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Big River Brewing Company14200 Entertainment Blvd., #180, Richmond
Slow food preparation
By rnathan of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

First the beers: I was disappointed that only two of their own beers were on the menu, but found a nice drop of guest IPA. Although the restaurant had become half empty while we waited, the food preparation seemed slow. Perhaps they wanted to sell more beer? When the fajitas and salmon/crab cakes came, they were hot and we enjoyed the food.

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Adelitas5178 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
The best in Vancouver
By sunyflower of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

I love this places, everything so fresh, homemade, extremely taste. They have a big menu but also they do different dishes for special of the day..I just can say Incredible taste...like in vacations in Mexico.
Try it the tacos so yummy, Enchiladas ask for the one in green sauce with melted cheese and come with fresh guacamole, beans and rices....They make my days HAPPY Thanks ADELITAS!!!!

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IPOH Asian House2128 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Utter Disappointment
By aeis2000 of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2014 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

This is not what south east asian food taste like.
I had the Char Kway Teow which tasted just like any ordinary stir fried rice noodles which you can get any any HK cafe.
Wife had the KL Noodles which tasted equally bad.

I grew up in singapore and malaysia so i know what it should taste like.
This place is just using all the names of the south east asian favourites and doing it their way.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House1035 Columbia Street, #102, New Westminster
Save your money
By Thisgal of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:10am [Dine in]

This place is not worth your time or money. Was left standing at door for nearly 10 minutes while the server was busy on her phone. After being sat I waitng another 10 minutes for my drink. My coffee was always left empty. Food was below average with cost far above the norm. Not a good place

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Venetis20511 Douglas Cres, Langley
Dining in a relaxed atmosphere
By rnathan of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:41am [Dine in]

The salad bar is quite simple, but also adequate. We ordered the pepper steak stir fry and poached salmon. Both came quite quickly and were hot and delicious. The server was friendly, advised us when the food was coming, and made sure we were enjoying the meal. We found the decor to be relaxing, and liked the wall pictures. The restaurant was quite full, with clientele from babies to seniors.

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Aphrodite's Organic Delights Cafe3598 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Lousy place. Worst server ever!
By cathy m of Ladner , B.C. (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

Had lunch at Aphrodites earlier this week. Ordered the large bowl of turkey vegetable soup.
When the server arrived, the soup had spilt over into the plate, onto the bread, into the little butter container and was all over the spoon including the handle.

The server explained that he had "almost tripped" with the soup.
He wanted to know if i "cared" stating that "some people wouldn't care".
I told him i cared and he took the soup away.
He returned with the same bowl of soup complete with spill marks, same soggy bread and same butter but now on a new plate with a clean spoon. The bowl made ring marks on the plate and had cooled down.

Anyways i ate what was left of the soup-it was quite thin and not a lot of veggies and hardly any turkey.
For this they charged $7.95

My friend paid the bill and i don't know if a tip was left or not. I wouldn't have left him a dime.

I emailed in a complaint but never heard back.
A miserable experience-will never go back.

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Frites & Fries With Benefits1011 Granville St., Vancouver
Excellent Poutine!
By Katarina Speckman of Vancouver (Downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 7:03pm [Dine in]

After briefly noting the existence of this new mini restaurant on Granville's busy downtown strip, I decided to stop in to evaluate the competition.
After a long and inclusive search, I have tried many of the city's variations on poutine, the classic french-canadian dish so beloved by many. Where would this little fast-food gem fall on the spectrum that included La Belle Patate and Mean Poutine?

The Frites poutine did not disappoint. Major points for the thick, soft fries, flavourful gravy, and authentic squeaky cheese curds. It's a simple but delicious take on the original.

As a bonus, the staff were friendly and pleasant, and the meal was super affordable-- $5 for a regular poutine.
I would love to try their waffles and fries with the myriad of sauces that they offer for dipping.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Not the place for a business dinner
By jbgirl21 of Victoria (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

I have been visiting Vancouver for the longest of time, mainly for leisure but lately for business. A couple I was doing business with decided to take me out to dinner here. I know of other Indian restaurants but let them lead as they are locals. I shouldn't have. We arrived for our reservation on time at 6 pm only to find a couple-filled restaurant. The restaurant is more set up for couples and families, NOT business! In fact, we were one of the only tables that was not a couple. Skipping that part though, food was good. Prices are about $15 a dish, which is okay for dinner. I went for the mixed platter and then onto a chicken methi with rice. The timing was perfect, my main arrived as soon as I was taking my last bite off of the pakora. I felt that the chicken was good, but it could have been a bit more spicy. The coconut curry seemed really good, but I didnt try it. I will consider this restaurant for indian food when I come back for non-business related issues.

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9th Avenue Grill1822 West Broadway St., Vancouver
2pm breakfast
By jbgirl21 of Victoria (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

Whenever I am in Vancouver, I try to go somewhere different each time. Compared to Victoria, they have tons of restaurants with different food options to go for. I have been a countless number of times to Vancouver for a number of reasons but never ate here. Looking for a place to eat breakfast at 2 pm, you know your options will be quite limited.

Serving breakfast ALL DAY, 9th avenue was the answer to my prayers. There was a huge variety of things to choose from. Not feeling very explorative, I went for the 9th Ave Benny Special, a bagel and some coffee. How creative of me, I know. The hollandaise sauce was delicious and took away the sour feeling I had of ordering the most expensive one on the list AND waiting for it for a long time. Another thing that lifted my mood from the slow service and expensive meal was to know that my coffee was organic and fairtrade.

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Woody's on Brunette Pub935 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Always a good time
By foody101 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 11:18am [Dine in]

Good service, great deals on food and drinks. Every day there are great specials available without compromising any quality. Its a great place to watch the game or spend your night dancing and listening to live music. Servers are always very friendly and willing to make sure you have a great time.

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Pallas Athena1250 Dominion Ave, #101, Port Coquitlam
Not "feeling the Love" or Making Magic" anymore
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (138 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2014 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

We used to come here a lot as it was a good Greek place with different(read clean) decor. The owner/manager was very friendly and the food was good. This last trip willbe our last.

We came in on a weekend night with a group. The Owner/manager whoever she is is getting tiresome and the nicities seem faked and bored now. She didn't even look at us half the time when speaking. We didn't "feel the love" as she says or "make magic" when we paid the bill. What really ticked us off was that we were in a group of 8 and told that we could not us ONE entertainment coupon ($15) for a bill of close to $400 because it was good Mon-THurs. REALLY? "Im so sorry" pouty face. You could have taken it if you wanted to. Everyone at the table thought it was very petty and left a bad impression on 8 people. And, no, we wont be back on a "proper night" to use it. Thank you.

The food was ok, but not like it used to be. The tomotoes in the Greek salad were so underripe and hard they were inedible and the shrimp was very smelly and fishy. $5.50 is charged for more pita.

Greek cuisine is very easy to make at home and I find this place along with most other Greek plasces just cost too much for what you get. I'll save my dining out dollars for something I can't make at home.

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Fresh Restaurant & Lounge15269 104th Avenue, Surrey
Satisfying dinner
By Balmy of Burnaby (52 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2014 - 8:18am [Dine in]

Good food. Decent service. The suede chairs were oversized and super cozy. Food arrived in a timely manner. Our server was busy running around attending to other diners that it took awhile for him to clear our plates. I was not in a hurry so did not mind. I think it is a good late night option as well as I saw many diners stopping by for drinks or food.

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Tandoori Kona11700 Cambie Road, #170, Richmond
Best Curry in Richmond
By Beautiful Fluff of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

This is one of my fav. place for Indian food. They have amazing option for lunch sets as well, take-outs also taste equally wonderful.Their House Curry with any type of meat is very tasty, although I usually order Butter Chicken. If you don't like overly sweet stuff, don't order their desserts. But don't forget to order a lassi to go with your meal. I wrote a blog about my recent dinner there to give you a more detailed review :

http://beautifulfluff.blogspot.ca/2014/10/tandoori-kona-restaurant.html#more

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Meat & Bread1033 West Pender St, Vancouver
Sometimes great, sometimes just okay
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 7:23pm [Take-out]

Meat and Bread is very close to where I sometimes work and I've grabbed a sandwich from there 4 or 5 times so far. Several times, I've had amazing sandwiches and a couple times the bread has been dry or too chewy to eat easily. The corned beef and curried chicken were my favorites; the vegetarian was my least favorite. I don't expect gourmet for those prices so overall it's a good price for a quick bite that satisfies and that's all you really need for a working lunch.

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Come Along Seafood Restaurant2550 Kingsway, Vancouver
Came and left stuffed!!
By richie_rich of vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2014 - 4:18am [Dine in]

Hello there,

It was my old man's 80th birthday...my mom decided on dinner at this restaurant which I have heard of but never been to. Reservations for 5 at 6:30pm were made several days before this big weekday event.
The parking was a bit scattered...you can park on Kingsway if its after rush hours or at the back of the restaurant as there are roughly 8 parking stalls. However on that day...both the Kingsway side and the back were full so I ended up parking on a side street just next to Norquay Park. Anyways, upon entering the establishment... nice modern chic oriental decor and the restaurant was semi full already. We got seated promptly and checkout the menu. We ending up ordering 8 dishes...no typo...omg!!!

1) Beijing Duck aka Peking duck...this was a 2 course meal. First came the duck skin, hot thin tortilla size crepes and the hoisin sauce plus scallions. The crepe was big enough to fold into a pocket... no leakage. Taste was crispy and not grease. Very nice start. The other half was the lettuce wraps or aka Chinese tacos where the duck meat is diced and stir fried with diced water chestnuts, carrots, celery, shiitake mushrooms and other goodies. Basically, hot filling for the lettuce with a touch of hoisin sauce. This was also very good.

2) West Lake Beef and Egg swirl soup..pretty good with a touch of firm mung bean noodles.

3) Prawn and Scallop with XO sauce (type of satay sauce:salty,mild heat and strong fish taste like the use of anchovies in Italian cooking) The seafood was tender and cooked perfectly. The snow peas were crisp and sweet.

4) Sweet and Sour spareribs....these were super tender and the sauce was not overly sweet or sour..just mild to the taste buds....not bad. I think my sister enjoyed this the most as she thought it was balanced.

5) Beef with Gai-Lan (aka Chinese broccoli)....super big crunchy veggie and tender slices of beef. Standard stuff.

6) Stir Fry Pea shoots with garlic...........tender shoots....very good.

7) Yeung Chow Fried Rice....big pieces of shrimp, diced bbq pork, diced carrots, threaded egg and wonderful wok flavor/smell. My favorite dish.

8) Pan fried Chinese Mushrooms with Yee Mein....... I ran out of room. My brother's favorite dish. He said it was very good.

I have to mention the service was excellent. They refilled our tea several time and replaced our dirty dishes several time in the course of the meal. I also have to mention the dish size was quite large..which is a good thing. We ended up skipping dessert. The tab came to $150 with a $20 tip to boot. I believe we had 6 containers to take home. All in all...very good food, friendly service and my dad loves leftovers. Thanks for reading..time to pass out.

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Pantry Restaurant, The3051 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
Bad Breakfast
By cyberspace of vancouver (81 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

It was hard to find breakfast places that are open at 7am in Richmond but saw this place while driving to the airport. They had not opened up yet but waited only 5mins before they opened up. Everything there was bad. Old looking restaurant. Coffee was not good. They don't know how to make over easy eggs. I don't eat pork but they gave me bacon. My friend who eats bacon said that it was not good at all (funny tasting). I would not go back as i just wasted $30 for two people on breakfast. McDonalds could have done a better job on this.

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Pizza Factory701 Kingsway, #3, Vancouver
wings and pizza
By adamH of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

I recently had honey garlic wings at this pizza store on kingsway and fraser which tasted really delicious, they were crispy and perfectly cooked. The pizza i had was the taco pizza which also tasted really good. They were generous on the cheese which reminds me of how my mother used to cook pizzas. The man working in the front had great customer service, the wait for the food wasn't that long either.

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Sheila's Bistro and Lounge2181 160 St, Surrey, BC, Surrey
Nice bistro in Surrey
By VJB of abbotsford (156 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 10:29am [Dine in]

This place is well hidden as others have commented. Once you’re inside the room itself is lovely and they have a nice patio area outside. The inside room is well lit and it has nice high ceilings. It’s very nice decorated. When we were here for dinner on Sunday it was very quiet. We arrived for dinner at 6:00 and when we left at 7:30 there were no other customers. I think that they were going to close early.
Our server Alex was terrific. He obviously enjoys his job very much and was very helpful and knowledgeable. He was always there when you needed help or had questions but the rest of the time he left you alone. He offered to let us sample a wine to decide if we wanted a full glass. We shared the prawn appetizer of the day. They were magnificent. The prawns were very fresh and it was simply prepared with garlic butter, smoked paprika and chili flakes. They were served with slices of lightly toasted baguettes. It was a truly outstanding dish. My husband had the special of the day – roast prime rib au jus served with perfectly cooked Yorkshire pudding, baked potato and salad. The prime rib was cooked exactly as my husband had requested and it was a very flavourful tender cut of beef. I had the osso buco. It was good but it was not one of the better osso buco’s that I’ve had. It came with the same salad that accompanied my husband’s entrée and polenta. I have to say that I did not like the polenta at all. I found it very heavy. Neither one of us cared for the salad. I think I heard Alex tell another table that it had hearts of palm (not a fan of hearts of palm). For dessert we shared an order of cookies and cream. This was 2 large chocolate cookies topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate drizzle. It was delicious. Alex had graciously had it divided in 2 before it was brought to the table.
It was a lovely evening and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Beautiful restaurant, amazing service, better than average food for the most part and fair prices.
We’ll be back. I just wouldn’t order the osso buco again.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
A restaurant with a view...but where was the service?
By radsah34 of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2014 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

I have been to the beach house a couple of times before, the last being for my sister's wedding reception. I came again for a date w/ my boyfriend and we asked for a seat by the window. The view is just beautiful from here: you can see the beach, lion's gate bridge, burrard inlet...I don't think I need to go on. You get the point.

I seldom eat here, only on special occasions, which is why I don't mind them positioning themselves an upscale dining spot with a spectacular view. Despite it being a popular location for big parties and events, parking is not a problem. There are both valet parking and on Bellevue ave options available.

I know what to expect of the prices - $20+ for an entree, $10 for a cocktail, which is not bad at all! The food was perfect, to say the least. We had some share plates and entrees. My prawn linguini was delicious and so was the gyoza. But the service left much to be desired. The waitress seemed to be inexperienced, which I can forgive, but inattentive? She forgot to bring my boyfriend's entree, took the longest time to bring it and didnt apologize when she mixed up our cocktails.

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Cristos Greek Taverna4624 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Food - Romance and Dancing - You cannot say no
By AnitGreek of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2014 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

Last Saturday my friend and I decided to go out for Greek food. I suggested Cristos in Burnaby because I had been in the restaurant before and the food was great. My friend came along mostly because I told her that there was going to be belly dancing - and she wanted to see the show.

We arrived at 7 PM and we were treated with a smile at the door. The man wearing a costume from the Greek islands (as he told us) informed us that we were just in time for the show. We started with calamari (to die for) and as the food arrived so did the belly dancer. A very pretty Brazilian girl named Carla entertained us. Everyone was clapping and from time to time all the customers were screaming "OPA" and laughing as the staff kept breaking plates down by the bar.

My friend ordered the lamb shoulder and I ordered the special which was "lamb cigar" or as we were told a meat pie, made with fylo and lamb (rolled like a fat cigar); and all the spices. It was so tasty... from another world for $15 - with rice, potatoes, pitta, Greek salad and satziki. I never tasted such food before and we were told that this food is not made in any other Greek restaurant. Apparently, the owner (Leo - the man with the costume) from time to time goes back to his childhood memories and he creates all types of different Greek dishes. He also prepares and makes Greek coffee for the customers and then he reads the coffee cup - not that we tried that!

Of course, the night was not over. Down below, there was a BD party. The staff sang happy BD and they took the older woman by the bar to break a plate. She just did not want to do it. We heard her saying that she never broke a plate in her life. But eventually she agreed to do it for the "Good Luck!". And then the owner took 2 young customers and danced a greek song with them around the tables. That was fun to watch. Truly cultural!

As we were commenting on the food and the ambience of the restaurant - real wonderful plants hanging from the roof and big flowery plants adding to the floor decor - suddenly the lights dimmed to a minimal and the Greek music changed to a soft loving music by Julio Inglessias. Only the candles by the cables were on. We started laughing because we could not believe the coincidence. Romance in a Greek restaurant. Now, the owner was circulating around the tables, wearing a white lab coat pretending to be a scientist, offering every single customer "test tube babies"; actual test tubes having a small amount of alcohol. That's Greek hospitality he said to give something back to the customers. Wow... that little drink was delicious... Lemoncello and Merlot wine and Cinzano and whatever else.

Apparently the owner dances all the time and he treats all customers like they are his friends. And the server told us that sometimes they sevre small jello shooters for free! I don't know if there is another restaurant that does this but I know that... my friend and I spent a night in Greece. What a night! What a delight!

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