Went in on a Sunday night - 3 tables occupied. That should have been our first clue. Had not heard good things about the place but decided to give it a chance- our bad. Waitress was nice but new and let us know that continually. Did not know then menu and was obviously very poorly trained. Could not answer questions and had to be prompted to go get us answers. At the end she just brought the bill without asking and was unaware of a huge billboard outside that said 20% off for poco residents. We had to tell her and have the bill adjusted.
The food- chicken sandwich - waitres had no idea what type of chicken it was and just guessed that it would deli chicken. Like chicken roll? She did not know. Nor did she check. It came with cold fries. Yum!
The poutine was supposed to have bacon in it as a major ingredient. It had 2 small pieces . Boo.
The worst thing was the thai prawns. So funny I read on another site that they were the only good things. Only if you've never had thai food. It was close to$16 and I got 4 prawns! The sauce was just way too spicy( I love hot food) with no flavour. It should be served with a mound of warm jasmine rice- I got a pile of cold crunchy rice with bits of ??? In it. I have read this in other reviews so it's not a one off. Shameful. It said it came with "Asian slaw". Yum - too bad I got a small pile of dry cabbage with raw onion- no dressing.. Very poor. Ordered a Spanish coffee because it said it came with a maraschino cherry( rare these days). I never got it and the waitress just said they did not look very good. No apology or offer of anything. The dessert were $7 so not super high. But if you cant be bothered to make your own dessert really don't put them on the menu. I can get this crap from the original fakery anywhere . Gross. And the chocolate crunch cake had no crunch whatsoever and was just a thick glop of chocolate flavour.
Sadly the reality turned out as I expected. This place seems to be replacing the Denny's next door. Too bad the owner can't pull off a " west coast grill" it wouldn't take much except time and pride. Won't be back - rock on bartender doing shots behind the bar when we left- mind numbing.
We were out poking around the River Market this morning, looking for a bite to eat, and decided to try a couple of their breakfast sandwiches. Expensive at $5.25 each but delicious and well worth the investment for our tummies. A lovely buttermilk (?) biscuit stuffed with perfectly fried egg and lots of their home-smoked bacon. Yum. We'll have to come back and try some of their barbecue.
Tried this place out with a beautiful Persia... This is a Persian lady right?
She ordered for the two of us as I no lingo the ablaa. The onion to wrap in some bread....nope. But the kabba and the rice with some salad..mostly iceberg lettuce...this was just the wrong kind of lettace for a Healrh salad. But the meat with the rice was great. The. Best thing was the crunchy thing with some sort of topping. The sound with this new flavour was fun to eat qnd to listen to wnothher person eating. The value was great for two people..$40 for a Saturday night was good value.lots of left over. Now I cannot remember what the names of most of the items we ate, except for what I've already mentioned. But I will go back.even if I just eat the crunchy thing. But hold the raw onion please. The service was nice, and they didn't kick us out as they were closing up. So it gave UA an extra half hour to chat. The place seems like the real deal. I wish they had some cooked veggies, but I'm not not going back because my mother told me to ear more greens.
I don't see my post from two years ago, but nothing has changed.
This place is on the way from where I was to home. And I'd I went drunk, and if this were not on the way, I'd never eat here again.
Poor service is the best that this place has to offer. The food is tasteless at best whilst there is always the same reaction to my system.. So I spend the next day in a stopper whilst fighting g my hangover on the way to the bathroom several times the next day. At least this meal Didnt have some other persons seconds of noodles like the last time. And the witch who too my order food me that they were all out of noodles so is rice alright? As seconds later she walks past me with a large bowl of noodles for the guy who came in after I did. The lying witch. The call it a noodle house my ass.
If your stupid you will eat here. If your drunk . you'll eat here, if you not drunk and not stupid, you must be punishing yourself for some reason. Please let this place die already, and be replaced with something better. Even a McDonalds would be better.
The falafel wraps and baklava are outstanding and very reasonably priced. Everything at the restaurant is made lovingly and fresh by the friendly and effervescent owner. The restaurant may look ordinary and sterile, but this is more than made up for by the warmth of the employees. I was so impressed that after gorging myself on a filling falafel, I got four spinach pies to go. My boyfriend and I aren't even huge fans of baklava, but we found hers delicious, addictive, and in a class of its own. If you're looking for an authentic falafel experience (which is painfully rare in these parts), go to Taza! This is the real thing.
Please please please do not go here!
The management and service is the worst I've EVER experienced. Food took 1.5 hours to get to our table. Took our order 3 times! Manager had 2 servers managing over 50 guests. They were completely overworked. The one server was so fed up she quit on the spot and left.
BEWARE: there is a $20 charge minimum per person whether you eat or not. Nobody, NOBODY tells you about this charge. The manager argues it is written on the menu. Ya- AT THE END IN THE SMALLEST PRINT. Anyways, my $5 appy ended up costing me $22. Ridiculous.
Food is disgusting. Bread was cold. Kabobs were dry. Never got a refill for any drinks at the table.
Pretty much an epic FAIL.
Do not waste your time and money.
I had asked my wife were would you like to go for our 13th Anniversary. A colleague at work told her about Cinch Grill. So Jan 14/15 we went to have dinner at this restaurant. My wife is a chef and is very fussy about what she eats. Very hard to take her out anywhere, so she will enjoy the food. When we arrived at 5pm the Hostess a very lovely young lady greeted us with her smile. I appreciated her Professionalism in the way she made us feel comfortable as soon as we walked through the door.
The food was very tasty and was presented well by the Chef. We both went away feeling full and satisfied. The Hostess made our evening relaxed and very glad we came. We will go back at some future date. As we both were very happy with our experience at this restaurant.
Thank you very much
The owners are wonderful people who make a point to remember their clientele. Our family really enjoys the food and we even enjoy going in to say hello to the owners and chat. Our favorite of course is the butter chicken and samosa, but we have had a taste of everything and it is all fresh and home made and very delicious!
Prior to my most recent experience, years ago I visited this restaurant and ordered a pasta dish. After a few bites in I discovered a strange long wire/metal piece of garbage. It took me years to even eat the pasta dish I had ordered I was so disgusted.
Not long ago I ordered some delivery, to give this place a second chance. I wish I hadn't. I ordered an Alfredo dish and some zucchini stick as well as a Caesar salad. One hour and fifteen minutes later the food still had not arrived. When I called I was assured it was just being made fresh and would be out the door very soon. Another 20 minutes passed and I called again to see if it had left. The employee said it was just leaving.
When my food finally arrived I opened it up to see the zucchini sticks were not cooked, they were stone cold. The Caesar romaine lettuce was clearly from days ago.
I dug right into the pasta dish and it was covered in pepper and tasted like dirty dish water.
I called Paliotti's and the gentlemen was quite rude and suggested I did not know how traditional Alfredo tasted, I told him it clearly was not what was delivered.
I told the gentlemen on the phone to have the food picked up and he hung up on me.
So the delivery driver eventually came back, gave me my money back but kept the tip I gave him.
I was passing by and was attracted by the nice decor of the restaurant seen from the street through it's large glass windows. In terms of decor, this place has to be the nicest among Vietnamese restaurants I have been to, with stones on the walls, slate-looking floor tiles, and a warm ambiance, tastefully lit by modern lighting, and enhanced by real plants and real-looking fake plants. The interior design reminds me of 4- or 5-star restaurants one would find at a ski resort. The food was outstanding - best pho I have tasted, with a very fresh looking and tasting soup base, noodles perfectly cooked to al dente, and the beef tender and tasty even though it had become well done by being soaked in the steaming hot soup for so long because I was taking my time eating the appetizer spring rolls. And those spring rolls were fresh off the deep fryer, the hotest I had ever encountered, crispy on the outside yet juicy on the inside. Service was attentive and courteous. Overall, the best Vietnamese cuisine experience in my life.
In honour of national cheese day, I came down to La Grotta for some delicious sandwiches. But not just today. Today was just an excuse to come. La Grotta del Formaggio is one of my regular stops whenever I'm driving by Commercial Drive to get a sandwich.
But it's not just any regular sandwich. There are a numerous number of toppings to choose from, and quite the variety of cheese that would drive any cheese lover insane. Whatever it is you choose, you can't go bad, because the quality of the ingredients, from meat, breads, oils and other interesting toppings is top notch.
Just the thought of a focaccia from here makes my mouth water.
It was years ago when I last dined here. Not that I did not have a good experience that previous time, but just that this is not a neighbourhood I pass by much in my running of errands around town. This time, I went for lunch there with two others. Their prix fixe lunch menu contained quite a number of good choices, so I went for that (2 courses for $23). The appetizer seafood salad was of a very decent portion, and everything was fresh and tasty. The seared steelhead as main course was excellently done, with the skin crispy yet the meat medium well (which is the way I like it). The other guests had just one a la carte dish each, both seafood, and both were very well prepared and presented. Service was very good, and the place was bright with nice decor. I will return.
I booked a party of 10 here for a Friday night. About 3-4 hours before the reservation the restaurant called me and told me that there would be a birthday party there that night and that it would be loud. I thought "OK, birthday parties and a loud setting are not unusual for a restaurant - its not like that never happens in other restaurants."
At first things were going fine - service was tolerably punctual and food was alright (nothing to write home about). About an hour into our night they turned up the volume ***LOUD** - and I mean painfully loud so that our ears hurt, louder than any other places, including ones like the Lamplighter or the Blarney Stone or any club I've ever been to. It was loud to the point where even shouting as loud as possible at a friend right next to me we could not hear each other. At first we though they just really love the song that was playing and we suffered through it. When it continued for the third song we finally asked them to turn it down a little. After 10 minutes the volume does go down a bit and we think that its finally over....
Next thing I know, a very rude bartender/server named Stephanie flops down next to me without saying excuse me for interrupting the conversation I was trying to have with my friend. First thing she blurts at me is "I called you." She then proceeds to lecture me that she called and warned me that it would be loud. She repeats this over and over again that she called me 3 times that day (as if the number of times matters - and I have voicemail anyway). At some point I did mention that it doesn't matter how many times she called me especially since she was calling during regular business hours and I was still at work. At this point she makes an obscene gesture and says "Well im SORRY i don't memorize your work schedule!"- I was shocked to be treated this way.
I tried reasoning with her that I'm not asking for the sound to be completely off just to turn it down a little so it doesn't hurt (we were seated right under the speaker too). She tells me that there's a favorite customer having their birthday party and that there's "50 people at the bar" (there were actually more like 20 people at the bar). I tell her they shouldn't be favoring only one customer that they have customers both at the front and the back of the restaurant. She then has the audacity to tell me "Well they're making us a lot more money than you are."
Again, I was shocked to be spoken to that way - our party of 10 ordered full meals and drinks. I finally told her to stop giving me attitude and get her manager. She simply stormed off like a petulant child.
Her manager comes out a minute later. He apologizes for the server but continues to be completely unreasonable telling me that this insanely uncomfortable volume is just what they do at central bistro - that its a "party" kind of place. I point out there there is no dance floor, there are table and chairs and we are trying to sit and socialize. He starts lecturing again that they called and "warned" that it would be loud. I answer again that "loud" is one thing, that birthday parties and loud restaurants are not unique - its not like other restaurants are quiet like libraries, and that the level of loud we're talking here is well beyond that. I mentioned to him that they also put us right under the speaker and he didn't care at all. I also said that since we were treated so poorly and so rudely by the restaurant and by Stephanie especially we should not be forced to pay the 18% automatic gratuity - he tells me that that's a "totally different thing." --- I dont see how: If the 18% GRATUITY it meant for appreciation of good service then they sure as hell did not deserve it since we got bad service topped with rudeness.
He kept repeating that they called and I said that the next time they "warn" someone they should explain that it will be ear piercingly and uncomfortably loud beyond any reasonable point, not just "loud". He just said "well I'm sorry our message did not convey that."
The manager, although unlike Stephanie he kept his tongue in check, was not helpful, inconsiderate, and he just didn't give a damn about our party of 10.
As someone who has worked as a server in restaurants for 5 years I am appalled that this kind of treatment of customers in considered ok.
i don't usually review the restaurant...but not this time...
It's a very small restaurant and I think can only seat 8 people. So when i first stepped in, there were a few other people following behind us. This place functions by ordering first and then seating yourself .Since it was my first time, I wasn't sure what to get, so I asked the cashier .he was saying try bibimbap..and dynamite combo......... so..I decided to go for a rice bowl(bibimbap) and sushi combo...it was good choice..
this is small restaurant but food is big and taste so good....and price is very reasonable.
this will be my favorite take out spot..
We took the seabus over just after Christmas to check out Jagerhof and were told that there were no tables available, on Sunday nights if you don`t have a reservation you`re out of luck. We decided to try again for my mom`s birthday. I made the reservation two weeks in advance to just to be on the safe side. Our reservation was for 5:30, we were seated immediately, the staff was very friendly and welcoming.
For starters we tried the escargot, rosti with trout and the charcuterie. All were delicious, the trout and rosti was lovely with a nice bit of mixed greens. The escargot were flavourful and well cooked. The charcuterie was very nice, could maybe have used a couple extra pieces of bread, there were three sliceso of each cheese (the cheese was amazing, so rich and creamy) and a prosciuotto and a dried beef with nice unsalted butter, gerkins and pickled onions. I would have been quite happy to have the charcuterie and a bowl of soup.
However, of course we each ordered schnitzel, three of us had the jagerhof schnitzel, my sister had the expo and someone tried the Thuringer bratwurst. The schnitzel was perfectly prepared, huge, almost covered the entire plate but lovely and thin and crisp. The mushroom sauce was served on the side as to not turn the schnitzel soggy. The panfried potatoes were very nice and the mixture of carrots, peas and leeks was delicious, very nicely done. The black forest cake is not prepared in the traditional style but was rich and delicious.
The decor is a bit over the top...I think they`re going for rustic german lodge feel, but it is also very homey and comfortable. I can`t praise the staff enough, so friendly and accommodating. We`ll be back for sure.
I have been going to the Black Sheep pub for probably 5+ years now and it is and will always be my favorite pub. I feel that too often the places that people enjoy the most don't get enough credit, and people are so quick to take the effort to write a review if it is a bad one, so I just wanted to say thank you for everything over the years. There is a reason why it is consistently ranked number one in Maple Ridge every year. The price is ridiculously good, I can't get a full meal that cheap even at Mcdonalds! The girls are all well trained, efficient, and friendly - many of them have been there for years and they always make an effort to remember all the regular customers names (even the new young girls which is appreciated). It is off the beaten track, in the "boonies" some people say, but it is well worth it if you are in the Maple Ridge area or camping at Golden Ears. Thanks again! I hope the food and service never change.
Came here with my work for Christmas office party. It was raining so I wore boots and changed my shoes once inside. They graciouslly store my boots and umbrella too!
We ordered both white and reg wines for the table and never ran out. Service was exceptional even though they were busy. View second to none.
We all had different items, meat, vegetarian, pasta and no one had anything but rave reviews. I have never had a bad meal this place. I got kudos for booking the venue and am in charge of next year's party. we'llbe back. Thanks Seasons.
The Italian word 'arrabbiata' literally means 'angry'. In culinary terms, it refers to a spicy tomato sauce. Pasta with arrabbiata sauce has always been a favorite, simple classic (and safe) Italian choice for me. However, this was not the case on the night of our company Christmas dinner last month.
I was looking forward to an exceptional meal, given the fine dining venue and based on prior positive experiences at this restaurant.
The evening of our dinner was a miserable night of monsoon-like heavy rain. Getting to the place wasn't fun and they don't have a covered area for the valet parking. The road and area in front of the restaurant is poorly lit at night. Once inside, with my soaked shoes, the place was unpleasantly loud from people speaking very loudly in an effort to be heard over the cacophony of combined noises. That I could understand, as it was the pre-Christmas period when many company functions are happening in the city's restaurants.
I was not happy with but understanding of the slow service and the poor location where we were seated. They were booked beyond capacity. Our round table was placed in the pathway of all the servers and was very obviously not normally in that position. They had clearly added some tables to accommodate more diners because of the pre-Christmas rush. We were between the tables along the windows and the inner row of tables. Throughout our dinner wait staff squeezed past our chairs and it was disruptive and made me want to eat and run. It was not a relaxing atmosphere and it was very hard to hear the people at my table.
The view of Vancouver at night was spectacular, despite the rain. If the place had not been so noisy, it would have made for a beautiful, relaxing backdrop. Also not fun was the presence of diners who brought small noisy children. One doesn't expect 'family restaurant' ambience in a fine dining venue...
Their menu does not have many choices for non-meat-eaters. I decided on the Penne Arrabbiata: roasted eggplant, spicy tomato sauce, crumbled goat cheese. I felt it was a 'can't go wrong' choice and I've always loved the simple tomato sauce enlivened by the addition of chili pepper flakes. As I was late joining my group, they had already been served drinks. My companions were drinking red wine and the waitress promptly tilted the bottle over my glass but I told her I prefer to drink white wine. She didn't look too happy that I 'had to be different'. She went away and I waited for my glass of wine. And waited. And waited. I waited about 20 min to finally get my glass of white wine, this, after trying to figure out who our server was and trying to flag someone down to ask them to investigate the whereabouts and ETA of my glass of wine. I figured that possibly the heavy rain had impeded the harvesting of the grapes and the pressing etc...
It was clear the waitress had forgotten about my wine and once I asked about it, she returned in minutes with a glass. The service remained uneven. Almost everyone else received their entrees while 3 of us had to wait for our food to arrive. It took quite a while to get our entrees.
I could see at a glance (being an experienced pasta cook myself) that the Penne was not properly cooked. I like my pasta al dente but these penne had barely had time to get their feet wet in the pot of water...At a restaurant of this caliber, I would expect them to make fresh pasta but they don't. This was dried pasta and I could not believe how underdone it was! It was still hard in the middle. Basically inedible. So far the evening had not been a winner, between the horrendous long commute in the pouring rain, squelching through rivulets of rain to get inside the place, the excessive noise inside it and the 20 minute wait to get a glass of wine, while all my companions sipped away at their beverages.
The waitress didn't come to check how everything was for some time. During this time I attempted to eat my barely cooked meal. I had not had lunch that day and was really famished. The rigid penne sat in a small puddle of tomato sauce, which didn't have much flavor, certainly it was missing the heat from the chili peppers that make regular tomato sauce an arrabbiata sauce. I love eggplant and the menu's promise of 'roasted eggplant' had persuaded me to order this dish, even though eggplant is not really included in a classic arrabbiata sauce (the classic eggplant/tomato sauce is 'alla Norma'). I guess they can legally claim this dish has eggplant because I did find a few fragments, which combined would aggregate to about 1 Tablespoon. Whoa...that's alotta eggplant-a! The little scraps of eggplant were not evenly cooked, some were falling apart and others were still a little hard. The 'crumbled goat cheese' was more like a very, very light dusting of white, which made me wonder how they got it dispersed so thinly, given the clumpy sticky nature of fresh goat cheese. I'd say there was perhaps a total of 3 tablespoons of sauce, eggplant fragments and ghost of goat cheese. Not what I'd call good value for a $19 pasta dish. What I'd call a total rip-off, actually.
As the penne were inedible, I scraped up the bits of sauce and hoped that would fool my stomach into thinking it had been fed a meal. While I was scraping away, the waitress finally made her rounds at our table asking how our meals were. I told her mine was undercooked. She gave me 'the eye' and said "you mean it's al dente' and I said, 'no, it hasn't gotten to the al dente stage yet, it's hard, undercooked'. She offered to take it back and I told her no thanks, I'm starving and I can't wait for a re-do, I'll just eat the sauce (what tiny amounts of it were there). I never send anything back for a re-do, having heard way too many insider horror stories of what happens when you send food back when you're not satisfied. I didn't want to be served something possibly with an extra 'mystery' ingredient, if you know what I mean.
A few of us ordered dessert and I was pleased to see they still had the Sunburnt Lemon Pie on their dessert menu - I'd tried it years ago and I remembered it was delicious. It didn't disappoint. It was delightfully tart, with the thinnest burnt sugar crust and two fruit coulis (the passion fruit was fantastic). I was still so hungry after the non-meal and could have eaten 3 of these slim wedges of lemon pie! This dessert is a winner and I can see why it's still on their menu. It's perfect and very light & refreshing. This dessert I would rate a 4 - Outstanding but as I'm really reviewing my dinner ie my entrée, I have to give that the rating it deserved 1 - Poor.
I wouldn't recommend coming to this restaurant when they are booked to capacity. Too loud and service suffers. I've had lunch and dinner there at more normal times and the service and food were more consistent.
Skip the Penne Arrabbiata. What does that say about a chef - not knowing how to cook dry penne pasta?? I know what Gordon Ramsay would say and so do you...
Stepho's on Robson is the sister store to Stepho's on Davie. This location has only been open for a about a year.
The interior is very similar to the Davie restaurant. Greek/Mediterranean design.
We went to eat around 5PM on a Friday. We were able to get a seat as soon as we walked in.
Service was good. Multiple servers working the floor. Took our orders promptly, came back for water often.
We ordered one Beef Souvlaki Large, and one Lamb plate Large.
While the beef skewers were well seasoned and flavorful, the lamb plate was disappointing. The lamb was lukewarm temperature, and FLAVORLESS.
Both dishes came with a generous amount of rice, and veggies. The pita bread was warm with a side of tzatziki.
Overall, Stepho's is good. Skip the Chicken and the Lamb. Go for the Beef.
I went here with a friend after the lunch hour. The place wasn't full,. My first time here, I didn't know if we were supposed to wait to be seated or if it was a coffee shop style dining. (Side Note: The sign near the entrance door said CLOSED, but their other OPEN sign was lit. Confused, I thought they were closed at first.)
We walked in towards the front counter, and a young lady asked if we were there to dine in. We were seated on the patio, which was neat but the the view was obscured by the moist on the glass... like a green house effect. Natural light was nice because inside was dark.
Took a look at the menu, and the lamb dish with rice, and veggies caught our attention. We ordered two of the lamb dishes. We were so excited to try the food. Authentic Palestinian. We were soon disappointed.
The portions were laughable and insulting to the diner. A small portion of rice, some cut up radish, and measly portion of meat. I thought this was a joke or an appetizer dish, but it was the actual potion.
I mentioned to the owner that my dining companion wanted a bigger portion and the ladies in the kitchen went 'Awwww'.
Fine Cuisine doesn't have to be measly! Disappointing portion size but tasty.
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|12.||Kobe Japanese Steak House|
|13.||Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar|
|19.||Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro|
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|3.||Sushi Shelter 101|
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|6.||Diva at The Met|
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|11.||Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie|
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