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Metro Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Rusty Gull Neighborhood Pub175 E. 1St, North Vancouver
Terrible Bar Service
By DWilkinson of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

I went in and sat at the bar, then waited ten minutes or more to be served because the (sloppily dressed) bartender had his head buried in a newspaper. Finished my first (flat) beer and then waited yet another ten minutes before I called out asking for another beer (which was an inconvenience to the bartender judging by his attitude). The place was quiet, but that's no excuse for being so inattentive and rude!

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Centennial Beach Cafe570 Boundary Bay Road, Delta
good view for a milk cow
By salmonbbq of langley (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

The food is Terrible the worst fish tacos I've ever had an inch of greedy fried fat with no fish in one and a sliver of an anchovies inside the other blob of fried fat. Add the 2.10 for a can of pop and the tourist trap is set. The owner must see this as a cash cow rather than providing good food. Hiring 6 young ladies could be the other motive eating his or her profits. Bottom line food terrible pack a lunch. Even the chicken tenders weren't good and over fried. I recommend less cash cow and more chef training

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Left a bad taste in my mouth.
By I know good food of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 1:16am [Dine in]

Well I'm never going back there TERRIBLE SERVICE! INCOMPETENT WAITRESS!(who was absent for most of our meal) , FOOD was OK BUT NOT WORTH WAITING OVER AN HOUR FOR !
It wasn't as bad at first but as time went on the service went downhill . The waitress messed up our order and missed 2 items we asked for. Entree was burnt and over salted. I was never asked if I wanted another glass of wine. The manager was not in charge, he had no control over his staff. This was the worst way to kick start a weekend! I give it a F for failure.

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Golden Pita Lebanese Restaurant9630 Cameron St, Burnaby
fantastic lebanese food
By j_zimmermans84 of Delta BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2014 - 6:21pm [Take-out]

We are originally from Montreal and every where you look there are delicious lebanese restaurants in every city.

This restaurant is by far the best one hands down that we have tried since moving to BC. The shawarma is amazing, the garlic sauce is delish... the falafels are fresh. Couldn't be happier.

We live in Delta and the drive is totally worth it.

It also helps that both the owners, Imran and Jad are very friendly and know how to make killer food.

Trust me it is totally worth a try! We can't get enough!

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Panago Pizza7150 200th Street, #210, Langley
Tipping the driver
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (136 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2014 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

I have no idea what the deal is with the previous poster. But, I say all you need to do is hit "0" for percentage or amount! It's not rocket science. I have seen this tons of times at places and that's what I do. New 1130?!! hahaha - did they really care and if so - slow news day? Some people need to get a life.

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Panago Pizza7150 200th Street, #210, Langley
Location Forces You To TIP using Debit Machine for Deliveries
By TrippleDDD of Clayton Heights, Surrey (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2014 - 2:31pm [Take-out]

On August 20th, 2014 my wife and I ordered delivery from this location, and upon delivery at our home, the debit machine was programmed by the franchisee to force you to tip the driver. Although the location manager denies this. Rather instead offering a poor excuse about how you can work around the options provided on the PIN pad.(Funny, the delivery person said there was no workaround) None the less, its programmed in a passive aggressive way in order to confuse you and guilt you into tipping the driver over and above the $3.50 delivery charge the Panago charges and says doesn't go to the driver (Then where does it go?). We complained to the call center immediately and requested a manager from the head office to call us regarding this scam. No call was ever returned.
On August 21st, 2014 we called the call center again and asked to have a representative from Panago Head Office call us. They did not return our calls.
I then contacted News1130 and reported our story to the media. We were both interviewed for the story, and also made it very clear that Panago has not responded to our requests for a call back. Panago went on to refuse comment or return the callback request to News1130. They have never made an attempt to resolve this with us, or address how their debit card machines are programmed for confusion on purpose.
I also visited the store in person to complain, but I got the brush off and told a Business Development Officer from Panago would be contacting me to address this issue. This offer was made after I advised them we were interviewed by the press regarding this issue that very same day. The Development Office also NEVER called back as promised
On August 22nd, 2014, the entire story went public. News 1130 aired the interviews with me and my wife in its entirety. Both on their website and radio. Panago refused comment and the story sparked outrage on the News1130 website and in Vancouver.
The president of BC Restaurant and Food Services Association went on record and said "they’d be well-advised to go back to the more conventional way and return to programming PIN pads with YES tip or NO Tip, not just an option of percentage or dollar amount".
At the time of this writing, not a single person from Panago has reached out to me or my wife. Nor have they publicly commented on how their PIN pads are programmed. This would seem to be an acknowledgement of deceiving the public if they did!
If you choose to do business with Panago, make sure you observe and question your transactions. Dont be bullied into providing a tip because you feel guilted. Perhaps order from somewhere else. We will not be supporting this location any longer, or the chain until they the appropriate changes to their PIN pads so that its easy and clear to understand by all, and that you are NOT forced into providing a tip.
Thanks for reading. you can Google the story for yourself about this location.
The Pizza we ordered was fantastic.

Mark & Paula

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries2002 Park Royal, #501, West Vancouver
Large burgers and fries
By dianalee of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:16am [Dine in]

It is hard not to get dirty when you eat at Five Guys. The burger is not only kind of greasy but the stuff tends to fall everywhere. The service is kind of slow but the good thing is that you get to have free peanuts while you wait for your burger. I know it sounds like not much, but what do you expect? It is a fast food place after all...

The few times i've been to Five Guys, ive noticed that the portions in Five Guys are LARGE. Larger than Canadian standards. If you like to eat, come here. Otherwise, plan to under-order. We were two and had to take the fries as leftovers because we couldn’t finish them!

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Troll's at Horseshoe Bay6408 Bay Street, West Vancouver
Should have read the reviews before going
By dianalee of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2014 - 9:57am [Dine in]

I considered Trolls a convenient place to eat if you are in a hurry or waiting for the ferry to arrive with a beautiful view of the water. The view is INCREDIBLE from here, a real privilege that this places takes for granted. I had been here twice before but didn’t remember having had a bad experience. This time around, I suggested to my boyfriend to make a stop at Trolls. Whyyyy?? We were practically ignored when we arrived and once we managed to get seated, it look our waiter nearly 15 minutes to bring us our menu. He didn’t even apologize! The food was not even good to my disappointment. My fish looked old and the chips tasted bland. The fact that the place smelled funky didnt help either. Bad bad experience.

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Takis Taverna1106 Davie Street, Vancouver
No Line-ups Here
By dinnerguests of vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

We wanted to go to a place without huge line-ups. This was the place.
We ordered the Calamari entree with rice, potatoes, salad, and cooked vegetables. We were surprised that the food looked and tasted like it had been around for days. The calamari had unrecognizable tenderness with a slight bitterness that we all tasted. The potato wedges were shrunken, flexible, and dry around the edges. The carrots were brown where the scraping was not fully complete. The texture of the green beans appeared canned. The salad was warm. We will seek fresher food at a different place next time.

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India Gate616 Robson St, Vancouver
DO NOT ENTER..No Flavour and
By Indiancrave of Vancouver (Clark Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

Came for a stopover from cruise ..and thought Vancouver had "authentic" Indian meals...I'm gonna just stop and say please stay away from these money hungry owners.no respect..felt we were looked down on..CHEF is not authentic or trained and I will bet on it..one older turban guy came to tell corny jokes...give it a rest and focus on good service.NASTY!..hope Indian food in Vancouver is better than this un aromatic Indian cuisine...

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Federico's Supper Club1728 Commerical, Vancouver
Nearly Neil was great!
By danic of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

Excellent food, service and entertainment. A great time had by all. The service was excellent and our server had a great sense of humor. We started with some thin crust pizzas that had a perfect crust and so flavourful. The rest of our appies and entrees were very good as well and then for dessert... Cannoli! To die for. Nearly Neil put on a great performance for the full house and we had a fun time on the dance floor. Can't wait to see more shows here- it is a great venue!

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Fish On Rice4361 Kingsway, #201, Burnaby
Bad even for AYCE standards
By dianalee of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

You know not to expect top quality when you are going to an AYCE, but you expect SOME quality! I'd rather go spend my money on some other place where the food is half-decent and the service is a less rude. Usually, there are one of two things I like from the food in AYCE places, but seriously, the food was sub-part. Nothing really worth rescuing. We had the rolls, sashimi, gyoza and beef teriyaki. The food was sloppily put together and lacked taste, to say the least. The salmon sashimi was warm and kind of mushy, which isn't a good sign at all. When I asked the waitress if she could clean out table, she didn't even stare at me and simply told me that it was clean. Hooow could she know without even looking?

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Rickshaw Chinese Food10522 King George Hwy, Surrey
Surprisingly decent
By CMWhite of vacouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 7:10pm [Delivery]

We thought to try another restaurant other than our usual for Chinese delivery, and Rickshaw was one of those places that had to be pulled out of the depths of central Surrey to try. The lady who answered the phone was pretty rough around the edges in the customer service department to say the least, but I thought that might be a good thing. She was for real.

The food, wasn't terrible at all. The veggies were bright and cooked perfect for traveling, so nothing was wilty and grey upon arrival. The honey garlic ribs were very nicely done. Bravo! There was an abundance of delicious shrimp on the chow mein, and the wonton broth was a nice scent and just what the doctor ordered. The rice was a bit starchy but we survived. Overall, I'm satisfied with their product and would order from there again.

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Sanhao BBQ Delight15138 100th Avenue, #1, Surrey
Disappointed after 1 year of Satisfaction
By Food Hunter of Surrey , BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

My family and I have been a steady customer of this great little restaurant in Surrey since it opened, going for lunch or dinner at least 2-3 times per month. We loved the freshness of the BBQ meats, the over all quality of the food is fairly good, and the portion size was generous and the price was right. The ambiance was great, not because of the decor but because of the energy and friendliness and attentive nature of the staff. We thought great now we have a place close to home we can go to for a simple Chinese meal without having to go to Richmond.

Today we went for lunch and learned there has been a change in management. Well.....our dining experience was a disappointment, The 3 BBQ meat and rice meal combo was a big disappointment - the BBQ duck pieces were definitely not fresh, the BBQ pork slices was thin and skimpy and the Roast Pork was scrap pieces.......total disappointment....not only was the quality poor but the price went up .....the other dishes we normally order were much smaller in portion and the prices of each dish had increased in rice....overall..........we were very disappointed and will not be going back.....especially when we are so familiar with the former quality and quantity of the dishes..........now the food quality is poor with higher prices ............:(

Now we have to hunt for another chinese restaurant ...........in Surrey..........that executes good quality food .......for a reasonable price.............

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Sanhao BBQ Delight15138 100th Avenue, #1, Surrey
Disappointed after 1 year of Satisfaction
By Food Hunter of Surrey , BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

My family and I have been a steady customer of this great little restaurant in Surrey since it opened, going for lunch or dinner at least 2-3 times per month. We loved the freshness of the BBQ meats, the over all quality of the food is fairly good, and the portion size was generous and the price was right. The ambiance was great, not because of the decor but because of the energy and friendliness and attentive nature of the staff. We thought great now we have a place close to home we can go to for a simple Chinese meal without having to go to Richmond.

Today we went for lunch and learned there has been a change in management. Well.....our dining experience was a disappointment, The 3 BBQ meat and rice meal combo was a big disappointment - the BBQ duck pieces were definitely not fresh, the BBQ pork slices was thin and skimpy and the Roast Pork was scrap pieces.......total disappointment....not only was the quality poor but the price went up .....the other dishes we normally order were much smaller in portion and the prices of each dish had increased in rice....overall..........we were very disappointed and will not be going back.....especially when we are so familiar with the former quality and quantity of the dishes..........now the food quality is poor with higher prices ............:(

Now we have to hunt for another chinese restaurant ...........in Surrey..........that executes good quality food .......for a reasonable price.............

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Shang Noodle House350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
Good dim sum and bbq. Noddle? Not so much.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 9:37am [Dine in]

I like variety when i eat. Therefore i love places that have small dishes to go with my entree. Shang's menu looks promising cause they have tons of selection of dim sum and bbq dishes to go with their noodle. They have excellent roast pork and bbq pork cheeks. Their pork and veggie dumplings are also very good.

Their noodle dishes are just not quite there. The portion is big but doesn't have the best texture and the soup are not quite tastey (not bad but doesn't make you say you want to eat more).

Overall i'll probably go back again at some point when i have craving for dim sums at night. If i want noodle, i'll probably keep driving into burnaby or richmond. Or the new vietnamese restaurant close by.

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Minoas Greek Taverna3823 Kingsway, Burnaby
Save yourself, don't go there.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 8:58am [Dine in]

There are two good things in this review and i'll get them out of the way before the review. 1) The lamb chops was perfectly cooked. Tender and juicy. 2) the vegetables in tomato sauce was delicious.

With that out of the way, here we go. The restaurant needs a refresh. The chairs were wobbly, the table surface and the menus were sticky. The decor are dated. Maybe their food could help me get over that. But nope. The food made it worse.

The greek salad. Half a cup of vegetables drizzled with olive oil, a little bit of cheese, and water. Yes, there are quite a bit of water left on the saucer. At least you know they wash the vegetables. In hindsight, i should have save that salad to go with the lamb chops.

The calamari. $9 and i'm still looking for the other half of the portion. There are less than 30 pieces of squids there and those are small pieces. And the taste, oh the funny taste. So bad. It looks and smells like calamari but there is a weird taste there. As if they re-use the oil from previous night. And it's bland. Even the tzatziki sauce is also bland with a weird consistency. It looked like it's been sitting in the fridge for more than a day.

The lamb chops as i have wrote were perfectly cooked. Such a waste because it was so so so salty. Thank goodness for the vegetables in tomato sauce. I used it to flavour the bland rice and that helped with the salty lamb.

As some has said the service is lacking. No smile and no energy. I could see that some of the servers are at odds at each other. Even when you try to pay, you feel like you are bothering them.

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Yianni's Greek Taverna543 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Good food. Great calamari.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 8:25am [Dine in]

Been to this place a lot this year. Anytime we have a craving for calamari in fact. It's that good. The squid is tender, the barter is nicely seasoned, the tzatziki sauce compliments the calamari very well.

The roast lamb is good. Good portion and good seasoning.
The souvlaki is okay. Not bad but nothing special.
The red snapper and salmon are good. Of course being baked, there are times that it's overcooked but that sauce on top makes up for it.
The lasagna is huge! It's three times the size we were expecting it to be when we ordered. Taste okay but it's huge!

A bonus for the restaurant is they have delicious rice pilaf with their entree. It's not dry like your typical greek rice. Almost like they heat it up in a broth before they serve it.

They get a 3 for food but i really want to give 3.5 because they do some dishes very well and some are just average. Nothing bad yet.
Service is a 3. Friendly and attentive enough but not quite outstanding. Sometimes there are only one server there and he/she is tending to other things at the back.
Value wise it's a 4 because there are only 2 dishes on the menu i would deem higher than average. Portion to price ratio puts them at a 4.
Ambiance is typical hole in a wall restaurant. At least it's clean and tidy.

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Amorosa Pasta House7874 Edmonds St., Burnaby
Create your own pasta!
By autwrn of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:41am [Dine in]

Despite what the description says, Amorosa is a mesh of Italian and Greek. Service can be a little slow but the pasta is consistently good. I have had to take my food home most of the times I come here though, because the portion sizes are quite huge. Even my boyfriend, who is not a light-eater, has taken portions home. I like their polpette and catoccio, but most importantly their make their own pasta section. You can choose up to three different ingredients, pasta, and sauce (pesto costs an extra $2.00 btw).

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Mexicali4424 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Cheap and quick
By autwrn of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

Mexicali is a fast food Mexican restaurant, so it offers what you would expect from such a place: affordable prices, basic yet quick service (no waiters), and a simple ambiance. The crowd is usually a mix of young people and families, which can be a bit noisy. I ordered a regular quesadilla, chips with salsa, and a slushy mexican limonada as a drink. It was all good, especially for the prices I paid (almost everything on the menu is less than $10). The quesadilla was awesome, especially with the sour cream and the slushy Mexican Limonada was very refreshing for the day.

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