With all the new restaurants that have opened in town in the past 10 years, this place seems to have been a bit forgotten, but it has held its standards all through this time. A few years ago, their prix fixe lunch portions were very small, and that deterred some people, but they have learned from their mistake, and now, the prix fixe lunch portions are BIG. At $29, that's unbeatable value.
I went there on several occasions recently. Every time, the food was 5-star in standard. Service, too, was attentive but non-obstructing. Best of all, the place is quiet (unlike many other restaurants), so you could carry out a conversation comfortably. Very nice decor, up-to-date, warm, and cozy. And to top it off, you get free valet parking whether you go for lunch or for dinner.
This is one of the best restaurants in town. I'll go back without hesitation.
I normally don't write reviews, but based on my experience tonight, I write this in hopes they change things.
We came here for or friends birthday, as he loved the idea of eating in a castle. The atmosphere is nice, with a true feeling of a small town spots pub. There was 6 of us in total, who ordered drinks and food.
Our server was nice and attentive. But at times we had more than one walk by clearing our table, even when we were still eating. We were also asked how to split the bill while we were still eating. Making it feel as though we were rushed and unwelcome.
My significant other and I purchased the parmesan fingers, drunken pickles, and a jug of beer to share with or table. Then 2 yorkie dinners for our main course.
Our chicken fingers and pickles took about 20-30 min to arrive. The chicken was dry and marinara sauce tested like it came out of a can. The drunken picked were actually pretty good.
We waited another 20-30 min for our meals. When we got our towering Yorkshires filled with shredded beef intop of mash potatos and a nice cooked thick slices of tomato broiled to perfection with light cheese on top, it looked great. Upon cutting and eating a few bites, we found our Yorkshire's were almost black and hard. We both tried to eat one out of the two on or plates, but ended up only stomaching some of the meat. The yourkies were so hard you could barely cut through them.
We sent them back, and waited for a few more min to get new ones. My significant others came 5 min before mine. This time they were closer to the golden brown, one would expect of a towering Yorkshire pudding. But inside mine was bow icy cold.
Needles to say, more than disappointing. We finally got or bill and I mentioned to the waitress that we were disappointed and didn't feel it fair to pay for both dinners. She agreed and took one meal of our bill. I appreciated her understanding to the situation and was happy she agreed to take one off the bill.
All in all it wasn't a very good experience, and feel they have a great opportunity to change things and be known for that amazing little Irish pub in a castle.
I recently tried their butter chicken special when I caught it on their facebook page. I'm visiting in Vancouver so I gave it a try.
In a word, outstanding and delicious. Yes, I needed two words haha. The food was really good, I ordered their chicken tikka, pakora, methi and of course, the special. I went there with my wife and two kids.
It was right amount of spices, not too greasy and very authentic Indian cuisine with the Handi dish to live up their names.
The service was great, the waitress was quick and very nice to my family and me.
Finally, the cost is just down to earth. Having tried the vjs two nights before I was kinda glad I found something like handi cuisine. Great food, great service, at a great value. Just a great time.
I'm being kind of generous about this particular one, but since I'm rating a few today, it's fine.
Honestly, I wouldn't come back to this place again, but as a part of my visit to Vancouver I had to check it out.
I waited for a good 5 - 7 minutes for a table. Didn't mind, better places have kept me waiting longer. When I was finally in, the place was so crowded I thought it was a good sign.
The food was great, just as I was expecting. The service wasn't as bad with all the crowd on the restaurant but not worthy of a luxury place. That brings me to my next point, it's pretty expensive and I don't think that's their value.
I would recommend try it and if the ambiance is different, you don't mind paying way more than average indian restaurant. Otherwise, personally, there are better ones in my list, like handi, and at a better rate.
Yes, outstanding for everything.
Sushi is not one of my favorite cuisines but I can recognize good service, good food at a good price anywhere.
This is one of those places and apparently, it's pretty popular in Vancouver. I ordered the Vancouver roll since I'm visiting for two months. Spectacular! Along with some good Sashimi, you are set.
You won't spend more than $12 and that's if you really wanna stuff yourself.
The only reason I tried Stephos is because they promised that it's a MUST place when in Vancouver.
Well, I didn't mind the lines if it was going to be this good. It was! Once we got in, I ordered the Calamari and the Lasagna for my wife.
Loved them both! The food is absolutely amazing, the portions are very big and it's cheap! It's impressive how a place like that is so cheap!
Looking forward to trying it again. Staying in Vancouver for 2 months...
Coming from LA for Vancouver only for a couple of weeks, I wanted to try everything. Everything.
When it comes to spices, heavy sauces and great meets, I have to admit Mexican cuisine is my favorite but I wanted to try a few indian places in Vancouver since I heard that the Indian population here is like the Mexican population in Cali.
Out of the list, I'm trying to review each one now. This one, Handi, was by far my favorite.
It started with the ambiance, got a nice table with my friends and started with a few drinks from the bar. The place is kinda quite but not quite enough that you can have a great time with friends. The service is quick and efficient. (Specially with my refills and my orders of whiskey haha) Loved it.
If you are going with Indian food, then definitely try Handi. For me, it's the best Indian restaurant in Vancouver.
Really? Really?? Well as you can see, I don't think they are the best burritos in town at all. This place strike me as those areas in Mexico that you don't really wanna go into and much less eat at.
I tried it because of a friend when I was in Vancouver recently and coming from LA, yes, Mexican is a weekly thing for me.
This place just doesn't do any justice at all to it's name. The food is OK, not that bad but the service was just terrible. The guy who helped us was just having a bad day or something but wasn't very helpful at all.
I would say avoid it, there aren't many good Mexican places in Vancouver, but there are definitely better ones than this one.
I tried Sulam after a few friends recommended it.
First impression was that the place does not really look Indian. I've been to enough Indian restaurants to see what they usually look like and to determine patterns. That place just does not look like it.
That's not bad I would say, just odd at first.
We ordered and our food came a little bit late, but the waitress was nice and looked like she wanted to really serve as well so no complains about the service. Outstanding I would say, it's not her fault the plates are coming in a bit late. (I hope)
In terms of the value, yes, I would say it's expensive. Not the place's and food's value.
Nevertheless, not bad and I would come back again.
This place is great for a quick pizza! Its close to UBC and so we go with friends sometimes. You can also order online through their website..
They also have like indian style pizzas which I personally love like their butter chicken pizza. Or you can also go for their signature which is great as well.
I thought I wrote a review on this place...it must of disappeared or the owner removed my review. I went there with some girlfriends on a Persian night to see some belly dancing. I reserved a table for 10 and had 8 girls come for sure that night....the owner gave us a booth and wanted us to sit in two booths, I asked him I wanted a table with chairs so we can all sit together and always..the chairs will be a lot easier to get in and out from...he said that the other side where the tables were...are for 20 people...Bull@$#@%T!!!!!! He just wanted his own culture sitting there.....
The waitress was nice but did not come around all night...to ask us if we were ok...or if we wanted anything else.....they seem to have a different menu for the Persian people....and I do not know how this restaurant survives on cheap food prices and the Persian food comes delivered from North Vancouver...they do not make it there ...apparently from what someone told me....and I do think a Persian girl told me also..before that works there...
The belly dancer was nice....but the music could of been a lot higher volume....when later some of my friends were leaving....Persian people started to take over our booth...very sneaky...like snakes....cheap food and cheap people...trust me..I am CDN, European decent and I have been in the culture for more than 25 yrs. now and I never had this problem .....the way I think about them now...it's disgusting.....
The owner does not give a SHIT about customer service and the Persian People that go on FRIDAY'S, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS....ARE SCUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I REALLY DO HOPE THIS PLACE CLOSES DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I tried Handi Cuisine when they had an special for UBC students recently. Saw it over their Facebook page. Thought some Indian friends would like it and it's close enough so we tried it.
First off, the place is great when you come in. The bar tender greeted us, stepped out and fixed a table for us right there.
After having the drinks, the food came - no appetizers, we were really hungry. haha - The food was divine really. I've been to enough Indian restaurants where the food is so spicy, TOO heavy, TOO greasy, etc. This place was just perfect. The service was outstanding with him at first and then the waitress taking our food and bringing more naan and stuff. Continuously.
Love the place and for sure I would come back in a heartbeat!
To start, the place is in a sky train station, AND it's only cash. Talk about hit and run.
So you will buy a combo for about 10 - 13 bucks I'd say for OK looking sushi. The taste wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. I would say your money is way better spent in a place like subway even. For that kind of money you can have a sweet lunch at a nice sit down sushi place.
This Pajo's has always been our go-to place for outings with the dog and with the first sunny weekend of the year, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to go back and enjoy some delicious fish & chips. However, with the new year, there seems to be changes does not benefit the customers.
We ordered the large halibut with onion rings replacing the fries. Of the three pieces of halibut we received, one piece was cod (which is cheaper) rather than halibut and all three pieces of fish were overcooked. The batter was also lumpy and didn't have the usual lightness or crispiness to it. The onion rings were great but there were only about 7 or 8 rings in there.
There was a line up to order but we've lined up at longer ones and received our food even faster. Waited about 15 minutes just to order and then another 30 minutes to get our food! And the guy who was calling out the numbers for pick up was so quiet, no one could hear him so he kept calling out the same numbers, taking up even more time.
With the new year came an expanded menu but also higher prices. We paid $22 for 3 pieces of halibut, some onion rings, and a medium fountain pop. For that price, I rather go to one of the restaurants along the boardwalk and be served.
Excellent as always but of course, the ambiance is nature and had nothing to do with Pajo's.
My girlfriend wanted to do something extra special for my 40th birthday, so she took me to Kobe for dinner. I tried the Godzilla ( imported Wagyu beef ), it was so good! My girlfriend got the steak and lobster, she was equally impressed with her meal. The service was great and the atmosphere was a blast!
Do not go to this place. Just moved back to Vancouver after 8 years and decided to visit my favorite restaurant Stepho's!
Going to Stepho's was the worst experience money can buy. Food was cold, the roost lamb was more fat than meat and it was uncooked. The service was horrifying, I was waiting at my table for 30 min and no one came to take our order so I asked about the possibility of ordering my food and the waitress went crazy she said : I have other s#### I need to do man!
I finished my lunch and paid my bill walked out of the restaurant and will not go back ever again! This is how you lose a costumer how actually remembers when food and service was good in this restaurant.
Several of my friends told me about food poisoning cases in the Robson street location.
Went down there with some poeple who are regulars - i.e. 3-4 times a week. You should care about these people. They make you a lot of money. The whole pub looks like they don't care from the outdated room, chairs and tables to the unmaintained patio. If I owned this place I'd have tvs without lines in them and would refurbish the patio and nasty carpet and put in new deor and tables. I'd also make sure the waitresses were decent. Most are but ours was bad.
First off we asked for a drink menu. We got one with wine, mocktails, beer etc. Where were the cocktails? I wasn't sure what I wanted . Nothing. Maybe then, I'll just have water. If there's a cocktail menue to help me Imight buy a $9 cocktail. Just stupid, Most men want beer so that's good, but many women want cocktails but are not sure what they feel like. Business 101 - TELL THEM WHAT YOU HAVE.
When asked about the food items. Watiress S(*&^) did not seem to be too helpful. Ordered chicken strip things that were out of a Food Service frozen bag and served with sauces in prepacked condiment containers - we know you care! Some seafood and artichoke dip came with a few chips and when we had a lot of dip left over and no chips the lousy waitress just wanted to take it away and not offer more chips.
THe service was sooooooo painfully slow we ordered our appies and food at the same time. We did make if very clear that we wanted the appies first and then the entrees when we were done. After 1/2 hour some other wiatress shows up with our entrees and we ahven't even had the appies yet. An argument ensued and we were told that the kitchen was trying to get our food our before a party of 30. I toldher I did not care, we were customers too. They reluctantanly took the food away. Fifteen minutes later we got our appies. Once thy were cleared we waited another 1/2 hour for our entree while otheres at our table who had ordered waaaaaay after use were served. The waitresses whole attitude sucked and she really needs another career.
I told one of the guys in our group who knows the manager and owners that he should tell them what a horrible night we had. He said why bother they dont' care. IT's very obvious. I thought it would be a priviledge to own a pub in a good location considering how much it must cost. But I guesss not. A guy was handing out tickets for a draw for a Canucks jersey and said we were going to do the draw at the end of the game( approx9:30) but no one will be left - really? in a pub on a Saturday night? WOW there's a red flag. But he was right, we were gone.
The Cat and Fiddle is known for it's wings and never disappoints. We go often on Mon and Wed nights for the 25 cent wing nights. We always end up ordering other food too and it is usually very good. They have many wing flavours with saucy or dry types.
My wife, son and I eat here approx 3 times per month. They have very good Pho and we love the lemon grass chicken too. The owner comes out from the back from time to time and is very friendly. Don't hesistate to try this place. It does get quite busy at lunch, so we go around 11:15am and are usually the first or second people in there.
Tasty halibut and fries along with good cole slaw. The deep fried pickles are a great value and tasty. 12 spears of lightly battered pickles and ranch dip for $3.95. Can't beat that. We had the deep fried pickles at Wings Restaurant in Maple Ridge and this place was way better, 1/2 the price and twice the food. Give this place a try and you won't be dissappointed.
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