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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Large, plentiful portions
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 12:58pm [Take-out]

This is one of my favorite Indian restaurants in the area. Of course, there are places like Vij that offer great Indian-fusion food, but if you are talking about real, authentic Indian cuisine, Handi wins hands down.

I have both eaten here and ordered take-out, the latter more than the former (so I will mostly speak about the take-out than anything else). Their take-out is service is speedy and the portions that are sent are plentiful; sometimes my roommate and I share the food as it is large enough for two! I usually get their chicken dishes, whether it be the butter chicken or the chicken korma, as I love chicken and here at Handi's they cook it to perfection. If you are not into chicken, try their lamb dishes - you can never go wrong with them! Prices are really okay, not too expensive so I think you get good value for your money.

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Wally's Burgers810 Quayside Drive, #112, New Westminster
I will never eat here again! What a mistake!!
By cigar06 of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:18am [Dine in]

I tried the Deluxe Wally burger. I throw away better food than that. It was the worst burger I have had in decades. The beef did not seem like beef. I tasted funny and was dry and tough. They slopped some cheap sauce on it which seemed like a mix of mayo and ketchup. Whoopie how creative!! It dripped all over. I had to scrape it off. I guess they are trying to kill the taste of the crappy burger. The blonde girl assembling the sandwiches had very poor little school girl attitude. If she doesn't like her job she should find better. The Asian girl taking the orders was clueless. She spelled my name wrong. The blonde couldn't bother to figure out why my burger just sat there and made no attempt to locate the order. The girl taking the orders couldn't remember my name or my order. Only when I realized it must be mine and spoke up did they suddenly wake up. CLUELESS!!!

I cannot recommend this place for any reason. I will never go back!!!!

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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante3296 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Great Italian
By lomimu of Lower Mainland (31 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 30, 2014 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

After driving by for years, meaning to stop in, we finally ate here - and were very glad! To be honest, it doesn't look like much from the street, but once you're inside and above street level, the views out the large front windows are of trees and mountains, and the warm interior makes you feel right at home.

Service was friendly and efficient, and there were lots of delish options on both the drink/wine menu and the food menu. We shared a daily special salad of beets, arugula, gorgonzola, poached pears, and candied walnuts, which was fabulous. We also had an appetizer for the table - which they generously upsized without request - of charcuterie, olives, pickled beans, etc; wonderful mélange of flavours. I had another daily special for my entrée, a seafood pasta with lemon and herbs, and it was a rarely-achieved balance of perfectly cooked pasta, generous seafood, and just the right amount of a tasty sauce.

Overall, a great night, and we're already looking forward to going back.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
All Around Very Enjoyable Dining
By ILOVE2EAT of East Vancouver (71 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

We've been going to HSG for their Anniversary month for the past few years and I don't think we have ever had a bad experience ... or we would not be back!
The food is almost always cooked to our request and if not, is corrected to our liking. Larger portions. The best is the Gorgonzola Fondue Dip ... ahhhhhhh ... eat it as an appetizer and then whatever is left over, use on the steak. Can I say delicious??? I've gone four times this month for their steak special $13 with garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables and delicious, fresh bread!!

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Cinco De Mayo Mexican Grill200 W Esplanade, #102, North Vancouver
Awesome Burritos
By Sundown of North Vancouver (41 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

I heard great things about this place from friends and decided to try it. We both ordered burritos with pulled pork and this is the first time I can honestly say I loved the pulled pork. Everywhere else I ever ate (various types of restaurants) their pulled pork was always watery and flavourless but here - it was not watery and had a lot of flavor - so this is what pulled pork is supposed to tasted like? I definitely will have it here again.

We both ordered their smallest burritos and they were huge, we left stuffed and happy. We will definitely return here and recommend it to all our friends who haven't been here yet.

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Top Cantonese Cuisine2752 Kingsway, Vancouver
Very dissapointed
By this_restaurant_sucks of sweden (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2014 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

Not impressed, gave a good impression for the first minute, but changed dramatically.The table that was given was in a separate room. The worst tables were located there!! The room was not sanitary, full of flies and mosquitoes!! They swat the flies whilst people were eating!! The smell and ventilation was awful!! The waiters were rude and offensive. They spilt the food and still severed it, same goes for the water, spills on the table/turntable. The dinnerware was all dirty/greasy, and broken, same with the utensils. Would never recommend due to service and pricing of food!

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Browns Socialhouse215 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Unprofessional staff
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (135 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2014 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

I have generally had a good time at browns. But this location has the worst unprofessional waitresses. Ours was never around and we were not given cutlery, napkins clean classes etc without begging. We also witness a group of people who we're being told off loudly by more than one staff member when they asked numerous times to be moves to a different table that was not being used and was not used all night for no reason . It was embarrassing for the restaurant. Another table near us had paid their bill but then one person decided they wanted a coffee. They were literally told they could only have the coffee if they went inside because the patio was closing even though we were still out there and plenty of other people were too. When I went to the bathroom I heard one person in the group say they didn't want to pay for the one coffee because it was stale and cold. She was refused and ordered to pay the bill when she asked to see the manager they conveniently could not "find" them. What a sideshow. This stuff should not be seen by customers when they are trying to enjoy a night out.

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Sushi Dragon101-3242 Westwood St., Port Coquitlam
"First Impression"
By Suhi_Lover of Coquiltam, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2014 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

I visited this restaurant and I was very satisfied with food and services. I found this restaurant as I walked by. The restaurant is located nearby the Pizza Factory on Westwood St. I decided to bring my family to have sushi!

The waitress was nice and friendly and food was fresh and delicious!! They use "sockeye" which is a wild salmon. It was only $9.48 (usually other restaurant charges more for sockeye salmon sashimi). We also ordered Enjoy Party (party tray) which has 8 rolls(equals to 64pcs) for $29.99. There are several special rolls I never had before such as Tako Roll(served with tako yaki prawn tempura and yam tempura within the roll and special sauces on top), Gyoza roll(if you are a fan of gyoza, this is the one for you:) It is served with whole gyozas and yam tempura within the roll) and Volcano roll(It is a backed roll and hot and delicious!). I and my family loved special rolls ;) We also received complementary salmon tempura and miso soups as grand opening special which is always good thing!!

Overall, the quality of food was fresh and flavorful and the quantity of food was awesome!

I'm kinda sad that this place is not known to many people! I definitely visit this place again and would suggest it to people who have never gone there before!

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Osteria Napoli1660 Renfrew St., Vancouver
The food is disgusting and the service is terrible!!
By galuchan of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

The crazy old waiter shouted at us for no reason standing in the middle of the restaurant. My friend and I wanted to happily celebrate our one year anniversary but the waiter totally ruined our day and our mood. We already told them we were using an offer purchased from Groupon when we made our reservation. However, when we got there, the waiters acted like we never told them and started screaming at us saying we should have let them know ahead of time. I never seen such ill-mannered and unprofessional services at a restaurant before. The only word I can use to describe uncultured this restaurant is horrible.

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Hemingway Waterfront Public House, The14995 Marine Dr., White Rock
Great experience!
By freshfoodfreak of Surrey, BC, Canada (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

We went to Hemingway Public House today for lunch. It is the first time we have been there since it changed over from the previous name. The three of us sat on the patio. Within seconds we were asked for our drink order. When the drinks came (2 iced teas and one beer) the server also brought us a large bottle of water and three water glasses. We are all water drinkers and have found too often that we have trouble getting a water refill so we really appreciated this touch. Two of us ordered the fish tacos from the appetizer menu and one ordered the chicken strips, also from the appetizer menu. We also ordered some deep fried dill pickles and yam fries to share. The fish tacos were very good - fresh fish and crispy coleslaw with a nice tangy sauce. The chicken strips were also good. We had never tried deep fried dill pickles before and they were delicious as were the yam fries. Our server was friendly and attentive and seemed to truly care that her customers enjoyed their experience. The three of us agreed that we would definitely go back soon!

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Sawasdee Thai Restaurant4250 Main St, Vancouver
5-star Thai food!
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 1:09pm [Dine in]

A meal at Sawasdee never fails to disappoint. This is one of the best Thai restaurants I have been to in the area. Not only is the service swift and fast, but cheap as well.

Every time I go, no matter how crowded it is, the service is done at a lightning speed. The food comes in 10 or maximum 15 minutes from the time you order. The servers literally run to get to everyone as fast as they can.

The curry really tasty, whether it be in the red curry chicken or in the curry with tofu dish. I would highly recommend their coconut rice. Simply delicious. A slight surprise many non-meat eaters get here are the varieties for vegetarians.

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Au Petit Cafe4851 Main Street, Vancouver
Cheap Vietnamese eat
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

Really inexpensive, good Vietnamese cuisine in Vancouver. I went to check them out the other day and wondered what took me so long! I had heard a lot about their bahn mi sandwiches and couldn't resist not trying them (I love Vietnamese and Thai food). Besides their sandwiches, they also have amazing mains. The ones with the bread, like Banh Mi Xiu Mai Dia, are really good. Unlike other Vietnanmese or Asian places, there are not many things for vegetarians to order, which can be a bit of a downer.

The place gets crowded really quickly due to its size (the place is super tiny) so if you plan on coming here, make sure its a near to solo trip! Some other things to take into consideration is that they only take cash and close super early (7 pm).

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Win Win Buffet & Restaurant8080 Scott Rd, #130, Surrey
Food Court Wannabe Buffet
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:53am [Dine in]

Buffets are great when you're in a hurry and hungry. After all, the food is already made and you can fill your plate to your heart's desire. So why does Win Win fail so bad?

Aside from the poor food quality, my biggest problem with this restaurant is that it is not a true buffet in the sense of quantity and indulgence. A handful of items and a few half-cookies to call dessert do not make a buffet. Neither do the two soup selections - hot and sour soup (with only tofu and peas) and a consomme broth (with well... broth... how is broth even an item, really? Did they forget the wontons? No, sadly the sign clearly said "Consomme broth") The majority of the other dishes were deep fried meats (pork, chicken and calamari) with heavy batter and very little meat.

The price is very reasonable at $10 per person for all you can eat, so if you were to lower your food expectations considerably, and compare this in value to what you would pay normally when dining in a food court, then it may be the place for you. Unfortunately, even at such a low price, I can't stomach what they put out.

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Parklane Chinese Restaurant7997 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC V6X 1A4, Richmond
A Refreshing Change with Hard to Find Chui Chow Cuisine
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:37am [Dine in]

So I need to preface this review in saying that my family is from the "Chui Chow" province in China. However, growing up, I've had little Chui Chow cuisine outside of my own home, since most of the Chinese restaurants offered Cantonese, Taiwanese, or Northern Chinese dishes. Those who are unsure of the difference, will be able to have a taste of something new if they venture into Parklane.

I was very impressed by the freshness of the ingredients, and happy with the variety of the menu. I wanted to order it all. Chilled crab? Good. Braised Duck? Good. Satay prawns with greens? Good and fresh. Chui Chow Fried Rice? Super good. There are some other items that may not appeal to all appetites, such as the soup with pig's stomach and preserved veggies, or the oyster omelet, but to me, these dishes are as authentic and tasty as they can get.

The service was friendly, but not pretentious, and the space was newly renovated and chic. Bathrooms were neat and clean. Good value, and an even better deal if you go with one of their promotions - Six of us were stuffed (and had packed the rest of the food) for $120.

One thing to note is that this restaurant fills up quickly. The last time we were there, it was 5pm on Sunday and by 5:30pm, it was 3/4 full. Remember to make your reservation.

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PSI Sushi & Roll10245 King George Blvd, #103, Surrey
Good Food, Bad Service
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:19am [Dine in]

The sushi / sashimi is fresh, tasty and worth coming back for. Pricing is reasonable, but service, unfortunately, wreaks the experience each and every time. In our past visits (sometimes a full restaurant, sometimes just a few tables), it was difficult getting the attention of servers for tea refills, to order, or the cheque. We were seated quickly but then forgotten on multiple visits. There are multiple chefs behind the sushi counter, and they work hard. Although there is always food awaiting pick up and sitting for a long while at the counter while the servers are standing alone at the til with their heads down all the time.

If you aren't concerned about poor service, some items to try are: Rabbit roll (cucumber-wrapped sushi was refreshing and innovative); spicy tuna roll (simple, but the sauce they use for the tuna filling is delicious); anything with raw salmon (super fresh).

Will come back but may opt for take out only.

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Pho Newton7488 King George Blvd, #170, Surrey
Disappointed
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:09am [Dine in]

I've walked by this pho place many times, and finally went in for lunch. I understand that pho is subjective to different diners - some like it with more anise, while others like a sweeter taste. But to me, there are hallmarks to a good bowl of pho, which are: for lack of a better word, al dente (non soggy) noodles, rich beefy broth, yummy meats in both quality and quantity. Unfortunately, Pho Newton delivered a bowl of soft noodles with a boring broth and mediocre meat.

I mentioned that I didn't want beansprouts with my salad roll (which came with a watered down peanut sauce by the way) and the server skipped the plate of veggies for my pho entirely. I wanted to ask for the lime, basil and peppers, but was unable to flag down the server.

A disappointing experience. Will not be back.

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Neptune Seafood Restaurant10153 King George Boulevard, Surrey
Much Improved and Will Come Back
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:59am [Dine in]

The first time I visited Neptune Surrey, it was dismal. But I've been back several times since my last review (on their opening day) and am happy to report that things went much more smoothly.

Food:
Much improved, arrived hot and was tasty. I particularly liked: eggplant and green beans (tasty black bean sauce didn't overpower), mushroom and black truffle tarts (heavy and buttery, but good), Chui Chow dumplings (hard to find these days but these guys do it right). Didn't enjoy the dumpling in soup as much (too salty, lacking depth of flavor and used imitation crab meat).

Service:
Again, much improved and now on par with any fine dining Chinese restaurant. Tea was refilled multiple times, they were attentive and available.

Value:
Five of us had a very filling brunch for $45 before tax/tips. Pricing will depend on what you order, but I felt that we had a good mix of heavier items (bun, truffle tart) and lighter items (veggies and steamed dumplings) that made for a satisfying meal. Interesting side note: the auto tip feature for their credit card machine is set to only 10%.

Glad they got into the groove. Will be back if I'm craving dim sum close to home.

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Edible Canada at the Market1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Over priced-slow service
By Basilseal of North Vancouver District (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

I started with gazpacho it was very good, my companion had the marinated vegetables which she said were "blah". The halibut was good, my companions salmon was very good. The service was really slow, with along wait between the courses. I felt the prices were quite high compared to other comparable restaurants.

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Cafe de l'Orangerie1320 West 73rd Avenue, Vancouver
Sweet visit
By eileenf of Olympia, Washington (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:28am [Dine in]

Absolutely loved the creamy tomato spaghetti, it is such a charming, appetizing dish. The homemade croquettes were also wonderful. After having such a delightful meal, the fondan chocolate was simply the great 'cherry on top!' Don’t mind the wait (I had to wait nearly 20 minutes), because it is worth it, sweet and good. As for the service, it was pretty good too. The staff was cheerful and friendly. This is a very interesting restaurant/cafe because it is a fusion of Japanese with Western food. The locale is small but comfy, and finding a space to park space can be a bit difficult. I will surely go eat at Cafe de l'Orangerie when I'm in Vancouver.

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Fresh Restaurant8181 Cambie Rd, Richmond
empty restaurant with bland food
By smartfoodlover of Richmond , BC (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2014 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

we went for the prime rib special dinner on a Friday night at 6:30pm, the restaurant was almost empty during the whole time when we're there. Two of us chose the prime rib & one ordered the salmon. The prime rib was ok in texture but quite tasteless, the Yorkshire pudding & veggie that came with it were pretty bland-tasting too. The salmon tasted like boiled but it's supposed to be cedar-planked. The presentation of food was boring, the only good things I found in this restaurant was: it's quiet, airy & the food portion was generous.

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