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Metro Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Bistro Wagon Rouge1869 Powell Street, Vancouver
ce n'est pas Paris jolie but close
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (43 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

Bistro Wagon rouge is an unpretentious bistro located by the port (Powell + Victoria). The food is pretty good. Slightly lacking in flavour for the variety of dishes we tried-saying that, I would order them again.

They don't take reservations but are pretty good seating you as soon as they can and they are realistic as to the length of your wait. It is very bistro like in the sense that you are elbow to elbow with fellow guests.

The bread came out warm and was perfectly accompanied by the pâté we shared. The hangar steak was cooked well, and bigger than expected. The mussels were slightly underwhelming but the fries and homemade mayonnaise made up for it. They had bruschetta type appetisers that went down a treat. Our friend really couldn't get enough of the beef tartar. The duck special was a pleasant surprise.

Service is great considering the restaurant is as busy as it is. The kitchen staff are friendly too and not scowly at all when you have to go past them to get to the washroom. Despite the space limitations, it is run really quite positively.

A definite recommendation to try.

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Jimmy's Tap House & Restaurant783 Homer St., Vancouver
What a overpriced mistake.
By foodyummm of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 28, 2015 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

Boiled ribs covered in BBQ sauce, literally mashed boiled dry potatoes, old dry vegetables steamed vegetables. Any other pub would have been better. Burgers and sandwiches do not qualify for second half price entrees. I would not have mind the terrible food if they actually honoured the 50% serving entree as advertised, but when the food is that bad and at those process we could have ate better anywhere else.

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Royal Tandoori Indian Restaurant83 6th St, New Westminster
I will not be coming back, very bad service and bland food, they used to be good but now the food quality is going downhill
By scarlet of Delta (25 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

So I arrived early to meet a friend who I was waiting for 5pm dinner. The owner just stood there and looked at me. No greeting or welcome or would you like to be seated nothing. So I just sat my self down at a table, all of the tables were empty as I was the only customer. Their house is connected to the building so you can hear people talking while you are eating. The door that connects to the house is always open.

Once my friend arrived we started looking at the menu at was on the table, then the server arrived and asked us if we were ready. I ordered shahi paneer and garlic naans and the shahi paneer did not live up to my expectations in the past when I ordered it here the sauce was thick and the cheese pieces were big, this time the sauce was watery and the paneer pieces were like 1/4 of the size they used to be and they didn't put in much paneer and charged me the same price. I felt ripped off.

my friend had the vegetable biryani that was so hot to eat. He started sweating so much and then had to order raita to even it out, still the sweat was pouring out of him and he looked like he had come out of a shower. I had no idea biryani could be so unbearable.

Also, the server was not very helpful we did not feel very welcome and the food was just bland. We kept running out of napkins as most of them were used to clean off the sweat from his forehead.

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Honolulu Cafe3340 Kingsway, #240, Vancouver
They'll Fill You Up
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 25, 2015 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

If you're the sort of person who is put off by abrupt, non-verbal service without a smile just don't come here.
The first couple of times I dined here I was quite ticked by the service. I have come to realize, that's the way it is. So when the server slams down your plate without a word and quickly walks away don't be offended , that's just how they do things.

If you're a clean freak avoid this place as well. Quite frankly this is an old, dirty, greasy restaurant. Whatever you do don't take a walk to the men's washroom and peak in towards the kitchen. It's not a pretty sight.

If you can just ignore those first two things I mentioned you will probably enjoy Honolulu. Tasty, big dishes of food at a very good price. My favorite is the chicken curry.

So bring it on, slam down that plate of curry I'm ready for it!

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Donair Hut20420 Fraser Highway, Langley
Tasty tasty tasty
By Mezzaluna of Langley (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

I have driven past this little dive many a time. But today finally went in! I ordered the simpleton chicken donair. It came to me wrapped in a little bundle all hot crunchy and dripping with yumminess. It was very tasty!!! I will be back. The flavours were a perfect balance of chicken, olives , tomatoes and whatever that heavenly sauce they piut in there. The restaurant owner is quick on his feet, very customer friendly and super courteous. I love seeing little restaurants like this flourish! GO SEE HIM! He will cook you something great!

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Le Do Vietnamese Restaurant2292 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
BAD service & food is lousy.
By cthai8888 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 21, 2015 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

It used to be good, however, now a day, not too many customers. First of all, I don't eat pork, I ordered the #23, seafood & pork noodle soup. I've specifically asked them not to have pork.

The waitress brought me my soup and surely, there are a lot of ham (AND ONE PIECE OF SHRIMP & a shrimp cracker) in my bowl. I've told her that i ordered it without the pork and she said to pick out the pork. She said 'the next time, just ask for seafood ONLY'.

First of all, when I ordered the item on the menu (#23 seafood & pork) WITHOUT the pork, shouldn't that clue in as seafood only?

Anyway, i've told her that there's no seafood in my soup, she asked me to dig DEEPER and finally I've found a shrimp. She said, there you go.

I was so pissed...I've NEVER EVER EVER go back there again. She is rude and because of that, I will never recommend anyone to go there again.

Here is the picture of the pork that was in my bowl.

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Cafe Zen1631 Yew St, Vancouver
Some secrets are meant to be shared.
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (43 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

I don't understand how this place has escaped my glutenous attention. Seriously, it's a lovely brunch joint that specialises in Bennies.

There wasn't a line up when we arrived, just before 10 (Sunday) but the place filled up quickly. Seating space is a premium. Squeeze in, it's rather tight.

Service was good. We had three separate wait staff to ask for our order and quite happily gave us more time because we couldn't choose. They were speedy, to get your order, bring the food etc. The place flowed well even when it was packed.

The menu is pretty comprehensive. One bonus is that if you can choose which benny you want, you can get a half and half order. The hash browns were hot and toasty. The benny was really well done. The muffin was perfectly toasted - crunch yet soft enough to mop up the yolk.

I'll be back for sure.

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Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
Friends were impressed
By rnathan of Surrey , B.C. (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

We came in looking a little lost, but our server sat us where we had an excellent view of the Vancouver Harbour. For two Brits, the beer menu did not disappoint and we enjoyed the IPA. The food was pretty good also and I enjoyed the chili. Two of us had the small fish and chips, also very good.

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Nando's Chicken1301 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Good Food, Poor Service, Snobby Employees' Attitudes
By Amour604 of Vancouver, BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 7:55pm [Dine in]

Every time we come to this place, we face the unfriendly reception. It is like we come here for charity, no, we come to pay for our food. I sit down and observe this very same type of attitude toward the other customers. The service is awful, they pretend we are not here. The food is outstanding, do not get me wrong, but the service is horrible. Why only on Lonsdale location are employees' attitudes very poor, the other locations are excellent. No wonder less and less people come here. The company should train these snobby people better before sending them out to work. The company's reputation depends on these people, doesn't it?

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Toki's Chinese Food4115 208 Street, Langley
Yet another bad meal
By Calola of north vancouver BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 5:36pm [Delivery]

I used to order with them at least twice monthly, but feel that 3 poor quality meals in a row is enough to suspect the quality isn't going to be consistent any time soon. Tonight, my dish to rant about was the deep fried chicken balls. God knows I don't eat a lot of greasy food, but had a CRAVING. you know. They came semi warm, which would have sufficed had they been at all, well edible. Hard as rocks, I mean drop them from 40 feet and they wouldn't crack kind of hard. Hammering them open with my fork, I finally made my way inside and found dried up, stringy chicken that probably started as stewing fowl. I've seen better meat in a compost bucket. Brookswood is seriously lacking in the quality Chinese food department, and I've just eliminated yet another source for it. Best advice.. don't even bother.

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Carver's Steakhouse7211 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Way to spoil our anniversary dinner, guys
By rnathan of Surrey , B.C. (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

When we arrived, water was poured quickly, but no server offered drinks (I ordered with food and the wrong size of wine arrived but I was not charged for their mistake). The bread basket was nice and the Caesar salad was interesting and enough for sharing, although it took about 30 min. to arrive. My wife ordered lamb and was told it was not available well done, I ordered steak Oscar. Then there was another long wait for the entrées to arrive. The portions were reasonable, and my wife was happy about this as she has a small appetite. My steak Oscar came without crab. I had to raise my voice for the Maître d' to come, as no server asked if the food was to our liking, and he fixed it quickly. After another wait we were able to order a dessert between us and we liked it. Finally, it took a while to get the bill, the Maître d' noticed that we were waiting to pay, and said he would bring the card machine at once, but took it to another table first. If Carvers cannot improve on service and checking food and drink matches the order, this restaurant needs another operator.

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The Buffet at Unlisted2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam
A Buffet wantabe
By hungryman of Coquitlam (15 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

We were the first customers at the "New Buffet " at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam. For seniors over 55 years young, you receive a 25% discount from the $11.99 lunch time price. With the two choices of un-made salads, lukewarm lunch entries and packaged made desserts, it's hard to get a decent lunch.
Wednesday was the first day of the Buffet in Coquitlam, so I guess they were having a few opening day
concerns.

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Thai Way Express5300 No. 3 Road, #1055, Richmond
Cheap in price, and cheap in quality
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

Of all the places to eat in the Lansdowne Centre food court, ThaiWay Express is probably the one you should avoid. I've eaten here twice, and both times I was immensely disappointed (and this is coming from a guy who prides himself as a very unpicky eater).

I was lured in by the $6.98 price for a 3 entrees plus rice & noodle deal. Sure it's relatively cheap, but I can honestly say that I felt robbed.

I'm going to break down the 5 food items on my plate, as follows...

1) Fried Chicken:
Probably the most boring piece of fried chicken I've probably ever had. Looked appetizing and crispy, but quickly learned that the whole thing was flavorless. I'm not a fan of KFC chicken here in Canada, but I would easily choose it over this place 100% of the time.

2) The Manager's Special:
This dish is essentially glorified (albeit, only by name) honey-garlic spareribs, and was actually the best thing on my plate plate. Of course, this isn't really saying much considering how low the bar was set by the rest. It's tasty enough to not hate it, but definitely not good enough to impress anybody who gives it a shot.

3) The Chicken Curry:
WORST.... CURRY... EVER! Not only was the flavor abysmal, but the entire thing was 80% potatoes & 20% chicken! I swear, that's not even an exaggeration, and you could take my word for it.

4) The "Fried" Rice:
Bland. Just very bland.

5) Noodles
Salty. Just very salty.

As for the service, while the server was not rude to me, I could tell they were very stingy indidivuals. The first time I ordered food from this place, I asked if I could have an additional plate so that I would be able to share with my girlfriend, and they handed me a styrofoam plate that's large enough to carry maybe... 4-5 IKEA Swedish Meatballs? Yeah, that should kinda speak for itself...

Long story short, avoid at all cost! Spend the extra buck or two elsewhere so that you wouldn't want to regurgitate your meal immediately after.

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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House403 North Road, #302, Coquitlam
Wait staff scolds frequent diner for thinking the avocado smoothie doesn't taste as it usually does
By llgvoa of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 2:39am [Dine in]

WOW. This is my first experience EVER of having a wait staff scold me and give me a lecture out loud. because I thought their avocado smoothie tasted weird this night.

I was a frequent diner and I always order the large meatball pho and an avocado smoothie. Always that combo. The food are usually ok, and not so expensive, and they're open til midnight, I eat dinner very late, that's why I kept coming back.

Tonight, I ordered the large pho first. After I ate the pho, I was not that full yet so I decided to order the avocado smoothie. When it arrived, I noticed the color looked off, you know when an opened avocado is exposed to air for too long and it turns brownish? It looked like that. Plus there were small particles in the smoothie, like red bean particles. I told this to my friend and she said maybe I should try it first. So okay, I tried it, I had a sip. It tastes weird. Either the avocado used was not fresh or for some reason a read bean went into the blender with the avocadoes and ruined the smoothie. But it tasted really different than the usual.

So I went to the counter, brought the smoothie and told them politely that I do not want the avocado smoothie anymore because it tastes weird. The other staff took it and said that's fine if I didn't want it.

When I came back to my table, this wait staff lady just approached us and humiliated me in front of everyone in my table and the other tables around us. She started lecturing loudly that next time, if I didn't want something then I should not order it. She kept insisting there's nothing wrong with it, the avocados are fresh. I said, no it doesn't taste right. She said, "no there's nothing wrong with it and you should not waste food". I said, it didn't really taste the usual. She said, "there is nothing wrong with it. Don't order anything if you don't want it. You are wasting food. Don't waste food, It cost us 4 dollars". I said, you know what I'll just pay for it, don't scold me. She didn't stop. Her voice was loud like she wanted to make a scene and humiliate me. She said, no she won't charge me for that but I shouldn't order it if I can't eat it anymore. She pointed to the large empty pho bowl and said if I am going to eat that much then I should not order an avocado smoothie anymore. WOW. Really? You are going to say that to a customer. A customer who always orders the same thing: large pho + avocado smoothie. I know pretty well I can consume it. At this point I was really pissed off, I tried to say I'll just pay for it, she said no, and then lectures me again about how I should not waste food etc etc. The other people are looking at us already but she would not shut up. She had to give her lecture!

Needless to say I AM NOT going back to this place again! She's lucky she was a lot way older than me, and just out of politeness I did not humiliate her back.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
AYCE Indian buffet
By radsah34 of North Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

Decided to try out the lunch buffet at India Bistro. Every day they offer an all you can eat. I headed at there at about 1pm. As hungry as I was, the line up and fullness of the place made me believe that I was going in for a joyride.

After talking to a couple of people, I headed out to serve myself. The buffet selection is decent, at the least. A mix for both vegan and non-vegans alike, it is a meal to please everyone. You can find vegetarian curries and meat curries as well. I went conventional and served myself some butter chicken.

The chicken was great. Not too spicy, and not too cooked. Just perfect. I loved going back for a second helping. The rest was okay, but the chicken really stood out for me. Good for going on an empty stomach.

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Sushi Mart1668 Robson Street, Vancouver
All for the complimentary Miso Soup and Green Tea
By as_545 of surrey bc (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 11:21am [Dine in]

Best value sushi in the area.

There's a lot of sushi in Downtown and the surrounding areas, but this one is probably the one of best value I have been to. It is usually quite stuffy, but once you get a seat everything falls into place.

I love coming here for miso soup, really. This, with their complementary green tea are unbeatable. Rolls are excellent, I honestly would continue coming as frequently even if they were to double the prices. No compromise over fresh sushi.

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Beijing Restaurant15057 Marine Dr, #100, White Rock
BEST Truly Chinese Food In Years !
By TheDuke of White Rock (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 10:15am [Dine in]

I have traveled and eaten Chinese in Hong Kong, Kowloon, Macau, Osaka, San Francisco, Oakland, Toronto, Montreal, London U.K..and more.
THIS was the best Chinese Food I have ever partaken of !
Peping (Peking) Duck was Very Good, as were the other good sized,six dishes we ordered and were served to us quickly AND hot !
The signage on the street was pretty well all in Chinese so we wondered if there was going to be a language barrier................There was NOT.
Quality, Fast, Attractive, Good Value.... AND a great view of White Rock Pier and beech from the front patio and many tables.
"WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE" .

A Definite "10" .
Ding Ho ! She She.

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Yuko Maki1540 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Don't even bother
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2015 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

I only had 1/2 hour for lunch so I went for the go to meal which is Udon. Ordered the Nabeyaki udon, which came in a lukewarm salty broth and they didn't even bother to cook the onsen egg correctly - they substituted a fried egg instead!

Should have clued in that don't expect anything authentic when it is Chinese owners cooking Japanese food.

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Rodney's Oyster House52 Powell Street, Vancouver
A Good Time Had by Both
By leonard h of Vancouver (39 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2015 - 11:45am [Dine in]

We went at Happy Hour, called Low Tide there, and were pleased with all aspects of our fare - the price, how it was presented, and how it tasted. We ordered the fried oysters, potato-encrusted scallops, and Haida Gwaii candy. It was all fresh and delicious. It came on a giant platter alongside a big, beautiful salad for two. We also got a basket of delicious bread that was flecked with cranberries and walnuts. They didn't charge for the bread, and were even happy to give us a refill at no extra charge. I wish they hadn't given us so much butter though; that was a lot of butter wasted at the end. I wish more restaurants were more mindful of waste; they'd save money, and it's the right way to be. My beer was cold and inexpensive. Good time had by both.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
I got a fish curry - with a twist
By as_545 of surrey bc (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2015 - 3:00am [Dine in]

We walked in on a Friday at around opening time only to find the restaurant almost empty. It was pretty early for authentic curries, but our hunger got the best of us and we just went for it.

There was an open buffet going on, but we decided to skip it and order straight from the menu. Having been to countless Indian restaurants before, we knew exactly: garlic naan, fish curry (or at least that’s what I understood from the server) and some aloo gobi.

We started off our meal with some drinks while we waited for the food to arrive. The first to come was obviously the naan, which was delicious. The fish curry came medium spicy, which was great to still feel the flavor, but not get overwhelmed with the taste and have to be constantly resorting to your drink to bring down the level of spiciness. It was a little different from what we are used to, because it was brought in a different kind of preparation, but whatever they did made it extremely tasty. This goes without saying, but the aloo gobi was on point, as always.

Overall, it was a very gratifying meal. The taste of the fish curry, although different to what I have usually experienced, did wonders to our meal. A great way to stretch the limits of my experience with Indian cuisine.

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