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Wendy's Restaurant19644 Fraser Hwy, Langley
What is different about this Wendy's?
By me3vanc of Cloverdale (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 12:28am [Take-out]

I have fast food about once every 2-3 weeks and Wendy's is my choice usually due to allergies. This Wendy's is closest to my house but I avoid it because of consistent quality issues. I have complained several times and nothing has been done. The fries taste wrong, not sure why, but on-going problem. I try to avoid going to this location but was coming home from home in Christmas shopping burn-out 7:30pm on Saturday night and it is right on the way. Service was quite slow although there were not many people in restaurant and only 2 cars ahead of me. I got a cold burger with a dried overdone piece of meat and a small frosty. NEVER order fries. I live within a mile of the place and got home quickly so there is no excuse. Calling and complaining does no good cause I still had to eat the overdone cold burger. Please get this fixed!!!!!!

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Central Bistro & Lounge1072 Denman Street, Vancouver
Very disappointing
By tazmaniandevil of Burnaby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

This was the second time we went for dinner at Central Bistro, and it was once again a disappointment.

We started off with some mussels, which were anywhere between raw and grossly undercooked. After we complained about it, the waitress took them back to have them cooked some more. The second time around they were ok.

Both me and my wife had stakes, which were so-so. One would expect better quality meat at these prices.

The desert was just terrible - a so-called New York cheesecake that seemed to be nothing more than a mixture of butter and cream cheese and nothing else. We barely had a taste of it and we left the rest of it untouched, it was that bad.

Perhaps the biggest letdown was the bourbon eggnog, which the waitress cheerfully recommended as the special of the season. I still cannot understand why they call that thing eggnog, because the drink they brought me had nothing in common with what an eggnog should be. Oh, and on top of everything, I ordered it double, and it barely had any alcohol in it at all.

The service was ok, no complaints there, but the food and the drinks were just terrible. We will not return there again.

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Buckstop833 Denman Street, Vancouver
Delicious BBQ
By dreww_ of North Van (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

Denman has lots of good restaurants, and this is one of them. This was my first time here but it definitely lived up the expectations and left us with a good impression. I had heard great things about it's meat but never got around to trying it. So when our initial restaurant of choice was packed, we decided to head down here. A little bit of luck and curiosity.

This is a little quaint restaurant with lovely staff. Despite the loud music and crowd, our group had a great time. I especially loved the fact that the staff was so friendly and enthusiastic to help pick out our dishes and bring them out in record time.We had the smoked brisket, potato fries, beef back ribs, and st. louis ribs. Special mention on the beef ribs which were great. Portions are small and plates are not cheap.

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Itadakimasu Restaurant & Sake Bar4148 Main Street, Vancouver
Good izakaya option
By dreww_ of North Van (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 9:15pm [Dine in]

Recently discovered this place, I've only been here a couple of times but enough to realize why its been such a hit. While I still consider Guu #1 as far as izakaya goes, this one is does not disappoint. The tuna takaki is amazing and the bibimbap is actually quite good. The main problem can be getting here, esp if you dont have a car, but other than that, this little establishment is a gem on Main Street. Prices are a little on the high end but the food is authentic tasting, which is a plus. And if you don't know much about this type of food, the servers help you out and seem to be knowledgeable on what they are serving (I think the waitresses are originally from Japan).

The good thing about this place is that is does not get crazily busy, so finding a spot should not be a problem.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Best bang for the buck Malay
By dreww_ of North Van (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 9:01pm [Take-out]

Hawker's Delight is THE place to go to for cheap Malay food. I've been coming here for years for their roti and hainanese chicken. I usually just take to go because it is always packed with lots of people, primarily college-going students (surprise surprise). Nonetheless, service is fast. For those that complain about it being too greasy or heavy, they are forgetting how inexpensive the food here is. Not much of a service offered here, but for less than $10, meal, what do you expect?

They dont accept credit cards so prepare to bring cash.

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Earls5300 No. 3 Road, #304, Richmond
Great service and management
By alishac24 of Delta (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

Wow. Really no review since 2007? Guess that could be taken as good or bad. Well this review is good. Today my mom and brother came in to earls just as the afternoon prime lunch time came around. As it's the holidays we anticipated it would extra busy which is it was! But we were greeted at the door and seated immediately. Once we were seated we waited well over 10 minutes to be greeted by our waitress. I saw a few waitress walk right by us but none came to at least ask us if we had been served but know one came. So I took matters into my own hands and walked over to the hostess table and told them a waitress hadn't come by our table. She apologized and told me she would get a waitress to come over right away. Now here is where things take a turn! Soon after a young women who appeared to be a manger came over and apologized and offered us an appetizer on them! She recommended the chili chicken and it was amazing! Our entrees came soon after which were excellent! The manager herself served us and was very attentive. A server came to clear our plates and we asked for our bill. Soon after the manager came over abs told us that our lunch was being taken care of and asked us if we would like dessert or any more drinks! We were so surprised! We thanked her and told her we were full! She apologized once more and told us to have a happy holiday! This us what a great restaurant is made of. Nothing is ever perfect so how the restaurant corrects mistakes is really what should be judged. And it was amazing! Thank you earls! You made our afternoon!

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
Never again!
By Gotmygrooveback of Maple Ridge, B.C (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

I have been to this place a few times - usually ordering the same dish "spicy drunken noodle" which is usually pretty good. I would say this place is a 'hit and miss' kind of establishment for food and service. This time I opted for a coconut milk soup that was really delicious, however, I wasn't able to keep it with me for the 2 block walk back to the office.... Once bitten, twice shy. The friend I was with had Pad Thai and said that it tasted like ketchup...

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Mom's Grilled Cheese TruckHowe & West Georgia, Vancouver
Honestly, I don't see what all the hype is about
By Gotmygrooveback of Maple Ridge, B.C (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 1:12pm [Take-out]

I tried this Mom's Grilled Cheese lunch truck today for the first time after hearing rave reviews since the 'truck' fad started downtown. I don't get it. It was okay - just that. OK. The tomato soup was ok - I prefer a creamier soup without all the tomato bits in it but it was still just OK. I had a sourdough with swiss. I didn't think anything could ever have too much cheese, but I couldn't finish the sandwich - I was actually starting to feel a bit sick. I'm not 100% sure, but the cheese may have been processed - it had that look to it. The chips in the bottom of the cone were stale too. I'm not ready to write this place off just yet, but I think I'll peruse a bit before returning.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Always a fun place to eat
By rivers of Montreal / Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

Every time I am in Vancouver, Las Margaritas is my go-to place. I come here frequently for the really good Mexican food. They offer good prices for healthy, wholesome, richly flavored food. The Chimichanga and the Pollo Loco are by far my favorite dishes. This is not the place to take family or kids, so leave them behind! My friends like to hanging out here for drinks and a little something to eat, like the tortilla chips with the best salsa I’ve ever tried. The ambience is loud and cheerful, and the staff is so welcoming. Highly recommended.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Large group Indian dinner
By rivers of Montreal / Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

Arguably the best Indian food in the area. For a starter, I highly recommend the samosas. All the appetizers are great but in my opinion the samosas are excellent and the best they have. The tandoori fish was great. For dessert, I had the mango cheese cake and enjoyed it fully.

Handi is a place that truly offers authentic Indian food and is true to the cuisine. I went with a large group (11 people) and none of us had any complaints. Even the kids had a great time, who are definitely hard to please. We were all impressed with all the dishes on the table.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Disappointing first and last visit to the White Rock Boathouse.
By GayAnn of South Surrey B.C. Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

My son and daughter-in-law arrived from out of town and I wanted to take them somewhere special for my son's birthday. My friend also joined us. I made reservations at The Boathouse, White Rock, and we arrived just prior to the reservation time. The hostess was very nice and seated us quickly by a window. Unfortunately the window seal must be broken as there was a strong draft coming through. I was freezing throughout the dinner. Our waitress eventually arrived and took our drink order. 1 glass of wine, 1 diet pepsi and 2 cocktails. She came back several minutes later with the wine, soft drink and 1 cocktail. The other cocktail seemed to be lost in space. Eventually it arrived. As one member of the party is gluten intolerant we had a number of questions for the waitress. Initially the hostess said that the Boathouse had a gluten free menu and the waitress would list off the items for us. When we asked, the waitress denied having anything gluten free. She obviously had no knowledge of what gluten free means. It is not a lifestyle preference but a medical issue that must be addressed. We found the waitress to be very rude, she had no knowledge of the proper way to serve or remove dishes from the table. We ordered one appetizer and a salad which were good. When it came time to order the main course we all ended up having steak. My daughter-in-law and my friend both said their meals were good. My son asked for medium rare in his steak and he got rare. I asked for medium rare and I did get medium rare but the piece of meat was not the best cut. I found it really hard to cut and/or chew. And I got some gristle with it. Obviously it had not been trimmed very well. When our steak knives were delivered we had to send 3 out of 4 back as they were dirty. The water glasses had spots on them and the waitress neglected to come back to check on the drinks and water until nearly the end of the meal. I had advised the restaurant when I made the reservation that it was my son's birthday. At the end of the meal the waitress delivered a dessert to my son with a sparkler on it. The sparkler was the best part. He took one bite and said he would not eat the dessert as it was coffee flavored and had nuts on it. With all of the allergies out there, why wouldn't the restaurant either check with me when I made the reservation or check when she was going to get a dessert for him to see if he had any allergies. What was supposed to be a very special evening (as I only see my kids once or twice a year if I am lucky) turned out to be a terrible night. I will never return to The Boathouse in White Rock and I will advise everyone I know of how awful the service was. I did leave a tip (the bill was $192.00) but only because I did not want to penalize those working in the back of the house as the cooking was reasonable. The restaurant was not busy at all last night (Sunday night) so I fail to understand why the waitresses were so slow. They had time to chat in the back hallway when they thought no one was looking. Overall impressions: too pricey, no value, rude and uneducated staff, and the waitress was not willing to get any information for us.

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Dock's Fish & Chips15061 Marine Drive, White Rock
Last place for having fish and chips
By dicek of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

I regret pointing my finger randomly to this place while selecting the place for lunch. I doubt they will survive in business if this was not opened near the deck's area of White Rock.
That's called "fish and chips"? calamari is pathetic (dark and over-cooked).
$2.5 for a "can" of coke is ridiculous.

Go somewhere else. This is not the place your will enjoy fish & chips.

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Peninsula Seafood Restaurant650 West 41st Ave, Unit 140, Vancouver
Catered to the Nouveau Riche of China
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (43 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:43am [Dine in]

I eat lots of dim sum. High end, low end, family oriented, fast food, buffet, you name it, I've ate it.

The one thing that is absolutely important with dim sum, and like most other cuisines, is technique plus value in the end.

Do you think you got your money's worth?

No I do not. From food to service to bill, the only thing this place had going for them were utilities, utensils and decor.

Peninsula is a 1 year old restaurant, opened up in Oakridge mall to cater to the wealthy young chinese of vancouver. They have VIP rooms with minimum spending and all of their menu items are 30% higher than Kirin (Very well known and respected same category restaurant in Vancouver)

What is ironic is, the design of this restaurant is heading for modern, high end luxurious dining and yet, they put a huge 9 feet wall LED TV right in the center back of the restaurant. It kills the mood and the ambiance.

Now onto the service. All waiters are young and novice in training. You do not use novice, inexperienced waiters in a restaurant with such pricing caliber - it's an insult to the patrons.

You order something, they forget it - even something as simple as ice water.

The menu had sushi and they weren't even high end - they were sushi you can get in a food court. This should raise alarm bells for you. A sushi menu in a restaurant that is trying representing authentic cantonese / guangdong dim sum etc? I say trying because they even failed at that in terms of their predecessor.

Now onto menu and food. The names of the dishes were not very traditional but you could tell what they were. For good or worse, this wasn't the worst part.

The worst part was the skills execution. We ordered alot and we paid alot. at over 700.00, we ordered a total of 3 dishes (king crab, pork ribs, oysters in shells) and around 10 smaller dim sums.

This sort of ordering would cost only 400.00 or so at Kirin and made much better.

- king crab: was flat in flavor, a big disappointment. it felt like they killed the crab awhile ago than served it when ingredients like this need to be cooked asap the moment they are killed alive.

- pork ribs: was 80% FAT. they should call it fat ribs.

- taro / radish cakes x 2: nothing special, just taro hash and radish combined in 2 halves

- chicken feet x 2: small, flavorless

- tendons: hard, not soft or melting in your mouth

- shrimp dumpling: this was one the only thing decent

- siu mai: small, mediocre

- pork buns: on a sizzling plate with greasy onion beddings? you'd be smart and imagine the buns would soak up all that grease instead of the reverse

- oysters: mediocre and too much black bean sauce on top

- scallop chung fen: NO SAUCE. can you believe they had no sauce for it? you had to ASK.

final verdict is this. if you are young, inexperienced and flushed with daddy's cash, come to this place. it was made for you and your money.

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Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Finally, I "get" Burgoo!
By lovesthaifood of West Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

I had been to Burgoo three times prior and didn't get the hype!! This time I was determined to order something which represented the restaurant that fans flock to. No more gluten free, sugar free whole food option for me, I was all in for a Kentucky Derby stodgy stew and I hit the jackpot! On the brunch menu the following was advertised;

BBQ Pork Potato Hash,
pulled pork, potato, spinach and roast garlic hash, baked with free run scrambled eggs and Cheddar, finished with our down home BBQ sauce

Two of us ordered this and swore it was the best thing we had eaten "EVER"!!!

It arrived sizzling hot in a cast iron fry pan with lovely thick cheese bubbling and oozing and INVITING. Loads of pulled pork in a very tasty house barbecue sauce, roasted garlic and fried potato hash, complete with scrambled eggs, more cheddar and spinach. Fabulous!!

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Babylon Cafe1605 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Horrible Service
By welove food of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:48pm [Take-out]

This one star is not based on the restaurant, but based on the rude worker at the commercial drive location (I would give a 0 star, but 1 star is the lowest possible). Twice the husky bald worker was very rude to us. The first time we went in 30 minutes before closing, and he wouldn't serve us and rudely kicked us out saying he was closed. Today (Dec 14) we arrived at 6:30 and he was sweeping the floor and told us rudely "COME BACK 30 MINS" We asked why and he just pointed at the floor and said he was sweeping. We were surprised since 6:30 is dinner time and he turns away paying customers to sweep the floor. This is not how you run a business and have repeat customers. There is no way a customer would come back since there are so many other food establishments in the area who value their customers. We are very disappointed and will NOT be visiting this location again. The Denman location however is very polite and courteous. I would give the staff at the Denman location a 5 star review and the husky bald man at commercial drive location a big fat ZERO. Its a shame how one person can tarnish and ruin an otherwise fine dining experience.

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Lian Hong Chinese Bakery6400 Fraser Street, Vancouver
EXTRA MEAT: A dead insect in food
By akaaaedu of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 6:31pm [Take-out]

This is about a restaurant in my neighborhood, Lian Hong Chinese Bakery, 6400 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5W 3A4 .

Dec 13, 2014, around 6pm, I ordered rice and two cooked food at the above restaurant. A dead insect, most likely fly, was found attached to a piece of beef, as shown in the enclosed photo. This is not the first incident, though. Only this time I get the chance to take a good picture and bag the dead fly as evidence.

It was astonishing that the owner of the store said: "I don't care. If you have guts then report it to whatever authority, it's up to you."

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Thai Yala Restaurant1925 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Incredible Pad Thai
By Nahm Fon Somboon of west vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 7:12pm [Dine in]

Now, I am no food critic or anything of that sort but as a Thai-Canadian, I do believe I should be of some authority on this topic. Moreover, I've been a regular at this restaurant for over a decade now. I've eaten their Pad Thai more times than I can count, with varying spice levels and meat type selections over the years. But my all-time favourite is their chicken Pad Thai. It goes well with the rice noodles and tamarind sauce in the dish. AND the noodles aren't red or bright orange like the majority of Westernized Pad Thai I often see around. In fact, their Pad Thai more so resembles what actual Thai people in Thailand would make for themselves at home, which is the major reason why I keep coming back here. Now, their dish is much more expensive than it is priced in Bangkok, but what do you expect? The exotic ingredients obviously need to be imported, and that can be costly. That said, for a price of $9.99, it's definitely worth it.

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Wing Kee Restaurant8260 Granville Avenue, #120, Richmond
Great Chinese food delivery out there
By Allfoodaremine of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 2:01pm [Delivery]

Have ordered from this restaurant numerous times for delivery already, usually during days that are raining. Food usually arrive within 40 minutes. The price and portion size of the food seem average. I usually order around $30 and its enough to fill up two hungry stomachs. Food are quite stable and have a variety to choosefrom. They also give out 2 canes of pop for free with purchase over $25. Overall, great place for some Chinese food!

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Sushiholic836 Denman Street, Vancouver
Our New Go-to Sushi Place
By doublemagnum of Coal Harbour (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2014 - 10:22am [Dine in]

Denman Street, like most of Vancouver, does not lack for small sushi restaurants. They seem to pop up like spring flowers, only to fade and disappear before you know it.
I hope that Sushiholic survives this "blossom and die" phenomenon, because it really deserves to based on quality and value.
Two recent visits have been very impressive.
The menu is apparently the same as their Broadway and Rupert location, and reviewers there have commented on the excellent array of special maki rolls. At only $7.95 their signature Awesome roll (a California roll of sorts topped with baked salmon and mounds of thin crunchy deep fried yam strings and a spiced mayo) is appealing to the eye, mouth and wallet all at the same time.
Other makis are also very well priced and extremely fresh.
Their nigiri choices include all the usual favourites, plus several seared and innovative combos. The majority are priced from $1.00 to $2.00 and the top end is about $3.00
Two of us shared a special maki roll, a regular maki, 6 pairs of nigiri and soup for $30. Great value and presentation. Many places will cover a huge lump of rice with a thin sliver of fish and call that nigiri. Sushiholic seems to go the other route - a relatively small rice ball topped with a very generous portion of fish or shellfish.
The ambiance is OK - this place has seen many restaurants come and go including Roosters Quarters if you remember that far back. There is a main dining area near the sushi bar, and a raised mezzanine area where most of the seating is.
Service is a bit slow at times, and they will need to add a second server if it starts to develop the kind of following that I think it deserves.
Give it a try, and I'll be interested to see if other reviewers opinions match mine.

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Rose Thai1425 Marine Drive, #130, West Vancouver
Big Disappointment
By lovesthaifood of West Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2014 - 9:57am [Dine in]

As the restaurant opened at 11:00am we arrived at 11:55. The owner (Rose, we were told) had still not shown up and there were people waiting. They said she was on her way. It was pouring rain. Ten minutes later she arrived without the keys. Did I mention it was pouring rain? Another 10 minutes go by and the cook shows up with the keys. My friend had an Entertainment Book coupon which Rose would not honour. It was for dinner not lunch - our mistake. Things are not improving. Saying the food was mediocre is a bit of a stretch as the Pad Thai was stodgy (and $10.00!!). The soup was not heated through. The salad looked sad - I didn't eat it. My friend ordered the Red Curry. It was yellow. The appetizer was $4.99 for two spring rolls - they were the smallest spring rolls I had seen. When we went to pay she mentioned the coupon and we thought she was going to honor it as we certainly had to wait for her. Instead, she said, "Your coupon was probably expired anyways." It didn't expire until Dec. 31, 2014 as we told her. Unbelievable!! Will NOT be going back.

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