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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
great patio worst service
By sebontario of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 9:16pm [Dine in]

beautiful evening in Vancouver. we looked for a great patio to eat outside and chill Winston is a natural choice. unfortunately the evening is ruined because of poor service and poor management. long line up outside even if many tables are available. waitress is rude to customers and management seems disorganized. sad.... such potential. after a few hours, we just had to leave and finish our beautiful evening at a nearbyJapanese restaurants that was happy to have customers.

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Famoso Neapolitan15865 Croydon Dr, Surrey
Terrible Pizza
By InuKing88 of Burnaby, BC (26 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 2:52pm [Take-out]

When I first heard this pizzeria opened in the Morgan Crossing area, I decided to order a pizza for pick-up to give it a try. I tried the large Cavoletti and Siciliana pizza. The lady on the phone line taking my order was extremely unpleasant and rude, and had quite a hard time understanding my order. When I took the pizzas home, they were just as bad as the service I got. Both of them were horrendous -- they had burnt, thin, and flimsy crusts, and the toppings were scarce and falling all over the pizza. I decided to give it another go a few months later, hoping it would have improved by then, but unfortunately I received the exact same results. Overall, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria was an extremely unpleasant experience and I highly recommend stopping by Classic O.P. Pizza or Little Caesar's if you're looking for much better pizza in the area.

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River Mekong Restaurant1724 152nd Street, Surrey
Amazing Vietnamese Cuisine
By InuKing88 of Burnaby, BC (26 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

Went out here with my husband for lunch a while back. We had previously been shopping at the Semiahmoo mall and noticed this place nearby while walking in search for a place to eat. We were seated immediately upon arrival. I had the small house noodle soup, and my husband had the large. We also ordered a side of spring rolls. The food arrived very quickly. The soup was a little salty for my taste, but enjoyable nonetheless.The noodles were stable and had a good texture, and the beef was very well done. The spring rolls were crispy, hot and just the right taste. The only problem I had was that the small soup was much less in size than the large, but a much smaller difference regarding the price. Despite that being so, the meal didn't seem too pricey. Not cheap, but not expensive either. The environment was very clean and pleasant; the tables were constantly being kept clean by the waitresses and the decorations are nice to look at. The next time I have a chance to stop by here, I'd love to try the Cambodian cuisine. Overall, in my opinion, River Mekong is the best place to stop for pho in the South Surrey neighbourhood.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Probably not as good as it once was, but still good
By eating good food of Vancouver (119 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

I have been here a number of times (and will continue to come) The pasta plates are in fact HUGE. The quality has probably gone down from what it used to be.......but it's still good.....Just not fantastic.....but you can't go wrong with a chicken fettucini plate for $17 (and last time I actually finished the whole thing and got my pen) ceasar sald is actually really delicious (always share that with my friends) and the restaurant still has a retro feeling to it.

I think it's great and you get a big bang for your buck for sure......As everywhere else, quality is not as great as it was before (but that's almost every where) You have nothing to lose......you must come at least once and try it. If people are still lining up to come here (at least on Fridays and Saturdays anyways) that must tell you that it's at least worth seeing and trying

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Copper Chimney Indian Grill & Bar567 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Awesome
By Aussie90 of australia (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2015 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

great food great service Wanita and the crew made the magic happen authentic indian with a great taste. The chicken masala and lamb curry divine. Tandoori wings as starters not to be missed . They went above an beyond with making sure our party was well fed and served. Nice oyster bay NZ merlot finished the meal of nicely. Thanks for a great night

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Java Jazz Cafe and Bistro412 Sixth Street, New Westminster
“Another complaint on the $10 minimum ---- You can get in BUT you can't get out”
By Rob Bacon of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2015 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

Up until recently, I had been a regular visitor to this establishment STRICTLY for the musical entertainment FURNISHED by the hired karaoke company. For the last few months, that had also gone "downhill" owing to the poor amount of clientele going to this establishment on the weekdays.

If you wanted to order something to drink or eat, you had to wait for a long time to be served. If you ordered something nonalcoholic because you were driving; and went to pay the BILL, you suddenly found that, instead of a small amount for a pop or, even water; you were served with a bill for $10 which the owner gave to you saying that this was the minimum rate, and that "everyone knows that". I should mention, however, that nowhere listed in the menu, on the walls/doors, or even on their own website is this mandatory "minimum rate" put in writing.

Although the service by the waitresses was adequate, the service by the owner, however, leaves much to be desired, as she is more interested in looking at her text messages on her cell phone then she was dealing with her customers. Any tips given to her employees, however, made their way into her pocket at the end of the night.

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Room for improvement
By livinforthefood of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 10:30am [Dine in]

If you plan carefully, hit the right weather, arrive early and enjoy a bottle of wine on the front grass, and then move to the patio in the bistro, the visit can be quite enjoyable. However, my only complaint, is that the service can be quite indifferent and unaccommodating, both in the bistro and the wine shop. We arrived for a 75th birthday party (6 people) at 4:03pm, and when we inquired in the wine shop for the 4:00pm tour, we were told it was cancelled, due to no interest. We explained we were interested and we were 6 people, but the lady seemed very set on sticking to her guns. Nice touch! Prebooked the patio for 6pm 2 weeks in advance, but for some reason the server seating us seemed determined to move us inside. We insisted to be outside, and she still persevered to bring us in. We won out in the end, but I didn't appreciate the server trying to force her personal agenda. As for food, nothing special, but the ambience tends to improve the experience.

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Burnaby Palace Restaurant3110 Boundary Rd, Burnaby
Was OK, but nothing special
By iknowwhatsgood of North bby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 8:46pm [Take-out]

First off, the map here is wrong. It is between canada way and grandview across from the gas station..

Had the ginger beef, chicken balls and a noodle and beef dish.

The ginger beef, was not as good as chongqing, but that's probably the best i've had, so its a pretty high standard. They did not have any like, whole peppers in it, which is always sad. Wasn't super hot. It wasn't too hard at least. As some places just burn them to a crisp. No it was ok, i mean its what I would expect from a decent place, and the portion was quite large.

The chicken balls my wife really loved, but I thought somewhere oldschool like rickshaw made much better sauce. It wasn't oversweet though. They also weren't swimming in it, which we disagreed on, which method was better. Sure they keep longer if they are separated from the sauce, but the sauce was not enough to cover all balls when individually dispensed. Its good though, as there were a lot and there will be leftovers, I just like it when the sauce is together, otherwise its just like a chicken finger or something - nothing says 'american chinese food' like sweet red sauce wrapped fried things. The chicken inside was not skimpy.

The noodle beef dish was pretty heavy on the noodles. And low on vegetables. Perhaps we should have got a pure vegetable dish. Oh well.

Service was good, restaurant looked nice inside but i didn't stay. Egg rolls were top notch., crisp and the fillings didn't all just fall out one end.

I would eat here again for sure, and the price wasn't too bad. Not as cheap as others have said, I think about 10-13 dollars a dish rather than 8-10 as stated below. Dishes were heavy as others have noted. 3 dishes easily would feed 4 people. We made our own rice so cant comment on that.

all around 3 stars. Portions good, everything you expect from a chinese restaurant and absolutely nothing was tasteless. Just off the mark of perfection.

Not the cheapest, or the best, but a decent meal nonetheless.

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Cat & Fiddle Sports Bar & Grill1979 Brown Street, Port Coquitlam
Great Local Hangout!
By power14928 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

First time at the Fiddle and I must say they have a great beer selection. This is my girlfriends local hangout and go to place for having a beer and a bite to eat. She brags that they always have specials and great prices. I gotta say… she’s right! The place was pretty busy so you could tell it’s popular.

The menu has a big selection of appies and we had a hard time choosing but we tried the chicken wings, chili chicken bites and veggie quesadilla – big portions and really well done – my fav was the chili chicken bites – best I’ve ever had – the prices were good too! Waitress staff was great and friendly. Overall had really good service - glad I went – I’ll be back and I'm looking forward to trying more items from the menu (especially the beer!)

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24 Train Express Noodle House550 Nelson St, Vancouver
Adequate, if you don't have expectations.
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (38 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2015 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

**cash only
Discovered this place last week and decided to give it a go. It is actually quite spacious inside (approx 12 tables and is eclectically decorated. There are several neon signs hung on the walls that surprisingly don't draw your attention as well as a mélange of wall art. Tables and floor appeared clean and tidy.
The soup that came with the pho was rather sweet and the accompaniments that came with the pho were sparse. We also ordered the marinated pork vermicelli. We were expecting marinated pork belly but got marinated grilled ham - so you can imagine our disillusionment. Overall, I would say the food is alright. Definitely nothing to write home about. 2 stars in general seem harsh, if half stars were available, I would bump them up to 2.5.
Service was ok. Swift and efficient.
I don't think I'll be going back soon, I'll give it another go in a couple of months. Perhaps.

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Sushi Tengoku10194 152nd Street, Surrey
Just the Worst
By bokenasu of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 10:35pm [Take-out]

We received no ginger or wasabi with any of the sashimi or rolls and the gomae was a pitiful portion.
Most egregious was the sashimi: far too old to serve. Except for the tuna on the assorted sashimi plate, all the pieces smelled awful and tasted worse. The entire wild salmon sashimi plate was beyond its expiration.
We will never return.

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Big Feast Bistro11920 227th Street, Maple Ridge
Why did I wait so long?
By Gotmygrooveback of Maple Ridge, B.C (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

Big Feast has been around a while and I've never gone.... I've been missing out! Four of us out for dinner - not much left in ol' Ridge to choose from but haven't been to 2 "new" places yet. Chameleon and Big Feast. We chose Big Feast and were not disappointed! I had a chicken dish in a creamy, lemony sauce with capers and peppercorns - it was delicious! the garlicy mashed potatoes were fabulous too. Wine prices were decent. All our meals were really good, including the gluten-free burger my brother-in-law had, made with a local Zena bun. In fact, we were all very impressed with the 'local' ingredients in this place. Bread, cheese, meat - all local. The atmosphere is 'eclectic' - kinda cool, really. The tables and chairs don't match, it gives it a really homey, comfortable quality. The service was prompt and friendly. The waitress knew the menu well. We did find it a tad warm inside, even with the AC but it was really hot out that day and the sun was beaming in through the big windows. I had a great meal, a great time and I will definitely be back.

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Sushimoto2201 Holdom Ave, Unit #102, Burnaby
Could be great but it's not.
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (99 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2015 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

I went the first week they opened a few years ago and was disappointed but gave them a pass since it was so new. So I went again now and the only difference was they now had a liquor licence and it was busier but the food was still poor, in my opinion. The Oyster Motoyaki came in Crème Brulee cups which is nice, but the mayo was runny and the oyster was rubber. The Shishamo grilled fish was terrible and I could not eat more than one. The other dishes were just ok.
On the bright side, the server was friendly and attentive, the atmosphere was lively and the décor is unusual but interesting. The location can't be beat as Skytrain is right there and there's lot's of street parking (but I walked from home a few blocks away). The selection of beer and sake is very good.
So I wish the owner would just spend a little more and get quality food and get the kitchen to learn from the pros like Zakkushi and Guu.

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Dinakis Mediterranean Grill2020 Oxford Connector, #101, Port Coquitlam
Excellent
By Tony Tony of Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

Come here quite often with family and friends. The best Greek restaurant in BC!!! Food is excellent (especially the roast lamb, amazing!), they allow for substitutions without any fuss, the service is excellent and the portion sizes are very generous. Highly recommended!

the Spanakopita dinner which was a really tasty meal, and also a good option for anyone who's Vegetarian.My friend got the Tiger Prawns and he said they were also delicious.Service was very good, waitresses were always ready to top up your water, and the food came relatively quickly.An all around good experience

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Java Jazz Cafe and Bistro412 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Karaoke is awesome, but due to service disappointment, WILL NEVER RETURN
By Amy.C of Vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

$10 MINIMUM ENFORCED WITHOUT NOTICE?!?!?!! -- My friends and I came there for the karaoke one night recently, to celebrate my girlfriend's 30th birthday. However, I found that the service there was HORRIBLE. Not only did my friends and I wait a very long time to even be asked for our first round of drinks, because of the owner and the waitresses servicing this party they had for dinner there; but we barely got service all night. We can only assume we offended her by asking for non-alcoholic drinks, since we got no offers for refills either. We didn't want to order food since we had already eaten prior to attending this cafe, but it's not like we got menus offered to us, anyways. Also, when we went to pay our bills, we were demanded by the manager/owner to pay $10 minimum each even though we were both driving and each had non-alcoholic drinks!

There was NO sign inside the establishment, outside on the door, nor on the menus, (or on their website -- I've checked) stating that there was a $10 minimum per person.. and there was no way that the service deserves a $7 tip on a $2.50-$3 bill for a drink!! We were humiliated and disgusted by this service, by the demand by the owner/manager! Personally, I am surprised that this is a demand when there is no way the service deserves this type of tip enforced when we barely got service at all, and we didn't want to order food.

I overheard others claim that they go through the same treatment there constantly, and rumor was going around the patrons I spoke to, that the owner puts all the tips her girls make, into her pocket instead of letting her waitresses have them when they work hard for it (unfortunately, they didn't work all that hard in our experience that night)...They told me that the ONLY reason they attend Java Jazz is for the amazing karaoke, which I can see why.. The karaoke company hired, MirMor Karaoke, is awesome. The host is fun, inviting, and has a huge selection.

My friends and I loved the karaoke that was there, and will definitely attend one of their other shows. However, based on our experience by the restaurant staff that were there that night, unfortunately there is no way I will go back to that establishment again for any reason.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1499 Anderson St., Vancouver
I don't know.....Maybe I will just pass
By eating good food of Vancouver (119 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times. The food is ok. I do find it to be expensive for what it is.

Last time I came with friends; I had the chicken and ribs combo and fries. It was ok, but no better than Swiss Chalet, and I can get it cheaper there. I do like the glaze that they put on their chicken and ribs....the fries seem to be portioned not so well, but thats the least of it really.

I can't really say much; but it really is a bit pricy for what it's worth I think. I'll probably come back if it's a friends or family function (Like I would have a choice to reign on someones parade....ha ha) but just coming for a casual night out with friends, I would probably advise against it

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Matteo's Gelato2615 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
Simpy...the Best!!
By mr-es335 of maple ridge BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2015 - 7:32am [Dine in]

Hello,

I have been a "frequenter" of Matteo's Gelato for years and have recommended and continue to recommend Matteo's Gelato to all that I meet.

Yes, the food is great, the gelato is the best, the service is "wonderful". However, the coffee is the "best cup of coffee you can get anywhere"...as well!!

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Blast N2 the Past 50's Diner11951 95A Ave, Delta
Decent place but was expecting more
By Huge of Surrey (139 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Went here with the family and some friends for lunch. The burger's prices were around $12.99. The fries were not bottomless like other places but were tasty. The Buddy Holly burger that I ordered was decent but nothing to write home about. The breakfasts that my daughter order was very good. The pancake was quite large. The sandwich that my wife ordered was decent. My milkshake was below par. The ice cream that they used was melted and it might as well been a float. There was no thickness in the milkshake. For $4.99 I would have expected much more. Overall the experience was average. For what you get, I would venture elsewhere to get my burger fix. Plus the parking could be better. The location is in the mechanics/garage district of Delta, weird place for a diner.

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Washington Avenue Grill15782 Marine Drive, #5, White Rock
Very disappointing!
By lc88 of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 7:23am [Dine in]

I don't normally write reviews, but in this case I thought it was fitting since my experience was mediocre...

I had made resos online at around 10am for dinner that same day for 6:45pm (it was for a Tuesday so didn't see any problems). I attached a note when making the resos requesting for ocean view seating for 6 AND if they were not able to accommodate seating with a view, for the restaurant to contact me so I could make other arrangements with a different restaurant.
While I'm driving im on my way down to the restaurant and at 6:30pm, 15 mins till my resos I get a call from the restaurant advising they couldn't accommodate seating with a view. Well with short notice, I had no choice but to keep my resos.
We got to the restaurant, was seated, and had to wait for so long for SOMEONE/ anyone to ask us for drinks - I mean it was extremely hot that day, so even water would have been nice.
We finally put in our order, and when our dinner came, one plate had a hair on it. They quickly took the plate away, and literally, no joke, within a minute came back with the meal on another plate . That means they didn't bother to fire up a new dish- they just switched the plates. That is absolutely disgusting !!! And to make it worse, they didn't even offer us a discount or anything.... They simply brushed it off its "no big deal"! As for food, I cannot speak for other meals other than mine own which was the Lamb Shank. I found the lamb shank to be very disappointing, as there was no meat, all bone, and whatever meat that is attached is all fat.

Our meals were not cheap either, the bill came up to over $200 - no alcohol was ordered fyi.

We didn't want to make a scene because we had out of town guests with us, but will be contacting the restaurant to rectify this situation!

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Paesano's Restaurant12240 Second Avenue, #250, Richmond
Possible food poisoning ( in my opinion )
By Guy Vancouver of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 12:37am [Dine in]

Sorry, I had to say it as I'm nursing a gut ache, stomach cramps and a headache about 5 hours after lunch at Paesano's. It was the only Outside food (aside from a starbucks muffin) I ate in several days. And my home kitchen is pretty much vegan and very clean. I should have Checked the bad customer reviews first!
Even if it wasn't for the possible contaminated food, (and I do say possible in all fairness) I would still ever go back. The food is very Overpriced for quality and quantity, overcooked pasta, didn't get my order right even though I had make it very clear. Slow service, sauces were very salty, very oily and bland. Ordered their most expensive pasta dish and was disappointed. Pizza bread starter was a joke. Slow service and pushy for more drinks. Made me feel uncomfortable because I wanted to pay with a credit card and not cash or debit.

All in all, Paesano's seems like a dumb tourist place. Travellers who will never go back. I can't fathom any person who might have given decent reviews.
I think they went to the wrong place or were paid for a good review, perhaps? Who knows? I Rank Paesano's 1 out of 5 and that is generous, I believe.

Sorry to the owners fornthe poor review. I can't think of one good thing to say about Paesanos at the moment.

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