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Metro Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Browns Socialhouse15260 56th Ave, 100, Surrey
Bad, Bad Service
By maurmck of South Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2014 - 9:09am [Dine in]

Waited more than 10 min. to be approached by server (restaurant not busy!!!). Hubby ordered cup of soup and fish and chips. Entrée came but no soup; .bowl of soup arrived after meal (but was comped). Drinks were not refilled, we were not asked if we wanted dessert (would have) but just presented with bill while I was still eating. This was at 5 pm on a Sunday. To add to the insulting service, although we told hostess we had a reservation they put us down as a no show. Open table honored our reservation but had to contact them and waste my time with it. This is the 2nd time we ate at this location, first time was not much better. My review was sent to Brown's but no response received. Food very good both times...we will most likely eat at Brown's again but not at this location. Beware!!

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Rain Flower Seafood Restaurant3600 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Worst wedding banquet in my life
By cvpro of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

I'm 45 years old so I've had my fair share of wedding banquet over the years. I regret to say that the wedding banquet I went to at this restaurant was the worst I have ever experienced! It was a pretty big wedding - 40 tables and the restaurant was not equipped to handle it.

Invite was for 6pm but food service did not begin until after 8pm. By the time I left at 10:30 they had not yet served the rice, noodles, or dessert. During dinner, no one came to refill drinks and plates were changed only once. The food was horrible. Everything was there: crab claws, lobster, rock cod, etc. but everything tasted weird. The ingredients had no taste or some very wrong texture. You know there's a problem when over 60% of the lobster is sitting on the table and no one wants to eat it!

The environment was horrible because it was EXTREMELY HOT! It got so bad that the parents of the wedding couple had to apologize to the crowd. Everyone was fanning themselves and a bunch of people left the building to hang out in the parking lots. None of the restaurant staff provided cold drinks to the tables.

I'm pretty confident this place is going to go out of business soon.

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Hamada Japanese Restaurant22529 Lougheed Hwy, #200, Maple Ridge
Too many chances...last time tonight
By LocalDiners of Maple Ridge (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 9:55pm [Take-out]

We have frequented Hamada a ton over the past several years. However, since the recent expansion we have been disappointed. The food is still fantastic and the staff is very nice. The take out service has been completely unacceptable though. We always phone ahead and are given a time for pick up-but the last 5 times we have had to wait an extra 20 minutes at the restaurant. Tonight we waited over 40 extra minutes! We kept giving them more chances because we liked them but that is ridiculous! Only after voicing a complaint, we were offered a $10 coupon which, albeit nice, was not enough for chance #6! There are so many other Japanese restaurants in town, in order to compete they will need to make some changes.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Amazing food...!
By rajesh kumar of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 9:16pm [Dine in]

Some of the best Indian food I've ever had!! All of the dishes were very flavorful and fresh. The service was very attentive and they make you feel like your right at home. This is my new favorite Indian restaurant.Absolutely wonderful. I have always enjoyed Indian food, the kheer variety and the fixed price made it so I could try far more dishes than I normally would. I would recommend this to anyone seeking excellent food for a great price

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Chili House19571 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Go for the food
By pc7999 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 8:22pm [Dine in]

A group of us went for dinner and got to try a bunch of dishes. No ambiance whatsoever but who cares when they let their food do the talking.

Tried 8 or 9 different dishes there and they are all very good. Not greasy, not too spicy (when you asked for medium), good wok skills, and perfect seasoning. Highly recommend their Mambo chicken.

If you are ever in that area and looking for food, this place is a must try.

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Balkan House7530 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Know when to go
By pc7999 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 8:15pm [Dine in]

Went to this place three times for their buffet. The result is they are very good during lunch time and not good for dinner. The reason being during lunch buffet the food are freshly cooked. The meat are juicy and the veggies are crunchy. Dinner time comes around and you will see food that has been reheated and sat in oil. Pretty gross actually.

So if you want to go for lunch, i highly recommend it. The food is delicious. If you are going for dinner i suggest you skip the buffet and get their regular menu items.

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Kingfishers Waterfont Bar & Grill23840 River Road, Maple Ridge
Lacking consistensy
By pc7999 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

Four of us went for dinner on the weekend. Nice atmosphere and very nice patio. Nice friendly greeter and seated us promptly. Another thing you'll notice is this place is very clean and tidy which is a bonus.

Ordered the mussels and calamari. Mussels were very good. Calamari was tasteless and rubbery.

For entrees, tasted the following:

Seafood linguine - Very good. Seasoning is right on, seafood nicely cooked, pasta cooked perfectly. Definitely get this again.

House salad - Very good dressing. Some wilted spinach in there and for a house salad, not many variety of veggies.

Pesto chicken quesadilla - Very good. Definitely worth getting again. Everything just work together in this dish.

Halibut - Bad, bad, bad. Save your money on this one. Overcooked (texture of a piece of chicken) and fish tasted like freezer burnt. Oh and needed more seasoning.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Great every time!
By autwrn of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 2:39pm [Take-out]

I usually order take out from Handi, I think I ate here once only? But I vaguely remember, so I can't really opine on that aspect. As far as the take-out goes, its been great so far. My order always comes relatively fast and most important of all, it comes hot!

The curry sauces are really delicious and tasty. I usually get the lamb curry (or something of lamb) or the palak paneer, and accompany it with some Indian rice. The take-out portions are quite generous and can easily fill one up. I usually end up with leftovers when I order from them but I just re-heat the food the next day and its all good.

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Coney Island Seafood15487 Marine Dr, White Rock
Super Yummy and Friendly Staff
By legacysans of White Rock, Surrey (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 5:10pm [Take-out]

I've been to Coney Island Seafood for cod and chips three times now, always with friends and family, and everyone has been blown away by the crispy, fresh, delicious fish and the high quality french fries. Well worth the wait time, in my opinion! Service is always friendly and polite. Once, when my sister, 2 nieces and BIL were visiting from Vancouver, we decided to eat on their patio rather than find a picnic table by the water. My BIL had nowhere to sit (not enough chairs) so a young lady from the restaurant dashed out with an extra chair, totally unbidden. I thought that was a very nice thing to do and my BIL was grateful for the chance to eat sitting down, especially after carrying my youngest niece on his shoulders all the way from the pier to the restaurant. (Spoiled kid!) Any time I need a friend to help me with something (i.e. moving a couch, hanging a pendant lamp, removing a hornet's nest from the eaves), I bribe them with Coney Island fish and chips. Works like a charm. :)

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Black Tuna Sushi1459 Johnston Road, White Rock
Prices not as advertised on website
By legacysans of White Rock, Surrey (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 4:52pm [Take-out]

I reviewed Black Tuna's website menus before placing my take out order and was pleasantly surprised with the prices. I neglected to notice that the website's copyright date at the bottom of the window was 2005. I guess the online menus have 2005 prices. The difference was only about $3.00 total but I think it's poor business practice to advertise one price and then charge another. Otherwise, the service was friendly and efficient and the restaurant is conveniently located. Unfortunately, the food was just okay. My rolls came with pretty carrot blossoms and the rolls were generously sized. It just wasn't very flavourful.

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Browns Socialhouse1255 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
terrible food, terrible manager
By givinner of Lynn Valley (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

My wife and I took a visiting chef and his wife out to the Lynn Valley Brown's location for a quick(just across the street from us) supper. We had never been before and wanted to check it out.
The chef was on his way to thailand to explore the cuisine there so he ordered a thai chicken and rice type thing. The waitress asked how hot he wanted it. The menu offered a 1 to 5 hot pepper rating so he ordered a 3.
Our meals came and we found them a little ho hum. After a few bites, Chef stopped being his usual jovial and entertaining self and fell silent. I asked if he was OK. he looked up at me, his face beet red and eyes watering. "I'm in distress" he managed to mutter.
After downing his beer and regaining his composure he explained that he had bitten into a whole raw pepper. We where both used to eating hot stuff so I was a little puzzled by his newfound lack of intestinal fortitude.
"No, this is really hot, you wouldn't believe it" He dug through his meal and fished out two other small and innocent looking whole peppers. Curious, I grabbed one and before he could say anything, ate it.
Within a few seconds I realized I had made a terrible mistake. A burning sensation enveloped my mouth and throat followed by an intense wave of nausea. Easily the hottest pepper either of us had ever eaten.
Chef could not believe anyone would be so stupid as to put such hot peppers into a dish without cutting them into the tiniest morsels first. "What if a child or a very old a frail person had eaten it?" We complained to the waitress, we knew it wasn't her fault of course and were very polite about it. No apology from her or manager.
Our night was ruined, we actually paid and went home.
The next day I came over and complained to the manager and his response was that they always serve the dish in that manner and so does everyone else. Wow! Stay away, very lame food and phoney atmosphere.

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Ginger & Soy1487 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Worst chow mein in the world
By Balthazar.V of Ambleside (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:54am [Take-out]

Since this restaurant is currently quite popular with the local crowd, it's possible that the chef was just having a bad night and that my experience with Ginger and Soy was not typical. Nevertheless, for what it's worth, here's my review:

On my way home from work one weekday evening, and feeling ravenous, I decided to give Ginger and Soy a try.

Since it was my first visit I ordered a nice safe simple take-out chicken chow mein (with soft noodles).

The restaurant looked clean and well-appointed. Service was polite and efficient. Food was ready in 15 minutes.
So-far-so-good.

When I arrived home (no more than 5 minutes later), I discovered that the noodles were dry and rubbery. The few included pieces of chicken and vegetables were cut-up so small as to require a magnifying glass to see (no exageration), and there was no sauce whatsoever. Much to my shame, I was so hungry that I ate a bowlful before dumping the rest in the garbage.

I have traveled much of the world and have eaten in some of the best restaurants and worst dives in Asia, but I have never had a worse chow mein EVER. Shame on you, Ginger and Soy. In a small community like West Van, where word of mouth counts for a lot, quality control can make or break a restaurant, and your popularity can disappear in a month. Please please please take more notice of the take-out meals that are coming out of your kitchen.

Balthazar V., an Ambleside local

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Disappointing experience
By dneel of Tulsa, Oklahoma (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 8:02am [Dine in]

Based on the positive reviews I found here, I went to Kobe for some good food. But what a bad dining experience it was. We had made a dinner reservation for 7 pm, but when we arrived, we had to wait for another thirty minutes or so to get seated. Really? Then what was the whole purpose of making a reservation?

The food is overly priced here. And even bland. The hibachi steak I ordered lacked seasoning and was quite bland. I know that in restaurants like these (Benihana, etc) we also pay for the show that is put on by the chefs, but this was simply missing from our chef. Our chef did not put on much of a show and was extremely sloppy. I don't know if it was because he was tired or something, but given that each one of us paid $70+ for our food, it was disappointing.

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Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant3866 Bayview Street, #140, Richmond
Think Twice About the Blue Canoe
By bixby of south surrey (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

A friend and I had lunch at the Blue Canoe in mid-June. Great location, the wait staff were great, but the food left much to be desired. So much so that my friend, who had the beef sliders, ended up with food poisoning. The salmon on my salad was unde rcooked, but passable. A call to management to inform them of the food poisoning was received indifferently. Not good enough, in my opinion. Definitely not going back, view or no view.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Delicious Indian food
By hbing of Savannah, Georgia (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 9:51am [Dine in]

We had an unexpected dinner at this restaurant when a friend and I were strolling around downtown. We did not have a reservation so we had to wait a little to get seated, which only made us hungrier as we could smell the food. While we waited for our seats, the waiter suggested we order some drinks and so we went for it.

When we finally got our table, we ordered some calamari and a mixed platter for appetizers. The food was delicious. The shahi paneer was extremely good; the sauce had that thick, creamy characteristic, orangey look that it is supposed to have. As for my friend, she had beef saag. The food was brought promptly and hot, an important detail for any food to taste good. Half the taste goes away if you bring the food cold! Would come back for Indian food if I lived here.

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Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant703 Denman Street, Vancouver
Arrivaderci Ciao Bella
By VJB of abbotsford (153 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2014 - 9:53am [Dine in]

Wow! Last night was so bad compared to our previous experiences that we will not return. They did not have parking in the back as the lot was filled with cars from bicycle rental shop in the same strip mall. The manager – Oriental fellow basically said too bad there is nothing they can do about it. Oh well. Our server – a lovely blonde girl was very good. She was very pleasant the best part of what was a very disappointing evening.
Our waitress explained that in addition to the regular menu and the 3 course special for $28.95 they also had a roast beef special for $18.95 that included lobster bisque or salad and came with Yorkshire pudding and vegetables. I decided to go with the roast beef special and my husband decided to go with the 3 course meal. I told them that I wanted the roast beef rare. They said it might be more than rare but it would be no more than medium rare. I started off with the lobster bisque. It was a bit watery, not the greatest soup but for the price it was acceptable. My husband said his salad was very good. It was a good size and the greens were very fresh. For his entree my husband had the chicken breast with pancetta and penne pasta. He said it was okay, nothing special. My roast beef was not good at all. It had a funny texture to it and I did not enjoy it at all. When our lovely waitress asked how our meals were I told her that my dinner was not very good. She was very gracious, she apologized and asked if I would like to order something else. I replied that I would and she said she would bring me the menu again. The next thing I know the manager or whoever he is was standing by the table. He said that they had told me the beef might not be rare (that was only part of the issue – the main point was that the roast beef was probably one of the worst roast beef dinners that I’ve had). He refused to take the dish back to the kitchen. My husband said that he would change plates with me and offered me his chicken and he took the roast beef. The chicken was also very poorly prepared. My husband said that 1 of the pieces of roast beef was very well done. Dessert was a cheesecake that looked and tasted like it came from a supermarket. Through all this our waitress was so pleasant. I think she was very embarrassed by the way her co-worker had handled the whole situation.
We have gone to Ciao Bella on numerous occasions over the past few years and suggested it to friends as a place for dinner but after last night we will definitely not be going back. The gentleman who was there definitely needs to take some courses on good customer relations. You’ve lost clientele that frequented your restaurant on a regular basis. All this could be resolved by handling the situation the way that our waitress would have handled it. If you want crappy food that they will not allow you to return or compensate you for in any way then you should dine here. The manager will also treat you like you are dirt under his feet. There are too many really good Italian restaurants in Vancouver to be treated with such disrespect to eat crappy food.

The only reason for the 3 on Service is because of our waitress. If I was rating based on the manager I would give it a 1. I split the difference. I would have given her a 4 for service

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Govinda's5462 Marine Dr, Burnaby
Best deal in Burnaby
By thirdperson of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2014 - 9:37am [Dine in]

Hare Krishna Temple has a small café hidden in a residential neighborhood of south Burnaby, Outdoor garden is peaceful and beautiful with plenty of parking space. Govinda is more like a friendly home instead of a restaurant. It is opened daily to the public during 12:30 to 14:30pm and offers a vegetarian buffet of sanctified food for body and soul. All-you-can-eat lunch menu changes often but consists of limited selection of rice, veggies, bread, curry, salad, pudding, fruits and juice. Overall, food is fresh, delicious, flavorful, nutritious and cheap. Suggested cash donation of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children and free for babies. Very good deal indeed.

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Cafe Gloucester3338 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Best in Class
By teri604 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

This is probably the best Hong Kong Style Cafe in Vancouver in terms of food quality, variety, taste and value. Must try are: Hainan chicken, dried pork chop and beef brisket. Everything is tasty, you can't go wrong. Be sure to make reservations, line up could be long during peak meal times.

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Mui Garden Restaurant5797 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Curry still okay
By teri604 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

Food quality and service have gone downhill. Curry (Malaysian style) is the only thing that is still good. We had the 8-person dinner set last night which we regretted ordering due to limited choice of dishes and its portion - not enough for eight. Their claim to fame Hainan Chicken was blend and unappealing. Service was slow and sporadic, I don't recommend this place.

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La Charcuterie Delicatessen19080 96 Ave, Surrey
Best sandwich ever!!!
By TinaMarrie of Birch Bay (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 6:14pm [Dine in]

I took a friend to this deli without her knowing what she was in for. I had never been there myself but had heard about it. It saddens me that people have negative feedback but I guess you can't please everyone. No this isn't some where I would take my daughter to but if you have a sense of humor you will LOVE your visit! Our first time going to the deli we couldn't stop laughing, oh and btw, we are not men nor are we construction workers. Yes some things that are said in this shop are over the top but it is all said in fun and good nature. I have never in my life had a sandwich made for me like the one that Sal makes. He doesn't do this to make money, he does this because it is his passion, because it fills his heart to make others smile. There is more to this man than a dirty joke and a DAMN GOOD sandwich...
We added him to our FB feed and tripped across a post requesting volunteers to make lunches and hand them out to the homeless of Vancouver's East end. We quickly signed up and joined the team of volunteers to make 513 lunches. These lunches included a sandwich, bag of chips, pop, banana, and an orange. These sandwiches were loaded just as much as he loads them for the customers that walk through his doors. Sal has done this every month for the last 2 years. He expects nothing in return and enjoys being able to help those that are less fortunate then he is. He remembers all too well the days when he barely had 2 cents to rub together. This man never got lost in his success, rather, he remembers what it was like to be less fortunate and shares his good nature/fortune with others. If half the world lived the way this man lived; with his heart on his sleeve, the world would be a better place in which we live in today!!!!
I personally wish there were more people like him in this world!!!

One of the newest customers
Tina Bouchard

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