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Amici1747 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Two Strikes and Amici is out
By Chicklet of West Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

Tonight was one of the most disappointing dining experiences in many years.
The food is not thoughtfully prepared and reconstituted rather than fresh. It actually tastes Dated.
Tonight's horror story was beef liver disguised as veal. My partner and I both ordered it ( it was recommended as a special) and we were shocked by the taste and texture. We could not saw off even a small piece since the liver had the consistency of leather.
The waitress did not once come by to check on us ( now I know why ...she clearly knew it was bad ) and was very curt.
This was a second visit. The first was to try it out ( Very indifferent food) and we gave it another chance tonight.
Never again !

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Faubourg2156 West 41st, Vancouver
My Review of Faubourg Paris
By Gumboo of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

I put a lot of thought to see if I should share this review or not, then I came to the conclusion that I must. To be clear, I should explain few things briefly first and then I move to the issues. The beginning is about the good past days; and I write it in detail because first, I must be fair and second, I want you to know that I KNOW THIS PLACE VERY WELL, and third, I used to care so much for Faubourg (OLD FAUBOURG WAS HOMEY FOR ME, MY FAMILY, AND FRIENDS).

Anyway, I was a fan, and a very loyal customer. And I liked this place not only for myself and family, but also friends. Every time, I wanted to do a favor for friends or to treat them, Faubourg or Faubourg gift card was the first and sometimes my only choice. I was a regular since 2014 when Faubourg was opened in Park Royal West Vancouver. And I was so happy that finally we, the West Vancouverites, have such an excellent coffee shop/ bakery in our neighborhood. I used to visit Faubourg almost every day, sometimes twice a day. Everything was excellent as I said before, customer service A+; friendly atmosphere A+ ; very nice and welcoming owner who really cared about what he is offering, how he is running his business, and how he is treating his customers ( a lovely man indeed: for sure 3 pluses A+++). The list goes on: Very clean store with beautiful décor , “TO DIE FOR” croissants, especially pistachio and almond or those cute macarons. Sandwiches tasted great, fresh and fulfilling, pastries elegant design and delicious, almond slices were rich and flavorful; perfect match for a pot of high quality tea or tea latte in late afternoon (VERY SATISFYING).

But now, the place is so disappointing that I don’t like to go back there. And it is disappointing not because every single awesome product changed to something bad, not at all (and it is not fair to say so). But now, I witness huge issues with quality service and some major products; so that me and other regulars do not like the place anymore. This place is not the Faubourg we knew.

First issue, croissants are not fresh anymore (especially the early morning ones). They bring croissants from far location (Rivershore) or sometimes I noticed they are old, dark, with lots of powder (to cover the dark spots). Then, I found out they are leftovers from the day before. Surprisingly, croissants are sold for the same price as fresh out of oven ones. It seems somehow, the management does not care about park royal customers anymore as this is not a problem with other 2 stores.

Second, it seems you can’t trust management with your orders. Me and collogues had a breakfast party while ago and I told them I will bring fresh croissants from Faubourg: From “Artisan of croissants” (MY EXACT WORDS). Since I knew the park Royal store do not have fresh croissants before noon, I put the order into Kerrisdale location for 50 croissants (30 pistachio and 20 almonds), I called management in advance to make sure I will receive fresh out of oven product and she promised to deliver best quality. Friday early morning, I went to pick up my order, things were ready in 2 big boxes (top pistachio, bottom almond). I checked the top ones; excellent fresh looking and assumes it’s the case with the other box as well. So happy and tipped the baker for 30 dollars and left to my company. And then bam, what a big disappointment? The Almond croissants were so old, dark and non- fresh to the point that my co- workers notice the difference in terms of freshness (between pistachio and almond I mean). But what could I do at that moment? Later on, I texted the picture of those obviously dark old almond croissants to the manager of Kerrisdale location. Her response: they look good to me, no they are fresh,…..
Instead of following on what happened and what was wrong, instead of appreciating the loyal customer (and she knows me very well), she reacted with very rude and disrespectful manner and also denied the fact that almonds are not as fresh as pistachios. To be clear, if she did not deny or reacted rudely; or if she just follow up on my concerns, I wouldn’t be as hurt and disappointed.

Third, the quality of product and service is very poor at Park Royal.; and I came to the conclusion that management really does not care for West Vancouver customers anymore. You should know what you receive depends on the location you are visiting (they have 3 stores) and who is on shift. You go to Hornby or Kerrisdale, things are usually consistent and good in general; and if you visit Park Royal store, you could be served with tasteless cold Latte. About Sandwiches, they are definitely very good and tasty in Kerrisdale or Hornby, but not in Park Royal (they taste and look different).

I mentioned the issues I am concerned with. To be fair and honest, I still think the rest of their product is still excellent. But what I am looking for is their old pattern: Consistent quality product and service. Yes bad things or poor quality of product or service may happen. It is natural, part of doing business, and part of receiving service on our side as customers as well. I never looked for absolute and 100 percent perfection all the time. This is not practical and I truly believe as a loyal/ practical customer, I also have a duty of ignoring minor issues or the so called “it happens sometime”. But when these problems become the norm, and when I witness different service and product in different locations, that’s a warning sign to me. In short, I find Faubourg management inconsistent, non- proffessional, and unreliable. What a disappointment!!.

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Faubourg769 Hornby St, Vancouver
My Review of Faubourg Paris
By Gumboo of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

I put a lot of thought to see if I should share this review or not, then I came to the conclusion that I must. To be clear, I should explain few things briefly first and then I move to the issues. The beginning is about the good past days; and I write it in detail because first, I must be fair and second, I want you to know that I KNOW THIS PLACE VERY WELL, and third, I used to care so much for Faubourg (OLD FAUBOURG WAS HOMEY FOR ME, MY FAMILY, AND FRIENDS).

Anyway, I was a fan, and a very loyal customer. And I liked this place not only for myself and family, but also friends. Every time, I wanted to do a favor for friends or to treat them, Faubourg or Faubourg gift card was the first and sometimes my only choice. I was a regular since 2014 when Faubourg was opened in Park Royal West Vancouver. And I was so happy that finally we, the West Vancouverites, have such an excellent coffee shop/ bakery in our neighborhood. I used to visit Faubourg almost every day, sometimes twice a day. Everything was excellent as I said before, customer service A+; friendly atmosphere A+ ; very nice and welcoming owner who really cared about what he is offering, how he is running his business, and how he is treating his customers ( a lovely man indeed: for sure 3 pluses A+++). The list goes on: Very clean store with beautiful décor , “TO DIE FOR” croissants, especially pistachio and almond or those cute macarons. Sandwiches tasted great, fresh and fulfilling, pastries elegant design and delicious, almond slices were rich and flavorful; perfect match for a pot of high quality tea or tea latte in late afternoon (VERY SATISFYING).

But now, the place is so disappointing that I don’t like to go back there. And it is disappointing not because every single awesome product changed to something bad, not at all (and it is not fair to say so). But now, I witness huge issues with quality service and some major products; so that me and other regulars do not like the place anymore. This place is not the Faubourg we knew.

First issue, croissants are not fresh anymore (especially the early morning ones). They bring croissants from far location (Rivershore) or sometimes I noticed they are old, dark, with lots of powder (to cover the dark spots). Then, I found out they are leftovers from the day before. Surprisingly, croissants are sold for the same price as fresh out of oven ones. It seems somehow, the management does not care about park royal customers anymore as this is not a problem with other 2 stores.

Second, it seems you can’t trust management with your orders. Me and collogues had a breakfast party while ago and I told them I will bring fresh croissants from Faubourg: From “Artisan of croissants” (MY EXACT WORDS). Since I knew the park Royal store do not have fresh croissants before noon, I put the order into Kerrisdale location for 50 croissants (30 pistachio and 20 almonds), I called management in advance to make sure I will receive fresh out of oven product and she promised to deliver best quality. Friday early morning, I went to pick up my order, things were ready in 2 big boxes (top pistachio, bottom almond). I checked the top ones; excellent fresh looking and assumes it’s the case with the other box as well. So happy and tipped the baker for 30 dollars and left to my company. And then bam, what a big disappointment? The Almond croissants were so old, dark and non- fresh to the point that my co- workers notice the difference in terms of freshness (between pistachio and almond I mean). But what could I do at that moment? Later on, I texted the picture of those obviously dark old almond croissants to the manager of Kerrisdale location. Her response: they look good to me, no they are fresh,…..
Instead of following on what happened and what was wrong, instead of appreciating the loyal customer (and she knows me very well), she reacted with very rude and disrespectful manner and also denied the fact that almonds are not as fresh as pistachios. To be clear, if she did not deny or reacted rudely; or if she just follow up on my concerns, I wouldn’t be as hurt and disappointed.

Third, the quality of product and service is very poor at Park Royal.; and I came to the conclusion that management really does not care for West Vancouver customers anymore. You should know what you receive depends on the location you are visiting (they have 3 stores) and who is on shift. You go to Hornby or Kerrisdale, things are usually consistent and good in general; and if you visit Park Royal store, you could be served with tasteless cold Latte. About Sandwiches, they are definitely very good and tasty in Kerrisdale or Hornby, but not in Park Royal (they taste and look different).

I mentioned the issues I am concerned with. To be fair and honest, I still think the rest of their product is still excellent. But what I am looking for is their old pattern: Consistent quality product and service. Yes bad things or poor quality of product or service may happen. It is natural, part of doing business, and part of receiving service on our side as customers as well. I never looked for absolute and 100 percent perfection all the time. This is not practical and I truly believe as a loyal/ practical customer, I also have a duty of ignoring minor issues or the so called “it happens sometime”. But when these problems become the norm, and when I witness different service and product in different locations, that’s a warning sign to me. In short, I find Faubourg management inconsistent, non- proffessional, and unreliable. What a disappointment!!.

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Indian Bombay Bistro7558 6th St, Burnaby
Nothing special
By Norman of Vancouver East (76 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 10:54am [Dine in]

I think they should consider dropping the a la carte menu for lunch. The prices are high enough that they could throw in rice and naan. The food was OK, but didn't stand out in any way, considering you can get a good meal at a better price right cross the street.

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Brew Street Craft Kitchen3224 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Enjoyable lunch
By Zeero of delta (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 5:43am [Dine in]

I have been in here for lunch a few times. The menu has traditional pub fare but I tend to repeat dishes I really like. I am a fan of their nachos and mac and cheese. The shrimp dumplings with a spicy mustard are also good. The place is spacious and has a lot of tvs. The service was very good.

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Vegan Pizza House2119 Kingsway, Vancouver
You Don't Have to Be Vegan to Enjoy Their Pizza
By leonard h of Vancouver (39 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 11:58pm [Take-out]

Their pizza looks better in real life than it does as advertised on their website. It's a beautiful thing, made with care and skill, and loaded with toppings. The sauce is excellent. The crust is perfect. It is very tasty. And for only $20.00 we had a meal big enough for three people. I'd call that a good deal in Vancouver.

Still, I was going to give Vegan Pizza House 4 stars rather than 5 because vegan cheese is not as good as real cheese, and vegan meat can't compare in flavour to real meat...but then I realised that despite these things, their pizza is still fantastic, and that impressed me all the more.

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Empire Seafood Restaurant5951 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Wedding banquet
By Gary Phan of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 12:12am [Dine in]

If your planning to have a banquet here PLEASE READ THIS FIRSTThis used to be one of my favorite restaurants. I believe the food quality is good and the place looks real nice. We decided to have our wedding banquet here in june. I am Very disappointed with having it here. The reason for the 0star they cheated us on the food, DIDNT serve my wedding cake, also never asked if i wanted to take the cake home, one of their staff took my suit jacket. Both the Boss MR.WONG and the manager IVAN wont do anything about this situation because this is how they choose to run the business. Once money has been paid All they say is "SORRY" Continue reading for full details

I had everything discussed and written in contract few days prior to the event.

We wanted the Lazy susan and have the whole plate of food on each table instead of individually served. Also we brought $800 for a edible wedding cake.

When the food was being served i asked the manager IVAN why are some tables individually served and he said that the tables requested that way. so i went with it. the next day I hear complaints from my colleagues 3 tables including my boss. They said they asked the server 3 times to leave the food on the table and server still ignored them. Usually in a 10 course meal there are always left overs. in this case my colleagues left hungry and had to resort to eating MCDONALDS and NO.9 restaurant which is so embarrassing.

Empire were short staffed as people requesting pop or a cup and it would arrive anywhere from 1hr to never coming. Real rude slow service. Service was good for me of course i was paying them.

Our wedding cake was assembled by the Vendor at the location, we specifically told IVAN that its a real cake few days ago. The night of we had the first cut and the cake just sat there. i was way too busy dealing with other stuff. the staff never cut the rest of the cake. end of the night about 3 tiers left on our cake. Our friends that stayed late had a few slices and when they walked away from the cake it was suddenly wheeled away assuming its gonna be packaged up. That was the last we've seen on it again its was not our issue to be chasing them for everything. The restaurant needs to do the job we pay them for. The staff probably split the cake.

How my jacket went missing? It was hung at the head table with a flower attached to it. it was there all night until they started cleaning up the head table i didn't realize that i forgot my jacket. i called the next day and they "asked" if anyone has seen it but of course nothing. They have cameras all around the restaurant and they cant have a look at the footage if it wasn't one of the staff then they have nothing to hide.

none of these issues where brought to me until the next day i called empire right away about all this and IVAN said he cant do anything. So i requested to talk to the boss. i called and called and the boss seems to be avoiding me. I left my number for him to call me back and it never happens. i guess obviously they don't care about repeat customers. I hope everyone keys an eye out for all these snakes.

I'm not saying not to have your banquet here but just think twice and be very careful. I really didn't expect a fine dining chinese cuisine would do such things. will never step foot here again.

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Koyuki Sapporo Ramen795 Jervis Street Vancouver C, Vancouver
Why bother when there are so many choices
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

Came here on a Thursday night shortly after their grand opening. Was a disaster from the beginning. The waiter was running back and forth as the were short staffed (more on that in a moment)

We ordered two bowls of ramen and Gyoza.
Gyoza was too soft and edges tasted hard - first strike
Ramen came out a whopping 40 minutes later and this is not just our table, everyone's dinner was late - strike two.

Final strike - the broth was cold! They have to re-heat it in the microwave and the food didn't even look like it did in the menu.

The waiter did explain they were short staffed that night, as two waiters called in sick. He had to come out of the kitchen to help...they did apologize and comp'd our meals...but we won't be back. Simply too many good ramen restaurants in the area.

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Moby Dick Restaurant15479 Marine Drive, White Rock
Worst Fish and Chips in B.C.
By mcjardine of whiterock (34 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 1:41pm [Take-out]

Expensive,over rated,chip oil hasn't been changed in a long time, they just keep adding oil. Soggy chips. Fish just OK. Why would anyone enjoy this sub standard fare. Wake up people and look three doors down at any one of the much better Fish and Chippy. LAST TIME, thank goodness I didn't pay so didn't complain.

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Derby Bar and Grill17637 1st Avenue, #115, Surrey
Nice patio dining experience
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 10:00am [Dine in]

We had a nice meal on the patio on Canada Day. The restaurant is right on the Canada US border. You take the last exit before the crossing to the US.
The theme of the restaurant is very much horse racing and they have many posters inside the restaurant of various horse races and each table has a screen that has horse racing. I much preferred our seat outside on the patio. We were the only customers on the front patio so it was very nice.
The service was okay but not great. The water was not topped up at all during the course of our meal and when we ordered a bottle of wine our server did not even open the bottle and pour the first glass (I think that maybe a first, sometimes the server will not top up the wine but they always at least open the bottle and pour the first glass). The food that we had was very good. We started off with an appetizer of calamari and it was a generous portion of crispy tender calamari served with tzatziki sauce, onions and tomato. For entrees my husband had the barbecue spareribs that he said were very good. The ribs were nice and moist, it was very flavourful and it was a good sized portion. I had a pork chop with a cherry sauce. The pork chop was well cooked and the cherry sauce was well paired with the pork chop. It came with mashed potatoes, and grilled, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli and asparagus. The vegetables were really good as they were grilled and very tasty, not like overcooked steamed or boiled vegetables that you often get.
I don’t whether it was just the evening that we were there or if it is a regular Friday feature but they had a 3 course menu that included soup or salad, entrée (one entrée was rib steak with 2 prawns) and dessert for $22.00. Our entrees were $19.95 each and for the quality it was good value.
After we had finished our meal and were enjoying our wine the owner or manager came out to chat with us for awhile. It’s nice to know your business is appreciated.
It was a most enjoyable evening on the patio. If we returned I would try to get patio seating again.

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Pinch of Spice8701 120 St, Delta
Really bad service & food
By jsingh of Surrey (16 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

Ordered 2 dishes one veg & other non-veg. Totally different dishes, but got exact same gravy, what a joke. Very bad service, chase for water. Had to stop eating & visit counter requesting for water. Almost felt like going to kitchen & getting water myself. Food taste was mediocre at best. Seems it was prepared in hurry, only 1 other family their not sure what caused it. Menu price was similar as Tasty Bistro, please think twice before you bring family or friends here. Wish we would have went for Bistro instead.
Time & money wasted, will never go back. I gave 3 for Ambiance cause honestly better compare to food, service & value.

If you want honest & neutral review, this is for you.

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Urban Gate Bar & Grill + Grocery1158 A The High Street, Coquitlam
Horrible services
By Vankl604 of vamcouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

Don't ever go there! Bad attitude and racist! The owner is a bully!!! I was there with my elderly parents watching a EURO cup game. Before I ordered I asked the waitress if they will turn on the volume for the game and she said yes and they are trying to fix it so I ordered drinks but hold off on food until they get the system fixed - who want to watch the game with no volume!?!!? 15 mins late she said their owner is coming over to fix the system. 30 mins later that owner came but said they won't be putting the volume on and he said we need to order food otherwise we have to immediately pay for the drinks and leave. Instead of being apologetic, he actually bullied us when my dad complained that the waitress tricked us into ordering drinks with promise that volume on TV will be turned on. That bully got angry and threaten to call police to kick us out - two 75+ seniors who just want to feel the vibes to watch the game in a pub. We were lied to when the waitress promised twice the system will be fixed, we were bullied when the owner threatened us, we were offended when the bully called my parents names. This is no way to treat customers. I wanted him to follow through with his threats to call the police, he tried but apparently the police won't take his complaints so he left his own restaurant with tail between his legs. This bully owner is giving his own restaurant a bad name

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Le Petit Café3711 Delbrook Avenue, 105, North Vancouver
Hidden gem
By dindin247 of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 1, 2016 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

I might be shooting myself in the foot by telling the world how amazing this place is. Tucked away in the Delbrook Plaza, only minutes away from the hustle bustle of Westview Shopping Centre and Edgemont Village, this is a haven with its cozy ambience and French touch. These two ladies know what they're doing. Oh, did I mention AMAZING sandwiches and delicious coffee?

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Bau Down115 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Food was great, service was terrible
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 1, 2016 - 10:11am [Dine in]

As the review title says, the food was really good here but our server struggled with the service. We ordered a variety of dishes that we all shared including the bang bang prawns, fly rice, huli chicken and beef rib. All were very tasty and enjoyable.

The service on the other hand was brutal. Drink orders took 15 minutes or longer each round. Our bill took at least 20 minutes to get and then it had to be reprinted a couple of times because it was wrong.

Overall I would return because the food was great but I hope I don't have the same server.

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Aggarwal Sweets8158 128th Street, Unit 351, Surrey
Very Good Food, very busy like a Canteen. Ambiance is average
By jsingh of Surrey (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

Food is really good & tasty.
After Tasty Bistro this is next best thing as far as Food taste.

This place is for Breakfast & lunch.
Just be prepared for wait line on weekends during noon.

Special Bature & Amritsir Kulche. I always ask for well done if you like crispy.
Parking is problem as Payal center is always busy. They do not charge for tips, so you have to leave cash for waiters on table.

Bature: https://s3-media1.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/euCi1cxlg0Z_g59J4zd_BQ/o.jpg

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Milestone's Grill and Bar20075 Langley Bypass, Langley
Was Supposed To Be Date Night, Turned Into Leaving For Another Restaurant
By Mezzaluna of Langley (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

It was sad and frustrating. We came to give Milestones another chance. We asked to sit in the patio, which was covered in flies. Finally when the waitress came, as cheery as she was, it was 15 minutes after we sat down. We ordered two drinks and an appie...we waited another 10 minutes and finally the "owner" came and dropped off the wrong drinks.. We decided based on the very slow service to go and sit inside. After that we ordered a french onion soup($10) which tasted like the bottom of a burned soup pan- both bitter and burnt. The waitress kindly took it away with no real questions about our current satisfaction. We then asked for the bill, to avoid further gastronomic frustration...not even the manager asked why we were leaving...when initially we were there for the "date night 50$" deal. To me, this restaurant lacks vision, leadership amd care in its staff...they all look like they are there for a good time. We left and went to A Pasta Place across highway 10...where the customer service is stellar, food is consistent and fresh and we arent treated like we are doing YOU the favour of eating at yur restaurant... MILESTONES- last time we will ever be in your establishment. Thanks!

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Old Xian's Food3510 Kingsway, Vancouver
do not eat here
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 20, 2016 - 8:35am [Dine in]

came here for a quick meal on a rainy saturday. there was a cockroach crawling up the wall - do not eat here under any circumstances! sadly the service is attentive but i cannot eat in a restaurant that has cockroaches crawling up walls - will report to the VCH as well

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Poor service, poor food. Rude people.
By darnitall of New Weset (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 11:09am [Dine in]

I will never go back to this restaurant. The waitress treated us like we were an inconvenience, got our order wrong and more or less ignored us. When the food came out, one main came 15 minutes prior to the other and the pizza we ordered was incorrect. When confronting the waitress with our predicament, she seem totally ambivalent about our experience. And at the end she was shocked that I provided no TIP ("to insure prompt service").

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Agra Sweets & Restaurant7585 6th St, Burnaby
Terrible service and the owners are super cheap
By njmurarka of Vancouver (Collingwood) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 9:57pm [Dine in]

Ordered the butter chicken for $11. It effectively tasted like a $0.60 bowl of Campbell's canned tomato soup, with the equivalent of the amount of chicken on a single drumstick. Basically, a bowl of crappy soup with a few random pieces of chicken in it.

The owner smiled and did not care when I mentioned it and in fact pointed to another customer, saying they ordered it too and were not complaining. No attempt whatsoever to remedy the problem .

Their paapdi chaat appetizer was even worse -- looked like someone had watered down the yoghurt so the whole thing was tasteless and cheap tasting.

All in all, the people running this place have 0 sense of customer service and terrible cooks. I expect this restaurant will die off soon, as it deserves to.

Btw, being that I am Indian, I can tell you with 100% conviction that this is terrible Indian food -- try Baba sweets just a block up the street -- WAY WAY WAY better. I wanted to try this place just because it was new to give it a chance. Big mistake.

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Pizza Garden1596 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
A solid Neapolitan pizza place
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 8:09pm [Take-out]

We've never ordered from Pizza Garden before but reviews for the pizzas seemed good although tempered by a number of complaints about the poor delivery service. So we ordered takeout to be safe. Two extra-large pies, a Parma Prosciutto and a Pizza Magic, for 5 people. We probably could have eaten most of a third pie, it was so good.

If you're expecting Pizza Hut style pizza, look elsewhere. Ready for pickup in literally mere minutes, it was classic Neapolitan pizza, thin smoky and crispy bubbled-up crust fired super hot for a couple minutes in a red hot wood oven with minimalist toppings. In Naples the crust is the starring canvas and the rich pomodoro (tomato) sauce, fresh soft mozzarella and flavourful toppings paint it. The Parma Prosciutto had a rich pomodoro sauce finished with fresh mozza and arugula but they were a bit too minimalist on the ham for my liking. The Pizza Magic was a loaded vegetarian pie with a rich herby basil, artichoke and spinach topping, probably the best of the 2 although opinions differed.

Tab for the two pies for 5 people was just under $50 so that's pretty good value for dinner for 5. Next time I think we'll try a Pepperoni and a Deli Italiano for more meat and heat. And maybe order that third pie just to be safe.

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