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Old Xian's Food3510 Kingsway, Vancouver
do not eat here
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 20, 2016 - 7:35am [Dine in]

came here for a quick meal on a rainy saturday. there was a cockroach crawling up the wall - do not eat here under any circumstances! sadly the service is attentive but i cannot eat in a restaurant that has cockroaches crawling up walls - will report to the VCH as well

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Poor service, poor food. Rude people.
By darnitall of New Weset (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 10:09am [Dine in]

I will never go back to this restaurant. The waitress treated us like we were an inconvenience, got our order wrong and more or less ignored us. When the food came out, one main came 15 minutes prior to the other and the pizza we ordered was incorrect. When confronting the waitress with our predicament, she seem totally ambivalent about our experience. And at the end she was shocked that I provided no TIP ("to insure prompt service").

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Agra Sweets & Restaurant7585 6th St, Burnaby
Terrible service and the owners are super cheap
By njmurarka of Vancouver (Collingwood) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

Ordered the butter chicken for $11. It effectively tasted like a $0.60 bowl of Campbell's canned tomato soup, with the equivalent of the amount of chicken on a single drumstick. Basically, a bowl of crappy soup with a few random pieces of chicken in it.

The owner smiled and did not care when I mentioned it and in fact pointed to another customer, saying they ordered it too and were not complaining. No attempt whatsoever to remedy the problem .

Their paapdi chaat appetizer was even worse -- looked like someone had watered down the yoghurt so the whole thing was tasteless and cheap tasting.

All in all, the people running this place have 0 sense of customer service and terrible cooks. I expect this restaurant will die off soon, as it deserves to.

Btw, being that I am Indian, I can tell you with 100% conviction that this is terrible Indian food -- try Baba sweets just a block up the street -- WAY WAY WAY better. I wanted to try this place just because it was new to give it a chance. Big mistake.

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Pizza Garden1596 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
A solid Neapolitan pizza place
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 7:09pm [Take-out]

We've never ordered from Pizza Garden before but reviews for the pizzas seemed good although tempered by a number of complaints about the poor delivery service. So we ordered takeout to be safe. Two extra-large pies, a Parma Prosciutto and a Pizza Magic, for 5 people. We probably could have eaten most of a third pie, it was so good.

If you're expecting Pizza Hut style pizza, look elsewhere. Ready for pickup in literally mere minutes, it was classic Neapolitan pizza, thin smoky and crispy bubbled-up crust fired super hot for a couple minutes in a red hot wood oven with minimalist toppings. In Naples the crust is the starring canvas and the rich pomodoro (tomato) sauce, fresh soft mozzarella and flavourful toppings paint it. The Parma Prosciutto had a rich pomodoro sauce finished with fresh mozza and arugula but they were a bit too minimalist on the ham for my liking. The Pizza Magic was a loaded vegetarian pie with a rich herby basil, artichoke and spinach topping, probably the best of the 2 although opinions differed.

Tab for the two pies for 5 people was just under $50 so that's pretty good value for dinner for 5. Next time I think we'll try a Pepperoni and a Deli Italiano for more meat and heat. And maybe order that third pie just to be safe.

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ChongQing8220 120th St, Surrey
Great new location.
By doughgirl of New Westminster (41 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

Visited with a (mainly European) family group today for late lunch/early dinner. We enjoyed everything we ordered. Some dishes surprised us with their spiciness. We received attentive service. This location is beautiful! Try it if you are on Scott Road and looking for a good Chinese meal.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar1109 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
5 screwups in a single sitting
By cmonkiew of Yaletown (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

* wife ordered burger on lettuce (gluten intolerant) came out on a bun
* replacement burger was raw (mine was slightly pink which is ok) - food safety issue
* ordered beer, they were changing the keg. Ok. No prob. Beer came out 25-30 mins later
* kid got a kids meal with ice cream sandwich which came out completely melted - food safety issue
* they comped us the burger (good), but discounted it $14 instead of the $16.50 it actually cost

I asked to speak to manager, and to her credit she comped the meal, but it was still a terrible experience. 1's across the board.

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Dung Sing Chin Seafood Restaurant2163 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Spoiled food/horrible service
By crystal c of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

I went there for dimsum today with family and the restaurant served us SPOILED FOOD. It was completely disgusting. I found a hair inside a shrimp dumpling and THE MANAGER told me that it was my hair. I found it cooked inside the dumpling and pulled it out of the dumpling right in front of him. I used to love going here and the food used to be good, so I ordered what I normally did. I got three different types of shrimp dumplings and they were ALL SPOILED. I told the manager and he said that we should have told him earlier but we just tried it because it came out late. When we informed the manager he actually yelled at us and said that we should have told him earlier even though we waited over an hour for our food and it had just arrived.. This restaurant has seriously gone down hill and it's not recommended, because they serve spoiled food, and they offer horrible service.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Good not great
By VJB of abbotsford (170 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 11:07am [Dine in]

It had been awhile since we have been to Hamilton Street Grill. They have a special promotion for the month of June - $20.00 for a Peppercorn Strip Loin with potatoes and vegetables. It is very good value. The steak is 8 – 10 oz. and was perfectly cooked and the vegetables were very good. The regular menu is a bit on the pricey side for the atmosphere. The restaurant is in Yaletown though so the rent in this area is pretty high. We shared an order of garlic butter shrimp with garlic toast and they were good. It was a very generous serving but as my husband said it was good but not great.
The service was good. The wine was topped up during the course of our meal but we just felt very rushed. The server also checked to see that our meals were satisfactory. We had just finished our appetizer and the steak was put on the table immediately. I felt it may have been sitting under a heat lamp waiting for us to finish our meal as my steak was lukewarm. We would just finish a dish and it would be taken away within a minute.
They charge fine dining prices but the setting is not really a fine dining venue. It is more of a casual dining ambiance. I would return and use my entertainment coupon or if they had a good promotion but I do feel that otherwise they are a bit overpriced for what they offer.
The evening we were dined there were only 6 tables occupied whereas the restaurant next door was packed with customers.

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Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant7546 Edmonds St, Burnaby
Spicy evening
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 4:50am [Dine in]

We were picking friends up in New West/Burnaby for dinner last Friday and they wanted to try something different so I searched for ethnic restaurants in the area and found the Abyssinia. Not many reviews but mostly good and in any event it's tough to go wrong with Ethiopian food so I made a reservation for 6 at 6. Parking is thin on Edmonds but we found a spot on the side street. The restaurant is small with seating for about 25 and it is tucked back from the street with a small patio in front. There was only one other table with a couple Ethiopian guys eating so we likely didn't need to make a reservation although it did secure us a large table at the window.

The sole Ethiopian hostess turned out to also be the cook but she was very friendly and had no problem getting us drinks, making recommendations and helping us select the right amount of food before retreating to the kitchen to prepare it. We ordered 2 vegetarian platters, 2 meat and veggie platters, a lamb Tibis and a signature beef Kitfo, all shared on a large Injera bread platter. We ordered some Tej (honey wine) and a couple Ethiopian beers for drinks to start.

Two of our friends had never had Ethiopian food and they were very impressed with the whole concept of sharing and eating with your fingers and pieces of Injera. Overall the food was excellent, a bit spicier than other Ethiopian restaurants we've eaten at but nothing we couldn't handle. The lamb Tibis was especially good and spicy and we fought over the last bit of the creamed spinach. Total bill for 6 with drinks and tip was $130 so it's good value. We highly recommend the Abyssinia.

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Chopsticks On Pho15325 56 Avenue (hwy 10), Unit 101, Surrey
Highly Recommended!
By Teri M of Langley B C (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 10, 2016 - 11:05am [Dine in]

Incredible food and atmosphere. The owners and staff are extremely kind and generous. Lots of vegan options too! Best veggie salad rolls I have ever had, could eat them every day. Veggie pho, buddha bowls, and rice dishes are all delicious as well. It's always a good experience. Definitely recommended, Dine here!!!

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Church's Chicken2504 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good times here
By LaRiviere28 of Port Alberni, BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

I often used to go here for lunch when I was going to school I went with Dad when he was home from working out of town and my Mom was at work my Mom and I came here lots I always enjoyed the chicken with French fries and corn on the cob and also a chicken burger. .

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Cadeaux Bakery172 Powell Street, Vancouver
Wonderful
By Norman of Vancouver East (74 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 11:53am [Dine in]

I have purchased pastries from here twice, and both times they were outstanding. There are suddenly a lot of pastry shops opening, and few are as good as Cadeaux. The presentation is beautiful and the taste is wonderful. The first time I had a kind of peanut butter filled pastry, but by "peanut butter" I am only referring to the flavour of the filling. The second time I had chocolate covered vanilla cheesecake, and I can say I have never had better. Highly recommended, and don't be put off by the location, which is an area that is rapidly changing.

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Chef Hung Restaurant3313 Shrum Lane, Vancouver
Just so so
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 6, 2016 - 11:17am [Dine in]

Came here for a quick weekend lunch. I tried the Chef Hung in Richmond when it opened and was wondering how this location would be.

Service is excellent, tea is always topped up but the food is sub par. Ordered Champion Beef noodle soup, dumplings, and cold cucumbers to start.

Broth lacks depth in the beef soup, noodles are chewy which I like. Dumplings are just average and the cold cucumbers tasted like pickles and wasn't worth the $5.

I think one reviewer said it best a long time ago, If that is what the champion noodles soup is, I seriously question the merits of that contest.

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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante3296 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Will NEVER return
By KingNeptuneReviews of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 3, 2016 - 8:10am [Dine in]

At first when we heard about this restaurant we remembered bad reviews and unpleasant food, however, they have changed chefs and now chef Gerry and his kitchen crew are absolutely fantastic! Upon being seated, the atmosphere was pleasant with a nice dining layout, traditional Italian music lightly playing in the background, and nicely lit focal points such as the bar area and traditional decor. As we opened our menus we were delighted to see such a vast variety of wines and liqueurs, we were surprised that the poor Italian had such a vast variety to choose from and it was definitely a change of pace from our usual watering holes. Secondly, we observed on the table a promotion of special pastas offered on pasta nights and a seafood festival coming up in June. We were super excited and had been telling all our friends and family about this event. As we began to skim through our menus, we noticed a stocky older Italian man with salt and peppered hair tending to other tables. I'm guessing he must've been a manager or something. As we were looking at our menus he was servicing other tables and his attitude was just appaling. How could a manager speak to customers in such a entitled "I'm the boss" mentality is beyond me. He was rude, unappealing, and worst of all had his fingers in the food when carrying dishes to the tables. I was absolutely disgusted with not only his attitude and personality, but poor service skills and demeanour. If he is the owner he definitely needs to stay out of the restaurant, and if he's just a manager he definitely needs to be let go of, I'd expect such a classy upscale fine Italian restaurant to show a little more class when hiring personnel to be the front lines of your establishment. By now I had already lost my appetite but decided to give the food a shot, to start off we ordered the carpaccio which came as expected but was delicious none the less. Followed by the antipasto misto which had a assortment of Italian meats, cheeses, and olives enjoyed with bread and traditional olive oil with balsamic vinegar. Next came priuschutto wrapped cantelopes and calamari which was absolutely fantastic! A genuine taste with amazing attention to detail and flavours accentuating the natural flavours of the key ingredients and not heavily seasoned to mask errors. I was pleasantly surprised with the appetizers and had regained my appetite thanks to the kitchen staff. As we finished our appetizers the bussing staff was quick to remove and clear empty dishes from the table and the waiters were quick to help us pour our wine and waters even though we had bottles at our table and could've done so ourselves. This was a very classy touch. But again mr MANAGER had to walk around with his entitled attitude and nose stuck up in the air to offer anything to us let alone bringing us more desired bread. We had asked him twice to but he mumbled something under his breath to the words of "you don't f*cking need it" or "I don't f*cking need this".... Either which is just as bad... I am not deaf and know what I heard and will NEVER return to this restaurant. I am NOT fat or obese if that is what he was implying, and if he doesn't need this he definitely will NEVER get my service EVER again. Our table spent upwards of $500 for dinner which isn't cheap to be served by people like this?! You've GOT to be kidding. We had told all our family and friends to attend the upcoming seafood festival but will be telling them otherwise!! No way will they be getting our patronage or service let alone our referrals. The food was delicious but definitely not worth being belittled by the manager in the front by the bar. They had lost our respect and impression. All in all for a classy establishment such as the poor Italian trying to serve fine dining and delicious food, you could really use a makeover in the front head of staff position. The only thing dragging this place down is the "mr. Entitled" manager with the salt and pepper hair who looks like HE doesn't need it.

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Dixie's Restaurant337 E Hastings St, Vancouver
The Real Thing
By yvr1953 of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 7:18am [Dine in]

Easily the best BBQ I've had in Vancouver. In fact, it is on the same level as highly regarded restaurants I've visited in Texas and New Orleans. I can't give a higher compliment than that. As for BBQ restaurants in Seattle and Calgary that I've tried, Dixie's is on another planet. There is love and attention to detail in this food. For example, they use three kinds of wood in the smoker. We tried the brisket, ribs, and a regular link. All perfect as were the coleslaw, potato salad and pickle sides. Pecan pie with maple whipped cream was excellent. The staff were very friendly, attentive and enthusiastic about the BBQ wonders on offer. Portions and prices are very fair. Look forward to returning. Highly recommended!

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Miku Restaurant200 Granville St, #70, Vancouver
Unpretentious Japanese fine dining
By starfoodie of North Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 8:44am [Dine in]

Coming to Miku is always a phenomenal experience. Everything, from the location, to the food (the sushi quality is unmatched) and the staff that simply make you feel at home makes it one of my favourite restaurants. You never get that pretentious feel that you get at other fine dining restaurants - kudos to the staff for making that happen.

We had a reservation for five and got to sit on the patio. The view from here of the water front and harbour is great, especially during this time of the year. Great place to take someone if they are from out of town.

As for the food, presentation here is everything. The Miku Zen is something I always go for when I come for lunch, as it has a bit of everything. Something like that of a bento box, but much fancier of course. 5 types of rolls, with their aburi sushi being the best. Also some miso soup and appys. Their appetizers and lunch options are something you want to stick to because they do it very well.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Indian home cooked style meal
By starfoodie of North Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 8:29am [Take-out]

Personally I enjoy it when a restaurant has good quality home cooked style cuisine. This place definitely had authentic Indian cuisine. And by 'home-cooked' I don't mean bland and lacking in taste, but rather simple and not bad enough that you have to increase your gym time and go lean for the next week.

The aloo gobi and garlic naan alone are worth coming here for. The gobi, which is cauliflower served in a mix with potatoes and Indian spices, is delicious. Not an uncommon dish but I really like how they make it here. The garlic naan is also out of this world fluffy.

And while honestly this is not the best Indian food i've ever had, it is still very enjoyable. Or maybe I've just had the best of the best when it comes to Indian food.

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Sushi bar Maumi1226 Bute Street, Vancouver
Reluctant to share but this place is an experience
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (43 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 27, 2016 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

First off, if you are considering going, don't dilly dally- make a reservation. There are 3 seatings and certain rules/expectations. All is explained when you reserve and you really should as there are only 10 seats huddles round the counter while you watch the chef dazzle. There is no soy sauce, alcohol, rolls.

You can order à la carte but the omakase menus are the way to go. We tried both the $40 and $60 menu delight. All sushi is prepared right in front of your eyes and there is a process. Chef brings out the pieces of fish in a certain order to allow for room temperature and then the magic happens.

He slices the fish with such skill that there are no knife marks in the 'chopping' board. The rice is prepared authentically you can essentially taste each grain. The sauces and condiments are added to perfection - nothing else is needed. His wife is on hand at the start to take your order, provide hot hot tea (yay) and at the end when you get your bill. It's a very tight knit operation that flows well.

I would say that if you have time, go for dessert - a little something is needed to round off the meal.

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Longtail Kitchen810 Quayside Drive, #116, New Westminster
So long(tail), farewell, it wasn't worth the trip
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (43 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 27, 2016 - 8:25pm [Dine in]

Longtail has been on my list of 'must-try' for a while and perhaps perusing the website had boosted my expectations higher than they should have been.

Whilst I wasn't disappointed with the flavours, I was with the portion size, and cost. I half expected the prices to be on par with Granville Island or Lonsdale but they were closer to fine dining without the service and ambiance.

Ordered a pad Thai with prawns - flavours and texture meshed well. The three prawns were just three prawns and well I wanted more. Considering it cost $12, and you're eating out of a paper container, I don't think it's too much to ask for. We also had the roti with peanut sauce for $5, not bad, peanut sauce was better than anticipated. I think I would have enjoyed it more had I not seen the same person taking my cash, then immediately touching the roti to fry.... Wings were good and the tea from the tea is pretty good.

The skinny on this place: great flavours, small portions, high price.

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Stefanos Restaurant315 Columbia St, New Westminster
Terrible service. Tip included in bill.
By Carterboy of Langley B C (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

Worst service of any restaurant I have ever been to. Server was horrible but tip was included so she did not have to come by. Food was great but service was non existant. Didn't even bother to take desert order. Found server in back to get bill.

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