JohnC

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MacLeod Pub And Grill 1000 Upper Gage Avenue, Hamilton, ON L8V4R5
2008/09/30
  • Standard Pub Fair
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 2
  • McCloud's was a place to go for quick service and decent food no more then 2 years ago. McCloud's changed management and then changed the name (Linkside) apperently by customer vote...I hated the name but had a few good memories of having a few parties here and shooting pool. So I came back shortley after the name change and relized the waite staff that I had known was slowly disappearing and food quility was going down. McCloud's is very close to me and even though I dont drink I enjoyed going here for some good food and for some good times. Last time I whent I ordered the Canadian Bacon Burger and was really, really disappointed. I think the menu discribes it as a 5oz burger w/ Canadian Back Bacon, but when I recieved it, the burger was smaller then the slices of tomatoe that came w/ the bun, it was also void of back bacon (which I recieved after asking for it). I waited 25min. for my little burger unfortunatley and was moved three times while eating - for my waitresses "prefered customers" who she didnt want to get angry...and who never came durring my visit. She was grumpy w/ me the whole time and when I whent to go pay I asked if she was having a tough day...bad question...she flipped out and charged me an extra 1.50 for the back bacon that was SUPPOSED to come w/ my burger :(. I probably will go back for chicken fingers, but will try and avoid "Linkside" as best as I can.

  • Order: Canadian Bacon Burger, Chicken Fingers w/ Fries
 
Sushistar 127 King Street East, Hamilton, ON L8N1B1
2008/09/24
  • OK Sushi
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 2
  • Sushi Star is a hit w/ my family members less acustomed to sushi as they serve great alternitives such as yaki-udon and excellent tempura. Generally the sushi is good but not great (sapporo has better sushi, but is less consistant) and though it seems fresh, you get what you pay for (which at 15$ isnt a lot in terms of fish). Service isnt good...but its not as bad as sapparo and often thats not saying much. The free drink is good, but they dont tell you, you have to get it on your own...so you could leave w/out even knowing. Its a nice place but isnt really anything special. Lots of weird people come here (in my experiances) but its usualy a good atmosphere.

  • Order: Lunch Buffet: Spider Rolls, Spicey Tuna, Yaki-udon
 
Kampai 236 King St. W, Hamilton, ON L8P1A9
2008/09/24
  • PERFECT 10!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • PERFECT! Amazing food, even more amazing sushi and grade A service. The Teriyaki Chicken Box is amazing and the most amazing Miso soup is included with your dish...Ive yet to have the perfect dinning experiance but I would say, this would be it! Service is fairly good and also gets a 10. Decor is authentic and really makes you enjoy your experiance. The food is pricey, but super fresh! Im really excited to go back and literally, eventually try the ENTIRE menu! Its funny that I cant find enough things to write about Kampai...but its a must try for any sushi lover...or even the health concious.

  • Order: Teriyaki Chicken Box, Ebi Sushi
 
Tarboosh Restaurant 870 Upper James Street, Hamilton, ON L9C3A4
2008/09/24
  • Reliable Middle-East Cuisine
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • Though service DOES leave something to be desiered Tarboosh is always a great experiance. Table service is definatley this restruants set back as orders are often mistaken and its usually not very fast. Take-out service is more reliable and usually quite fast and gets about an 8 compared to the sit down service which at times is around a 3 depending on your server. Food is good and the falafal is amazing, Im not a big fan of the baklawa here 'cause its too sweet and I also dont enjoy the fries (though I know fries arent really a middle-east or mederterranian specialty). Decor is sparce and its very dull. I do enjoy watching the often cheese ball lemboneese game shows/movies/dramas while Im waiting for my order. Dunno if this place is still open, it was closed last time I whent but I like Tarboosh and enjoy the food and will go back!

  • Order: Falafal, Chicken Shwarma
 
South Sea Restaurant 282 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton, ON L8H3Z9
2008/08/25
  • Great (almost) Authentic Chinese
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • Great (almost) authentic Chinese food. This place probably has the best Chinese food in Hamilton and is super filling. I have never left starving, but always leave wanting more. Service is always great and often comes around to check if your order is right and if you would like anything else (when your are finished) they are also very helpful and explain dishes well for first timers. Decor is a bit cheesy, though it has improved. Looks like something straight out of a Bruce Lee film, it is also in a shady area of town and out of the way for people who dont drive and live outside of the downtown core - like myself. If I had more time to get down here Id go at least once a month.

  • Order: Orange Chicken, Kitchen Soup
 
Baramibunei 16 Jarvis Street, Hamilton, ON L8R1M2
2008/08/25
  • AMAZING!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • Food is always excellent and delicious. Portion sizes are fair and more then enough for two people to handle (larger parties may have to order more food). Service is generally excellent, I really enjoyed getting my picture taken and the owner likes to talk about his art if asked, other servers I had dont speak or understand english well but seem to understand enough to do a good job. Decor is excellent, nice tables, sparkling clean and an amazing atmosphere. Usually pretty quite on weekdays. Love this place and its officially my favorite spot in Hamilton.

  • Order: Bulgogi
 
B & T Restaurant 115 Park Street North?, Hamilton, ON L8R2N2
2008/08/25
  • First Vietnamese Experiance
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • I would actually give the food a 7.5 if possible as you have to be careful with what you order and Vietnamese food definatley adheres to very specific taste-buds. Generally the spring rolls and green curry shrimp are excellent, while noodles are often hit and miss. Service here is usally brutal. Mr. High-pants is just a grumpy guy and the first time I came here the waitress actually said "youve been too long, you have to order now" (Ill admit I spent about 10 min. w/ my menu - considering this was my first time and I was trying to help a friend pick something as well). Decor is nice and the enviorment is always upbeat (dispite bad service) lots of University students go here. I like the asian market next store as well. Viatnamese Iced Cap is the best thing EVER. I will probably go here again, but probably by myself.

  • Order: Green Curry Shrimp w/ Rice, Shrimp Spring Rolls
 
T & G Tasty Lunch 665 Upper James Street, Hamilton, ON L9C6Y3
2008/08/25
  • Meh...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 2
  • I dont go to T & Gs often as I dont go to the Mountain Plaza on a regular basis. I used to go more often while I was in college and didnt feel like taking a bus or going to the food court to eat. Service is usually OK, though I have been rushed to make my order a few times (as in, I sit down, get a menu, waitress comes and asks if Ive decided right away - comes back 5 min. later and takes my menu before I order - its always the same waitress that does this though.). Usually the breakfast is quite good, sometimes egg is a little undercooked and I dont consider a pan fried slice of ham back bacon BUT its always filling. Not very clean at times, Ive never gotten clean utensils and the coffee always tastes instant. I probably wont go back considering I dont get out that way much and there are better places to eat in that area anyways.

  • Order: Breakfast: Bacon, Eggs, Toast, w/ Homefries and Back Bacon
 
Mahal Restaurant 22 King Street East, Hamilton, ON L8N1A3
2008/08/25
  • Last Resort
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • I used to come here when me and my friends needed a quick fix for Indian food before a lecture and we didnt have time to make the trek to Modern India. The selection is noticebly smaller and the restraunt is dark and poorly laid out. I didnt mind eating here untill the last time I came w/ a friend while we were running errands, I had some chicken vindaloo and a pekoora the vindaloo was cold, so i didnt finish it and my pakoora had a large piece of aluminum foil in the middle which I ate and spate out. I forced myself to finish my rice and na'an (this was only our first plate each and I didnt want to be rude). Service has always been just OK, this last time I whent the manager seemed quite offended that we each only finished one plate and asked that we pay extra for the servings we couldnt finish. Wont go back unless I am absolutley forced to go.

  • Order: Lunch Buffet: Tandoori Chicken, Na'an, Vindaloo
 
Sapporo Japanese Restaurant 96 Main Street East, Hamilton, ON L8N1G3
2008/08/25
  • Sushi
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 2
  • I used to go here often with parties (2-6 people) after school for some decent sushi, but I have always had an issue w/ service there. Sometimes service is excellent and you get nice-sized portions and the service is very good and very helpfull, most times its unattenetive and hard to get anything ordered. My girlfriend often orders miso and has YET to receive an order of it (even after repeatidley asking every time we go). One time before me and my friends left for our co-ops we decided to make a reservation for 5 and had waited an hour to get seated and another 20 min. for food - the only reason we did get seated was because we stated loudly we would go elsewhere. Decor is nice and its very clean. The last time I whent I got a bad order and Im not sure if Ill return if I can find better sushi in Hamilton.

  • Order: Lunch Buffet: Spider Rolls, Shrimp Tempura, Spicey Tuna