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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 (29 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 (29 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 (29 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 (29 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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Cafe Crepe796 Granville Street, Vancouver
Kids like It But they disappoint hungry Adults
By Kerwin Maude of Tri Cities (29 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 6:52am [Dine in]

Kids will like this place but as an adult, I was disappointed in the weak quantities of the $10 special. The hashbrowns were skimpy and to only have one crepe on a plate was disappointing without any fillings. Would I hit it again? The answer, when cows fly! I think others give you better quality and quantity like De Dutch pancake house and Ihop. It was an experience going there for the day to see Vancouver and to appreciate why we are away from the crazy concrete jungle of this busy city with traffic congestion.

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Ming Kee Kitchen5095 Canada Way, Burnaby
Not what it used to be
By coastrangediner of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2014 - 10:15pm [Delivery]

Not one to usually complain , this is the second time lately ordering from here , the food was worse than reheated mall food fare Chinese... Not the Ming Kee I used to know ... Will not order again. Items ordered were sweet and sour pork , Szechwan chicken, hot and sour soup(which was good),and steamed rice. This isn't the hot and fresh cooking I used to get from here.

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An Indian Affair19653 Willowbrook Drive, Unit #146, Langley
Buffet was just fair
By rileycoyotes of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2014 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

Had the lunch buffet. Several veggie dishes, a couple of meat dishes, naan, and salad section. The veggie dishes were all OK, not great but not bad. The meat dishes were mostly sauce. The naan came out charred black, not at all appealing; despite this they couldn't produce enough to keep up with the customers.

I really love Indian food, but this wasn't good enough to come back for, unless it were a few bucks cheaper.

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Vege Garden Pizza & Coffee Shop8383 128th Street, Unit 103, Surrey
Pizza you'll keep running back to!
By PamK of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2014 - 8:40pm [Dine in]

The service at this family run business is great. The food is amazing and reasonably priced too, as it is c of higher quality. I really enjoyed their cashew pizza -- which is definitely something creative and original. It is a sweet chilli sauce based pizza, with zucchinis, onions, fresh tomatoes, green peppers, roasted red peppers and cashews. Not only does this pizza appeal to the eye but it tastes just as great. I actually just ordered from them the other day and they've come a long way over the years. They have completely renovated the place and have expanded their variety of food choices. They've started serving Indian food as well. Their chaat papadi and Daal Makhani are something you should definitely try!

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Jolly Coachman Pub19167 Ford Road, Pitt Meadows
not very good pub
By yknott of Pitt Meadows BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2014 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

I go there occasionally for convenience to where I live and it's the only pub in Pitt Meadows.
The food is hit and miss and more often the latter. The prices are comparable to other pubs but the prices on the web site are not the same as the menu on some things. When the price difference was pointed out , we had to pay the higher price. The servers are very good. The pub is so small but they cram chairs in where ever they can. You are getting bumped constantly or you are bumping into people. This place is so tight that you have to go outside to change your mind. If you enter from the parking lot , you will have to walk through a cloud of smoke. The patrons smoke right outside the entrance to the pub. My friend and I were at the bar which is in front of the kitchen and it was pretty busy in the kitchen. My friend said to me that there was no way she could work in there, then this rather large woman behind the bar say's F-you. There are regular patrons there and if you happen to be sitting in what they call their seats , they will let you know it.
The bottom line for me is that the pub is not a good pub.

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Thai Orchid1143 Austin Ave, Coquitlam
Delicious new Thai restaurant in Coquitlam!
By Gibbler of Coquitlam, BC (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

A small, quiet restaurant, in kind of an odd location, but the food is great! The owner is the chef and from Thailand.
We have tried the green and red curry, green papaya salad and pad thai. The green curry is our favourite! Also tried the mango sticky rice. Very good. We usually ask for medium spice and one time asked for hot and it was a bit too much for me but my mom and husband liked it. We just came back from a trip to Thailand so it is great to be able to get some authentic Thai cuisine here.

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Black & Blue1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Good Steak house
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

My father and I had dinner here last week, the place is very busy, loud, fancy. We each had the $44 Surf & Turf. My steak was cooked perfectly and the meal was good, nothing amazing but yes a good meal. With 1 drink each and a bottle of pellegrino the total comes to $122 plus tip. Yeah I would eat here again I guess if friends wanted to go but I'm in no rush.

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PiDGiN350 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Had an amazing and memorable meal here
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

4 of us dined here on a weekend, the place was packed. We all ordered the same thing.
(prix fixe menu for $55 per person)

- oyster shot, apple, horseradish
- daily pickles
- raw scallops, pomegranate, red curry oil, daikon, green apple
- grilled octopus, romesco, fennel biscotti
- mushrooms, snap peas, egg, soy yuzu brown butter
- pickling spiced half squab, cabbage, apples, mustard cream
- half duck, carrot cake, oranges, spices
- meringue, passion fruit curd, almonds, white chocolate lime

This meal was awesome. Unique food with amazing flavors and also we all left with a full stomach. I've been to many good Vancouver restaurants and this one definitely stands out!
Cool place, excellent food, great staff, YES I will be back here.

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