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Sushi Mania Japanese Restaurant3851 Main Street, Unit 1, Vancouver
great sushi
By SoMaYVR of South Main, Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2015 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

I came here a couple of times when it first opened back in 2013 and wasn't impressed, so I hadn't been in until now 2015, what a difference. Maybe when I first came it was a new restaurant and it could be they just needed to iron out kinks, or it could be new management. In any event it's so much better now. I've been back twice in one week. Each time I've attended the place is relatively full. Nice fresh sushi, great portions. I quite like the select three choices for $13 which includes miso soup. It's a tiny sushi shop. prefer this over the sushi restaurant on Main and 14/15th which is a rip off. While I had dinner, they had about five take out/pick up orders, too.

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Hachi Hana1426 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great sushi at good prices
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (64 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2015 - 4:31pm [Take-out]

We've only ever had takeout sushi from the Hachi Hana as opposed to eating in but the quality has always been very good by the time we got it home. Certainly worth the struggle to find parking on mid-Lonsdale. Wait time was only 20 minutes on a Friday....awesome I think. I'd like to try dine in and some of their sushi bar specials and other Japanese dishes with a large Sapporo although I think the restaurant probably fills up quickly.

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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante3296 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Living up to its name ... 'poor Italian'.
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

This wasn't my first dining experience here but will certainly be my last for a long while. The difference in the quality of the meal surprised me. I was so disappointed that I felt bad for raving about the restaurant and dragging my party here.

The only foods that stood out were the calamari appetiser and lasagna. The other dishes ordered braised beef ravioli with sage butter - lacked flavour and was not filling in the slightest. At $20 a bit more food was expected. Each dish we had, missed the mark - either due to the small quantity and/or flavour. Which was a shame.

Unlike previous reviews, service today was good. Granted we were waited on by 3 different servers, none of them were too intrusive. Our main dishes were served at different times - I understand the kitchen may have been busy but common sense people, bring everything out or nothing.

Perhaps when the memory fades will I try again, highly unlikely but you never know.

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George's Taverna3760 Moncton Street, #130, Richmond
Should Of Kept Walking
By diner40 of Vancouver (90 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

I think after this latest adventure I am going to swear off lamb. I have had nothing but bad luck ordering lamb lately. Actually wanted to visit Kisamos Taverna on Sunday as we visited a few months ago and had an excellent meal. Unfortunately they were closed so my dining partner and I kept on walking down the street with Greek food on our minds.

Came upon George's Taverna. Doesn't look like much from outside, in fact looks a little on the sketchy side.
As it turns out the outside looks like a palace compared to what it looks like on the inside. An absolute dump of a place. Welcome to the 70's, maybe 60's and not in a nice , memorable sort of way. This place is about 20 years overdue for a major reno. My dining partner and I had second thoughts about eating here however the table looked clean and it was starting to get on the late side of dinner hour plus we were hungry so we stayed.

Now to the food. I ordered the lamb souvlaki, my dining partner the roast lamb. Both our meals arrived on sort of old , small white plates. There was your usual rice, greek potato and greek salad. The rice was truly unspectacular. The greek potato not nearly as nice as what I have had at many other Greek restaurants. The Greek salad was just sad. As for my lamb souvalki, the toughest pieces of meat I have had in quite sometime. Gave my jaw a real workout. My dining partners roast lamb was also tough and chewy. It was a greyish fair sized piece of meat that looked like it had been boiled and not roasted. Gross.

Our server was pleasant enough but a little inattentive, had to flag her down to have our water glasses filled more than once. There were two other tables to look after.

To sum up, this is one bad Greek Restaurant. I will never be back.

One souvlaki, one roast lamb and two waters plus another pita they charged me $1.25 for including tip, $40.00

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Cat & Fiddle Sports Bar & Grill1979 Brown Street, Port Coquitlam
Lingerie Lunch
By michelles of Port Coquitlam bc (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Lingerie lunch is on the last Thursday of every month and it is always a great time! The servers are all super hot and the models that come in for the lunch are always super fun! It is a great way to escape from work for lunch and have a great time. The food specials and craft beer is amazing and it is definitely one of the best times at the fiddle :)

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Haru Sushi2041 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
Fast & Cheap
By bbryson of North Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:28pm [Take-out]

Sushi for me comes in two varieties. The Fast & Cheap kind, where speed and cost is more important than quality; and the upscale kind that is an art, may take a little longer and will cost a little more. Haru falls into the fast and cheap bucket.

As far as fast & cheap goes though, Haru is awesome. Yes fast, yes cheap (ish), and has a few surprises....massive sashimi, and surprising quality on some of the rolls (soft shell crab and special roll in particular).

If you need good sushi, for take out, in 20 mins, this is your place.

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Potter's Garden Korean BBQ5599 Kingsway, Burnaby
Waste of your money and time
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 8:16am [Dine in]

We tried this restaurant on the recommendation of a coworker.

There is nothing I can say here that will add to what the other reviewers have already said.
The service is poor and the dishes are tasteless.

Our go-to dish is the cow/ pork bone hot pot - while the bones and meat where plentiful, it is bland and tasteless. Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap was not hot enough, hence the rice didn't crisp very well.

If you want decent Korean food, go to Jang Mo Jib down the road, it is much better.

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Wild Fig Lounge, The405 North Rd, Coquitlam
Super Sunday Brunch
By doughgirl of New Westminster (38 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 13, 2015 - 8:19pm [Dine in]

Enjoy an elaborate Sunday brunch in an elegant & comfortable setting with friendly hurrying servers? Come try this restaurant inside The Executive Plaza Hotel on North Road just blocks away from Lougheed Town Centre and Lougheed Town Centre SkyTrain Station. My personal favourite item and that is always offered is the mixed berry sauce for the freshly made waffles. Usually warm fish and meat dishes are available as well as a variety of vegetables. My husband & I often have 'dinner' for breakfast/lunch here. A huge selection of breakfast items is available too. Plus plenty of cold foods and a variety of juices, plus coffee & teas to drink.
Food quality and flavouring are usually 'Outstanding'. Bring about $30 per person to this buffet.

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Gen Sushi1933 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Will never eat here again
By Lynnvalley22 of north vancouver b c (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 13, 2015 - 6:20pm [Take-out]

This place used to be our go to place for take out sushi. I liked that they delivered, and the guy that delivered was always nice and polite. They usually were early with delivery, until tonight. He was late, and when he delivered, we got our food, but it came with no soya sauce and no chopsticks! We started eating our sushi and i discovered that my spare ribs appetizer was raw! Not cooked! My son's gyoza tasted like over cooked egg...and the tuna in my roll looked not fresh and didn't taste right. $30.00 for take out, and it went in the garbage...what a waste.
I will never get take out from there again. I also agree with other reviews, that the restaurant looks quite run down and dirty. I have been there to pick up on occasion. And when I pick up, the place is usually empty.

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Sura Korean Cuisine1518 Robson St., Vancouver
Great food and incredible value for money
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (120 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 13, 2015 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

I have been here twice, and once at their Richmond sister restaurant. I must admit that, each time, I only had their $15 set lunch menu, but you really need not consider anything else, because for $15, they give you so much food that you cannot possibly finish it all, and every single dish is very delicious. What else need I say?

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Sushi Tengoku10194 152nd Street, Surrey
Really bad service. Almost like being punked.
By Allinjoe69 of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 3:24pm [Take-out]

Ya. I know the service is slow but the food is good. But. ....

So we place a 35$ order for pick up. They said 15-20 minutes but it was busy. Was around 630pm.
We arrived 30 min later and were told it's not ready after some confusion. About 20 minutes later a
Server came to me and said so sorry but our order was given away to another pickup. But don't worry they are on way back so please wait and she rushed off. No offer to remake our order.
There was no way we going to wait for our order to "come back". It just felt weird eating food that someone else had. We were already 40 minutes waiting. We left and when to subway.

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Palmyra Mediterranean Grill10020 152nd St, Unit 167, Surrey
Decent food but in a weird location between Mac's and Sleep Country
By Huge of Surrey (138 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 10:14am [Dine in]

Went here with the family for a quick greek dinner. Upon entering I noticed that it was quite smoky not from cigerettes but from cooking. Their ventialation is not working to its potential. We ordered the chicken kabobs with rice and salad along with humus and a bread. Also I ordered the lamb and chicken sharwama. The kabobs were decent, not dry but could have been more flavourful. The rice was tasty and the salad was satisfactory. My lamb and chicken sharwama was delicious. They seasoned the meat well. Juicy and plentiful. The price was ok, but more expensive than the original posting states. Decent place but strange location. Might come back but there are better places for this type of food.

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Denny's8855 202nd St, #201, Langley
Willowbrook Dennys - Epic Failure
By TrippleDDD of Clayton Heights, Surrey (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 3:46am [Dine in]

If you were excited and waiting for the long overdue arrival of the Denny’s restaurant chain to come to downtown Langley, the wait is over. But sadly this wait comes with a huge disappointment at the new Willowbrook location.

Gone is the quick service you have come accustomed to and service with a smile. Now the wait is pretentious and long and seems as though the corporate office has decided to try and take the classic Denny’s atmosphere to the tapas, mid-level dining level. Falling very short of this goal on an epic level, its quite clear that Denny’s came to this location to try and save the previous restaurant (which they have partnered with 50/50 in the same location) failures and debts, and have decided to share the same kitchen to produce foods for two different restaurants from within one. Perhaps this is where the confusion and delays come from within the kitchen, resulting in long delays in food delivery and incorrectly made orders.

In our case (dinner for 2), our dinner order was simple. Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad for me, and Double Cheeseburger with NO onions, No pickles and EXTRA bacon, which by the way came with the option of (3) different options for cheese on your burger. To begin with, we selected the following appetizers: Cheese Sticks and Onion Rings. Lets review.

Please remember the following while reading this review, “Baby highchair seat”. We will come back to this later on in the review!

Appetizers:

1- The deep fryer’s temperature was set too high in the kitchen resulting in burnt batter exterior and cold cheese interior. When the cheese should have been gooey warm and dripping when cracked in half, it was a solid cold piece of cheese. The cheese sticks were also provided by a professional frozen food company (GFS or Sysco), and definitely not homemade. Took 28 minutes to arrive with 5 other patrons in the restaurant.
Delivered Result: FAIL

2- Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad came with four (4) wedges of Avocado. Little bit more brown than I would have liked after being exposed to the air without proper lemon preparation, but still palatable.
The chicken was chargrilled, but not cooked evenly throughout resulting in cold spots and uneven cooking. Definitely pre-cooked and warmed on the grill to order.

3- Caesar Salad. The quantity of lettuce was more than expected, which matched the amount of dressing. Far too much dressing which left the salad unbalanced and forcing the person eating it to search for something cool to drink to ease the ensuing garlic mouth burn. You do not want to be eating this salad at this location if you have any romantic moments planned within the next 8-10hrs.
Delivered Result: FAIL

4- Double Cheeseburger with No Pickles, No Onions and EXTRA Bacon right? Guess what arrived, and remember to keep in mind there were only 5 other patrons on the Denny’s side of this restaurant which shares its location with another tapas restaurant?
Double cheeseburger WITH Onions and Pickles and NO extra bacon! Really. Com’on folks. This is what we waited for 40 minutes for? So not acceptable and the decision of never returning to this location was now made.
After calling the manager over to address the issue because our server (Kiran) disappeared and couldn't be found and never stuck around long enough to ask us if we had any problems with our order after it had been delivered, we explained the issues with our order to him. Before walking away with the improperly prepared order after waiting 40 minutes (I did say that already, but it should be mentioned again, 40 minutes!) He then turns to me before leaving and asked if my dinner tastes good? Tastes good Im thinking? Really!! I have had my order for 3 minutes and you actually think I have had the time or the inclination to begin eating my order while my companions order is being whisked away? GGgeeesh, with oversights like this, its no wonder this experience is beginning to be painful.

Five (5) minutes later, the deconstructed burger arrives back at the table with a side plate of bacon. Great fix, quick turn around time. But wait, its not over. Remember what I had mentioned about how this burger came with 3 different options of cheese? Well the option of what cheese was wanted for this burger was never asked or even provided. This oversight by the manager would match the lack of training or server had which had now asked how my dinner tasted.
Delivered result: FAIL

OK! remember that babyseat high chair I mentioned at the top of this review? Well here goes nothing.
When we were seated 70 minutes earlier and now leaving the restaurant, a couple who felt it necessary to let their crawling child roam the isles of the restaurant and visit other table (EEeewwww, dirty floors and carpet) were provided a highchair for their stay. With this courtesy, always comes its downsides. The usual food spillage and crumbs all over the floor when the child becomes bored with food for the moment or decides to have a cranky temper tantrum. No big deal and comes with the territory, not only for the patrons of the restaurant, especially Denny’s, but for the staff who then have to clean up and remove the highchair and perhaps clean the floor with a quick pass of a mop or vacuum. Apparently clean and tidy house keeping is not in the repertoire for this location. The mess, the chair and the food on the floor sat 8 feet from us for the entire duration of our 80 minute stay and not one person ever acknowledged the disarray or chose to deal with it by removing the lovely eye-candy from my immediate and very obvious view. Again, not very busy (5 patrons) and no excuse for this. It makes me nervous and makes me wonder, if the management team is displaying this type of behaviour in the front of the house, what kind of food safe practices are taking place in the back of the house and out of view by customers? Lazy is lazy no matter how you decide to manage your staff.
Desired Cleanliness Result: FAIL, FAIL!

All in all, this location is great….if it were operated correctly and professionally by a competent management team and if Denny’s put some distance from itself and the previous failed restaurant. The shared kitchen from a costs perspective is a great financial decision, and I get that. But it cant deliver the same service that loyal Denny’s fan have come accustomed too with extremely slow delivery times and subpar food orders being executed from the back of the house, supported by lazy management. Gotta pick up the pace folks. Its Denny’s, not the 4 Seasons.
Additional training to servers is required, and should also include putting someone on the pass to perform quality control on orders BEFORE they go out to the guests.
In closing, wait times are far too long, the Denny’s ambiance is missing from being the bright, dinner type atmosphere to the dark and gloomy tapas style neighbourhood pub. If you were looking for the famed style 24hr breakfast style dinner, then you ought to take a pass here. It has lots of work to do before getting there and new fresh new coat of bright paint!

Visited April 2015

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Gourmet Cup610 6th St, #K4, New Westminster
Disappointing
By doughgirl of New Westminster (38 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:58pm [Take-out]

Today I ordered a "Chocolate Orange" hot chocolate from the large display menu above the ordering area, but the attendant who barely spoke English seemed very confused by my request and made me a regular hot chocolate. Though not what I ordered, it was very good.
Unfortunately I had a similar order fulfillment issue when I tried this coffee shop inside Royal City Centre several years ago. At that time I ordered a macha tea and after specifically asking if it was unsweetened and being assured that it was not, I received what turned out to be a macha tea made from presweetened powder. I remember that the attendant that day also could not speak English well.
The menu lists multiple exotic hot beverages, but I am now convinced that the attendants are not familiar with them. Stick to plain coffee, tea, or hot chocolate if you purchase from this mall vendor.

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Ginza Restaurant2850 Oxford Street, Port Coquitlam
Bad Sushi Experience in a while
By nakedjohnny of Coquitlam Centre (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:09pm [Take-out]

Wow, I don't normally write bad reviews but this one really deserves one this time, I have to let people know on this one. I call in for pickup order at 7, and they tell me half an hour for pickup. I get there at 7:25, wait and wait, nothing. After waiting for 20 minutes they tell me it's going to be 5 min. so I wait longer, with my 3 year old daughter with patience of, yes, a 3 year old. I'm struggling every minute to keep her busy and wait. After 30 min of waiting, I finally had enough, I ask to cancel, they say no, I can't cancel. WTF? Keep saying another 5 min. OK finally after 40-45 minutes later my order is ready. Wow, I never waited this long for a pickup order. and I can't even cancel?!!!!

Get this:

After waiting extra 45 minutes sitting around, for a pick-up order, they offer me 'ONE FREE POP' - are you kidding me?

So I go back home and unpack the boxes, and this is really weird, I'm not an expert in sushi, but is it normal to have your fish on HOT Rice??? it just tasted really weird, because I've been eating sushi since highschool, say 20 years or so, and never had sushi made with hot rice like this.

Their rolls weren't too bad tho, other than the BC roll had only tiny tiny piece of salmon skin in it. Try California Sushi or any other restaurant, you get more than one piece of skin size of a fly, that was a joke. California roll and Spicy Tuna were decent, but these are pretty basic.

Anyway, there. For those who want to try, eat in. Take out will take forever, and you can't cancel, and you will be treated like dirt - to these guys, the customers who don't "tip" don't seem important to them. Little do they know, take-out customers take out a lot more frequent than dine-in customers.

This evening was the last time with this restaurant. There are plenty other restaurants with far better service in timely manners, and honest owners out there where I rather spend my money in.

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Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts1505 W 2nd Avenue, #101, Vancouver
Pleasant Dinner
By ThumperGirl of Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

Firstly, the only negative thing about this place is trying to eat there. Reservations have to be made
weeks in advance due to its popularity.

The evening buffet is now $35.00/person, still reasonable if you think about the variety of
appetizers and desserts buffet that's part of your dinner. This last Friday they served as appetizers
squid, prawns, steamed clams and mussels in wine sauce, seared albacore tuna, and so on.

Desserts included eclairs, tarts, cakes, macaroons, ...

The main dish included seared duck breast, salmon fillet and steak.

Since it is a teaching school, it is always interesting to try the various dishes prepared by the students
and we have never had the same meal twice. Definitely a must try if you have an adventurous palate.

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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
Nothing to Rave About
By ThumperGirl of Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 6:41pm [Dine in]

Went to try this for the 1st time with high expectations as we were looking for a place that
knows how to do BBQ properly. Well, we got BBQ meats alright, it was cooked but they
ribs should have "fall off the bone" tender meat and the meats weren't even marinated at
all! They just slap on the sauce before serving. What a disappointment!

I had the pulled pork burger and ask for a some raw onions on it. we were charged $0.52 for it.
We were asked if we wanted chipote mayo with the fries and we said yes and were charged $1.00
per little dish (which was NOT listed on the menu by the way).

Besides the nickel and diming charges, I think they need to do a much better job on BBQ
since that's the main thing of the place.

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Soprano's Pizza22358 Lougheed Hwy., Maple Ridge
Long Delivery, Wrong Pizza, Not Once But Twice
By Shawn Taylor of Maple Ridge B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 6:07pm [Delivery]

We ordered from these guys twice and both times we were told 45-55 minutes. Both times the pizza took 80 minutes. The first time the pizza was missing the ground beef on a greek which is the only meat on the pizza. The second time the pizza was completely wrong.

If you like waiting a long time to get the wrong pizza, this is the place for you.

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Rama Sweets & Restaurant7028 120th St, #107, Surrey
Absolutely delicious
By anita99 of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 9:09am [Dine in]

Rama is by far the best indian food around. The flavours are unique to each dish. The tandoori chicken is infused with eastern mouthwatering flavours. If you are a foodie check this place out. Very authentic. Completely hooked to this place. Be aware the ambiance is average but the food is awesome

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Tsukiji4751 Garden City Road, #130, Richmond
Very slow service when restaurant almost empty
By hid145 of Richmond , BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

Very slow service, small portions, relatively expensive.

We went there as a family (non-chinese). Water came right away. We sat with our menu books closed for close to 10 minutes, so I flagged a waitress, who talking to her coworker, and she thought we already ordered...I said to her, "How could we have ordered if all our menus are still on the table?"

The food took almost 30 minutes to arrive. The sunomono salad, did not come so when we all finished eating, so I asked the waitress when the salad will arrive. Oh, she said they are making it. So then it arrived a short time later.

The I went to play at the cashier, and the lady asked me how the food was. I said it was fine but your service is very slow. She told me that the sunumono salad takes long as they make it individually?!?

The prices in relation to the smaller portions make this restaurant relatively expensive.

Over and out.

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