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Metro Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
All Thai'd Up Restaurant2636 Kingsway Ave., Port Coquitlam
Too spicy
By dianalee of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 2:06pm [Dine in]

This place is not your typical fast food Asian restaurant. All the food is made right there, which is a healthy sign. I usually am a sucker for spicy food, but the food here is waaaaay too spicy! I ordered a pad thai and red curry at 'medium' thinking it was going to be spicy enough for me, but not too spicy. Boy was I wrong! It was waaay too hot! I was sweating and reaching for some water in no time, which was a little strange for me. I even asked the waiter whether my order had been mistaken or something and he said no.

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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
Could have been better
By dneel of Tulsa, Oklahoma (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

While this place is highly rated as one of the best for Afghan food in Vancouver, I would have to disagree. I have been to other Afghan restaurants and they did not taste like a mediterranean/Greek spin off! This cannot be the best that there is in Vancouver.

Don't get me wrong; some of their plates, like the lamb shoulder, were good but, it just didn't taste Afghan. And for the prices being charged, I think I deserved better. I mean, some of the food seemed to be prepared haphazardly: the rice was a little hard and seemed to be undercooked.

I don't mean to be entirely negative, as there were some good things about this restaurant as well (service, environment) but for me, the food was a deal breaker.

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Adesso Bistro1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Mixed feelings about this place
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:42am [Dine in]

This is definitely a place I can only afford to go to on special occasions. What first impacts you about this restaurant is its ambience. There is an outdoor patio that is lovely and quite romantic. Make sure you have a reservation before coming here because it does get rather busy sometimes, especially for dinner.

Onto the food now…I played it safe and ordered nothing out of the extraordinary. The food was not exceptional; I found the gnocchi to be a little lackluster in taste. The wine list is pretty extensive and if you are not a wine expert like myself, it can be a little overwhelming! The waiter helped me out though. I really liked dessert; I had the cioccolato and it was fabulous. I have a bit of a sweet tooth so I am a little biased in that sense, but even my boyfriend, who isn’t, liked it.

So I'm having mixed feelings about this place. The food never makes me go "wow", especially for its price, but the ambience + dessert + drinks make up for it.

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Amato Gelato Cafe78 East 1st Ave, Vancouver
Good gelato but long wait
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:36am [Dine in]

There's nothing like some good old gelato when its summer. This place has an amazing amount of gelato to chose from: over 70 flavours last time I asked! I always go for an unexpected and crazy flavor, like hedgehog or green tea. While the staff is normally friendly and courteous, the huge line and wait is always a bummer.

Besides that, I wish they would update their whole payment process. They don't take credit cards which can be a pain, as I usually don't carry cash with me. Prices are not cheap, so why make it more difficult to pay?

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Agro Cafe1363 Railspur Alley, Vancouver
Delicious fair trade coffee
By joshr of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Although I have been to better coffee shops, I still make the effort to stop by Agro's every once in a while. They have the right work ethic at this place, which is what I like. They believe in organic food and fair trade practices, something I strongly believe in and advocate. I like knowing where the ingredients of my food is coming from so I will continue to support it with my pennies.

Enough of my rant, the coffee is actually quite good. Although I don't drink much coffee, especially in summer, I go for an iced tea and either a panini or a quinoa wrap. The prices are quite inexpensive for a place like this one. If only they would train and/or change their staff, then the place would be nearly perfect. The service is always quite slow and the orders get mixed up frequently. The attitude of the staff is also something that needs to be worked on.

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100% Healthy Desserts8291 Westminster Highway, #150, Richmond
Change the name
By joshr of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 9:31am [Dine in]

When a place claims to be 100% healthy, and even flaunts it in its name (they used to be called 100% healthy desserts), I expect it to be so. I guess they kind of realized it themselves, as they changed the name to Sweetie Pink Desserts. Still not a fan of the name, but at least it’s not dishonest.

While there are some interesting flavors (they have deep fried ice creams), I find their desserts too sweet for my taste. I tried their cold tofu flakes and found it just okay.

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Chili House19571 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Love this place!
By autwrn of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 8:21am [Dine in]

Chili house is my new favorite place. The menu is quite varied; there are lots of options to choose from. So far, everything I have tasted is good. I usually get a garden salad as an appie. Their manchurian chicken is to die for! The chicken is well-cooked and quite tasty. And don’t even get me started on the Mongolian lamb...the lamb is delicious and tender. Unlike other ethnic or Asian food places, the staff and owners are quite friendly – if you do not like your food to be too spicy, they can adjust it for you. If you are looking for Indian-Chinese food in Vancouver, I’d definitely give this place a look.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Reservations Should be Honored
By dinnerguests of vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2014 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

We just had dim sum with the family at this very consistent restaurant.
The food is always consistent; new items are regularly on the menu. The servers are professional.

What we do not expect to pay for, and what is not on the menu is poor treatment by the hostess. This is also a consistent aspect. We checked-in for our reservation with the hostess who was rude from the start: no eye contact, hollering tone of voice, no smile, and no communication to say that our table is or is not ready. While we waited with uncertainty, we noticed several other groups with the same party numbers--no reservations or later reservations, were seated ahead of us because they knew the various managers in black suits. We could understand the interchange among these people.

Suggestions to the owner: send your hostesses for WorldHost training, be fair to all customer reservations--honour their time.

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Browns Socialhouse15260 56th Ave, 100, Surrey
Bad, Bad Service
By maurmck of South Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2014 - 9:09am [Dine in]

Waited more than 10 min. to be approached by server (restaurant not busy!!!). Hubby ordered cup of soup and fish and chips. Entrée came but no soup; .bowl of soup arrived after meal (but was comped). Drinks were not refilled, we were not asked if we wanted dessert (would have) but just presented with bill while I was still eating. This was at 5 pm on a Sunday. To add to the insulting service, although we told hostess we had a reservation they put us down as a no show. Open table honored our reservation but had to contact them and waste my time with it. This is the 2nd time we ate at this location, first time was not much better. My review was sent to Brown's but no response received. Food very good both times...we will most likely eat at Brown's again but not at this location. Beware!!

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Rain Flower Seafood Restaurant3600 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Worst wedding banquet in my life
By cvpro of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

I'm 45 years old so I've had my fair share of wedding banquet over the years. I regret to say that the wedding banquet I went to at this restaurant was the worst I have ever experienced! It was a pretty big wedding - 40 tables and the restaurant was not equipped to handle it.

Invite was for 6pm but food service did not begin until after 8pm. By the time I left at 10:30 they had not yet served the rice, noodles, or dessert. During dinner, no one came to refill drinks and plates were changed only once. The food was horrible. Everything was there: crab claws, lobster, rock cod, etc. but everything tasted weird. The ingredients had no taste or some very wrong texture. You know there's a problem when over 60% of the lobster is sitting on the table and no one wants to eat it!

The environment was horrible because it was EXTREMELY HOT! It got so bad that the parents of the wedding couple had to apologize to the crowd. Everyone was fanning themselves and a bunch of people left the building to hang out in the parking lots. None of the restaurant staff provided cold drinks to the tables.

I'm pretty confident this place is going to go out of business soon.

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Hamada Japanese Restaurant22529 Lougheed Hwy, #200, Maple Ridge
Too many chances...last time tonight
By LocalDiners of Maple Ridge (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 9:55pm [Take-out]

We have frequented Hamada a ton over the past several years. However, since the recent expansion we have been disappointed. The food is still fantastic and the staff is very nice. The take out service has been completely unacceptable though. We always phone ahead and are given a time for pick up-but the last 5 times we have had to wait an extra 20 minutes at the restaurant. Tonight we waited over 40 extra minutes! We kept giving them more chances because we liked them but that is ridiculous! Only after voicing a complaint, we were offered a $10 coupon which, albeit nice, was not enough for chance #6! There are so many other Japanese restaurants in town, in order to compete they will need to make some changes.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Amazing food...!
By rajesh kumar of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 9:16pm [Dine in]

Some of the best Indian food I've ever had!! All of the dishes were very flavorful and fresh. The service was very attentive and they make you feel like your right at home. This is my new favorite Indian restaurant.Absolutely wonderful. I have always enjoyed Indian food, the kheer variety and the fixed price made it so I could try far more dishes than I normally would. I would recommend this to anyone seeking excellent food for a great price

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Chili House19571 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Go for the food
By pc7999 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 8:22pm [Dine in]

A group of us went for dinner and got to try a bunch of dishes. No ambiance whatsoever but who cares when they let their food do the talking.

Tried 8 or 9 different dishes there and they are all very good. Not greasy, not too spicy (when you asked for medium), good wok skills, and perfect seasoning. Highly recommend their Mambo chicken.

If you are ever in that area and looking for food, this place is a must try.

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Balkan House7530 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Know when to go
By pc7999 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 8:15pm [Dine in]

Went to this place three times for their buffet. The result is they are very good during lunch time and not good for dinner. The reason being during lunch buffet the food are freshly cooked. The meat are juicy and the veggies are crunchy. Dinner time comes around and you will see food that has been reheated and sat in oil. Pretty gross actually.

So if you want to go for lunch, i highly recommend it. The food is delicious. If you are going for dinner i suggest you skip the buffet and get their regular menu items.

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Kingfishers Waterfont Bar & Grill23840 River Road, Maple Ridge
Lacking consistensy
By pc7999 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

Four of us went for dinner on the weekend. Nice atmosphere and very nice patio. Nice friendly greeter and seated us promptly. Another thing you'll notice is this place is very clean and tidy which is a bonus.

Ordered the mussels and calamari. Mussels were very good. Calamari was tasteless and rubbery.

For entrees, tasted the following:

Seafood linguine - Very good. Seasoning is right on, seafood nicely cooked, pasta cooked perfectly. Definitely get this again.

House salad - Very good dressing. Some wilted spinach in there and for a house salad, not many variety of veggies.

Pesto chicken quesadilla - Very good. Definitely worth getting again. Everything just work together in this dish.

Halibut - Bad, bad, bad. Save your money on this one. Overcooked (texture of a piece of chicken) and fish tasted like freezer burnt. Oh and needed more seasoning.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Great every time!
By autwrn of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 2:39pm [Take-out]

I usually order take out from Handi, I think I ate here once only? But I vaguely remember, so I can't really opine on that aspect. As far as the take-out goes, its been great so far. My order always comes relatively fast and most important of all, it comes hot!

The curry sauces are really delicious and tasty. I usually get the lamb curry (or something of lamb) or the palak paneer, and accompany it with some Indian rice. The take-out portions are quite generous and can easily fill one up. I usually end up with leftovers when I order from them but I just re-heat the food the next day and its all good.

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Coney Island Seafood15487 Marine Dr, White Rock
Super Yummy and Friendly Staff
By legacysans of White Rock, Surrey (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 5:10pm [Take-out]

I've been to Coney Island Seafood for cod and chips three times now, always with friends and family, and everyone has been blown away by the crispy, fresh, delicious fish and the high quality french fries. Well worth the wait time, in my opinion! Service is always friendly and polite. Once, when my sister, 2 nieces and BIL were visiting from Vancouver, we decided to eat on their patio rather than find a picnic table by the water. My BIL had nowhere to sit (not enough chairs) so a young lady from the restaurant dashed out with an extra chair, totally unbidden. I thought that was a very nice thing to do and my BIL was grateful for the chance to eat sitting down, especially after carrying my youngest niece on his shoulders all the way from the pier to the restaurant. (Spoiled kid!) Any time I need a friend to help me with something (i.e. moving a couch, hanging a pendant lamp, removing a hornet's nest from the eaves), I bribe them with Coney Island fish and chips. Works like a charm. :)

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Black Tuna Sushi1459 Johnston Road, White Rock
Prices not as advertised on website
By legacysans of White Rock, Surrey (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 4:52pm [Take-out]

I reviewed Black Tuna's website menus before placing my take out order and was pleasantly surprised with the prices. I neglected to notice that the website's copyright date at the bottom of the window was 2005. I guess the online menus have 2005 prices. The difference was only about $3.00 total but I think it's poor business practice to advertise one price and then charge another. Otherwise, the service was friendly and efficient and the restaurant is conveniently located. Unfortunately, the food was just okay. My rolls came with pretty carrot blossoms and the rolls were generously sized. It just wasn't very flavourful.

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Browns Socialhouse1255 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
terrible food, terrible manager
By givinner of Lynn Valley (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

My wife and I took a visiting chef and his wife out to the Lynn Valley Brown's location for a quick(just across the street from us) supper. We had never been before and wanted to check it out.
The chef was on his way to thailand to explore the cuisine there so he ordered a thai chicken and rice type thing. The waitress asked how hot he wanted it. The menu offered a 1 to 5 hot pepper rating so he ordered a 3.
Our meals came and we found them a little ho hum. After a few bites, Chef stopped being his usual jovial and entertaining self and fell silent. I asked if he was OK. he looked up at me, his face beet red and eyes watering. "I'm in distress" he managed to mutter.
After downing his beer and regaining his composure he explained that he had bitten into a whole raw pepper. We where both used to eating hot stuff so I was a little puzzled by his newfound lack of intestinal fortitude.
"No, this is really hot, you wouldn't believe it" He dug through his meal and fished out two other small and innocent looking whole peppers. Curious, I grabbed one and before he could say anything, ate it.
Within a few seconds I realized I had made a terrible mistake. A burning sensation enveloped my mouth and throat followed by an intense wave of nausea. Easily the hottest pepper either of us had ever eaten.
Chef could not believe anyone would be so stupid as to put such hot peppers into a dish without cutting them into the tiniest morsels first. "What if a child or a very old a frail person had eaten it?" We complained to the waitress, we knew it wasn't her fault of course and were very polite about it. No apology from her or manager.
Our night was ruined, we actually paid and went home.
The next day I came over and complained to the manager and his response was that they always serve the dish in that manner and so does everyone else. Wow! Stay away, very lame food and phoney atmosphere.

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Ginger & Soy1487 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Worst chow mein in the world
By Balthazar.V of Ambleside (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:54am [Take-out]

Since this restaurant is currently quite popular with the local crowd, it's possible that the chef was just having a bad night and that my experience with Ginger and Soy was not typical. Nevertheless, for what it's worth, here's my review:

On my way home from work one weekday evening, and feeling ravenous, I decided to give Ginger and Soy a try.

Since it was my first visit I ordered a nice safe simple take-out chicken chow mein (with soft noodles).

The restaurant looked clean and well-appointed. Service was polite and efficient. Food was ready in 15 minutes.
So-far-so-good.

When I arrived home (no more than 5 minutes later), I discovered that the noodles were dry and rubbery. The few included pieces of chicken and vegetables were cut-up so small as to require a magnifying glass to see (no exageration), and there was no sauce whatsoever. Much to my shame, I was so hungry that I ate a bowlful before dumping the rest in the garbage.

I have traveled much of the world and have eaten in some of the best restaurants and worst dives in Asia, but I have never had a worse chow mein EVER. Shame on you, Ginger and Soy. In a small community like West Van, where word of mouth counts for a lot, quality control can make or break a restaurant, and your popularity can disappear in a month. Please please please take more notice of the take-out meals that are coming out of your kitchen.

Balthazar V., an Ambleside local

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