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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
Not so "Appy" about "Appy Hour"!!!
By Joe and Traci of Vancouver (Fairview) (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

Glad that we didn't stay for the dinner... We wouldn't have thought it to be so badly reviewed, but here I am reading about nearly our exact experience, written over and over again...TERRIBLE!!!

We spent the day at beautiful Rocky Point and walked around to the beach across from the Boathouse. Had a look back and decided that some poached prawns and cocktail sauce were in order. Upon our arrival, we discovered that it was still Appy Hour and we could order a few Appy's to try at a decent price. Prawns, Halibut bites, and Calamari and yam fries...Great!

Service to start was slow (servers were chatting at the end of the bar). We ordered a couple bevies and some ice water. The drinks came but no water, so I asked Crystal (our server) again.

Food came and we dug in. After one bite our she asked how everything was... we did just get it, so we said good. Flagged down someone to get Crystal back to order more prawns before 6pm. She came and said that it looked like we were looking for her (because I was!! Why not come on over to the table to be sure?! This was 5 mins to 6 and our drinks were empty, and nearly out of water. Didn't see her again for 20 minutes when she came out with our second order of prawns.

During our drink-less wait, we ate through our other appys and discovered that the bottom half of the calamari was a bunch of dark brown crumbles, which to my pallet (had more than my fair share) tasted burnt. I brought it to our servers attention when she dropped off the prawns and she told me that those are the bits and were ok. I reiterated that they were charred and inedible. I asked why it took over 20 mins for our prawns and that we would have ordered drinks 20 mins ago had she asked. She said they were busy (not really, most people came in that we saw at 10 after 6). She filled our water and slammed down my Wife's water glass and walked away shaking her head. She came back with the bill, we paid, and I asked for the manager.

Denis the manager came over and listened to what I had to say (all of the above). His first words came out with a stink like he just ate a cigarette butt. Ewww! He seemed to listen and said he'd bring this to our servers attention. I guess he's heard this often enough...because he didn't seem to care if we came back or not.

Funny thing is (Denis), tomorrow is our Anniversary (which we celebrate monthly), and this was going to be our go-to place as it has such a beautiful patio view! Oh well, 2 appy's, 2 dinners and a bottle of fine wine will be purchased elsewhere every month!! They won't see our $200 every month!

This place isn't worth a second try, especially after reading how many people get sick and have had such terrible experiences. We just moved from False Creek and frequented the Kits and Downtown locations, and will miss them dearly... We are not happy with our new, local Boathouse! Grrrr!!!

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Shiang Garden4540 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Not Worthy of the "High-End" Label
By Silent Typewriter of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

I came here for a wedding banquet on the weekend and I was quite interested to see how it compared to other Chinese restaurants as I had briefly considered holding my wedding banquet here when I was looking for restaurants for my reception last year. Suffice it to say, I'm glad I stuck to my gut feeling and went elsewhere instead.

Food:
The food I would say, is average. Not spectacular but not bad.

Service:
Disappointing. Yeah, yeah, I know, you really can't expect that much from a Chinese restaurant but when the server can't be bothered to tell you what she's serving and just plops it into the middle of the lazy susan, that's pretty terrible. This is the first banquet I've ever been to where they don't show the table the dish in its entirety and then separate it into individual plates for people at the table (which is always nice, especially if you're sitting at a table full of strangers).

Value:
I always look for good value because, let's be honest, why would you pay more when you can get the same thing elsewhere at a cheaper price? I know for Chinese banquets, you order the menu by tables of 10 people each and if you have less than 10 people at a table, those people will be eating more. If you have more than 10 people at a table, then you have the option of paying extra to add more to the dishes. We had 8 people at our particular table so we should've gotten a lot of extra food but instead, we got just enough for the 8 of us. Example: when the soup course came, the server split the soup into 8 bowls and there was no extra left over. Just enough for the eight of us. Our lobster course was very skimpy looking. Definitely did not come with two whole lobsters. And the most obvious of all was when our noodle dish came. The server was holding one plate for us and one plate for the table next to us (who had a full 10 people). It definitely looked like ours had about 1/3 less than the other plate. To me, just because there is less people at the table, doesn't mean less should be served to us as the full amount was paid.

Ambiance:
Probably could've been bumped up to a four but the night was ruined by the fire alarm going off for a good 30 minutes. No announcement was made whether we should evacuate and no explanation about the fire alarm was ever given.

All in all, I think this place got it's "high-end" Chinese restaurant because of the décor (which, I guess made them feel justified in charging the outrageous prices) but they certainly need to up their game if they want to be actually worthy of that label.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
There's no other place for Ramen than Kintaro
By kudagawa of Vancouver, BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

Kintaro Ramen gives you the perfect combination of good food at a good price. It is the place I go to devotedly if I want ramen. The shio ramen is unparalleled - it comes with green onions, bean sprouts and BBQ pork. The place is kind of crowded and many times you have to share table with others, but I don't mind. A lot of people complain that it gets too hot inside but its like they say, you get what you pay for!

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All Thai'd Up Restaurant2636 Kingsway Ave., Port Coquitlam
Too spicy
By dianalee of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 2:06pm [Dine in]

This place is not your typical fast food Asian restaurant. All the food is made right there, which is a healthy sign. I usually am a sucker for spicy food, but the food here is waaaaay too spicy! I ordered a pad thai and red curry at 'medium' thinking it was going to be spicy enough for me, but not too spicy. Boy was I wrong! It was waaay too hot! I was sweating and reaching for some water in no time, which was a little strange for me. I even asked the waiter whether my order had been mistaken or something and he said no.

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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
Could have been better
By dneel of Tulsa, Oklahoma (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

While this place is highly rated as one of the best for Afghan food in Vancouver, I would have to disagree. I have been to other Afghan restaurants and they did not taste like a mediterranean/Greek spin off! This cannot be the best that there is in Vancouver.

Don't get me wrong; some of their plates, like the lamb shoulder, were good but, it just didn't taste Afghan. And for the prices being charged, I think I deserved better. I mean, some of the food seemed to be prepared haphazardly: the rice was a little hard and seemed to be undercooked.

I don't mean to be entirely negative, as there were some good things about this restaurant as well (service, environment) but for me, the food was a deal breaker.

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Adesso Bistro1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Mixed feelings about this place
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:42am [Dine in]

This is definitely a place I can only afford to go to on special occasions. What first impacts you about this restaurant is its ambience. There is an outdoor patio that is lovely and quite romantic. Make sure you have a reservation before coming here because it does get rather busy sometimes, especially for dinner.

Onto the food now…I played it safe and ordered nothing out of the extraordinary. The food was not exceptional; I found the gnocchi to be a little lackluster in taste. The wine list is pretty extensive and if you are not a wine expert like myself, it can be a little overwhelming! The waiter helped me out though. I really liked dessert; I had the cioccolato and it was fabulous. I have a bit of a sweet tooth so I am a little biased in that sense, but even my boyfriend, who isn’t, liked it.

So I'm having mixed feelings about this place. The food never makes me go "wow", especially for its price, but the ambience + dessert + drinks make up for it.

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Amato Gelato Cafe78 East 1st Ave, Vancouver
Good gelato but long wait
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:36am [Dine in]

There's nothing like some good old gelato when its summer. This place has an amazing amount of gelato to chose from: over 70 flavours last time I asked! I always go for an unexpected and crazy flavor, like hedgehog or green tea. While the staff is normally friendly and courteous, the huge line and wait is always a bummer.

Besides that, I wish they would update their whole payment process. They don't take credit cards which can be a pain, as I usually don't carry cash with me. Prices are not cheap, so why make it more difficult to pay?

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Agro Cafe1363 Railspur Alley, Vancouver
Delicious fair trade coffee
By joshr of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Although I have been to better coffee shops, I still make the effort to stop by Agro's every once in a while. They have the right work ethic at this place, which is what I like. They believe in organic food and fair trade practices, something I strongly believe in and advocate. I like knowing where the ingredients of my food is coming from so I will continue to support it with my pennies.

Enough of my rant, the coffee is actually quite good. Although I don't drink much coffee, especially in summer, I go for an iced tea and either a panini or a quinoa wrap. The prices are quite inexpensive for a place like this one. If only they would train and/or change their staff, then the place would be nearly perfect. The service is always quite slow and the orders get mixed up frequently. The attitude of the staff is also something that needs to be worked on.

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100% Healthy Desserts8291 Westminster Highway, #150, Richmond
Change the name
By joshr of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 9:31am [Dine in]

When a place claims to be 100% healthy, and even flaunts it in its name (they used to be called 100% healthy desserts), I expect it to be so. I guess they kind of realized it themselves, as they changed the name to Sweetie Pink Desserts. Still not a fan of the name, but at least it’s not dishonest.

While there are some interesting flavors (they have deep fried ice creams), I find their desserts too sweet for my taste. I tried their cold tofu flakes and found it just okay.

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Chili House19571 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Love this place!
By autwrn of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 8:21am [Dine in]

Chili house is my new favorite place. The menu is quite varied; there are lots of options to choose from. So far, everything I have tasted is good. I usually get a garden salad as an appie. Their manchurian chicken is to die for! The chicken is well-cooked and quite tasty. And don’t even get me started on the Mongolian lamb...the lamb is delicious and tender. Unlike other ethnic or Asian food places, the staff and owners are quite friendly – if you do not like your food to be too spicy, they can adjust it for you. If you are looking for Indian-Chinese food in Vancouver, I’d definitely give this place a look.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Reservations Should be Honored
By dinnerguests of vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2014 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

We just had dim sum with the family at this very consistent restaurant.
The food is always consistent; new items are regularly on the menu. The servers are professional.

What we do not expect to pay for, and what is not on the menu is poor treatment by the hostess. This is also a consistent aspect. We checked-in for our reservation with the hostess who was rude from the start: no eye contact, hollering tone of voice, no smile, and no communication to say that our table is or is not ready. While we waited with uncertainty, we noticed several other groups with the same party numbers--no reservations or later reservations, were seated ahead of us because they knew the various managers in black suits. We could understand the interchange among these people.

Suggestions to the owner: send your hostesses for WorldHost training, be fair to all customer reservations--honour their time.

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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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