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Heirloom Vegetarian1509 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
Still Not Great — At least not consistently
By djoe of vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 9:21am [Dine in]

We have eaten here a few times over the last several weeks and unfortunately the food is just not consistent. Today we waited almost 45 minutes for our food—and there were only 4 tables in the restaurant—and then when it came out, wow, was it under-whelming. The sandwiches had barely any ingredients on them. I have to say that both of our sandwiches were maybe two of the worst sandwiches we have ever had, which might not be so bad if the sandwiches weren't $13.95 each. Another unfortunate thing is that no one came by to ask how our food was until they saw me holding up our visa card so that we could pay :-(

Too bad, but I don't think we will be going here anymore. But then again, they likely won't even notice, as they never even seem to recognize us when we go in anyway, even though we had been there so often lately.

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Caddy Shack Show Lounge22222 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
Only there for the entertainment
By Eagle One of Coquitlam BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

I was there April 3 2014. It is a typical strip club. What amazed me that there was 8 people there from 3-6pm.

This place needs a visit from Bar Rescue. Where I sat, there were at least 15 seats that had ripped fabric on them. This shows me that management doesn't give a shit about the place.

The TV's where lacking clarity, out of focus.

The single woman who was serving all 8 of us patrons, was sloowwwwwww to do anything.

At one point there was no staff (dj, bouncer, server, bartender) in the joint. Out smoking perhaps?

The mens bathroom was appalling. One of the 2 stalls didn't even have a working lock on it. Upon looking at the floor, there was loads of gunk of unknown origin. NASTY!! I think it has never been scubbed clean.

The food was alright. Nothing to write home about. The chef must be lazy because it was so easy to see that he/she uses packaged guacamole, at $2.95 extra for nachos.

I don't think I will be returning.

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Neptune Seafood Restaurant10153 King George Boulevard, Surrey
Bad
By Jen G. of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 4, 2014 - 1:54am [Dine in]

Average food
-in taste/size/portion

Poor Service
-brought me tea when I asked for water and hot sauce as soon as I was seated
-had to ask multiple times when i didn't get the hot sauce I asked for and water refills were slow/neglected

Premium pricing
-not worth it
-they even charged $2 for 2 glasses of water (without any signage or cost listed on the menu)

Peeved I was charged for water but even more peeved that I don't seem to see anyone else complaining about it. Would not recommend and would not go back.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
Large Party Done Perfectly
By tlyon of Surrey , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

My large family and I had a chance to go to Onyx for a family birthday dinner. There was 20 of us include two children. They allowed us to bring in some small decor peices for the tables before hand, and everything was handled so well. The kids meals were brought out first, and everything was hot and to order.. even the gluten/lactose/veg/vegan type meals. :) The server was responsive, honest about the menu items and could answer all our questions easily. and my 30 minute caesar cocktail was delicious! One of may fav items on both the Onyx and Pearl (white rock) menus is the salt and vinager chips. A great, easy item to share and are super addictive! We had a fabulous night, and the kitchen was hopping and in sync. Can't wait to go back!

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Okonomi Sushi620 6th Street, New Westminster
Awesome Sushi and Service!!
By mzkaylamariiee of New Westminster, BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

I love the quality of the food and service there! Very friendly and welcoming! The prices there are a lot better then some sushi places so I'm happy about that! :D Diffidently one of my favorite places to eat at! :D totally recommend this place to all my friends and family!

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Lougheed Wonton Restaurant2408 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Terrible
By ThatGuy of Port Moody, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

We ordered from here about a year ago and it was pretty awful. I tried to give it another chance recently when I stopped in for lunch, but the food was just gross. All I can say for it was that it was hot. The meat tasted weird and the vegetables were well past their prime. I felt sick to the stomach when I got home and won't gross you out with the details of how that turned out. In any case, I'm done trying with this place. Save yourself the grief and go somewhere else!

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Charlie's2517 St. Johns St, Port Moody
One of our favourite places!
By ThatGuy of Port Moody, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

My wife and I dine at Charlie's on a regular basis. The food is consistently very good. Chicken enchiladas verdes are my favourite, and my wife gets the vegetarian soft tacos. The guacamole is really good, as is the salsa, and they always come with fresh home-made tortilla chips. Charlie is very entertaining and helpful in the restaurant, and Isabel is always busy in the kitchen. I'm surprised by the negative reviews, but they are from a while ago. We have never had a problem there. Check it out!

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Lost in the 50'S Drive-In7741 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Love this place!
By vdubgirl of burnaby B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

Under new ownership as of about 2 years ago the Lost in The 50's Drive-In has great food and is open year round. If you love a good burger joint you need to check this place out. The staff always greet you with a smile and the fries are true fresh cut fries!

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Yokohama Japanese Restaurant12251 No.1 Road, #140, Richmond
Great food and friendly service
By NatLynn of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 8:25pm [Dine in]

Yokohama Japanese Restaurant is a very great place for families. My family are regular customers that love to eat at Yokohama's! The food is very authentic and at reasonable prices.
The staff are very friendly and have some of the most entertaining Teppanyaki chefs!!
It is our favorite place to eat at a nice location.

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Absinthe Bistro1260 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Fabulous French Bistro
By FitFoodie of kitsilano vacouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 9:33am [Dine in]

It's been ages since I've written a dining review on this site but felt compelled to do so after dining last night at the fabulous Absinthe Bistro on Commercial Drive. The place was great, start to finish, and as the food was the best I've had in both recent and long-term memory, it deserves a little praise.

First, some things to consider: the bistro is small with only a 22-seat dining capacity, so if you are thinking of trying it, be sure to book in advance. I called to reserve about a week in advance for a table of two. The woman who answered the phone, and who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, the chef, is welcoming and sweet. The menu is small with just three starters, three mains, and three desserts. The price point is excellent, however, as you can order starter, main & dessert for $35 or choose two courses for $28. The drinks menu covers the bases with a reasonable selection of cocktails and beer. Cocktails are $10 across the board. There is also a good wine menu and bottles are priced mostly at $46. They have a small 'specials' board on the wall which seems to be strictly for drinks. We chose a $45 Beaujolais from it and were suitably impressed!

If you want selection, this place probably isn't for you, but I can assure you that while my husband and I tried five of the nine items between the two of us, we did see all the dishes coming out and everything looked equally exquisite. We each decided on the three-course menu. We both had the braised beef with pearl onions, carrots, and potato puree for our mains. This dish was to die for, especially the sauce. I had the goat cheese terrine with walnuts and beets to start and my husband had the creamy mushroom soup which he raved about. For dessert, I had the apple tart with house made vanilla bean ice cream (again, amazing), and my husband had the creme brulee, so good it's basically become a kind of house staple.

As for ambiance, the restaurant feels cozy and definitely has some character. There is tiled flooring throughout and dark wood tables, high ceilings with some exposed pipes. The service was friendly and attentive. The only slight hiccup was the service died off a bit towards the end of the meal and we had to request the bill twice from two different people. This detail was minor, however, as overall the experience was excellent. For two three course menus and one bottle of wine, our meal came to $150 after tax and tip. We will definitely go back!

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Bombay Se7500 120th Street, #201, Surrey
Ripped Off
By reena37 of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

I have eaten at this restaurant on numerous occasions. We dine there especially when the buffet is open as everyone in my family has slightly different tastes in Indian food. We consider it a good value for the price we've previously been charged for the kid's buffet. 3 kids and I usually dine there for about $25 (including tip).

At this particular time, I came with 3 of my kids - age 6, 8, 9. We only ordered 2 naans between the four of us and the kids had very little portions. The butter chicken had very little meat in it and the goat curry had small pieces of meat with a lot of bones. There was no fruit this time. On the positive side, the fish pakora was very fresh tasting and the naans were soft and baked perfectly (there have been times we've been served hard and crunchy naans).

When I went to pay the bill, the waitress asked me the ages of my children. I told her and she said that she'd have to charge my 9 year old for an adult's buffet and charged my two younger children the price of the kid's buffet. Total $48!! - for 3 kids and 1 adult. WTF?

She looked at my shocked expression and asked me what was wrong. I told her that I've never been charged so much before and that I've dined there on numerous occasions. I told her that I've never had to pay adult prices for my kids and that I don't even get charged for my younger 2 because they eat so little. She argued with me and said that I must've come at lunch instead of dinner. I insisted that it wasn't so, but she wouldn't budge and I gave up arguing and paid the bill.

I left feeling stupid and TOTALLY RIPPED OFF. I wouldn't have minded an explanation of "our prices have gone up", or "this is our new kid's buffet price", but she insisted I was wrong and I could tell my her expression that she was taking advantage of me.

I can't stand dishonest people. I am NEVER going back there again.

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
DON'T Believe All The Hype! Read the other review sites.
By deboran of Shaughnessy (Vancouver) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 7:46pm [Take-out]

Been there before because of all the hype, it was just OK. House Chow Mein bland, no taste. Yes, the Beef Rolls are good, but other places are just as good.

TODAY, we ordered pick up. Specifically asked for mild (due to some family issues). Assured we would receive mild. DID NOT GET MILD!! Received full amount of chilies. WORSE YET, was that we paid $71.00 for 3 people. WHAT WE RECEIVED WAS 30% LESS in VOLUME in the CONTAINERS than we NORMALLY RECEIVE with exception to the soup. (They use the older, smaller containers. Beware.)

As soon as we picked up the food, we KNEW we were SHORT CHANGED due to the weight. UNBELIEVABLE. $71.00 for 3 people and we were still hungry after our meals. WHEREAS, at other local eateries (take out or delivery) we had leftovers for at least 1-2 days.

OTHER ISSUES TO NOTE: They don't do delivery at Broadway and Cambie. We had to try to find a parking spot for pick up which is nearly impossible. AND, unfortunately, the food wasn't even worth the effort or price. (Yeah, sure, Guy Fierri (Diners, Drive-In's & Dives) visited and recommended the Beef Rolls and Noodles but so what?

SERIOUSLY? The food was not worth what we paid. The Mandarin Orange Ginger Chicken tasted like it had Marmalade in it. The rest was average at best.

LISTEN TO THE PREVIOUS REVIEWS ON URBANSPOON AND OTHER SITES. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE. FELT RIPPED OFF.

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Chong's Restaurant2532 Kingsway, Vancouver
Re-reviewed - the food actually got better!
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

I had left a positive review of this little neighbourhood dim sum place almost two years ago. I have been there a few times since then, most recently this afternoon. It was good before - the food this time actually improved!

We arrived at 1200h. There was a line up, but it was well managed as we were given a number by the attending server. We were seated in about 15 minutes. The table was clean, condiments were available.

We used the bilingual (English/Chinese) check list to order our dim sum. The basic items are $2.95 (a twenty cent increase since last year - but food prices have increased - I found the increase very reasonable and the price is still as low as one is likely to find at any dim sum in Vancouver). Specialty items - like the deep fried squid with spicy pepper and the fried green beans were more pricy (around $6 and $5 something respectively). In addition to the squid and bean dishes - we had 2 orders of sticky rice, and an order each of spring rolls, beef tendon, prawn dumpling, egg tarts, sesame balls, rice rolls with bbq pork and shrimp paste in eggplant. All food came in a reasonable amount of time and was hot and tasty. We especially liked that the food was not overly greasy. Even the deep fried squid was perfectly done - not a trace of grease remained on our fingers when eating it.

The room was crowded - but comfortable. The tvs played chinese programming - but the volume was low or off. The place was filled with mostly Asian patrons - families, couples, groups of friends. We are European Canadian - we found the everyone received good service - regardless of race, age, or family status. We were dining with children ages 6 and 8 - we were happy. We saw families with infants/babies - they appeared to be welcome and well treated to. We noted this on all our visits here. We always felt very welcome. Notwithstanding the full house - the place was not particularly noisy - maybe due to the acoustics of the place. The ambiance was good - not fancy, but clean and comfortable.

Our entire bill (including tax and 15% tip) was $46. Please note - like many little places on Kingsway - this is a CASH ONLY establishment.

This is our go-to place for dim sum. It is friendly, good value, good quality food and easy to get to (with plenty of free street parking). Highly recommended.

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My Greek Taverna6450 120 Street, Surrey
Bad takeout service
By familyfoodie4 of Surrey ,B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 11:31am [Take-out]

Went to pick up takeout order only to reach home and find out that one full meal was missing.When phoned to complain got attitude from hostess and no apologies.We had to drive back to pick up the rest of the meal and after all that that food was average and cold.Never going back and would not recommend at all and instead try The Greek Village in Delta.....much better food and service..

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Horizons100 Centennial Way, Burnaby
Watch for the Promotions
By millar of New Westminster, Vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 10:10am [Dine in]

Horizons has a special promotion on for the month of March. The Chef's Table D'Hote, a three course dinner for $35. You have a choice of three appy's, 4 entrees and three desserts . The food was excellent. At our table we enjoyed the chicken and barley soup, the gulf Island Mussels and clams followed by the Pork Tenderloin and the New York Steak. For dessert crème brule and cappuccino cheesecake.

Service was attentive and you have a lovely view. You need reservations. They run promotions several times a year and it gives you a chance to enjoy a fairly expensive restaurant at a more reasonable price. Check the website.

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
If You Have Poor Standards, This Place Is For You.
By Eagle One of Coquitlam BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 9:55am [Dine in]

I was there on Mar 27, taking myself out for a birthday lunch. It was about 130pm. There was no one in front of me in the queue, and I waited to be sat. Not a single worker even acknowledged me for the 10 minutes I stood there.

As a table freed up, I was seated. Sesame seeds, shredded beet bits left from the previous diners. I guess cleaning a table before seating someone isn't part of their system.

A red headed girl came to the table with a water and cloth and wiped the table down, WITHOUT even lifting the salt/pepper/hot sauce bottles. WTF? Lazy or what? She or management don't care about appearances, because it looked like she must have been sprayed by flour from a mixer or had a plate of sour cream fall on her lap and wiped it off. It was all over her black jeans. Very unattractive. She didn't even say a word as she wiped and placed the water down. Not even a "hi", "Welcome to the Naam, your server will be right with you" or "How's it going today?" Is this how my experience will begin?

My server came over and brought me a menu and told me about the specials. Nothing to report here.

As I was looking over the menu, I noticed a thin guy clearing a table of dishes from a couple that finished and left. Once it was clear, he took his cloth and wiped it for about 2 seconds, going AROUND the salt/pepper/hot sauce bottles. WTF? Another lazy employee. How is this acceptable????/

I ordered the Spinach/Feta enchilada. It came in an acceptable amount of time. BUT it was kinda hot on the outside, the cheese- maybe 60% melted. I opened it and put my finger in. It was warm. So warm that I could have eaten it as fast as I could without having a problem. That was disappointing. I ate it anyhow. It was bland and uneventful, which pretty much sums up my whole experience.

I used to frequent the place many times a month in the 90's, but now after not being there for 10 years, it sucked. I swear the same light bulbs are burnt out and have not been changed. Kinda like the servers.

I went to the counter to pay for my food, and ordered a Nanaimo Bar for take out. I paid my bill, getting a 46% discount cuz it was my 46th birthday. My server packed up my Nanaimo Bar in a bag, and handed it to me. I left and went home. All the time riding my motorbike, I was waiting to get my dessert into my mouth. Upon getting into my flat, I opened the bag to find a FUCKING BROWNIE. WTF??? How do you mess up "Nanaimo Bar" and "Brownie"??? I guess next time I should check the bag.

I was planning to take my friends family of 6 out for dinner there in April, but I doubt that is going to happen.

There won't be a next time. Naam, you have let me down, hence my story here. You rest on your accolades from previous years, but start reading the online reviews, on Urban Spoon, on Google, on Yelp, on Trip Advisor, Dinehere and you will see that there are many that are not impressed and not fooling us.

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Purdy's Chocolates2929 Barnet Hwy, #1228, Coquitlam
Purdy's The Best But Far Overpriced Value
By Kerwin Maude of Tri Cities (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 7:39am [Dine in]

Purdy's beats out most of the competition and was phenomenal at the start but they deviated from their beginnings to become overpriced. I recall buying second chocolates (imperfect ones) in 2lb-5lb shoe box style varieties over a decade ago for a very reasonable good price and like all restaurants and food outlets, they inflated their prices big time. Sure, let's blame the cocoa fields, labour, inflation and others for their prices..they're still at the top but they lost customers with their bloated costs. A simple yard of chocolate has skyrocketed in price and while it is yummy sweets, the prices hurt your wallet. Like Lindt and others, they need to come off cloud 9 and get grounded despite the high quality that is undeniable. Too bad the tourist attraction at the Vancouver head office shut down.....love their pecan clusters and others.

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Uncle Willy's Restaurants6411 Nelson Ave, #100, Burnaby
We'll Pass
By Kerwin Maude of Tri Cities (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 7:19am [Dine in]

We used to go to this place with former friends and consistently was let down by the quality of food that was not hot. The desserts reminds me of college/university quality food that filled your belly but was nothing to write home about and recommend. Their fried chicken was good (not hard to mess up fried chicken) and some pasta otherwise it failed. If people want cheap eats and to chow down like there is no tomorrow, hit this place but if they want better then look around.

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ABC Country Restaurant20110 Lougheed Highway, #101, Maple Ridge
Uneventful
By Kerwin Maude of Tri Cities (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 7:13am [Dine in]

The ABC franchise has been around for decades and we've gone there a few scattered times only to be disappointed. The steak dinner is not worth their "beefy prices", in my view, and you get far better quality and quantity in Bellingham steak places and homestyle restaurants like Shari's across from Bellis Fair Mall. I challenge anyone to go to this USA restaurant to see the difference. Their steak dinner are comparably priced but our teenager could barely finish it in the USA whereas, in contrast, at ABC he was picking off our plate after finishing his own. Sorry to say, like The Keg and other steak houses, we pay too much for steak dinners in Canada with smaller quality portions than our American counterparts. We went to the ABC buffet, years ago, and it was okay but costly; not everyone has the same taste buds and we are all entitled to agree, or agree to disagree.

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China Kitchen Restaurant22805 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
Reminds Me Of College/University Cafeteria Food
By Kerwin Maude of Tri Cities (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 7:03am [Dine in]

When the China Kitchen franchise came out over 10 years ago, particularily in Coquitlam it was a good hit and we returned many times and then saw a drastic decline in quality and the food was poorly heated and was not worth the trip only to disappoint. I went to the Maple Ridge location and was instantly disappointed in the dinner buffet and quality. Our Canadian buffets do not compare to the ones in the USA, who have better quality and freshness. Would I visit this restaurant again, not unless I was very hungry and desperate for my craving and would rather travel to Bellingham for shopping and good Asian food than be disappointed here. Our restaurants are lacking in quality and quantity while charging high prices a pattern that has existed for years. The food industry has a long way to go to improve its image as there is no excuse for people to pay $10-$15 a plate or the same for buffets and go home frustrated and disappointed.

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