Second time in this place in the past three weeks mainly for their $3.00 Pabst Beer Happy Hour special and the big screen tv to watch the ball game right up at the bar.
Came in was greeted by the hostess immediately, told her I was going to sit up at the bar. Proceeded to sit at the big long bar table with exactly two other people there. Plunked myself down and waited. The bartender was consumed with something on the phone had his back towards me no acknowledge yet of my presence, no glance my way , no "just a minute be right with you". So far hasn't even noticed me. By the way, I am huge.
Ok, here comes someone else behind the bar. No acknowledgement of my presence from this guy either.
Walks right by me and goes to this couple one stool over because they wanted to pay their bill. Still no glance my way, no acknowledgement of my presence from bartender number two. They aren't even busy.
I thought okay after he takes care of this person I am sure one of them will ask me if i want something because that is why I am sitting at the bar at a restaurant that serves both beverages and food. Bartender number one, the guy on the phone when I first got there has now left the bar area is doing something else. Bartender number two takes the money from the couple paying they leave and he disappears. The invisible man grabs his bag and leaves Wings most likely never to come back again.
A lot has been said about the lousy service in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland in general. I have received some excellent service at places, mediocre but most often lousy, inattentive just plain bad service. You really have to shake your head. Serves expect tips, 15 per cent, 20 per cent in some places now they expect you to hit 25 per cent on the debit or credit card machine. In my view, many don't earn it. Is it lack of interest in the job they are doing, boredom, pure laziness? Many times it's not because they are run off their feet and they are just too damn busy. I believe a lot of the poor service you receive is also because of poor training and leadership.
Anyway, that's my little "service" rant about Wings.
First time there ordered their happy hour wing special. For a place with the name "Wings" in their name they should stand out and excel at what they present. For the most part these were sad. A small portion with more bone and skin than anything else.
When it first opened about a year ago, it WAS Delicious, when MILD was truly mild curry.
That's what made them different from all other Indian Resturants.Although it's expensive and adds up quickly,
As each item is separately billed- no such menu item as "complete dinner" plate (rice, meat, bread..)
Now they are the same as the " run of the mill " Indian Restaurants.
We suspect they had a real chef when first opened..when mild medium or hot choices were true...
Lunch yesterday, for 2 people itemized-
1 Butter Chicken Dish, Mild. 12.95
1 Lamb Curry Dish, Mild. 13.95
1 Beef Curry Dish, Mild. 12.95
1 Pulao Rice. 4.95
3 Naan bread. 5.85
3 Roti Bread. 5.85
1 Raita (yoghurt). 3.50.
Server came asked how our meal is... We said very Hot!
She said, "you ordered mild"
We said our tongues are burning can we have more water.
server brought more water.(3 times)
We said we can't eat the curry it is fire!
Server came to our table with a dish of Raita yogurt and said this should help cool it.
We did not complete or enjoy the meats, then we got our Bill and was charged for the Yogurt! At no time did they offer to correct or re- make our order to mild.
It was so Hot we could not taste, their mistake, or ours?
Will never go back or ever recommend.
i Been here plenty of times. Very tasty and delicious.
I've gotten their kebab plates, butter chicken, and rice plates.
They are always really nice and accommodating to substitutions.
i think they always make fresh items at a time that why so tasty i love there food
i am addicted staff also so friendly
Best Dim Sum I have had in a long time! One of my Chinese friends had told me that Luxe was the best place in the area for good Chinese food, and we were not disappointed. The service was quick, friendly and we got all our food at high rate of speed! Everything we had was great, plus the sesame balls for dessert. I read a bad review about the washroom, but I didn't have to use them, so I can't say anything... I will definitely go back.
This particular location has an "apparent" high change-over in staff, and, as a result, you will receive inconsistent service. There are time when I will get a free refill, other times, I am billed the same as a non-refill, and even at other times I am billed $160 for half a cup! This is unacceptable!
And, though the coffee is "good" - I would not say that it is at all "exceptional".
The facility is generally quite cold, and the food appears to be "big store" purchased.
Lastly, the staff really needs to understand what it means to provide "service" - and many of the staff have faces that would seem to portray "I would rather be doing something else".
If there were another location, I would go there in a heart-beat.
We bought the $39 Groupon for 2 hotpot combos and went tonight. The meat, drinks, and desserts were great, and service was fast, but we were not served the veggie plates and chef's choice side dishes.
We did not discover these major omissions until we got home and checked on the Groupon site ourselves, so shame on us for failing to read the deal completely before we went, but you'd think that the restaurant would have remembered, considering that this was not the first day/night they served this Groupon deal of theirs, and all the other diners around us were being served the Groupon deals correctly and in full.
So my experience is quite disappointing, to say the least.
BEING SERVED HALF THE ADVERTISED DEAL IS NOT WORTH THE $10 TIP WE LEFT.
Our experience ordering take out from this restaurant was awful. I would not normally take time to write a review but I feel that I was ripped off by this place and I want to warn other people before they spend their money here. We ordered the baked meat lasagna which was cold and also tasted like a microwave lasagna you would buy from a grocery store. The cheese bread we ordered was hard as a rock and seemed like it had been left out for hours. We paid 40 dollars for this food. I feel like It would have been a better idea to go to the grocery store and buy a loaf of plain bread and a can of chef Bogarde pasta. We gave this restaurant a rating of 1 out of 5 because It was obvious that this restaurant does not care about the quality of food it sends out the door. To be fair, I don't know what the experience is like at the restaurant because I have never actually been inside but after this experience I will never eat there again.
Went there for dim sum and ordered some items off the menu as they don't have push carts there. Waited over an hour for congee and some deep fried wontons. The congee came warm, like it had been sitting there forgotten. Also we made reservations by phone at 11am, got there at 10:55am and said they didn't have our name on the list. Had to wait an hour to get seated. In total spent almost 3 hours at the restaurant just to have lunch. Will never go back
Not sure why they increased the prices for all you can eat and removed items off the menu. The menu had already been lacking and now its just not worth it. Also for all nigiri sushi pieces they gave you a brick of rice with the thinnest piece of sashimi on top.
We hit Yolk's at their funky place on Hastings and Clark last weekend for breakfast and really enjoyed it. Wife had a double smoked bacon double eggs on lemon truffle hashbrowns with sharp white cheddar and I settled on their apparently famous chicken and waffles. Wife's hashbrowns were yummy, I pinch as many as I could get away with. The 2 pieces of fried chicken were juicy and crunchy and made a nice contrast with the sweet waffle. Probably the best chicken and waffles I've had in a while. Service was smooth and friendly with our chatty servers. Great breakfast experience, very reasonable prices.......we'll be back with friends while they are still at this location.
I came here late afternoon today with two friends of mine. When we entered it was like we had been back to the 80's (but every thing was updated) we were seated immediately. the waitress was VERY pleasant and chatted with us....after awhile, she took our orders.
I originally wanted to get a cheeseburger (Surprise surprise) but decided instead to get a lasange with extra cheese and a cesar salad. one of my friends got a indian curry dish, and the other one got a cheeseburger with fries. We didn't wait too long for our food.
I must say that it was impressive, the lasange was large for the price (and tasted good) my friends burger was home made as well as the fries (never tried any , but I know it was delicious just by looking at it) and I don't like curry dishes, but the other guy reported that it was good. the food was very good and the price was low, so we were happy. The waitress came again, cleared our table and again had a pleasant conversation with her. She was the best waitress I have ever had anywhere I have eaten. I know that a waitress must make some small talk with customers; but she actually seemed interested; and we could tell that she wasn't just being nice because it was her job......certainly made us feel very welcomed.
We definitely will be back.....
Came here last week with two friends. I drove with one of my friends; and apparently we had parked at a tow away zone. The waitress informed us about that; and told us we could park at the hotel and register our licence plate with them.
But anyways.....we were amazed with the ambiance. It was very nice and beautiful place. the service was great. I ordered a double cheeseburger with fries; one friend ordered a cheeseburger too and my other friend had a fish dish.....The burger was about $19 (double) it was very delicious.....home made and the fries were terrific. Oh yeah, and we also ordered a nacho platter to share....we asked for extra cheese, but didn't seem we got extra......just regular.
We had a really good time, and enjoyed some good food. Give it a try, you will like it
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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