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Browns Social House2950 Glen Drive coquitlam, Coquitlam
Dont have the 'Bad thai"
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (136 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:49am [Dine in]

I have come to Browns a fair bit and it's usually a decent go to for an average meal. This Brown's franchise is worse than any other I've visited and it shows when the're always seats available on Friday and Saturday nights at any time.

The other night we went because we were starving and near there. I get tired of all the same drinks at all the same places, this one included. Their social drinks are cheap and not bad but I'd like something nice like a good cider on tap how about? I don't always want wine, and sometimes something refreshing would be good. I'm not a fan of glow in the dark cocktails and "martinis". No luck here. Had a Strongbow for $8 - yuk.

Partner ordered a pizza which was ok. I made the foolish mistake of ordering the "pad thai". It's in quotes because it is no more like pad thai than choloclate pudding is like crackers. This stuff comes in a bowl heaped with beans sprouts. Ok good start. Where's the cilantro? Oh - there's none. WHat is this mess under the beansprouts? It was a liquidy sauce that tasted like fish juice(fish sauce) and soy sauce. Not, tamarind like it is supposed to. The oil and sauce are suppoesd to stick to the noodles, not allow them to swim in it with the miniscule wet peanut bits. Then there was the noodles. They must have thought I was out for the night from a nursing home. They were all chopped up in to 1 inch pieces! What the heck is that? It was positively VILE. And as mush as I like veggies, they do not belong in pad thai. Whatever "chef" came up with that recipe has no idea about thai food in the least. When the waitress came and asked how it was I said "actually it was gross" "oh okay" she giggled" and asked if we wanted out bill. We sure did , to get out and not come back.

Plus, these Browns have not changed up their menus in years and it's getting REALLY tiresome. Time to find a new hangout.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Slow and spicy
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

Someone recommended me this place for good Indian food, so I expected it to be top-notch, at the least. First of all, I had to wait an excruciating amount of time to get a table. And to make matters worse, we were only two people waiting for a table.
When we finally got a table, we ordered out appetizers and drinks. Then, it was another wait…for our actual food. When I told the waiter he made a face like if he had forgotten or something. The meal starts to get expensive when you start to order sides and drinks. The lamb vindaloo was too spicy for me. I had ordered medium, so I don’t know why it was so hot. The prawns were okay in terms of taste and size. The matter paneer was too much sauce for me and so I had to give it to my friend to finish. In their defense, their breads were really good (naans).

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49th Parallel Coffee Roasters Cafe2902 Main Street, Vancouver
And I don’t even like coffee
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

I do not consider myself much of a coffee person but I loved the coffee and service offered here in 49th. Their Venezuelan coffee was fresh and didn’t taste anything fabricated, like in many other coffee shops popping up here and there. The baristas know their stuff, which made me fall over for a cup. Their lattes also looked pretty good. I also indulged in some donuts (peanut butter and jelly in case you were wondering), on insistence of a friend, and found them delicious. Making the line was worth it! Before leaving I even bought an extra pair Lucky donuts to take home. Caution though, they were a bit expensive! But worth trying.

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Junsei River Japanese Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
Do not eat here ever!
By JODEEN of Squamish B.c. (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:12am [Dine in]

The worst sushi and customer service! My 1st time eating here....order the veggie combo. When it came to my table it looked like it had been sitting on the plate for days. The veggies were dark. Ate 3 rolls and sent it back. Could not believe they even served it. They should be ashamed serving sushi like that! Told them I was not going to eat it and did not want anything else. Felt sick. The waitress came back and told me the manager said I still had to pay for my meal. Was shocked. I never complain at restaurant so for this to happen was terrible. Everyone beware of this place. They treat their customer like shit. The worst experience I have had at a restaurant and I travel all over the world.

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Gyoza Bar + Ramen622 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Opening night...anyone else want to chime in?
By ravingfoodie of downtown, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

It's been a while since I've done a review but needed to get this out there for my fellow Gyoza and Ramen aficionados.

Went to opening night and was prepared to deal with the hiccups but was also expecting to be blown away because of the hype of great Gyoza and Ramen! DISAPPOINTED!

I understand the chef and owners are so proud of their hand crafted noodles but I really don't think the noodles match the broth, especially with the heavier Tonkotsu base. Traditionally, it should be served with a thinner noodle to offset the thicker soup. The noodles is probably more suited for "Yakisoba" I also sampled their signature Kaisen Tomato Ramen. Sorry GB+R, this was only "meh". Again, noodles were a bit on the thick side it can be more simply described as a bouillabaisse with noodles. $17.00!

Teppan Gyoza was basically flavorless and definitely lacking some seasoning I brought this to the attention of one of the hosts. They, too, admitted the filling needed some work and GB+R would be looking at adding more pork fat and other seasoning to perfect to their mixture.

I am all into being creative but their dipping sauces , I believe, need some work. Perhaps , including a dipping sauce with rice vinegar?

Hopefully, it was just a case of "opening" night jitters.

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RO Sushi678 West Broadway, Vancouver
oh so ....ordinary
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (94 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 8:25am [Dine in]

I've gotten take-out from here many times because it's convenient. But nothing special to report here. It's the same as the hundreds of other so-called sushi places in Vancouver. If you're a sushi expert, you should try Ajisai, Kilala, Kibune, or the other authentic ones. If you're not too concerned about quality and want quantity at good price, than the Sushi Special might be for you - $6 for 18 pieces.

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Taza Falafel House344 Sixth Street, Canada, New Westminster
It's like taking a trip to the middle east with your taste buds!
By tazafalafelhouse of New Westminster, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

Taza Falafel House is now open from 11am to 10pm 7 days a week! A great place for fast, fresh and healthy food! The falafel and kabob are made from scratch. The chicken is cooked on a rotating spick. The garden salad which comes free on all the platters has a wonderful lemony zest.

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Slocan Restaurant2715 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good spot for a bite when you are in the area
By Yukon Cornelius of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 15, 2014 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

Good spot for burgers, sandwiches and beers. Portions are good. The food is fresh and doesnt come with any pretenses. The hot and cold sandwich options are where I always end up at but the menu is pretty extensive and they do a pretty good brunch menu that goes along great with a caesar.

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Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant2991 East Broadway, Vancouver
Good authentic Mexican food!
By Yukon Cornelius of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

This place is in my neighbourhood and it has never failed to impress. A first visit might make you think that the wait time is a bit long but I have learned time and time again that the reason for the wait? They make FRESH food everytime. For instance... most Mexican restaurants scoop tortilla chips out of a bag. At this place the make them fresh! What a great idea! The tortilla soup is a great dish. chicken stock and fresh tortillas all seasoned perfectly. They use the real Mexican style cheese not shredded mozza out of a bag. The nachos are priced for 1 person but enough for 2 people. Its not a big place and sometimes the TV is playing Mexican soap operas a little too loud... but wow do they ever do wonders in that kitchen. Muy bien!

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Old Ginger514 W Broadway, Vancouver
Over priced for mostly greasy noodles.
By dogsbreakfast of Vancouver (Dunbar) (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

They don't care! The location is the only thing that keeps this place in operation. If it weren't for the fact that it's near a Sky train station, theere would be another coffee shop there. I wanted veggies.lots of veggies.if I wanted noodles and meat with too much oil, I would have made a point of ordering oily meat and noodles. I made a point of LOTS OF VEGGIES! And for the price of a meal for two, that feed only me, I got ripped off.
They had to bring me some veggies as a side dish to make up for the lack of them in my meal. And what they brought was just oily baby boo choy.
With the ten other places near by that had far more customers inside, I messed up.
Screw the Old Ginger.

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Sailor Hagar's Brew Pub86 Semisch Avenue, North Vancouver
Dinner and beers with the boys
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (54 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 7:06am [Dine in]

Three of us hit Sailor Hagar's brew pub on a Saturday evening for dinner and beers. Haven't been there for years. It was sunny but a bit chilly for the patio but we had our choice of window tables inside. Great view of Vancouver and the harbour.

We tried most of their craft brews over a calamari starter, the Bitter and Nut Brown ale were our favorites. Calamari was good, crisp in a tempura batter with some veggies thrown in. I had the rustic chorizo and asiago pizza which was good but could have used a minute more in the oven to get a crisper bottom crust. Three fish tacos with crispy fish and slaw was another good choice. The beef dip was huge, with a bowl of excellent crispy fries. Overall the food and service was excellent and we had a great boys dinner. And it was a short walk downhill to the quay to catch a cab home.

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NSCS Discovery1515 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Breakfast at the Jericho hostel
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (54 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 6:53am [Dine in]

We popped into the Discovery Café downstairs at the Jericho Youth Hostel for breakfast while scootering around the area on a sunny Saturday morning. Ordered the corn beef hash for me and the others got Chuckwagon breakfasts. Coffees was rich and we enjoyed a couple cups while we waited about 40 minutes for meals. There were only a couple other tables occupied so I don't know why it took so long but we weren't in any rush.

The corned beef hash was excellent...real corned beef (texture like pulled pork) with roast potatoes, onions and red peppers seared up with two soft poached eggs and hollandaise on top. The Chuckwagons were scrambled eggs, sausage patties, bacon, hash brown potatoes and a dish of baked beans. Each breakfast came with an enormous wedge biscuit with butter and jam. Lots of delicious food. Bill for three people was $42 including a tip. We'd definitely come back for breakfast and now we're wondering what lunch/dinner would be like.

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Kisamos Greek Taverna3420 Moncton Street, Richmond
Going down hill
By wicket777 of Delta, B.C (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

It was a nice sunny day in Steveston, and we decided to drop by Kisamos for lunch to see if we could get a table because the last few times we tried to go there during dinner they were packed. They weren't busy at all, with only 4 or so other tables. We were greeted nicely and got a table right away. We didn't take too long to order, I went with the calamari plate and my wife went with lamp chops.
Then we started to wait while our two kids got fussy.... Luckily the server brought some small pieces of pita which were warm and tasted good.
Eventually, about 25 minutes later, I noticed that the lamp chops were at the window, but they sat there, waiting for the calamari so they could be brought together.. Food all arrived finally after about 30 mins. Quite a long wait given that they weren't busy, but I figured they had to cook the lamp chops... So we started to eat.
Greek salad - Cucumbers were definitely not fresh, a bit mushy. Not enough feta, and the tomatoes weren't too fresh either.
Rice - Was just ok.
Potatoes - Were somewhat overcooked, but not horrible.
Lamp chops - These were actually not bad. Not overcooked, and seasoned nicely.
Calamari - Biggest disappointment. They were a bit mushy, and almost tasteless. They should have been the star of the dish. Some of them even seemed a bit underdone. I would have complained, but we had waited so long for our food and we had to leave so I just left the food and paid the bill.

We have been to Kisamos many times in the past and have always enjoyed the food. This trip, however, left me feeling sick to my stomach due to the mushy calamari, so we won't be returning. The best thing we ate was the pita bread.

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Seahorse Grill12147 Sullivan Street, Surrey
Little Gem in Crescent Beach
By Allegra_50 of surrey bc (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:18pm [Dine in]

In the past this restaurant was a very special night out for us along with many visitors we've brought, offering culinary delights until last Sunday night. I ordered their weekly special, roast beef, assuming since that this is the weekly special this choice would be a perfected dish.Our server was very pleasant, friendly and upbeat so we where prepared for a wonderful food experience.
Sad to say when my roast beef arrived I noticed my Yorkshire pudding was burnt and after a taste confirmed it was uneatable. Next was the roast beef, it was very tough and the flavour did not make up for any toughness.
I can understand that perhaps this was an off night for the chef but the server, however friendly she was, never did ask us how our meal was. Even when she could see the uneaten Yorkshire pudding never inquired for the left food on the plate.
Our hope is that this past gem can somehow gain our confidence back.

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Bella Vita Restaurant22471 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
Lost Me and My Family
By ridgefamily of Maple Ridge (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

We have been coming to Bella Vita for well over 15 years as our go to place for great food and service. Unfortunately that all came to a stop after after our last visit. My wife, daughter and I were meeting my parents (who also have been loyal customers for over 20 years) for a nice dinner out. What we experienced was far below what we are normal accustomed to. The service although adequate was nothing like we had experienced in the past and the food was at best sub par. Of the meals ordered (2 filets, 1 salmon, 1 prime rib, and 1 new york steak with neptune topping) none were cooked as ordered or well. The worst was the new york steak which was order medium rare and came out well done. We actually sent this item back and the second attempt was no better then the first. In addition to not being cooked right the steak was less then 1/2" thick and about 40% fat, not exactly what you'd except. My wife who ordered the salmon (which was way over done) was told that dinners included potatoes and rice. There were no potatoes on any of our plates. When we go out I have no problem sending money to get a quality meal, I do however have a problem when all you get is a meal and service that could of been found at a family restaurant for half the price.

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ABC Country Restaurant3580 No. 3 Road, Richmond
A solid breakfast and dinner choice; you cannot go wrong
By SirJeivus of Richmond , BC, Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

Hi DineHere readers,

I've seen ABC country at its infancy, and out of all the times I've eaten there I'd like to do the restaurant some justice and remark on my experience here.

ABC Country is a family restaurant with a farm theme as shown by the pitchforks and the old-school lamps as some of the decorations you will encounter there. As inferred by the random farm ornaments decorating the interior, ABC Country Restaurant has an emphasis on farm-fresh local ingredients and you can really taste it in the food. For breakfast, there is only one thing I order and that is the Farmer Sausage Skillet. If it is your first time eating breakfast there, I highly recommend it. It has farm fresh sausage, scallions, mushrooms, cheese, potatoes, and your choice of egg or egg whites (egg whites at no extra charge is a plus) along with some toast on the side.

For breakfast, I always ask for egg whites and multi-grain toast with no butter on it with my farmer sausage skillet. As for dinner, I usually get the pulled-pork sandwich with skinny fries and substitute the coleslaw with a small garden salad with raspberry vinaigrette. However, no matter what I order, the food is consistently great, fresh tasting, properly portioned and of great value. The servers have no problems adjusting to the substitutions I request and they are done at no extra charge.

They often have coupons in the Richmond Review (?) and have a frequent diner reward system. For every 5 times you dine there, you get your next entree up to 10 dollars free! Their frequent diner reward system used to have a 3 month expiry from the first stamp, but now it doesn't expire anymore. Also, they have seasonal promotions where a free dessert is included (usually the Mount Baker ice cream and cake dessert) when you order 2 entrees from a special menu. There are free refills on pop and bottomless fries, which is a plus.

In Richmond, where ethnic foods tend to outnumber western foods, this place has always been rock solid for a simple burger or wholesome country favourites and I will be returning here for as long as this place remains this way.

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IHOP - International House of Pancakes10551 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
Food hasn't changed over 5 years, but the service was an all-time low
By SirJeivus of Richmond , BC, Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 1:23pm [Dine in]

Hi DineHere users,

Just to let you know where I am coming from, I've lived in Richmond for over 25 years and I've been at this restaurant a total of 10 times over the course of 5 years. I tried to submit a review on the IHOP official site, but there was a bug with the submission form and I was unable to inform them of the poor service my girlfriend and I received last Sunday.

We came in for brunch on Sunday, September 7th at 11 AM. The front of the house was kind and seated both of us promptly. I ordered the 2x2x2 (Which is 2 eggs, 2 sausage, 2 buttermilk pancakes) and my girlfriend had a steak omelette. Our food came within a reasonable time. However, when I asked for extra whipped cream for my girlfriend's pancakes, our server said "Why not just use the butter on yours"? We didn't ask for our bill yet because we were still eating, and our server plopped down our check and walked away hastily. She was about 5 metres away when I was trying to ask her for take out containers. I don't want to name names, but my server's name started with a "M".

The food has not changed: it was barely edible and the reason I did not complain is because the quality of the food is consistent with how it was 5 years ago, with the exception of the pancakes. The buttermilk pancakes were dry and spongy, and soaked up the maple syrup like a sponge. My eggs and sausage were luke-warm and did not taste fresh. I expect a little more quality if I am paying 8.99 for a simple breakfast.

The ambiance is alright, and probably the only thing I have nothing negative to say about. The tables were clean and they changed the syrup holders so they are more spill-proof.

This place has its work cut out for them if they are going to compete with other local family restaurants like ABC Country Restaurant and Cora's, both which I would highly recommend over this place.

After giving this place multiple tries, I think I'm confident in saying I'll never come back to this location again. I know IHOPs vary by place, but as far as the Richmond one goes I'm done with it.

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Blacksheep Pub & Grill12968 232nd Street, Maple Ridge
Worth The Drive
By Digby_Scallops of out there (49 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 5:45am [Dine in]

This spot could only be termed a point of destination, as no one would knowingly go there on purpose if they didn't know what awaited them upon arrival. The Black Sheep is probably one of the best pubs in the lower mainland, nestled in the shade of the mountains just about as far as you can go on the road to Golden Ears Park. I've been going here for nearly 35 years. This is the reincarnation of the original pub, having moved from across the street where it was a quaint spot, almost always full & difficult to get in. Today it is a almost a sports bar with a liquor store attached. But one thing has not changed and that is the wings. Monday nights is their .29 special with beverage purchase. No take out. Last night after golfing (a good round!) a buddy and I ordered 15 each, shared a side of fries with gravy & an ice cold Guiness each. It just doesn't get much better. So if you are looking for a good meal, reasonably priced & don't mind a drive, try out The Black Sheep in Maple Ridge.

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Cristos Greek Taverna4624 Hastings Street, Burnaby
A great surprise.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2014 - 9:31am [Dine in]

The original plan was to go to the restaurant across the street. When we got there, found out that they close on Sundays. It was already 8pm so don't feel like driving some where else. So what do you do? You pivot and look around. Hmm, a greek restaurant across the street and it's open! So in we go.

Usually it's not a good sign when you walk into a restaurant and there are only 2 other patrons sitting at a table in the corner. But they are open! So we were greeted and sat at a table by the window. The interior looks like any other greek restaurant, blue, fake plants, bronze cook wares/decors on the wall, but this one feels oddly cozy. Maybe because of the wide open layout and the high ceiling.

Menu looks typical. Ordered the calamari which the waiter proclaimed as "the best calamari in town", their "best dish in the house" lamb shoulder, and the chef's new creation, smoked salmon. After those claims, me and the missus anxiously waited for our food so i could call the waiter a liar.

Calamari came. Gone in sixty seconds! How bout that, an honest waiter. Their calamari is now tie as "the best calamari in town" in my book. Would definitely go back for more if i'm in that area. Because the other best is only 5 mins from our home.

The lamb shoulder and smoked salmon arrived on our table. Portion was good, be prepare to pack some leftovers. The rice has good flavour, the potatoes were delicious (which i rarely touch in other greek restaurant), the greek salad is well, normal greek salad (not a bad thing).

The lamb is tender. No knife needed here. Could use a bit more seasoning though. But, above average as is. The smoke salmon should be on the menu!! It's a crime of cruelty to serve that to people and then take it away. The agony of not tasting that would be a torture. Ok, maybe that's a bit dramatic but that smoke salmon will make you say "OMG".

I gave a rating of 3-solid for the food because this was my first time here. Although the meal should get a 4 for food, it won't be fair to give a high mark based on one sitting.

Overall, i would go back. The food was great. The service was excellent. Darryl (the waiter) is very attentive and hilarious. And he ain't a liar.

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San Remo Pizza3008 Flint St, #108, Port Coquitlam
going down
By fatgirl of poco (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2014 - 9:24am [Dine in]

went into san remo we were seated at the bar. there were tables available. ordered the ravioli. wow so much chesse. when i finally found the pasta. so disappointed. it was frozen crap not like real pasta and way undercooked. hard and nothing in it. wont go back. this place was better when it was small.

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