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Metro Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
De Dutch Pannekoek House657 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Pricey but a nice treat
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

We don't frequent the Dutch House for anything other than the pannakoeken, those thick crepe-like pancakes with all the toppings. Spread the fillings out, roll the pannakoeken up, dress it with butter, syrup or even ketchup and start in the middle with your knife and fork and work your way out. Always a nice break from the traditional breakfast fare.

The House is small, about a dozen tables, and quaintly decorated.The 3 of us got there about 830am on Easter Monday, only a few tables were occupied. Service was fast and efficient by the single, pleasant server. Strong, dark dutch coffee woke me up with a kick. We ordered the bratwurst and eggs pannakoeken, the banana and walnut pannakoeken, and the Canadian (bacon and eggs) pannakoeken. All were great in their own ways. My bratwurst was nicely seared but more like a european weiner than a German bratwurst. Still good, just different. The banana and walnut pannakoeken was excellent according to number 2 son who brought part home with him.

The bill for 3 was $64 with tip. A bit expensive for breakfast but you're paying in part for the pannakoeken experience.

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Pelagos Greek Restaurant2728 O'Hara Lane, Surrey
Very Disappointing
By mymagnolia of White Rock, Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

Great location on the beach. We were a group of 4 who chose my suggestion for dinner. The dinner was of very poor quality and flavourless, not freshly prepared. The rice, potato and salad were bland, no roasted vegetables, peas, and the meat was dry and overcooked. It was Sunday Easter Dinner and the restaurant was not busy. The experience was extremely disappointing and I was embarrassed for the suggestion. Will not return again.

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Joe's Grill2061 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Bad Experience- Dirty Place- Stay away!!
By Guitar2901 of Kitsilano BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:40am [Dine in]

I found a hair in my hash browns once. The waitresses are nice, but the door girl ( a young, fat East Indian) who seats people is an rude asshole and the owner/manager an even bigger asshole.

I asked her if i could leave my name for a table and come back in 1o minutes. She says yes. When I came back I saw a table had just been given. She started yelling at me in a snotty voice: I can't hold a table for you! I sad whats the point of giving you my name and coming back as I said? I was polite and calm the whole time and she repeated that again in a rude, loud snotty tone! I felt like slapping her!

I asked to speak to the manager. This homely looking, badly dressed Chinese guy comes out and says. It's my fault and her fault. I said excuse me? You're saying it's my fault? I walked out and said last time I come here!

I was with my 3 year old daughter, and felt bad to subject her to those pieces of crap! I advise you to stay away from this place!

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Disappointing Easter Brunch
By rosie2011 of White Rock , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2014 - 7:33pm [Dine in]

Firstly, being a large group you are moved from the ambiance of the dining room to the large banquet room in which the atmosphere is entirely different. Cold and certainly not as festive but.... doable once our group was moved to a larger table because I apparently made the reservation for the wrong amount of people.

The food select was very small in variety and was displayed as if it was the leftover part of the other side or maybe that was just because our reservation was at 11am and they opened at 10

Guess not enough staff to monitor the décor to ensure everything was filled.
One person to serve the egg station, waffle and carving table.....

Then there was the entrée(s) in which again the presentation was without labels so you had to open and close each one....which may or may not have contributed to the chicken being dried out and bland even though it was in a sauce.
Roast Beef tough and you were obligated to accept the slice offered even if you requested a different one.
Ham also dry and very disappointing .....all for the price of $30

Alternative choice was Newlands where everyone had been many times before and we thought for 3 generations gathering for the first time in years, let's go somewhere a little more elegant and maybe a different selection in food.....wrong!!! they have far more selection, presentation and atmosphere even in the banquet room...Sorry...should have gone with the gut!

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Yokohama Japanese Restaurant12251 No.1 Road, #140, Richmond
What an Amazing Experience
By Cecilia Wang of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2014 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here many times and the food was really amazing! The chef performs his cooking skill in front of us and shocks everyone there. The sushi there is really wonderful. You will definitely enjoy the service in yokohama and it will become one of your favourite place to go.

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Kalma Family Restaurant20555 56 Avenue, #9, Langley
Great family restaurant
By Donnamae of Langley bc (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

My fiancé and I go to this restaraunt regularity. We love it. The food is good, the service is great and friendly. We always have a good experience when we dine there! My fiancé is very fussy on how he likes his food cooked, and this restaurant is happy to accommodate. We always are treated with a smile, no matter how busy they are. The servers always treat my fiancé with respect. As apposed to some places , as my fiancé has C.P. And some people think that means because his body doesn't work well, that his brain doesn't either. I lve this place.

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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House8934 152nd Street, Surrey
Late night Pho after work
By Huge of Surrey (118 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

Went here with a group of co-workers after work around 1045pm. I ordered the large pho with the beef brisket, well done beef flank, tripe and tendons. My buddies ordered the tamer well done beef flanks or the salad rolls and one of my friends ordered the vegetable pho. My pho was decent, The phos all came hot and fresh and from what my friends said, the salad rolls were delicious. I usually find the broth on the saltier side, but I was not complaining as I expect that. The service was very good. Not only did they attend to our needs ie. hot sauce, refills on water and tea, the waitress managed to separate our bills. It is nice that they stayed open late and served food as not too many places do at that time of night. I would revisit there again.

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Taco Del Mar15951 Fraser Highway, Unit 101A, Surrey
Should have trusted my sixth sense and left
By Huge of Surrey (118 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

Went here with the family for a quick dinner. Wanted to use a coupon to justified buying the coupon book. Never been to a Taco Del Mar before and plan to never return. My better half and I ordered the beef and chicken buritoes. For the kids we ordered the kids meal which was casadas (cheese) and fries with a drink. The food all tasted the same....BAD. No taste and overly greasy. If we did not have the coupon (2 for 1) then I would be really upset with the overpriced crappy meal. Taco Time or Taco Bell is far better than this place. I was so disappointed that I paid what I did for this subpar meal, that I could barely swallow the crap they called Mexican food. I guess that is what you get for a franchise restaurant that has owners that is definitely only there to make money as a franchise restaurant owner and know nothing about Mexican cuisines. Will rather eat a microwaveable Mexican burito from 7-11 than eat here again. At least 7-11 would be cheaper.

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Xi Shi Lounge1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
If you have a nut allergy, do not go here.
By happie_foodie of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

I went for afternoon tea, and I informed the non English speaking staff that I am allergic to nuts, except for Peanuts (multiple times) and they misunderstood, thinking that I was only allergic to peanuts and when they brought out the pastries/sandwiches 30 mins later, I mentioned to the manager (the one who brought it to our table) whether it contained nuts. She then mentioned that she was not made aware of this allergy by the waitstaff. She then doubled checked with the chefs and brought it out stating that it was nut free, even though I recognized a dessert with nuts in it. Approx. 10 mins later, the manager came back to notify me that there was actually a nut in a pastry which I informed her that I had already realized this even thought it was re-assured to me that the selection provided to me contained no nuts.

They need to be more careful with nut allergies, especially when it is fatal for some (myself included). Traces of nuts are fine, however any item with an active nut ingredient will send me to the hospital. I have been to several places for afternoon tea, and each place has taken great care in providing me a nut free selection, and they usually substitute a nut free dessert for those that contain nuts (hence, I get my monies worth). This was not the case here. To be fair, there was only one item with a nut in it, so I was not bothered that they did not provide me with a substitute. The food was delicious!! In addition, I enjoyed the music from the pianist.

The staff was very friendly but at the Shangri-la, I would have assumed that they would have had English speaking staff.

As well, it would have been nice if the tea was served in a French Press, with a kettle filled with hot water, this way my tea with always be hot instead of cold in an hour. As well, the two out of the four of us received their meals (which were ordered a la carte) 15 mins before my sister and I did (we ordered the afternoon tea, as previously stated).

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Disappointing - dine elsewhere
By synchro of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

When the best part of your meal was dessert and the wine, it begs the question: what's wrong with this picture?

Our waiter was good, attentive and polite. No negatives on that side of the house. But, it's cramped seating and a noisy ambiance. If that's your thing, then you're in the right place. We ordered different pasta dishes. One was acceptable but not great, the other somewhat warmly mediocre. The main courses ordered were pork chops and lamb. The pork chops were good and the just plain lamb tough. We had wine with our meals as well as dessert. The dinner was not worth the price. All I can advise is to shop around town for a better, more consistent Italian restaurant.

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Mary's Italian Gelato & Ice Cream12240 2nd Ave, Unit 120, Richmond
Chalky ice cream - bleh
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

Bought the kids single scoops of ice cream. The kids had chocolate. I had butter pecan. The kids thought the chocolate was okay - but my son thought it a little sweet. My butter pecan had no flavour and no pecans that I could discern. I also thought the consistency was chalky.

The ambiance was non-existent. It was uncomfortable in the shop with little decor.

The server was unsmiling and curt.

We ended up going here because of the long line up for Timothy's Ice Cream nearer the water. I guess there was a reason for that. Next time, we will stand in line too and avoid Mary's.

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ABC Country Restaurant20110 Lougheed Highway, #101, Maple Ridge
not the greatest
By Girl1 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went here for an early dinner. 3:45
My husband had the blt sandwhich with side salad he said it was very good.
I had the turkey dinner and was not impressed b the small portion size.
there was only 2 small slices of turkey, about a tblsp of stuffing, good portion of mash, large size of broccoli and carrots with only one cauliflower. (cooked). the food was hot but not very filling for $12.50
I waS surprised when the waitress said that my dinner came with a desert so I got excited, I had the coconut cream pie, it was very good until I found a small hair in the pie half way through eating it.

will not eat here again because of the portion size/price and because of the hair.

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
A little forgotten gem in town, well worth the money
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (112 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 8:59am [Dine in]

With all the new restaurants that have opened in town in the past 10 years, this place seems to have been a bit forgotten, but it has held its standards all through this time. A few years ago, their prix fixe lunch portions were very small, and that deterred some people, but they have learned from their mistake, and now, the prix fixe lunch portions are BIG. At $29, that's unbeatable value.

I went there on several occasions recently. Every time, the food was 5-star in standard. Service, too, was attentive but non-obstructing. Best of all, the place is quiet (unlike many other restaurants), so you could carry out a conversation comfortably. Very nice decor, up-to-date, warm, and cozy. And to top it off, you get free valet parking whether you go for lunch or for dinner.

This is one of the best restaurants in town. I'll go back without hesitation.

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Dublin Castle319 Governors Court, New Westminster
disappointed
By vespera of Burnaby B.C (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 8:06pm [Dine in]

I normally don't write reviews, but based on my experience tonight, I write this in hopes they change things.

We came here for or friends birthday, as he loved the idea of eating in a castle. The atmosphere is nice, with a true feeling of a small town spots pub. There was 6 of us in total, who ordered drinks and food.

Our server was nice and attentive. But at times we had more than one walk by clearing our table, even when we were still eating. We were also asked how to split the bill while we were still eating. Making it feel as though we were rushed and unwelcome.

My significant other and I purchased the parmesan fingers, drunken pickles, and a jug of beer to share with or table. Then 2 yorkie dinners for our main course.

Our chicken fingers and pickles took about 20-30 min to arrive. The chicken was dry and marinara sauce tested like it came out of a can. The drunken picked were actually pretty good.

We waited another 20-30 min for our meals. When we got our towering Yorkshires filled with shredded beef intop of mash potatos and a nice cooked thick slices of tomato broiled to perfection with light cheese on top, it looked great. Upon cutting and eating a few bites, we found our Yorkshire's were almost black and hard. We both tried to eat one out of the two on or plates, but ended up only stomaching some of the meat. The yourkies were so hard you could barely cut through them.

We sent them back, and waited for a few more min to get new ones. My significant others came 5 min before mine. This time they were closer to the golden brown, one would expect of a towering Yorkshire pudding. But inside mine was bow icy cold.

Needles to say, more than disappointing. We finally got or bill and I mentioned to the waitress that we were disappointed and didn't feel it fair to pay for both dinners. She agreed and took one meal of our bill. I appreciated her understanding to the situation and was happy she agreed to take one off the bill.

All in all it wasn't a very good experience, and feel they have a great opportunity to change things and be known for that amazing little Irish pub in a castle.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Best indian restaurant in Vancouver for me
By samyama of Brampton, ON (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

I recently tried their butter chicken special when I caught it on their facebook page. I'm visiting in Vancouver so I gave it a try.

In a word, outstanding and delicious. Yes, I needed two words haha. The food was really good, I ordered their chicken tikka, pakora, methi and of course, the special. I went there with my wife and two kids.
It was right amount of spices, not too greasy and very authentic Indian cuisine with the Handi dish to live up their names.

The service was great, the waitress was quick and very nice to my family and me.

Finally, the cost is just down to earth. Having tried the vjs two nights before I was kinda glad I found something like handi cuisine. Great food, great service, at a great value. Just a great time.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Crowded, loud, expensive - good food tho
By samyama of Brampton, ON (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

I'm being kind of generous about this particular one, but since I'm rating a few today, it's fine.

Honestly, I wouldn't come back to this place again, but as a part of my visit to Vancouver I had to check it out.

I waited for a good 5 - 7 minutes for a table. Didn't mind, better places have kept me waiting longer. When I was finally in, the place was so crowded I thought it was a good sign.

The food was great, just as I was expecting. The service wasn't as bad with all the crowd on the restaurant but not worthy of a luxury place. That brings me to my next point, it's pretty expensive and I don't think that's their value.

I would recommend try it and if the ambiance is different, you don't mind paying way more than average indian restaurant. Otherwise, personally, there are better ones in my list, like handi, and at a better rate.

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Samurai Japanese Restaurant1108 Davie Street, Vancouver
Outstanding for everything!
By samyama of Brampton, ON (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

Yes, outstanding for everything.

Sushi is not one of my favorite cuisines but I can recognize good service, good food at a good price anywhere.

This is one of those places and apparently, it's pretty popular in Vancouver. I ordered the Vancouver roll since I'm visiting for two months. Spectacular! Along with some good Sashimi, you are set.

You won't spend more than $12 and that's if you really wanna stuff yourself.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
I can see why the lines...
By samyama of Brampton, ON (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

The only reason I tried Stephos is because they promised that it's a MUST place when in Vancouver.

Well, I didn't mind the lines if it was going to be this good. It was! Once we got in, I ordered the Calamari and the Lasagna for my wife.

Loved them both! The food is absolutely amazing, the portions are very big and it's cheap! It's impressive how a place like that is so cheap!

Looking forward to trying it again. Staying in Vancouver for 2 months...

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
great food and service, best indian food out there
By jorgefuentes of Los Angeles, CA (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

Coming from LA for Vancouver only for a couple of weeks, I wanted to try everything. Everything.

When it comes to spices, heavy sauces and great meets, I have to admit Mexican cuisine is my favorite but I wanted to try a few indian places in Vancouver since I heard that the Indian population here is like the Mexican population in Cali.

Out of the list, I'm trying to review each one now. This one, Handi, was by far my favorite.

It started with the ambiance, got a nice table with my friends and started with a few drinks from the bar. The place is kinda quite but not quite enough that you can have a great time with friends. The service is quick and efficient. (Specially with my refills and my orders of whiskey haha) Loved it.

If you are going with Indian food, then definitely try Handi. For me, it's the best Indian restaurant in Vancouver.

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Best Burrito195 W Broadway, Vancouver
Best? Really? Best?
By jorgefuentes of Los Angeles, CA (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 3:59pm [Take-out]

Really? Really?? Well as you can see, I don't think they are the best burritos in town at all. This place strike me as those areas in Mexico that you don't really wanna go into and much less eat at.

I tried it because of a friend when I was in Vancouver recently and coming from LA, yes, Mexican is a weekly thing for me.

This place just doesn't do any justice at all to it's name. The food is OK, not that bad but the service was just terrible. The guy who helped us was just having a bad day or something but wasn't very helpful at all.

I would say avoid it, there aren't many good Mexican places in Vancouver, but there are definitely better ones than this one.

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