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Narrows Public House1970 Spicer Rd, North Vancouver
Dinner, typical pub style
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (62 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 8:11am [Dine in]

Three of hit the Narrows for dinner on a Thursday night. I hadn't been there since it was the old Maplewood. We got there at 5pm so it was still happy hour with $3 sleeves of lager or pale ale. We had planned to sit downstairs near the fireplace but the Canucks were playing back east and all the big screens were blasting the game so we retreated upstairs to a slightly quieter table in the "nightclub" part of the pub where we could talk.
We ordered a spicy chorizo pizza which was nicely done, a calamari which was fine but would be better if they used a crispy batter instead of breading, and a pulled pork sandwich which was a bit bland but the fries that came with it were very good. The single server did her best to make sure we were well served but she was obviously a bit overworked by the time we finished up. Overall with tip the tab was $70 including 5 sleeves of pale ale. Next time we go there, we'll check the sports schedule first, hit happy hour for the beer deal, and share a few pizzas.

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Dinakis2020 Oxford Connector, Port Coquitlam
Amazing food and quality service
By Tony Tony of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 12:31am [Dine in]

Wow is all I have to say! This place is fabulous. The portions are huge, but it is quality food. The owners are very friendly and the service is excellent. I love the cheese appy, I think it's called saginaki... Whatever it's called, it melts in your mouth! The tzatziki is excellent, the lamb is perfect and the garlic mashed is phenomenal. Try this place, you won't be disappointed!

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Burger King2805 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
special promotions
By thirdperson of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 20, 2015 - 5:31am [Dine in]

Located near Pacific National Exhibition, this Burger King tends to offer limited promotional deals not found in other Burger King restaurants. After 3:00pm, whopper junior combo meal is discounted to $3.00 while poutine costs $2.50. Outstanding bargains because regular prices are roughly close to $5.00 plus or minus range. Also most Burger Kings offer a variety of King deal items priced under $2.00 similar to McDonalds value items. Service is normally fast except during PNE weeks in August. As for ambiance, this modern restaurant has more seating capacity than most Burger Kings in Vancouver. Recommended for people who like average quality foods at low prices.

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Observatory, The6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Great view - disappointing food
By Bailey-bo of Surrey , BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10:58am [Dine in]

Food was laughable... little dollops and smears of this and that scattered around your entree. Your waiter will explain what all the miniscule items are so pay attention as they are not readily identifiable. My main item was pork and it was a decent size but had no flavour whatsoever. It was hard for me to believe this was prepared by qualified chefs. Service was unprofessional and a little haughty.
Saving grace is that the view was outstanding and your ticket up is free with a dinner reservation. This meant we could go up early and spend the day hiking which was wonderful. This of course elevates the "value" as it may translate to your dinner being near free if you look at it that way. Just go without high expectations for taste (and take a picture of your food when it comes so you can show your friends... it's a conversation piece!)

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Ocean Avenue Restaurant8239 120th Street, Delta
Best fish and best chips I have ever had!
By Bailey-bo of Surrey , BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10:33am [Dine in]

You will love the fish and chips here. Don't say other fish and chip restaurants are the best until you have tried them at this restaurant! Fish always tastes fresh, batter is cooked perfectly throughout and is crisp, tasty and not greasy. I have never been a fan of fries but here I eat every last one! This restaurant cares about the food they serve and it shows. I live a block from a fish and chip restaurant that others rave about but to me there is no comparison. Wherever you live this place is worth the trip. Try it once and you'll see for yourself.

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IHOP - International House of Pancakes9855 Austin Ave, #173, Burnaby
Will no longer give them my business
By Bailey-bo of Surrey , BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10:16am [Dine in]

On many levels this location does not measure up to other local IHOPs in my opinion. This in no way reflects on the actual servers as most of them do their best, providing excellent service at times. It is the management that I find obsequious, and any sub-par food, etc. lands on their shoulders.
It is worth noting that this location does not participate in the Seniors Appreciation Day Wednesdays where seniors (55+) get a 2 for 1 meal. I think this says a lot about their attitude towards their customers...
I will no longer support this location.

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King Mahal Restaurant4051 Hastings Street, Burnaby
My Favourite Indian Food
By Nolgin of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:53am [Dine in]

My husband and I dined here on Valentine's Day and the food was amazing as usual! From the outside this place doesn't look like much but inside you will find some of the best, if not, THE best Indian food in Burnaby. The service is excellent and the staff very friendly. I have never seen this place busy and am amazed that the word hasn't spread. The food is to die for. Service and quality of food has been consistant each time. I love the Vegetable Pakoras and their Eggplant Bharta is the best I have had. We have tried a variety dishes here over several visits and have enjoyed each one immensely. We always have leftovers to take home too! Don't hesitate to check it out.

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Spoon Kitchen1909 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Groupon 9 course meal hit!
By jonesh19 of East Van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2015 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

I had a Groupon coupon for the 9 course meal and decided to give it a try just because one night. I was a little adamant at first because I thought that the food would not be so good but the experience was quite the opposite. Oh and I am not going to lie, the location in the dungeon on West 4th did not give me a very good feeling. Thankfully I got the courage and went! First of all, this is one of the higher end Malay places in town, and has quickly displaced others I held in high regard. The smell as soon as you arrive is enticing and rich. The ambience is nice and cozy and the place itself can be quite easy to miss. Prices are justified with the huge sized portions they serve here. Mango salad stood out as well as the roti canai.

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Starbucks8171 Ackroyd Road, Suite 180, Richmond
they over charge a short latte
By agnesyeh of Richmond , BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2015 - 2:07pm [Take-out]

I ordered short latte every day from different stores in that area. Today I drove by this one and ordered a short latte as usual. The server insisted to charge me the price of a tall latte instead of me telling her that other stores charge less for a short latte.

She ignores me when I ask her about the discrepancy politely.

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Cedar Cottage Coffee House1303 Kingsway, Vancouver
Take your money to somewhere more deserving.
By gina_eats of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2015 - 2:32am [Dine in]

Cedar Cottage is an alright place to watch the game with an unassuming crowd. The food can be hit or miss. Their burgers and the other prototypical pub eats are for the most part, ok. That being said, my expectations of pub food are not terribly high, it is what it is.
Juice monkey bartender is a complete jerk if you're not a regular. All considered, not good enough to warrant paying another visit. Ever.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Wonderful surprise for BFs 30th birthday
By jonesh19 of East Van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

I organized a dinner for my boyfriends 30th birthday at Handis. I had been planning this one for a long time at another famous restaurant but then last minute changes happened and Handi was picked. My boyfriend loves Indian food so I thought it would be a good choice. Although we were not a very large party (of eight) I was still very nervous about how everything was going to turn out. Let's just say I am usually never the one who organizes things. Luckily, I informed the staff of this and they were very supportive and helpful in making sure everything would go by smoothly. Service didn't fail even once! We were a kind of loud and picky group but still the staff managed to make everyone was okay. Oh and the food was yummy and delish, esp the chicken vindaloo and samosas. Thanks guys!

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Don Francesco Ristorante860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Looking for fine dining experience? Skip this place - Very Disappointing!
By sheribod of Port Moody (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

My husband and I decided to try this place for Valentine's Day dinner as it was recommended as a romantic fine dining restaurant. I wish we would have spent our $400 dinner at the Keg, we would have had a much better time and had much better service! I realize that Valentine's night is a very busy night for restaurants but we had a late reservation (8:30) and our server was pushing us to order before we even had a drink in front of us! He informed us that it takes a long time to cook after he tried to get us to order for the third time. I was not told that there would be a time limit on the table and when I asked him if there was another seating after us he said "no".

There was a preset menu for $95 dollars so we already knew we would be spending over a couple hundred $ then adding cocktails and wine on top of that. We ordered our food and our cocktails came out at the same time as our appetizer. When we tried to order some wine the first 3 ones we picked they were out of, our server didn't apologize or try to recommend something different. When he went to check on the fourth bottle he finally brought one over that he recommended, since they were also out of the fourth bottle. He gave us the impression that we were actually bothering him. In fact the entire time we were there our server was very unpleasant to deal with and made us feel that we were inconveniencing him whenever we asked for things that you should just expect in a fine dining experience. The rest of the dinner went smoothly, thanks only to the support staff, until dessert.

He never asked us if we were ready for dessert, he just brought it out, never even asking us if we wanted coffee or tea. My husband stopped him as asked for an English Breakfast tea and a few minutes later our server dumped the tea off and immediately left. The tea was actually Earl Grey but my husband decided to go with it, but had to stopped another server to get some cream. This was the first time ever that we actually even contemplated not tipping a thing, although we still did because the other staff that served us was wonderful and the food was very good.

On the way out I was so upset that we spend so much on such a terrible experience I complained to the hostess on the way out, she promised me a better time and a better server if we give them another try. I believe in second chances but I'm not sure I would actually want to chance or spend the money for such a bad experience again.

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Dinesty1719 Robson Street, Vancouver
A solid, authentic everyday chinese eatery
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (50 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 2:14am [Dine in]

When i eat chinese food, i split my judgment and reviews into 2 categories.

cateogry 1 is authentic chinese food.

category 2 is westernized chinese food.

i enjoy both categories, but when it comes to judgment, it's only fair to be specific. for dinesty, i judged it based on its authenticity because it's a restaurant that is reliant on such backgrounds and cookery. when you go to a westernized chinese restaurant, it is very apparent because you will get dishes that are mostly alien or uncommon in authentic chinese places.

anyways, to keep things "short", this place's cooking is solid and some of its dishes were quite good, especially it's small dim-sum style dishes.

for entrees, we were a bit disappointed in them because of lack of flavor and blandness.

we ordered a total of 7 things for lunch, with the bill coming to 60.00 total with tax and tip included. this to me was very reasonably priced. at 2 people for lunch, we ordered many items and had to pack at least 30% of them left over.

as for the dishes, we ordered the following:

- hot, sweet soy milk in a bowl
- chinese donut and pan fried shao bing
- crab flavored tofu
- rice cake with jie chai
- a triplet of shanghai style spring roll
- a peanut sauce, cucumber glass noodle with shredded chicken dish
- a basket of xiao long bao - soup dumplings with shrimp and vegetable stuffing

the soy milk was good and i wasn't too sure if they'd made it in-house or ordered in from central place.

my favorite was the shao-bing. it was just delicious. shao bing is kind of like puff pasty that's pan fried. you dip this in soy milk and it is absolutely scrumptious and heavenly.

crab flavored tofu used to be better during it's earlier debut days in richmond.

rice cake was bland. no flavor, not enough seasoning.

spring rolls were very tasty and well seasoned.

the peanut sauce glass noodle dish was also bland despite the freshness of the ingredients.

xiao long bao was a disappointment. there were no soup consomme in the dumplings, which is what gives the dish its name in the first place. the dumplings were just dry inside - shriveled up poor little things.

overall, i'd eat here as a daily eatery, but to compare this place in terms of taste or mastery of chinese cuisine, it's not the best or one of the best in vancouver. however, when it comes to chinese food, there are only a few places i would consider top and also reasonably priced. however, having said that, this place's value is very strong. you get many choices, well cooked meals at good prices and portions. plus it's a very clean, modern and well serviced restaurant.

when dinesty first opened in richmond, i was one of their earliest patrons (gone there on their first day!) and their food had more taste.

now it's going towards the bland side, but on a positive note - at least that to me is healthy. it never hurts to eat less salt and seasoning but some dishes do require such so i will leave this part to the individual eaters.

my final taste and value verdict is this. it's a place that is solidly flavored in some dishes, fresh in most dishes, light on the salt in most dishes and well valued in all dishes.

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Fresh Restaurant & Lounge15269 104th Avenue, Surrey
Better food than most fancy downtown restaurants.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (47 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

Just got back from dinner at this restaurant and the food is impressively good. This is definitely one of the few place in BC that i could honestly say that the food is worth every penny.

The risotto is very good. Rich and balance flavour. The fish is a bit overcooked but not to the extend of being dry. The presentation of the plates are very nice. Overall, i would definitely rate this place above most of the fancy restaurants around downtown Vancouver.

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Denny's2050 Marine Dr., North Vancouver
Worst dining experience ever!
By Nippely of North Van, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

My friend and I decided to go here for brunch as Denny's is usually good for breakfast. What followed can only be described as the worst dinning experience I have ever had. Having eaten at several Denny's restaurants over the years, we know what to expect. So after taking and waiting for our drink order, the table next to us receives their food and one of the guys says that's not what I ordered, I ordered a .... The server apologises and goes to the kitchen and we are subjected to the shouting match between the server and the cook over who got the order wrong. Not thinking too much about it because mistakes happen, our server returns with our drinks and takes our food order but before she gets to leave, another patron from the table next to us calls her over and has a complaint about the food he received. Our server again apologises and says she'll be right back with a replacement. So while waiting for our food we get to enjoy another shouting match between the server and the cook that escalated to the point where the manager had to run in and break it up. After waiting a unreasonable half hour, our food arrives. My friend ordered a club sandwich with fries and I had ordered a breakfast omelette. My food looked ok but my friends plate just has the sandwich and no fries. He mentions it and our server apologises and says she'll be right back with the fries. Again another argument in the kitchen ensues. I start eating and my first piece of toast is really dry and I assumed it was because it had dried out sitting under a heat lamp while waiting to get served. My friend eats the first of the four sandwich pieces on his plate. It's at this point he notices that the Toast of the two middle sandwich halfs are burnt black (I guess the cook thought he could hide it??). I get the managers attention, he comes over and we explain the situation and show him the sandwiches to which he offers a replacement which my friend accepts and off he goes. Just then our server arrives with a plate of fries for him and I go to eat another piece of toast and when I turn it over to put jam on it, I see it is completely covered in mould. Yes the bread hadn't dried out under a lamp, the bread was stale and mouldy. I nearly threw up right there. We call the manager over, show him my toast and he agrees that's unacceptable, offers to replace it which we declined. We also told him to cancel my friends reordered sandwich as we had both lost our appetites at this point. While waiting to see if we were going to get a bill (which they didn't) we were subjected to another shouting match between the manager and cook about my toast. The cook was adamant the toast was fine. In my opinion, if the cook thinks that's acceptable then what other rotten food is he sending out "thinking" it fine.

I will never return to this restaurant again, probably even ever a Denny's again. If you decide to go here, you have been warned!

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Vast improvement
By mcjardine of whiterock (32 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

It has been some time since we were last here due to the lack lustre performance of this once South Surrey standard of Quality.

We went on a Monday Holiday brunch outing.
Seniors $18.00 , adults $22. children $15

The variety of foods presented was just average. however the quality was actually very good. Staff was very pleasant and were attentive to our needs. Various dishes were replenished as needed.MAIN COURSES were

middle of the road , Roast beef, a chicken dish , a fish dish , Veges , nothing special, Omelette station , waffle

Station. Deserts HO HUM , Chocolate fountain with variety of fruits.ALL in All Just a solid performance.

PLUSES. Roast beef was expertly done , Horse radish was fresh.

CONS:- Not enough variety to bring us back soon. Children at $15.00 - way too expensive.

This venue was only a third full. Management has to see that an opportunity is being missed. Increase the value of your offerings and word of mouth and advertising will increase your bottom line.

Will we go again soon? NO because there are so many more golf courses that have much better buffets.

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Tibisti Foods & Grill6990 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Great little Lebenese buffet gem.
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (50 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

First time came here today for their lunch buffet.

This was also the first time i've encountered a middle eastern style buffet.

I was not disappointed with the cooking, but i did hope for just a bit more choice.

the buffet was 11.95 pp for lunch which is a very fair price. i have to say the owner, kerry, was just a sweet and very hospitable owner who made me feel super cozy and welcomed.

dishes that were available included chicken sharwma, lamb mirygu (i don't remember the exact spelling) - which looked to be a kind of lamb sausage with some very tasty spices involved.

greek style lemon potatoes, spiced fragrant Lebanon rice.

you put some of that delicious lamb mirgyu sauce on your rice and that in itself could have been considered a meal.

the appies included homemade hummus, garlic sauce, tzaziki, lebanon salad, greek salad and pita bread.

there were no desserts at the buffet table but kerry did bring me a complimentary Lebanon style dessert tart made of pistachio, rose water and it was absolutely scrumptious. it was made by his wife, which i could feel he adores of her very much. a lovely couple!

for what this place lacked in choice, it more than made up for it in quality of ingredients, cooking mastery and service. but sometimes, a buffet is also about choice so this was the only downside for me. the choices were just a bit too minimal.

i would pay an extra $4-5 on top of the 11.95 for the lunch buffet if kerry would just bring out another extra dish or 2. i'm hungry to try out his other cooking recipes!

come here, give them a try, it's well worth your time.

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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante3296 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Too pricey for the quality of food
By VJB of abbotsford (158 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 11:53am [Dine in]

Our party of 4 had lunch here last week. The inside of the restaurant is very nice. It has a cozy feel to it with its warm paint color, paintings and décor. The service was very basic. There was no effort made by the waitress to engage us in any conversation. I’m not sure whether it’s because there was just 1 man at the table and she felt that she didn’t have to extend herself. In any case it did not make us feel especially welcome.
Between the 4 of us we ordered 4 pasta dishes – pasta with Italian sausage, tagliatelle with duck and forest mushrooms, lasagna and penne arrabiata. My pasta dish the tagliatelle with duck and mushrooms was very disappointing. Since we were with a group I did not want to say anything so I just left the majority of the meal on my plate. What a waste considering the dish was $20.00. The waitress did not ask if there was a problem with my meal. In fact there was no quality check at all. Lunch was served with a very nice baguette. The baguette was in fact the best part of the meal. Most of the pasta dishes at lunch are from $l6.00 to $20.00. For the quality, ambiance and service I feel it was overpriced.
I would definitely not return. Vancouver has too many really good Italian restaurants that offer better food and service at more reasonable prices.

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Oui Paris Cafe Couture4092 E Hastings St, Burnaby
Not worth the wait, or your money! Really rude staff
By JFaltakas of Burnaby / New West (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2015 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

TERRIBLE!!!! The space is cute and sandwiches taste good, but WOW, worst customer service I have ever experienced. After waiting over 50 minutes for a sandwich, I inquired. The woman (one of the owners) had the nerve to respond "so should I just cancel your order? Can't you see we are busy here, if you were in a rush you should have told us". I'm sorry, but allowing 50 minutes for a sandwich in the first place is quite gracious in my opinion. What kind of customer service is that? Shouldn't YOU have advised us if YOU were busy and behind? Not the other way around! The entire time there, we listened to them talk to other guests this way as well. It's too bad, I will be telling everyone I know not to dine here. To the ladies that run this place, you really need a reality check in the customer service world. You have no right to treat your PAYING customers like that. Hope your understaffing is worth every pretty penny in your rude little pockets.

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Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant2149 Commercial Street, Vancouver
A fun and delicious birthday dinner
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (62 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2015 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

We booked a table for 5 for a birthday dinner at Harambe on Sunday evening. Commercial can be a challenge for parking at night in the pouring rain but we managed to squeeze into a vacant slot close to the restaurant.

We've eaten at a couple of other Ethiopian restaurants in the city before but not the Harambe and one of our party said it was her favorite so we took the recommendation.The Harambe is nicely decorated in African themes with not too loud background music. There were only a handful of people in the restaurant so service was good.

A couple of our table mates had never had Ethiopian food before so the lack of cutlery and the large Chef's combo platter we shared were quite a novelty for them. Everything was delicious and authentic from the various wots to the teff injera bread. There was plenty to eat with leftovers for one of our mates to take home.

We also enjoyed a decanter of their tej honey wine which was a sweet treat to toast our birthday boy with. And the bill for 5 with the wine and a generous tip was only $110.......excellent value. Highly recommended.

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