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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
A restaurant with a view...but where was the service?
By radsah34 of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2014 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

I have been to the beach house a couple of times before, the last being for my sister's wedding reception. I came again for a date w/ my boyfriend and we asked for a seat by the window. The view is just beautiful from here: you can see the beach, lion's gate bridge, burrard inlet...I don't think I need to go on. You get the point.

I seldom eat here, only on special occasions, which is why I don't mind them positioning themselves an upscale dining spot with a spectacular view. Despite it being a popular location for big parties and events, parking is not a problem. There are both valet parking and on Bellevue ave options available.

I know what to expect of the prices - $20+ for an entree, $10 for a cocktail, which is not bad at all! The food was perfect, to say the least. We had some share plates and entrees. My prawn linguini was delicious and so was the gyoza. But the service left much to be desired. The waitress seemed to be inexperienced, which I can forgive, but inattentive? She forgot to bring my boyfriend's entree, took the longest time to bring it and didnt apologize when she mixed up our cocktails.

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Cristos Greek Taverna4624 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Food - Romance and Dancing - You cannot say no
By AnitGreek of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2014 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

Last Saturday my friend and I decided to go out for Greek food. I suggested Cristos in Burnaby because I had been in the restaurant before and the food was great. My friend came along mostly because I told her that there was going to be belly dancing - and she wanted to see the show.

We arrived at 7 PM and we were treated with a smile at the door. The man wearing a costume from the Greek islands (as he told us) informed us that we were just in time for the show. We started with calamari (to die for) and as the food arrived so did the belly dancer. A very pretty Brazilian girl named Carla entertained us. Everyone was clapping and from time to time all the customers were screaming "OPA" and laughing as the staff kept breaking plates down by the bar.

My friend ordered the lamb shoulder and I ordered the special which was "lamb cigar" or as we were told a meat pie, made with fylo and lamb (rolled like a fat cigar); and all the spices. It was so tasty... from another world for $15 - with rice, potatoes, pitta, Greek salad and satziki. I never tasted such food before and we were told that this food is not made in any other Greek restaurant. Apparently, the owner (Leo - the man with the costume) from time to time goes back to his childhood memories and he creates all types of different Greek dishes. He also prepares and makes Greek coffee for the customers and then he reads the coffee cup - not that we tried that!

Of course, the night was not over. Down below, there was a BD party. The staff sang happy BD and they took the older woman by the bar to break a plate. She just did not want to do it. We heard her saying that she never broke a plate in her life. But eventually she agreed to do it for the "Good Luck!". And then the owner took 2 young customers and danced a greek song with them around the tables. That was fun to watch. Truly cultural!

As we were commenting on the food and the ambience of the restaurant - real wonderful plants hanging from the roof and big flowery plants adding to the floor decor - suddenly the lights dimmed to a minimal and the Greek music changed to a soft loving music by Julio Inglessias. Only the candles by the cables were on. We started laughing because we could not believe the coincidence. Romance in a Greek restaurant. Now, the owner was circulating around the tables, wearing a white lab coat pretending to be a scientist, offering every single customer "test tube babies"; actual test tubes having a small amount of alcohol. That's Greek hospitality he said to give something back to the customers. Wow... that little drink was delicious... Lemoncello and Merlot wine and Cinzano and whatever else.

Apparently the owner dances all the time and he treats all customers like they are his friends. And the server told us that sometimes they sevre small jello shooters for free! I don't know if there is another restaurant that does this but I know that... my friend and I spent a night in Greece. What a night! What a delight!

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Tim Hortons12467 88th Avenue, Surrey
Best Drive Thu
By sammy1 of Delta BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 4:21pm [Take-out]

This drive thru is fast. I come here at least 3 times a week. They always have my order waiting for me. Huge selection of bagels, and breakfast items. There oatmeal is great, as their bagels. My coffee is always perfect. They even put a smile on my lid, great start to my day.

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Ocean Park & Village Pub12822 16th Avenue, Surrey
Not a great experience
By freshfoodfreak of Surrey, BC, Canada (21 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 11:17am [Dine in]

Recently went to the Ocean Park & Village Pub for lunch and were very disappointed. I ordered the quesadilla and I have to say it was the worst one I have ever had. It was supposed to be a chicken quesadilla but had almost no chicken in it. Instead, it was full of congealed, greasy cheese and virtually no vegetables. Very bad! My husband had a pizza and said it was okay - certainly not great. I have had their spanakopita before and it was mediocre as well. Very disappointing - the food here has really gone down hill. Also, the tables are crammed so closely together, it is difficult to enjoy a conversation or, at times, find room to get up to go to the washroom.

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Tudor Ale House187 176th Street, Surrey
Nice option!
By freshfoodfreak of Surrey, BC, Canada (21 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 11:05am [Dine in]

We have been wanting to try out the Tudor Ale house for a while so took the opportunity to visit for lunch recently. The interior is nicely done and it wasn't as loud as many pub/restaurants are. There were three of us - we ordered Italian Flat Bread, Meatloaf and the Crispy Chicken Caesar Wrap. The person who ordered the flat bread said it was really good - it's the second time he has ordered it and he really enjoyed it. The meatloaf was a disappointment - the texture was strange and it was quite bland. The Crispy Chicken Caesar Wrap was good but not great - a little too much lettuce for my liking. The service was very good and friendly. We will definitely go back and try some different menu items as there are certainly lots of choices.

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Sheila's Bistro and Lounge2181 160 St, Surrey, BC, Surrey
Mixed experience
By freshfoodfreak of Surrey, BC, Canada (21 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 10:53am [Dine in]

Sheila's Bistro and Lounge is a fairly new addition to the South Surrey restaurant scene. Because it is very close to where we live we happened by it and decided to try it. Parking is a bit of a problem because it is located in a business complex but the inside is bright, clean and cheerful. Unfortunately, because of the lack of any soft surface treatments, it is extremely loud if it is a busy day. Also the menu is extremely limited. We were very surprised there they do not have any soup choices for lunch and some of the other items were not very appealing. There were three of us and we actually had trouble finding something we wanted to eat. Some of the menu items are a bit pretentious. Two of us had the fish tacos which were pretty good but certainly not great. The other person had the special of the day which was prawns and chips. She said the prawns were pretty good. The best part of the meal was their home made potato chips - not fries but thin, crispy potato chips. They were delicious and are quite addictive. The place has a lot of promise but all three of us felt they will really have to work on their menu. There are simply not enough choices for us to return very often.

Service was excellent though!

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Derby Bar and Grill17637 1st Avenue, #115, Surrey
Great lunch!
By freshfoodfreak of Surrey, BC, Canada (21 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 10:31am [Dine in]

We have been to The Derby on a few occasions and have always enjoyed it. I went yesterday with two other women and we had a great lunch. Both of my dining companions had the soup and sandwich special which is a great deal at $6.50. One had the potato soup with a BLT and said the BLT was the best she has ever had and she really enjoyed the soup as well. The other had the chicken rice soup which she said was really good and a grilled cheese sandwich which she also enjoyed. I had the Saratoga pizza and it was delicious! We also shared an order of onion rings which were also very good.

This is nice, casual little place with good, fresh food and very solid service. It is lively enough to have a good ambiance but quiet enough for conversation. We love the fact that all of their burgers provide for a choice of beef burger, chicken, salmon or a veggie burger. It's very difficult to get a decent fish burger of any kind and theirs are really good.

We will definitely be going back and are planning to try dinner there soon!

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Jethro's Fine Grub3455 Fraser St, Vancouver
Long wait for an average meal
By Gibbler of Coquitlam, BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

Went on a Saturday morning and were seated right away, but after we ordered, we waited 25-35 mins for the meal and noticed that the tables seated before/after us waited a long time as well. The tables were full and the restaurant was loud.
The crab cake benedict was good and we would recommend it.
However, the huevos rancheros was disappointing. It came with a large serving of plain white rice and a piece of corn bread which I was looking forward too, but it was a large slice of slightly dry corn pancake broken in two. The best part of the plate was the salsa.
At other tables, we saw huge servings of pancakes which just looked unappetizing. The customer ate about a quarter of the portion.

We were looking forward to trying a new breakfast place, unfortunately, I don't think we will be returning to this one. Even though the crab cake benedict was good...

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El Camino's3250 Main Street, Vancouver
Arepas to die for
By Ruben of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

Found this hidden gem by mistake one Sunday afternoon when walking with a friend around the neighborhood. We walked in and looked at the menu and noticed they were serving Arepas (a very typical Colombian and Venezuelan dish) at first I hesitated on trying any of them as they were $7,50 and to be honest I can easily make them at home for just a fraction of the cost. But the waitress (who I must say was impressively attentive) found out I am Venezuelan and offered me to try one of the Arepas for free, as she really wanted my opinion on how authentic they are. Well I order the Shrimp Arepa and oh boy was I impressed!!! simply delicious!!! they took a very traditional dish and knock it up a notch!!! very TASTY and innovative like the rest of the dishes we tried. this place is a must go if you are in the mood for innovative Latin American food.

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GNJ Vegetarian Bistro#100 - 7310 120th, Canada, Surrey
Small place with Great Food and a Big Heart!
By AnkitChutani of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:00am [Dine in]

First impressions: This place is small, I mean really small! There is no pretense though, they call themselves a Bistro, not a restaurant. Tasteful decorations too. :)

At first the menu appears a little limited. But when you look at it, there really is something for everyone. Everyone else had the Paneer with Curry. I had the Taco Salad. We also had the Artichoke & Spinach Dip to start.

I would come back just for the Artichoke & Spinach Dip alone! Really great flavour and texture - and served pipping hot!

When I watched what the staff was up to, food took a little longer to come, but it was all being made fresh! Everything was served hot off the stove.

And for a treat I had a Mango milkshake - which is to die for! Simply a MUST HAVE.

So Dinner for 4 with beverages and appys came to about $75 with tax - considering how fresh and delicious everything was, not bad at all!

And they were ready willing and able to accommodate special requests - I have a problem with green peppers and they substituted red & orange - no problem and with a smile. The staff are super friendly, and looking for suggestions on how they can do better.

Dinner was tasty, filling, and sat very well. Perfect blend of spicing left our taste buds dancing. :)

We left with our tummys and our hearts full! Definitely will be back!

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Thai Cafe4160 Hastings St, Burnaby
GOod Thai
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (115 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 12:01am [Dine in]

pad thai and a curry. Both very good. Pad thai tasted as it should... NOt too salty as other review said ,, just perfect. Spring roll was full and crispy - perfect. CUrry also very good. A good basic thai joint I'd return r

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Woody's on Brunette Pub935 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Mediocre burger, weird service,bad fries, good band
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (115 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 3, 2014 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

ok that about sums it up. Went for a fundraiser. Burgers very plain and ok. add cheese. Fries really bad. waitress toldmy husband her (uncomfortable) life story. He felt weird. band was good. and place was oddly empty on a friday night for a free live band. Idon't get it whatever

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Palki Restaurant116 East 15th St., North Vancouver
A Great Indian Supper for Three
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 3, 2014 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

I always ignore reviews for restaurants based on lunch buffets...totally different experience from an a la carte dinner. Palki had some poor reviews largely based on lunch buffet experiences so we three decided to give Palki a try for dinner on a Friday night, being lovers of good Indian food and never having been to Palki before. The restaurant is nicely decorated, muted brown tones, a few Indian wall hangings with Indian bollywood music playing in the background. The aromas when you walk in the door are spicy and mouth-watering. So far so good. There were only a few other tables occupied so service was friendly and efficient provided by our two servers.

We started with two mango lassi’s and an IPA, then ordered 2 sides of tandoori naan, 2 bowls of basmati rice, lamb rogan josh, tandoori prawns, channa masala, and murgh vindaloo, all medium heat which turned out to be just right for us. All the food was excellent. The red tandoori prawns arrived sizzling with black char marks on an iron plate with a bed of seared onions. The lamb rogan josh and murgh vindaloo were very rich and well spiced and the sauces were nicely mopped up with their lovely tandoori grilled naan bread. Delicious. One of the best Indian meals we’ve had for a while and we’re already planning to visit again soon to try some more of their tandoori dishes.

Total bill was $96 including a nice tip for efficient service....we were out of there in just under an hour with a small doggy bag to fight over.

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Legend House Restaurant1169 Pacific Street, 140, Coquitlam
Everyone is welcome!
By LegendHouse of Coquitlam Centre (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 3, 2014 - 7:10am [Dine in]

Very central and convenient location. Free 2 hours parking in the building parkade. Free Wifi.
Hand-dragged noodle, cutting noodles and "xiao long bao" and beef rolls, as well as genuine Szechuan dishes, you can always find something you like.
Food price is below average. $7.5 lunch special is pretty generous.
Interior environment is modern style, much better than the other Chinese restaurants in Coquitlam.

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Gami Sushi10111 Number 3 Road, 126, Richmond
Korean style Japanese food
By mike0703 of richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

After I read those two reviews posted earlier , I and my friend Roger decided to have a try in this Japanese restaurant. There is not a traditional "Japanese Restaurant "that someone mentioned in his/her review. Old wood doesn't mean traditional Japanese. They are Korean. But I am not a person who think only Japanese people can make a good Japanese cuisine. Anyone can do it if they are well trained.
Don't expect too high for the taste, sushi rice is too sweet, Korean style spicy sauce that is not well match sashimi.. Too much sauce for the roll.
If the price is the most considerable for you, better to go before 20% off promotion end, after that everywhere is the same (Korean Japanese)

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
If it were not with Groupon, I would say it's pricey
By nhvangurl of Kitsilano (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 1:09am [Dine in]

Came here through Groupon with a group of friends. I wouldn't say its the most expensive Indian restaurant in the city, because that would be plain right lying, but it is not cheap either.

The food was actually not bad. For appies, I had the calamari. Everyone else went boring and ordered samosas/pakoras. But I liked my choice. The drink menu had some local and indian beers, which I found to be pretty neat in fact. For main dishes, we had many things, but what definitely stood out was the garlic naan and lamb saag. The lamb was tender and with the right amount of spice - not overly spiced, but not underspiced either. Each dish was normally around 15 dollars (not on Groupon), so it is definitely not up my alley in terms of price. Besides that, I would recommend it. Service was good, and so was the food.

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Matoi Sushi3025 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam
Worst Service ever.. SlowSlowSlow!!
By prkimmj of portmoody (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:40am [Dine in]

I've been to Matoi Sushi for five times now and everytime I go there, the FOOD TAKES SOOOOO LONGGGGG. Especially the rolls and the nigiris takes minimum 10 to 30 min when its even empty.
Fish is not that great quality, price too high, the kitchen food is mostly poor in terms of the taste and the portion. I went to Matoi last night with my friend. He ordered the Oyako don which took about 15min and I ordered 3tobiko 1toro 1tuna 4chopped scallop and that took 35min at least. Again, there was only 4 other tables and 3 waitresses. 2sushi men, at least 2 workers at the kitchen. And that was not the first time, every single time I go and order, it takes 30~35min. Not only that, the servers are not friendly at all, never comes and fills up tea or water, never takes away the empty dish, takes forever to bring the bill to table. Only if asked, they do. No 'How is everything so far' No 'How was everything today', No greeting, No Thank you, No Bye. So here you go! No more Matoi sushi for me, my family, friends and co workers. Bye Matoi. We will never see you again.

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Flying Beaver Bar & Grill4760 Inglis Drive, Richmond
This place used to be so great
By nhvangurl of Kitsilano (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

While some people, like tourists or those who travel a lot like coming here because it is super close to the airport terminal, I liked Flying beaver for another reason. The ambience! It was just amazingly pretty coming down here, either to catch a canucks' game with your friends over drinks and simple but yummy food (wings, burgers, fries...you get the point).

This time around, i was seriously disappointed. Im all for nice and lively atmospheres, but this one was too much. The music playing in the background was so loud that even sitting in the patio watching the deck was no longer nice. the crowd is also too roudy, which i didnt like this time around. kinda made this place lose its touch.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
First time ordering take-out from here
By coopb34 of Buranby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 2:20pm [Take-out]

There are times when I like to go unconventional and go for something completely out of the blue, and then there are days when I settle for a simple, predictable meal. This restaurant falls into the second category. Nothing wrong with that, but in a city like Vancouver where the number of asian/indian restaurants are too many to count, I figured restaurants would want to stray for the norm and stand out. I rarely order take-out, but when my preferred choice for Indian restaurant wasn't available, I ordered take out from here.

Food came rather quickly, I didn't have to wait much after making my order. I have not eaten here, so this is solely my experience from their take-out. For starters I had samosas. Presentation was great. A little big for my taste, but crispy, so great. The chicken tikka was a tad bit spicy for my liking and I had to pass it with naan and the other dish I ordered, palak paneer. Thankfully it was not a spicy second dish.

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Nero Belgian Waffle Bar1703 Robson St, Vancouver
Always a treat
By coopb34 of Buranby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

This place is a treat; I wonder why hardly anyone has reviewed it before. I mean, when I go it always packed, despite its poor service. Yes. The current owners are quite rude people, and one would think that that would be enough to repel customers. But no, they must be doing something right, as people keep on coming. Like myself.

This is only because of their Belgian waffles. I've been to other places where they claim to have belgian waffles but they simply don't come close. There is a variety of waffles you can choose from, and you can then also choose how you would like them made: brussels or liege style. I prefer the brussels as they are more crispy, and with fruit and whipped cream, they are beyond amazing.

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