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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Tasty Indian food
By dneel of Tulsa, Oklahoma (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

One of the best Indian meals I’ve had here in Canada. Decently priced, the food was extremely tasty and fresh. I had the lamb saag as was blown away by it. The spinach added just the right touch to the dish. The chicken vindaloo was no less; the curry sauce was very creamy and good.

As for the service, it was spot on. The waiter would come just at the right time, either to refill my glass or when either or my friends would want another serving. Prices were fair so I’d come back.

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PiDGiN350 Carrall Street, Vancouver
My favorite Late Night Haunt
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:07am [Dine in]

We've been to Pidgin a few times now, and it's been a great experience each time. Great, innovative drinks with fairly reasonably priced food. If you are not counting calories, a must try is the pork belly rice bowl. Rich, smoky, meaty flavour with the smooth, almost silky texture of the rice makes me think about it each time I'm near Gastown. The oyster shot is also really good.

Ambiance is solid - clean lines and a relaxing place to chat and wind down the night with yummy, yummy food.

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Lily Mae's12 Powell Street, Vancouver
Horrible Management - Do Not Book Events Here
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:23am [Dine in]

I'm not going to mince words in this review. We had a completely disastrous event at Lily Mae's.

Understanding it's a small restaurant, we booked our party two and half weeks ahead of time, confirming with the manager, and even asking if the restaurant preferred that we order from the group menu if it will make it easier on the kitchen. The manager said it didn't matter, but would send a group menu. Time passed by. We were sent the menu only after following up, and received it 2 days before the event, with the stipulation that each guest had to pre-order their meals within 1 day.

When we arrived, the evening started out fine. But then the food didn't come. When it did arrive, only two or three people were served at a time, with long lulls between dishes, and strange overlaps happened, where someone would be finishing their main course, but the person next to them didn't get appetizers yet. Some of the food arrived cold, while others didn't arrive at all and we had to reiterate our order several times to the manager when he kept asking "What's missing now?"

Then things got weird. The manager singled out the birthday girl, brought her into the bathroom and shut the door. He then ranted about the delay in food service being the fault of our reservation being at 7:15pm when we arrived at 7:30pm. This was a complete lie since we even had an email confirmation clearly saying 7:30pm. (Even if that were the case, would starting15 min. later really make a difference?) The birthday girl came back to the table and continued to wait for her appetizer (one hour late at this point) - when the manager came back to ask for a hug from her. She reluctantly hugged him, but it was so surprising, and unprofessional. Then, he tried to hug another person at the table (that person declined, saying he didn't like to be touched).

In general, it was a very odd evening. To be fair, the food that did come hot was solid. French onion soup had a nice broth, and the duck confit was good. The other wait staff were nice, but sadly, the food isn't spectacular enough to make up for incompetent management.

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Chan's Palace20349 88th Avenue, #7, Langley
The Rise & Fall of A King
By TrippleDDD of Clayton Heights, Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 3:54pm [Take-out]

As professional in the food industry and a full time Foodie, who hasn't experienced the feeling of finally getting home tired and exhausted, and just wanted to order food from their favorite food palace? We certainly have.

Chans Chinese Restaurant has always been our "go to" place for the quick fix of great food when we are just too darned tired to cook. My wife and I have been loyal customers for 4 years now, both as dine-in patrons, and also as take-out clients. We loved the owner, and he had a certain pizzazz with clients that always made you feel welcomed because he truly did remember all of his clients. His restaurant has been in the community for years and was very successful. Being extremely hands on, from working the cash, delivering food and even working in the kitchen because he may have been short staffed, he never let his ailing health and sometimes poor legs get in the way from making sure everyone was treated exactly the way they expected....valued!

However time has bore its scars an aches and pains, and he finally decided to retire after years of nagging from his wife and customers alike. I use the term 'nagging' in the most loving way possible. It was time for him to enjoy the fruits of his labor and enjoy life. RETIRE! Finally!

Enter the new owner. The long time present day chef of over 10 years. Taking over an empire. Excited I'm sure, and equally as enthusiastic, he had taken over the reigns from the king, who as part of the deal will stay on for 4 months to supervise the transition personally.

During this transition, my wife and I never had one of those moments of wanting to order from our 'go to' place. Nothing more than mere chance really. Finally we ordered, but just after the supervisory transition had expired. Oh oh, we saw a difference already. Lacking the luster of freshness we has com accustomed too, we were surprised when our favorite Sweet & Sour chicken balls arrived soggy and greasy. A gross disappointment to my wife to say the least. Failure #1

Then the second order a few weeks later, and the same scene repeated itself again, but this time the veggies were dated and soggy and lacking the robust flavor they had always had. More importantly, the very smart little thing they had always done over the years was cut a very tiny vent hole in the Styrofoam container containing the chicken, to allow the heat to dissipate and breath so the product didn't cook on itself and sit in a bath of grease was no longer there. That would explain the last two oversight in our previous orders.Failure #2

Ahhhhhh but alas comes the third delivery. Same food order, same results, and disappointingly, another $50.00 gone to the wayside. This time a phone call HAS to be made to complain. Enough is enough. No more being nice and understanding. The learning curve is over.

Long story short, we called and explained our issues with not only about this order, but the previous two. Calmly we explain our frustration and disappointment. We also make it known who we are and how long we have been customers, and that they are on the verge of losing our business if things didn't get fixed. We even made it known we are aware of the change in ownership and that we DO NOT want our money back, we want to see the service and quality of food fixed. I realize that the description of this call sounds argumentative, but it really wasn't.

The gate keeper who was answering the phone, failed to follow golden number 1 rule that the customer, within reason is always right. Rather than ACCEPT responsibility and provide a fresh order to us, goes into a self explanatory tirade of "Its Impossible" and explain the entire cooking process for each order. "It cant be", "you are wrong" and nobody else has complained today"! well Im sorry for that, however my rice taste like dirty tap water and has the consistency of burnt porridge! How is that my problem? Even after tempting her to try and eat it herself, she would not fix or offer to resolve the issue, preferring to take the high road through the entire 15 minute conversation.

With the sound of the dial tone fresh in her ear after we finally hung up in frustration, we have decided that we were done. After four very great years of service, and the hope that perhaps the previous owner will peak in and find this review, we are now on the prowl for a new King. Hopefully this will make its way to his eyes and or ears, and this will get fixed. After working so hard, for so many years, I sincerely hope that anyone who dares to complain about the quality of their order, doesn't come in contact with this Gate Keeper of Unreasoning @ Chans Chinese Restaurant.

In the big picture, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Plenty of different types of styles and nationalities to choose from who would gladly have me as a customer. Equally so, there a hosts of owners who truly do appreciate their client and patronage. Sometimes that level of service is lost when one gets too big, or they begin to think they are untouchable. As the patron, I work hard for my money, and I am certainly not paying someone else to give me this type of service at my expense.

You can choose at your own discretion if this how you expect to be treated and where you want to dine.

Mark & Paula
Clayton Heights

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
Good food, great prices, mean service
By Bonny5 of Mission British Columbia (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 12:10am [Dine in]

We were first acknowledged (barely) at the door shown to our seats our menus were thrown on the table and she was gone, no discussion, no hi how are ya, nothing. Then we get asked if we wanted a drink while the waitress stared at her feet looking annoyed that she had to serve people. Same as it came to ordering our meal. Food came in good time and for the price you are getting a full plate of good tasting food. As we wait for our server to come back to clear the plates and get our bill, we see her sitting with other patrons or at the bar, even at another table playing with a young lady's hair!?! A little wrong in a restaurant. There was not much happiness eluding from any of the staff there. We all agreed we will be back for the food and the rates but service was lacking. I think a visit from Jon Taffer could complete this grill/bistro.

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Tobiko Sushi15951 Fraser Highway, #102, Surrey
Our go-to for Japanese food fix
By charmedmom of Surrey , B.C. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

Tobiko is a hidden gem in the Fleetwood area. We have been to many Japanese restaurants and we still always come back to the place.It is small but cozy and they serve amazing food. I have yet to order something on their menu that I will not like. Highly recommended!

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Bubble World10090 152nd St, #137, Surrey
The fishballs are a joke
By charmedmom of Surrey , B.C. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

Went to this place last Monday. Warning: Never order the Fishballs under the Deep Fried section as it is a complete joke. $4.25 will give you 5 pcs of fishballs, that''s it. Now if you buy the Taiwanese fried porkchop for example, that only costs $5.95 or something. Go figure.
Service is also bad. Try not to come during a busy hour because you will not get good service at all. I try not to blame the 2 servers because it is not their fault that the owner would not add an extra help.
We probably will not come back, Bubble 88 is better.

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Yummy Wonton House8677 120th Street, Delta
Our Favorite Chinese Restaurant
By charmedmom of Surrey , B.C. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

Yummy has not failed to make us happy no matter how many times we've been there. Unlike other Chinese restaurants where there is mostly zero service, Yummy is the exact opposite. They are very attentive, you don't need to summon them for simple things like water. Their food is excellent, too. Though I have noticed that the servings of their fried rice has gotten smaller, it is still the same quality. I have brought friends and family here and it has become their favorite resto too!

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August Jack, The2042 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Nearly but doesn't quite hit the mark
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

Went to August Jack for the first time during the week for an early supper. Was excited to try this 'new' restaurant. Has been opened for a year apparently. We used a voucher bought online.

The menu looks good, lots of choice but doesn't overwhelm in a good way. Price wise, it's hard to say to be honest. Some items were well priced and others were through the roof considering what we got. There are Tapas dishes and mains too. The only dish that stood out were the pan fried oysters, otherwise, everything was either bland and/or slightly over done.

The drinks menu is pretty extensive, some great taps to try. There is a $10 flight ; 5 beers in these cute 4oz mason jars. 20% off a glass of wine on Wednesday .

Each night, there is great music and some drink/food special. $1 oysters on Sunday compared to $2.50 when not on special.

Service is great, lots of advice or help when needed. The restaurant was fairly empty when we visited, ambiance was good. Has an attempt of being rustic but not, a clean wooden feel of a casual dining place.

We may pop back for a drink but unlikely to order dinner.

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Creme de la Crumb Bakeshop466 Granville Street, Vancouver
Yummy scones!
By louie of New Jersey, USA (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

I checked out this place when I went Downtown. I love pastries, so basically, I was in heaven. The variety of things to chose from is amazing: they serve sandwiches, coffee, cupcakes and brownies, among other baked goods.

I had a scone (vanilla bean and pear flavor) which was delicious and fresh-tasting along with some coffee. The sizes of the score are pretty big and can fill one. One thing I liked about this place was that they make their food from scratch. The restaurant itself is pretty small, so I would recommend coming here solo if you don’t want to be crowded. Although there are some tables outside, the restaurant is set up for you to buy your food and leave.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Lovely Indian food
By louie of New Jersey, USA (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

I came here with my boyfriend for a late evening meal. We were around this area and couldn't decide where to eat, so decided to check this place out.

We had to wait for like 40 minutes to be seated. Not bad for the time and location of the restaurant (busy road), but since I was starving, every minute felt like an eternity.

When we finally got a table (we got one far from the window, which was what we wanted) we went for the appetizers. I had a round of paneer pakora and it was delicious. It tasted like true pakoras. The butter chicken was also very tasty, and decently priced I must add. The curry sauce was the perfect combination of creamy, hot and not too greasy. There was also a great variety of drinks to choose from, alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike, which are not mentioned in the menu.

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Andreas Restaurant153 16th Street West, North Vancouver
Nice Greek Food, yet bad service
By dneel of Tulsa, Oklahoma (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2014 - 8:35am [Dine in]

I am having mixed feelings about my lunch at this restaurant. Lets start with the good points first: food.

The Greek platter was pretty good. You can find the typical Greek food here like tsaziki and souvlaki. I played it safe and ordered exactly what the waitress suggested: lasagna and garlic bread. I'm glad I did though, because I thoroughly enjoyed it. One thing I must comment on are the portion sizes. The sizes of the portions served here are no where near small so I'd recommend coming here on an empty stomach.

As for the bad points: service, service service. Service was sub-par however. The restaurant was kind of full but I got my order wrong TWICE, and when I told the waitress she simply didn't respond and disappeared! I had to ask another server to get my food. This kind of service makes one simply not want to come back.

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Gaya Sushi2900 Bainbridge Ave, #105, Burnaby
Clean sushi place
By dneel of Tulsa, Oklahoma (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2014 - 7:59am [Dine in]

Came here with a friend who lives in Vancouver and is a regular at this place. The first thing I noticed was how clean and well kept the sushi place was. Even the bathrooms were impeccable.

I ordered the tuna tataki and firecracker roll. The sushi here is fresh and tastes amazing. Yes, it is kind of expensive, but “you get what you pay for”. I guess my expectations for this place were exceeded, which is usually not the case. I would come back for more rolls. The service was quick (for us), our food came in under 15 minutes of ordering it. I am a rather impatient person so for me this was a plus.

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Dock's Fish & Chips15061 Marine Drive, White Rock
Keep on walking !!!
By Lareyna of Port Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2014 - 5:12am [Dine in]

Keep on walking that food here is not good!! My hubby and I had the cod,the batter was ok the fish was plain and the chips were so tasteless. My daughter order calamari (she loves calamari) but this was the worse she ever had. The service was so bad she seen like she was doing us a favour by taking our order. One good thing we did get our order quickly!!. The price was average,the size of the fish was pretty decent but it was so plain so good luck if you choose to go there.

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L'Abattoir217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Once Again, Outstanding Food, Mediocre Service
By HoundBoy of Vancouver East (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

This is my second review of L'Abattoir within a year. I so want to love this place. Again, the food was really delicious - the service sub par.

We were one of three tables in the upstairs dining room at 6:30 PM on a Tuesday. We ordered two cocktails. I asked for a gin & tonic, with Hendricks gin, with a cucumber slice (Hendricks has cucumber notes, cucumber is recommended as a garnish). Our sweet-natured waitress said earnestly., "Oh, I don't think cucumber is something the bar regularly stocks". I let it go, and asked for a twist of lemon instead. Inside I'm thinking, "You have cucumber in some of the dishes on the menu. You're charging a fortune for a cocktail made from a premium brand booze. Tell your bartender to don his armour and go into the kitchen and steal, if he has to, a wedge of cucumber from the disgruntled kitchen staff".

I get my drink with not a lemon twist, but with a honking wedge of fresh lemon. Oh well.

20 minutes later (again, three tables upstairs) our cocktails arrive. Not 60 seconds after we start sipping them, the starters are put before us. Not nice. Bum's rush anyone? One of the starters was grilled octopus with smoked paprika sauce, fried jalapenos, pickled cucumber and breadcrumbs fried in pork fat. The octopus was super tender and the sauce a perfect foil. The other dish was a fresh crab tart, with thinly sliced green apples and fried chickpeas. Both delicious. There are large pieces of an usual fresh herb on the crab dish. My partner asks what it was. The response. "Um...hmmmm...basil?" You tell me sweetie! The correct answer is: "I don't know, let me check with the kitchen and get right back to you, so that I may endear you to me so that you might give a larger tip at the end of your special night out". We had to ask if, when dropping off the plates in the dish pit, she could pop her sweet little head in the kitchen and ask. She did. The green in question turned out to be the tops of fava bean plants. Who could have guessed?

We received our entrees not much later. Grilled tuna with big plump pitted green olives and baby potatoes. Nicely seared on the outside, more raw toward the centre - just like it should be. My partner had the smoked duck breast with duck confit and fava beans. The duck was super tender, generous in portion, very nicely smoked. Amazing sauce. The confit was stuffed into mini spring roll wrappers. Very tasty.

Then more rushing. As the dinner plated were being cleared the dessert menus were put before us (seriously. simultaneously). Not a moment to digest, unwind, reflect. It seemed as if it were a mad rush to get us the hell out the door and the table turned over (even though we were well under our "two hour limit").

A senior waiter saw our discomfort and came to chat with us. We explained that we really, really enjoyed the food, but that the timing of the service was just whacky and made us feel rushed and edgy. To the restaurant's credit, this fellow apologized sincerely and as a gesture of good faith/an apology comped our dessert. Nice gesture and we really appreciated it. Dessert was spectacular - probably one of the best I've ever had. Coffee-bean financier (small cake) with coffee ice cream, tonka bean mousse and caramelized bananas. Crazy delicious.

I really do recommend L'Abattoir for the food. It's really very tasty and the prices are reasonable. The service however, needs some tightening. That's management's job and I hope they manage to make make the investment. The food deserves service of the same level.

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Brown Dog Cafe4544 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
I love this place and I've been everywhere :)
By Iuniversal of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

The organic coffee even the drip kind is the best I've had around Vancouver - The Brunch is the best , the food is made of the best quailty food and the place is relaxing and background music is always cool:) This place puts me in a good mood:). I've been eveywhere and this is the place to go for the best of Brunch- u can even get emails done happily and they even give homemade muffins with Hot Drinks :)

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Master Hung BBQ Restaurant8780 Blundell Road, #140, Richmond
Terrible Service All Around!!
By sunnychu of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 10:51am [Dine in]

We had been eating at the restaurant a couple of times already, but last night was the first time we ate during the restaurant's busy period (6-7 pm dinner). You can tell how well a restaurant is run by going there during their busy period, how their staff is able to handle the volume. When we ordered, we also asked for 4 glasses of water. Few minutes went by, so we asked again (this time a different waitress walked by). She said "wait a bit" in Cantonese. Again, a few minutes went by, so we flagged down the same person, and again she said "wait a bit" and walked away. REALLY?? When you have to ask for water 3 times, that is poor service!

One of the waitresses there sounded very bossy and did not crack a smile on her face. In fact, hardly any of the staff there had a smile. Sure, I understand it's busy, but you need to be friendly at ALL TIMES, especially to your paying customers! She was already trying to hurry us out by clearing what empty plates she can see from our small table. Funny, how when we asked for the bill, it came right away!

So because of the lack of customer service, we decided they didn't deserve a tip. So we just paid the bill amount, which was $18, and yes they only accept cash. We left the money on the table, and exited the restaurant. After we had just stepped out for a few seconds, we hear one of the waitresses storming out the door saying that we didn't pay enough. THAT was definitely a WTF moment. So we gave her what cash we had in our wallet ($2 or so of change) as tip. It's a pity that we won't be returning to this restaurant again. And we definitely would NOT RECOMMEND this restaurant to anyone! The service was slow, attitude was bad, and to top it all off, they chase you down for the tip, which is legally not even required here!! Yeah! WTF!

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Lovely food!
By eileenf of Olympia, Washington (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 8:32am [Dine in]

Lovely Indian restaurant in Vancouver. I was looking at options for ethnic food and I friend of mine who stays in Vancouver recommended me this one.

When I first arrived (without making a reservation), there was a lot of people in the restaurant. It was a Sunday night, so it was understandable. Plus, I had already come all the way here, and with the aromas coming out of the kitchen, there was no way I was going to leave without having a taste of their food.

I skipped the appetizers and went straight to the main courses. I wanted to go for something light, as Indian food can be a bit heavy, so I asked for the aloo gobi and rice. It was simply delicious. I finished off my meal with some wine and was good to go.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Great Indian restaurant in Vancouver
By lubrown of Edmonton Alberta (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2014 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

It was a pleasant experience dining at this Indian restaurant in Vancouver. Usually, the level of competition between these types of restaurants is quite high given the number of alternatives there are out there. Handi however, stood out for its food and service.

I had the tandoori chicken with rice, but also tried a bit of their naan on the waiter’s insistence. I am more of a rice person, but I must say, it was pretty good. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The dessert was also great; the mango cheese cake was simply delicious.

As for the service, it was excellent. The waiter was extremely polite and went out of his way to accommodate us. My daughter is a picky eater and can be difficult to please. This, however, didn't stop the staff from preparing special food for her. I was very happy with the attention they gave to us and so was she. If I am ever in Vancouver, I will come back.

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54th Ave Cafe Restaurant7088 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Old food, bad service
By lubrown of Edmonton Alberta (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2014 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

Vancouver is known for its Chinese or Asian food so I decided to check this place out. For a Hong Kong style café, I was very disappointed. The food and service was subpar.

I wanted some noodles so I went ahead and ordered the Singapore fried noodles. Bad choice. The noodles were kind of soggy and tasted sour. When I asked about getting a newer, fresher plate of noodles, they never came. Also, my waitress continuously ignored my requests for extra chopsticks. I actually had to ask another waitress for chopsticks.

I wish I would’ve read the reviews a little bit earlier though.

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