginger and Chili on West 10th delivers. Friendly people, and the Ginger Beef is really good.

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                                  kinnickinnik RE: waver Jan 28, 2014 06:11 AM

                                  When we lived in that area, we used to get delivery from Simon's Kitchen on Dunbar. It's westernized, old school stuff but tasty - or it was when I last had it about 15-16 years ago.

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                                    waver RE: kinnickinnik Jan 28, 2014 08:18 AM

                                    Simon's Kitchen is alas no longer good (IMO).
                                    Ginger and Chili might have changed owners recently? An eat-in dinner there before the holidays was really quite bad, but we've had decent take-out in years past. Maybe worth another try, or else one of LR's recs. Which one though? That's the fun.

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                                      LotusRapper RE: waver Jan 28, 2014 09:39 AM

                                      Or head towards Marpole and hit Red Star:

                                      http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/181493...

                                      But for Kerrisdale, Golden Ocean will suffice nicely.

                                      ** I do caution, DO NOT go to the new Peninsula in Oakridge Mall. It's awful beyond compare. Not to mention it costs an arm and leg.

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                                        grayelf RE: LotusRapper Jan 28, 2014 12:45 PM

                                        LR, I enjoy Golden Ocean for dim sum quite a lot (may need to go this w'end!) but haven't been thrilled with dinner there. What are your go tos?

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                                        Chomp RE: waver Jan 28, 2014 12:05 PM

                                        That's too bad - haven't been to either Simon's nor Ginger and Chili in about a year. Ordered from Iron Wok in Kitsilano (Jericho Village at Alma & 4th) a couple of weeks ago, and the food was pretty good, ample portions.

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                                          LotusRapper RE: Chomp Jan 28, 2014 12:31 PM

                                          Iron Wok still there ?? They were there in the '90s when we lived at 8/Collingwood. I vividly recall their wok booth lights up every time the cook stir fries/tosses into the air. Quite impressive.

                                  2. Sam Salmon RE: brokentelephone Jan 27, 2014 11:06 PM

                                    This place has gotten some love here in the past.

                                    http://www.vancouverbakeshop.com/

                                    I stopped by once was was quite taken with their offerings- it's just a bit off my usual wanderings so haven't been back.

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