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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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Home Restaurant21667 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
Great sunday breakfast
By hungryman of Coquitlam (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

If you want a "home" style tasting breakfast, then the Home restaurant is the place for you. We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast this sunday morning, with pancakes, bacon & eggs, and French toast. Also they have the best tasting apple pie just like mom used to make. There is lots of staff to provide great service.

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Trattoria757 Main Street, Park Royal South, West Vancouver
Food tasted great, but I got sick afterwards...
By floodedsky of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

The table was dirty. The cutlery was dirty. The smoked salmon eggs benedict was delivered cold to my table.

When I complained about the dirty table, the young hostess dabbed at it as if she might hurt it.

When I complained the cutlery was dirty, specifically the fork. Only the fork was taken away to be replaced.

When I complained, after my smoked salmon eggs benedict arrived cold, that there was no salt and pepper at the table, the waiter came back with some pepper only. Then I had to ask him about the salt. He ran off to look for some salt. This poor, amateur service was the worst I've experienced in a long time.

When I complained that my meal was delivered cold, I didn't have to pay for it.

Did I miss that it was Amateur Employee Day at the Trattoria?

Around two hours later, I discovered that I had to run to the toilet. I kept running to a toilet for the next 9 hours!

The food tasted great.

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Gigi's Pizza & Spaghetti House189 West Broadway, Vancouver
Bland!
By Prettyeasygoing of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:53pm [Delivery]

I definitely would never eat there again. Bland , and over priced for what you get....I ordered cheese bread, it was just bland mozza on a hot dog bun, dry ribs had no seasoning, and super dry because they were over cooked and it was 7$ for a hot dog bun with not even any flavor? Rip off....Pizza was par at best.... Ended up throwing most of the order out.

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Mediterranean Grill1152 Denman Street, Vancouver
Not as good as it used to be.
By cigar06 of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

I treated my family to one of our favorite places. 6 of us. Seating is strained and could only find a couple of tables right by the very smelly washroom. People can barely squeeze past you to get in. We ordered our usual favorite chicken shawarma plates and one lamb kebab plate. The usually fabulous rice was now quite oily. The chicken shawarma was not as tasty as before and much more yellow. Tumeric? The lamb kebob was grissly, tough, raw and inedible. WOW!!!!!

Sorry I can't recommend this place any more. It has gone from great to very mediocre. Has the ownership changed?? The very stale faced indifferent woman taking our order was clearly new to us.

If you ignore my review and venture there make sure you get good seating or sit outside. Next door is a great looking place we will go to from now on.

Too bad. We used to really like this place.

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Tea Plus4500 Kingsway, #2122, Burnaby
Extremely Rude Barista
By iceeblaze of Burnaby B.C (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 1:08am [Take-out]

Very bad service today. I had asked for a Yogurt-Flavored Black Tea, and picked up another drink for my friend. When I came to pick it up, I noticed my drink looked exactly like a black tea, without a hint of yogurt in it. I walked away, thinking perhaps it doesn't look like yogurt, but had yogurt flavoring added into it. After taking a sip, I confirmed it was just Black Tea. I debated whether to complain or not to my friend, and decided to. When I came back to the stand, the lady who worked there (a mid-aged asian lady), gave me a feeling that she wasn't going to be pleased. The conversation went like this:

me: Hi, is this yogurt black tea?
lady: NO, you asked for Black Tea ONLY.
me: Uh...no, i didn't. i asked for yogurt black tea.
lady: NO, YOU ASKED FOR BLACK TEA.
me: *stares as her in disbelief* Uhh...NO, I didn't. I specifically squinted for the yogurt word. I said YOGURT (in Chinese) Black Tea.
lady: NO, you said BLACK TEA. I asked if you wanted Black or Green tea. Usually people get Green tea with yogurt.
me: *gives up*

Very bad service. She is basically insinuating that I was trying to get a free drink, or did not like the Black Tea so tried to change it for free. She glared at me as soon as I approached the stand. Also, I did not like how she told me what I ordered, when I know what I said.

Will NEVER, EVER go to this place again.

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Fish Shack, The1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Fish N chips for lunch
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

The one big complaint I have with the Glowball Restaurants, why do they make their eating locations cramped?Why is everyone so close together, and put a bit of space with ambiance could make a difference with any meal.

I was in here with the lunch crowd, stuck side by side, and decided to try their fish n chip lunch box special. I really like the fish n chips, came out perfectly, crunch and the fries tasted really good. I did like their salad with vinaigrette dressing. As for the coleslaw, awful, think it maybe kimchi, but I didn't even try it after the first bite.
The fish n chips were a great deal for lunch and would go back to have it again, in the future.

The service I felt needed to be worked on, and for the managers in the corner, using their cellphones, laptops, ipads, yelling out across the floors to some trade person, left me wondering don't they have office??? I suggest all of you go in a back room to conduct your daily business, speak to trades, staff and suppliers, which I felt this was the main reason service lack any personal style. Take a look at the managers....

I would come back again for the fish n chips, and hope the service improves for my next visit.

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Brown Dog Cafe4544 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Great Cafe!
By hbing of Savannah, Georgia (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:06am [Dine in]

I am not really acquainted to many places in Vancouver so I looked up some good cafes and found this one. Based on the positive reviews it got, I decided to check it out for myself.

The restaurant is really neatly decorated, but it is a little small. The quality of the food is amazing – fresh and best of all, inexpensive. The pancakes I had were fluffy and delicious, and the scrambled eggs were good as well. Oh, they serve some amazing organic coffee here. I think the whole experience was enhanced because of the staff. They were really warm and friendly at all times, despite being rather busy when I went.

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Subway2079 Dundas Street, Vancouver
Worst customer service ever!
By hbing of Savannah, Georgia (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:26am [Dine in]

This is probably the worst subway joint I have ever been to. The franchisee/owner is extremely rude and will give you an attitude if you ask her any question. She even swore at one of the other customers! Now, I am not from here but where have you seen something like that? It amazes me to see how she is still in business. The only reason why I came here was because it was close (unfortunately) to where I was staying.

As for the food itself the sandwiches weren't good. She doesn't seem to change the ingredients because they didn't taste fresh. And this is coming from someone who is not much of a picky eater. She would put very little of the vegetables I asked for (she literally counts them, one, two, three) and when I told her if she could put more, she yapped back at me saying that it would be an extra cost. Really? Thank God I don't live here but if you do, don't even bother.

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L'Abattoir217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Fine Vancouver dining
By louie of New Jersey, USA (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 9:43am [Dine in]

I would highly L'Abattoir if you are looking for fine dining in Vancouver. Dinner here was amazing to say the least.

The restaurant was quite busy when we arrived (6pm), so we sipped some cocktails while we waited for our table to be ready. Everything is good is this restaurant, even the complimentary bread basket. The steak diane was perfectly cooked, the meat was quite tender and had the right seasoning. The chocolate dessert added the touch of sweetness I needed.

While the meal was nothing cheap, I think it was fairly priced for the quality of food, service and location. I will definitely put this restaurant on my list of places to revisit when I’m in Vancouver.

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