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Java Jazz Cafe and Bistro412 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Karaoke is awesome, but due to service disappointment, WILL NEVER RETURN
By Amy.C of Vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

$10 MINIMUM ENFORCED WITHOUT NOTICE?!?!?!! -- My friends and I came there for the karaoke one night recently, to celebrate my girlfriend's 30th birthday. However, I found that the service there was HORRIBLE. Not only did my friends and I wait a very long time to even be asked for our first round of drinks, because of the owner and the waitresses servicing this party they had for dinner there; but we barely got service all night. We can only assume we offended her by asking for non-alcoholic drinks, since we got no offers for refills either. We didn't want to order food since we had already eaten prior to attending this cafe, but it's not like we got menus offered to us, anyways. Also, when we went to pay our bills, we were demanded by the manager/owner to pay $10 minimum each even though we were both driving and each had non-alcoholic drinks!

There was NO sign inside the establishment, outside on the door, nor on the menus, (or on their website -- I've checked) stating that there was a $10 minimum per person.. and there was no way that the service deserves a $7 tip on a $2.50-$3 bill for a drink!! We were humiliated and disgusted by this service, by the demand by the owner/manager! Personally, I am surprised that this is a demand when there is no way the service deserves this type of tip enforced when we barely got service at all, and we didn't want to order food.

I overheard others claim that they go through the same treatment there constantly, and rumor was going around the patrons I spoke to, that the owner puts all the tips her girls make, into her pocket instead of letting her waitresses have them when they work hard for it (unfortunately, they didn't work all that hard in our experience that night)...They told me that the ONLY reason they attend Java Jazz is for the amazing karaoke, which I can see why.. The karaoke company hired, MirMor Karaoke, is awesome. The host is fun, inviting, and has a huge selection.

My friends and I loved the karaoke that was there, and will definitely attend one of their other shows. However, based on our experience by the restaurant staff that were there that night, unfortunately there is no way I will go back to that establishment again for any reason.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1499 Anderson St., Vancouver
I don't know.....Maybe I will just pass
By eating good food of Vancouver (119 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times. The food is ok. I do find it to be expensive for what it is.

Last time I came with friends; I had the chicken and ribs combo and fries. It was ok, but no better than Swiss Chalet, and I can get it cheaper there. I do like the glaze that they put on their chicken and ribs....the fries seem to be portioned not so well, but thats the least of it really.

I can't really say much; but it really is a bit pricy for what it's worth I think. I'll probably come back if it's a friends or family function (Like I would have a choice to reign on someones parade....ha ha) but just coming for a casual night out with friends, I would probably advise against it

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Matteo's Gelato2615 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
Simpy...the Best!!
By mr-es335 of maple ridge BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2015 - 7:32am [Dine in]

Hello,

I have been a "frequenter" of Matteo's Gelato for years and have recommended and continue to recommend Matteo's Gelato to all that I meet.

Yes, the food is great, the gelato is the best, the service is "wonderful". However, the coffee is the "best cup of coffee you can get anywhere"...as well!!

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Blast N2 the Past 50's Diner11951 95A Ave, Delta
Decent place but was expecting more
By Huge of Surrey (139 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Went here with the family and some friends for lunch. The burger's prices were around $12.99. The fries were not bottomless like other places but were tasty. The Buddy Holly burger that I ordered was decent but nothing to write home about. The breakfasts that my daughter order was very good. The pancake was quite large. The sandwich that my wife ordered was decent. My milkshake was below par. The ice cream that they used was melted and it might as well been a float. There was no thickness in the milkshake. For $4.99 I would have expected much more. Overall the experience was average. For what you get, I would venture elsewhere to get my burger fix. Plus the parking could be better. The location is in the mechanics/garage district of Delta, weird place for a diner.

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Washington Avenue Grill15782 Marine Drive, #5, White Rock
Very disappointing!
By lc88 of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 7:23am [Dine in]

I don't normally write reviews, but in this case I thought it was fitting since my experience was mediocre...

I had made resos online at around 10am for dinner that same day for 6:45pm (it was for a Tuesday so didn't see any problems). I attached a note when making the resos requesting for ocean view seating for 6 AND if they were not able to accommodate seating with a view, for the restaurant to contact me so I could make other arrangements with a different restaurant.
While I'm driving im on my way down to the restaurant and at 6:30pm, 15 mins till my resos I get a call from the restaurant advising they couldn't accommodate seating with a view. Well with short notice, I had no choice but to keep my resos.
We got to the restaurant, was seated, and had to wait for so long for SOMEONE/ anyone to ask us for drinks - I mean it was extremely hot that day, so even water would have been nice.
We finally put in our order, and when our dinner came, one plate had a hair on it. They quickly took the plate away, and literally, no joke, within a minute came back with the meal on another plate . That means they didn't bother to fire up a new dish- they just switched the plates. That is absolutely disgusting !!! And to make it worse, they didn't even offer us a discount or anything.... They simply brushed it off its "no big deal"! As for food, I cannot speak for other meals other than mine own which was the Lamb Shank. I found the lamb shank to be very disappointing, as there was no meat, all bone, and whatever meat that is attached is all fat.

Our meals were not cheap either, the bill came up to over $200 - no alcohol was ordered fyi.

We didn't want to make a scene because we had out of town guests with us, but will be contacting the restaurant to rectify this situation!

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Paesano's Restaurant12240 Second Avenue, #250, Richmond
Possible food poisoning ( in my opinion )
By Guy Vancouver of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 12:37am [Dine in]

Sorry, I had to say it as I'm nursing a gut ache, stomach cramps and a headache about 5 hours after lunch at Paesano's. It was the only Outside food (aside from a starbucks muffin) I ate in several days. And my home kitchen is pretty much vegan and very clean. I should have Checked the bad customer reviews first!
Even if it wasn't for the possible contaminated food, (and I do say possible in all fairness) I would still ever go back. The food is very Overpriced for quality and quantity, overcooked pasta, didn't get my order right even though I had make it very clear. Slow service, sauces were very salty, very oily and bland. Ordered their most expensive pasta dish and was disappointed. Pizza bread starter was a joke. Slow service and pushy for more drinks. Made me feel uncomfortable because I wanted to pay with a credit card and not cash or debit.

All in all, Paesano's seems like a dumb tourist place. Travellers who will never go back. I can't fathom any person who might have given decent reviews.
I think they went to the wrong place or were paid for a good review, perhaps? Who knows? I Rank Paesano's 1 out of 5 and that is generous, I believe.

Sorry to the owners fornthe poor review. I can't think of one good thing to say about Paesanos at the moment.

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Crab King Seafood, The3540 Bayview Street, Richmond
Wish I could turn back time......What a joke and a half
By eating good food of Vancouver (119 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 12:06am [Dine in]

Came here this afternoon with a friend (Canada Day) Originally I wanted to go to "Pajos" but the line up was an hour and a half there, so we came upon this place. We were happy that we didn't have to wait long to get our orders in, but "Oh my gosh" about a 20 minute wait for our food.

We went to the patio part....NOT the restaurant. I ordered 2 pieces of salmon and fries with a coke. My friend ordered cod with fries and some water. As stated earlier. took about 20 minutes or more to get our food. the only utensils they had out were spoons....had to get knife and fork from counter......no condiments except vinegar.

When we sat down my friend noticed that they gave her salmon instead of the cod (that's ok....mistakes happen) she went to return it; and they told her that she ordered salmon.....she then said it was her friends (mine)......So instead of doing the classic; "That's ok....keep it and we will give you what you ordered" they took the salmon back (wonder what they are going to do with it) and gave her the cod......they could had also ither gave her a new order of fries....or offered to top them up......

Anyways, we sat to eat. The salmon was ok "nothing special" We noticed the fries were Costco kind....exactly what I had at Costco. This place is so expensive and they serve Costco fries and mediocre food.......This was a joke. I paid the same price here as I would at a restaurant (give or take a couple of dollars)

The thing that gets to me; is that when I paid with my credit card; they asked for a tip on the machine.....and feeling bad....I left 15%.......which doesn't warrant it after all this. mediocre food, slow service and not compensating?

Do yourselves a favour. Go to Steveston and enjoy the area. But afterwards; just go to one of the restaurants there; or elsewhere. This place charges restaurant prices, but service is terrible......you wait as long (and maybe longer) for your food.....and don't have wait staff here.

ZERO ZERO ZERO

Will NEVER return

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Accidental Take out
By dreww_ of North Van (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 7:47am [Take-out]

Having ordered from JustEat in the past and content with the food and service (delivery boy brought it on time despite our mess up on the address), we decided to head out for dinner here. We thought Monday night would be good enough in terms of finding a seat and not having to wait in line for too long but when we arrived it was a whole different picture. Speaking to the staff, we figured it would be at least an hour before we got a table, which would be too late for us. We ended up going for take out and taking the food back to our apartment.

It was the turn for fish masala, aloo gobi and rice pulao this night. I'm not a big fan of the fish masala but since it was ready we just went for it. Funnily enough, it turned out to be the most tasty of the two dishes. The portions actually lasted us two days so we were happy. For $31, it was a great deal.

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Le Vol Au Vent14959 Marine Drive, White Rock
Lovely evening on the patio
By VJB of abbotsford (160 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 29, 2015 - 9:45am [Dine in]

We had a wonderful evening at Le Vol au Vent. We made reservations and requested a table on the patio as they do not have air conditioning and BC is exceptionally hot this year. We arrived early and were greeted warmed by both the chef and his wife – I believe her name is Dana. She said that our table on the patio was ready but if we wanted to move inside there would be no problem. The patio is great for people watching and the ocean is right across the street.
As others have mentioned the service is slow since the wife was serving all the tables and it was a very busy evening. We never felt like we were ignored though and she was very pleasant and helpful the whole evening. She explained the various wines that they had available and also told us about the specials. At the end of the evening she gave us a small glass of a different wine for us to sample.
We started off with morel mushrooms vol au vent in a lovely cream sauce. For entrees my husband had the rack of lamb medium rare. It was very tasty and was a decent size. I had the filet mignon with a cognac sauce that was just heavenly. The entrees were served with vegetables and pommes frites. The pommes frites were really good dipped in the cognac sauce from the steak. The entrees also came with what I think were gnocchi. They were not very interesting but this is really a minor quibble.
It was a lovely evening on the patio with great food served in a leisurely fashion. If you’re looking for a quick meal this is not the restaurant for you but if you want to just relax and enjoy yourself this is a great spot.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Lunch buffet success
By autwrn of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

This place is the standard when it comes to serving quality lunch buffets. We came for lunch at 1 pm on Saturday and there was a bit of a wait. A good sign as it is a popular place, and since we were not famished we just waited it out.

I am not new to Indian food at all and order take-out quite often, but since my aunt was visiting from out of town I decided to take her some place nice and eat in. India bistro was a safe bet; you can’t go wrong with the food served here. The food is always prepared fresh and doesn't overdose on spices. My aunt tried almost everything and helped herself to second servings while I just kept it conservative with the butter chicken. I would highly recommend it for people looking for a more than decent lunch option.

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Aaron's Restaurant17665 57th Avenue, Surrey
Hidden Treasure
By me3vanc of Cloverdale (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

I have worked near this restaurant for years and never been there. Went there with a group recently and what a surprise!! Service was excellent and food was too. Pricing is most reasonable (cheaper than Boston Pizza) and the quality is ten times better. They have specials that makes prices even better and portions are generous. Very impressive overall! I will definitely go back and will enjoy surprising people with this place!!

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Yoko Sushi1001 Austin Ave, Unit F, Coquitlam
Terrible customer service
By katrina1985 of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 26, 2015 - 6:16pm [Take-out]

Just had the worst customer service from Yoko Sushi in Coquitlam. Pick up my order, get home - half of my order is wrong. No big deal. I'm sure if I call them, they will deliver the rest of my order. Clearly... not so much. They basically didn't believe me on the phone, made me bring the entire order back so I couldn't even eat what was correct. When I asked if they could deliver the rest of my order, she said they would have to pay the delivery guy. So that wasn't an option. At this point, I'm hangry AND angry. When I get back to Yoko, I literally have to pick up the roll in my hand to show her that it's not my order because she just keeps looking at the receipt and saying that's what I ordered. At the end of this, they gave me my money back and I had to give the whole order back so I'm still hangry. I won't be back, and she didn't seem too sad to see me leave.
Their sushi is good, but nothing special. I will happily order from the other three sushi restaurants down the street.

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Earls1601 W. Broadway, Vancouver
I knew there was a reason why I don't come here
By eating good food of Vancouver (119 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 7:20am [Dine in]

My sister and my sister in law were taking me out for a late birthday lunch. I was having a hard time deciding between Earls and Milestone's; but decided on Earl's since I have been many times to Milestone's.

My sisters kids are older, but my sister in law had a one and a half year old daughter; so we asked if we could have a high chair for my niece and they didn't have any (Ok, we know it's NOT a kid oriented restaurant.....which is great, because I hate going to places and having kids screaming and running around.....but it would be nice if they had one or two because the have the odd times they will babies and kids)

Anyhow, for food: My sister ordered a clam chowder. My sister in law had a pizza, my one nephew had some sort of a sand which. My other nephew had a ceasar salad appetizer and a chicken and mushroom pasta, my niece had chicken strips and fries and I had fettucini chicken alfredo.

Our food came, and it was pretty good we have to admit. I was even surprised with my nieces order of chicken strips and fries, but after finding out that it cost $13 for that, it really wasn't worth it. My chicken fettucini cost $17.50 and it wasn't even that much. At Anton's I would get ALOT more for $17, and even other places are better priced for sure. The portion sizes really are not that great for the price

When we left (my sister being smart) found street parking, but my sister in law parked in their slanted parking lot......It took me 10 minutes to guide her out...or else she would had hit another parked car (which probably wouldn't make my brother too happy) Its been like that forever.....time to fix it.

Don't really think I will return

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Fish Counter, The3825 Main Street, Vancouver
Deep Fried Goodness!!
By richie_rich of vancouver (47 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 12:53am [Dine in]

Hello there,

A buddy of mine gave me a jingle to see if I was interested in some fish n' chips. The only problem was I did not want to venture to New West nor North Burnaby to one of our main staples.. I did a quick search on the web and this place popped up with high regards. We decided on Friday at 2pm as we were thinkin that it might be too busy at 12 or 1.

The fish shop is located across from an car repair shop with Sun Sui Wah restaurant just up the corner. Parking is fine....I was lucky to find a 1h free parking just down a block and a half. My buddy found his spot up the block on a sidestreet. There were also paid parking on Main but they were all taken. As you step in...fish shop/condiment sales to the left side...cashier/ordering in the middle and cooking stations to the right. Seating?? One fixed corner table at the right front side with the main menu board above...stool counters to the right and bench to left of the door. There were also a pair of wooden benches outside. So extremely limited seating but gives a feeling of a wharf.

Anyways, I decided on a one piece halibut with requested well done fries and grabbed an orange soda on the left front side (limited selection as well). The grand total for my lunch was roughly 15 bucks and they gave you a number for pickup. As I was paying I made a comment about the tank of spot prawns ...$24 bucks per pound..WOW!!....I remember last year they were only 8 to 10 bucks per pound. I sat down on that little awkward table. My buddy.....I fought out got the same thing but with rootbeer. We waited for about 7 to 10 minutes for the call.

Verdict......fish was super fresh and flaky.The batter was light, crisp and not overly coated. The fries were crispy and not greasy..in fact I could not finish it. The tartar sauce was homemade and just the right zip. The side slaw was ....well...alright... cabbage and kale mix but the dressing needed more of a punch. Otherwise excellent FNC. My buddies verdict...the same...excellent.

Final thoughts.... Highly Recommendedl!! They take both cash and debit/cc as payment. Will definitely be back...might try out that oyster poboy or clam chowder or both. Thanks for reading.

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Sushi Tengoku10194 152nd Street, Surrey
Terrible food, flies everywhere
By yellowcat of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

Just came back from lunch with my wife and son. We went there quite often. This time when I walked in I noticed the restaurant was terribly hot inside. It seem the air conditioning was not working. We ordered beef bento, chicken teriyaki bento and beef yakisoba. While waiting for our dishes, I saw flies flying everywhere and landed on the table. Finally the dishes came. We were all disappointed. The beef yakisoba portion was really small when compare to previous we had. The beef was cold in the bento. Salad was not fresh. The avocado was blacken in the sushi maki roll. How could you serve blacken slimy avocado? Should be in the garbage.

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Fresh Slice800 Carnarvon St, #340, New Westminster
Call me crazy, but I like Fresh Slice Pizza
By eating good food of Vancouver (119 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

I don't care what anyone says. It's not "Pizza Hut" it's not "Dominoes" it may not even be "Panagopoulos" but I don't care. I like their pizza and pasta.

You can't go wrong with a butter chicken pizza with white cream sauce, or plain chicken with or without BBQ sauce on it (at least at this place) and their pasta, Fine, not restaurant style, but I love getting their spaghetti with white sauce (chicken added) for a cheap price.

Certainly an alternative for a cheap spending night......oh, but if you want to have a pizza night order from here.......why spend $24 at the other places when this is good

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
For AYCE and a big crowd was surprised how good service was
By eating good food of Vancouver (119 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

Came here with some friends this weekend.

I usually don't want to go to AYCE sushi joints; as I tend to fill my self up too much, but we went anyways.

This place is a bit more expensive than regular sushi places that I have gone to, but found the taste and quality was better......and for the first time did not have missing items, or items that we didn't order be brought to our table (I think other sushi places bring items to our table that we didn't order on purpose) and also surprisingly; didn't have to wait too long at all for our food and there were a lot of us.

So if (or when) I do go for AYCE sushi again......This will be the place

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Brew Street Craft Kitchen3224 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Great New Restaurant in PoMo
By portmoodyfoodie of Port Moody BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

We were excited to see this restaurant change in Port Moody as it was lacking a modern yet casual fare place to eat. It used to be the old Golden Spike, an old man bar by day and party scene by night with 80's interior. They did a fantastic job with the inside renovations. With stained wood beams, wrought iron fixtures, mood lighting with those old school funky light bulbs, wood tables, comfy booths; it gives off a rustic yet sophisticated style restaurant/bar. Kind of a reno'd Milestone's feel. There are always fresh bouquets of flowers throughout giving it a little extra "ah". It's open, with the top floor having a cozy fireplace, TV's throughout to watch sports and a nice sized bar featuring 50 different beers with local breweries like Yellow Dog and Moody Ales. The food is typical pub fare; calamari, wings, mac and cheese ( add in's available), salads, cheddar ale soup, burgers etc. All very tasty and priced like most pubs. Staff have been friendly on both occasions we have been here. Parking lot is always full since it opened, however we didn't have to wait for seating both times. Although it is kind of a sports bar, kids are welcome. Can get very busy on hockey nights, especially during playoffs so get there early! Overall, I think this is a worthy place to come and grab lunch or dinner with a group friends or family. They also do brunch on weekends!

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Pint Public House, The455 Abbott St, Vancouver
Cheers!
By diner40 of Vancouver (91 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 7:32pm [Dine in]

I quite like this place. Just on the edge of the sketchy part of town the pub has a huge open feel to it if you sit at the bar. Large open windows let's the sun come in and gives you a chance to watch the various characters go by.

Word of warning, the beer and cider prices will knock your socks off. Last visit I ordered a pint of Lonetree Cider, something new I am told by the bartender to replace the same old same old Strongbow. A pint of this cider will set you back almost a ten spot, even made the bartender wince when I asked how much it cost.

Here's the trick or should I say the value of this place. Go during Happy Hour between 3-6pm. For every order of a pint of beer or cider you get "free" wings. That's right, for that 8.50 beer or near 10.00 cider you get a nice order of fresh, hot wings.

They have a long list of sauces to choose from, my favorite is the Thai Chili. These wings are good too, nice and meaty, and they give you at least ten to twelve big one's. So do the math. An order of wings at any other bar would be at least ten maybe eleven dollars. During Happy Hour along with your pint they are "free", so for me that is quite a good deal. I have ordered more than one pint and they are quite happy to give you more wings.

The staff are nice and attentive. There when you glass runs dry, friendly too.

Take note, my review is based only on the Happy Hours special and their wings I have never been there any other time and have never ordered anything else off the menu.

Outside Happy Hour specials if beer is that much the rest of the food better be amazing.

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Mezbaan3499 Kingsway, Vancouver
I won't recommend
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

The food was mediocre at best. I ordered my mango chicken non-spicy but it came out spicy. My husband ordered his dish spicy and it was not. I think they just got the two mixed up. We didn't complain because the food didn't taste that good anyway, and a little spice wouldn't have made much difference. The restaurant looked like it needed some cleaning and the water glass felt greasy. I don't think I will come back and won't recommend it.

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