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Metro Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
IHOP - International House of Pancakes9855 Austin Ave, #173, Burnaby
Food was horrible.
By keeper14 of Port Moody (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2014 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

My husband, Aunt and myself stopped in there for lunch after shopping at Lougheed Mall. I ordered the grilled chicken, bacon burger and my husband and Aunt got the double BLT sandwich. All of the meals had bacon that was sloppy and undercooked. The lettuce on all three was wilted and gross and the bread on the sandwich and bun on the burger (which was supposed to be grilled and wasn`t) were soggy. We were tight for time so suffered through what we could eat. We told the waiter that the food wasn`t that great and all he offered was ``sorry but I`ll still have to bill you``. We paid and left very unsatisfied with the experience. Don`t think we`ll every waste our time trying that location again.

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Crepe & Cafe3500 West 41 Ave, Vancouver
Extremely Rude and Overpriced!
By kim67 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2014 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

The French woman at the counter is extremely rude. When I was about to purchase a drink I politely asked how much the bottled apple juice cost as there were no prices listed. She said very rudely that she didn't have time and that she's very busy. She then rung in 5 dollars in the cash register (almost as if she had just made up the price on the spot)! Save yourself the rudeness and overpriced items and stop at the IGA across the street...where juice is 2 dollars. Normally I like to support local cafes but this one is simply not worth it.

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Dinakis Mediterranean Grill2020 Oxford Connector, #101, Port Coquitlam
Better than most
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (58 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2014 - 8:00am [Dine in]

I don't get the meh reviews here. I think this place is awesome!...They use higher quality ingredients than most Greek places, keep the prices in check by making the portions sightly smaller, a winner formula. Their Roast shoulder is fantastic as well as the calamari. Don't get me wrong, you will not leave here hungry....it's just that you probably won't have a doggy bag like a lot of places. Ambiance and decor are nice clean and modern but it is in PoCo after all. Good service, family run, would recommend with no hesitation.

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Trocadero Pizza & Steak House2411 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Excellent old school pizza and still an East Van staple
By busterwantstofish of East Van (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

I like my pie. thin crust brick oven its marcello's for me. Old school, thick, delicious, slightly crispy on top ........ then its Troc's for me. I really enjoy the food at this place, and, I have taken more than one well travelled, used-to-good-food client here ( along with friends), and every one has been back or asked that I take them back.
the calamari is great ...especially for deep fried which I dont really like, and i'm dying to try their steak and lobster, as back i the day.... it was pretty damn good.
the place is family owned, slower paced, and downright enjoyable with a group of friends.... and a few pitchers of beer. I may be biased as i'm from the hood, but I do NOT eat crappy food, and this place has got the mojo...
and, if you get a pie, try their special as they've had the damn thing on the menu since I was a kid, but if you dont... its still going to be good.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Still, by far, the best brick oven pizza in town
By busterwantstofish of East Van (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

after 20 +/- years of eating here, and comparing it to others on the drive or elsewhere, I can wholeheartedly say that this still is the best brick oven pizza in town... by a mile....
the reviews here are humorous to say the least, as i do not believe most of them due to my consistently good treatment at this place, and my penchant for fine foods...
the mista or chefs salad? fantastic. their brick oven calamari and prawns? mouthwatering... the various pasta's, of which the clam or mixed seafood is my fave, delicious.
and the pie..... that splendid, thin crust, eat it as soon as it gets out of the oven taste .... to die for.
compared to the new joint on Victoria drive, its still better.... but the the new place has got mojo and I like it cuz its different.
Formosa is not even a contender .....
and yes, their service used to be questionable, but I'm also divorced so I enjoy having women treat me badly on occasion.

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Sakura Sushi20493 Fraser Highway, Langley
Love this place!
By pielcafe of Surrey , B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:10am [Dine in]

I have been coming here for years for the all-you-can-eat menu. The food is always fresh and compared to other AYCE the value for the quality is amazing.

Don't be intimidated by the small space. The menu is limited but the quality is good. I always bring different people here and am never disappointed.

If you like sushi, this is the place. Don't expect and of the fancy, complicated rolls in the AYCE menu but it will be fresh and you won't be sorry.

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Steveston Village Vietnamese Restaurant12480 No 1 Road, Unit 120, Richmond
A very popular place
By rnathan of Richmond (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 9:35am [Dine in]

We went early on a Friday evening and found the restaurant to be quite crowded. Many of the Patrons were young families. Pho seemed to be the most popular choice, but we ordered Salt and Pepper Sea Food and a Chicken Vermicelli Bowl. Both were nicely presented and hot, and we shared some vermicelli and salad to augment the mixed seafood bowl. The decor is modern and pleasing on the eye.

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District, The13 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Now that's a burger
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 7, 2014 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

I've walked pass this place many times and decided I wanted to try this place and their burgers. This place wasn't busy on a Friday lunch time and understood why the burger took awhile to get to me.
I've never seen a burger bigger than my hands, stood tall and came with its on Knife. The actual burger was large topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onion rings with a nice fresh bun and side of fries. I decided to tackle this burger, but my mouth wasn't big enough and found it hard to get a good grasp without getting sauce on you, so dig in and use lots of napkins.
What took me so long to try this place, is beyond me, the meal was enourmous and had lots of flavour. When I want a burger I'm going there to have it, perfection to art and I'm still full after 5 hours.
I didn't have any room to eat dessert, being that full and content over a burger was super delicious.

Go there with an empty stomach. Hugh portions. I'll be back soon.

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Akashi-Ya Japanese Restaurant7093 King George Hwy, Suite 307, Surrey
Best Japanese Food in Surrey
By katkomp of Surrey B C (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 7, 2014 - 8:42am [Dine in]

This was one of the best Japanese places in Surrey. The girls and I were regular customers and they knew us by name and what we usually ordered. The service was always fast and the food was always great. Sadly, Akashi Ya has closed it's doors in 2013. The owners decided to retired and had no plans to open anywhere. Still on the lookout for one just as great. There are a lot of mediocre places out there but none as great as Akashi Ya (sigh!)

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Chinese Palace22528 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
The Palace of Flavour
By CastIronCook of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

When entering Chinese Palace, you are greeted by friendly hosts. This chinese restaurant has one of the greatest cooks in the business. Every dish is prepared with expertise, there is no comparison besides perhaps a couple of shops in downtown chinat
own area. Flavour and quality is of key importance here. From soups, to meat and noodle/rice dishes , this family owned restaurant does a great job. Decor inside is a nice warm change from the hipster modern look, and is quite accomadating.

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Pho Saigon128 East 14th Street, North Vancouver
Pho Saigon Closed
By vowilliam of Vancouver (Clark Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

We were just a small family of 5 living in East Vancouver. We found Maggie's Deli and we bought the business and in 3 months we transformed a small sandwich deli into a comfort little pho restaurant, called Pho Saigon. We opened November 3rd 2011. Through many challenges we've dealt through we've always kept it a family run restaurant. All staff were related to keep a family atmosphere at the restaurant. We've made long lasting relationships with costumers ranging from nurses, police officers, to families just on vacation looking for a quick bite to eat. We've always put passion and pride into our food. With every new batch of food we've made, we've always adjusted the recipe to find that perfect authentic taste of Vietnam, we're proud to say that we've found it. We've put our blood, sweat, tears, and everything we had in our restaurant. We closed in June 2014. We, as a family, as a team, would like to thank everyone for their support during our short 3 years in North Vancouver, we'll never forget the memories and the relationships that we've made here. Thank you. If you have any questions, please email PhoSaigonNVan@gmail.com

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Haney Public House, The22222 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge
Where mediocre is the standard
By CastIronCook of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

Once you enter the pub , you are bombarded by a sports pub motif , every wall is festooned with flat screen tv's. In the food department consistency lacks , where there is a lack of quality control. With this in mind the food is in need of help, uninspired burgers laden in sauce on stale rolls; breaded calamari that seconds as rubber bands and pasta dishes that are a thick gloopy mess. The service rates from great to non existent. Alot of work is needed to make this location succeed.

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All Star Wings and Ribs808 Bute St, Vancouver
the Best sports bar in vancouver downtown
By bruce chen of Vanvcouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

The service is very awesome and I was very well attended to it's a shame I Could't spend more time with them. I was very impressed with the lay out with the restaurant and it TV layout (lots of TV surround) I would definitely recommend this place to all my friends to go !

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Above Average Place
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (43 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 1:47am [Dine in]

This place was the first time for me tonight. It was my gf's bday so wanted to treat her to something special.

The overall experience was good.

The thing that stood out for me, in particular, was the interior design - very rustic and japanese. The food was also decent, but it felt like a hit and miss on some of the dishes.

We had ordered 6 dishes plus a drink. total came to about 70.00 including tip so it was quite reasonably valued in the end and portions were fair.

- grilled pork cheek
- shrimp salad
- crab rice
- calamari
- dan dan noodle
- agedashi style tofu

overall, i'd say the cooking was solid, although the only ones that stood out in particular was the crab rice and agedashi style tofu.

the ones at the bottom of the barrel were the dan dan noodles and calamari.

calamari was soggy and soaked with grease. we at first thought it was the salsa that had caused the calamari to lose its fried crunch but than eating the ones not in contact with the salsa was still soggy. advice for the chef would be to have the salsa in a separate container.

however, after telling the waitress this, she was kind enough to offer us a replacement dish or to deduct the calamari cost off our tab but we declined because overall it was a good experience and we just wanted to let the chef know.

having eaten so many cuisines, sometimes i second guess myself on what the standards are at a certain place but this calamari was definitely a fail. i hope it was just a consistency error and next time it will come out perfect.

next, the dan dan noodles were not particular memorable or tasty. the overall cooking felt flat and i wasn't sure if it was some fast food dish i was eating or something they had not put heart into. it just felt a bit superficial and something i could get at a food court. banal, mediocre and bland.

the shrimp salad was reasonable, although a little over salty but well seasoned i think.

the pork cheek, i enjoyed greatly but i wished it would have had just maybe that extra 5-15% grill taste to it. it felt overly tenderized and even just below medium done. it was juicy, well seasoned, but texture wise, just uniform - no variety. this may be a personal preference but it's what i think for this dish.

the star of tonight was the crab rice on special in november of this month. full of crab flabor and tiny parcels of real crab meat, seafood and some sort of, i think, very aromatic japanese gratin cheese baked into the rice. it had depth of flavor and the rice was cooked just right.

the crab rice came in a stone bowl, pipping hot.

the cocktail, kingyo cocktail, lacked alcohol taste but flavor was not bad.

our waitress was great, very caring and attentive.

i'd return again, but it would not be a place i'd go often in terms of similarly priced range of izakaya.

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Hitoe Sushi3347 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
I LIKE Hitoe sushi!!
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (139 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2014 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

I like Hitoe sushi - it's my Goe-to restaurant whenever I'm in the big city. I head straight there in my car. I don't even feel like I have to be there. They have the freshest bestest sushi in the whole Province. I would not miss an opportunity to stop by. Wenever I 'm near dennam it's my Goe-to restaurant. It's not even cramp.

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Le Vol Au Vent14959 Marine Drive, White Rock
Just like back in France
By pielcafe of Surrey , B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00am [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I have been here several times. The food, service and feel of the restaurant reminds me of when I go back to France to visit my family. I love the home-style feel and the fact that there are basics that are always available but then there are different options each visit depending on what is in season and what the chef feels like making. Always a pleasant surprise! If you want to practice your French you can do that here too :)

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Hitoe Sushi3347 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
I won't go here again
By BrianM of West Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 5:28am [Dine in]

Restaurant was small and cramp. Sushi was not fresh and not worth the price I paid. The service was so bad I only left a $2 tip for a group of five. I can tell the patrons are all locals who live in the area who don't have a car that's why they are forced to eat there. There are so many good sushi restaurants on dennam, don't go to Hitoe Sushi

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Chung's Fish and Chips4811 Delta Street, Delta
The new best fish 'n chips
By EatsFats of Vancouver (317 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 9:38pm [Dine in]

One day we found ourselves stuck in the boonies (I think it was actually in Ladner) on a Sunday morning. Well, what are the options? There were only 3 restaurants open in "downtown" Ladner, so we said what the heck, Chung's it is.

Oh my gosh! Are we ever glad we dropped by! The ingredients are all super fresh, the potatoes supposedly from nearby farms and they have even their own home made tartar sauce (it certainly does not taste like anything we've ever got from the store). Tried salmon, halibut and cod versions and all were good.
The "chips" were very tasty, excellent. So good, I didn't even really need ketchup. The fish ... okay, it's rare I say this, but it is the best we've ever tried anywhere bar Nova Scotia. It puts all the other places in town to shame. It's almost in another league along with the one we found in Nova Scotia. Light, crispy batter that is integrated with the fish, it doesn't slide out in one big sleeve like others do. Fish is nearly perfectly done.
The kid's meal version turned out to be a really good deal, better than the regular meals.

Highly recommended. Worth the trip. Seriously.

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Bella Gelateria1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
Unexpectedly poor
By EatsFats of Vancouver (317 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

Really loved the gelato from the original location so quite looked forward to the new location, which also serves Napoletana style pizza.

We stayed away in the beginning due to the long line ups, but finally got a chance to go. We ended up at a very non-busy time, maybe only 2 or 3 other tables there.

Service, quite slow. I was really surprised by how long. The pizza should be very quick and especially given the lack of other customers there. They weren't exactly fast to get or order either, the waitress took the order, went away, then came back because she got confused or mixed up about what we ordered.
After the meal, we also ordered some dessert and a gelato on a cone. Not only did it also take a long time, they got the gelato order wrong. Somebody came back to "fix" the order, but the "fix" also took a long time. In a near empty restaurant!!! All told, we spent much more than an hour there for 2 pizzas and an ice cream. In an empty restaurant. There's no way they generate enough turnover to keep the place running.

To add insult, the gelato here (which we have since tried a few times) is not as good as the other location, usually too sweet. The dessert billed as "tiramisu", was nothing like that. It was a biscuit with 3 very, very tiny balls (~ 2cm diameter) of gelato. And it was really expensive.

The pizza was mediocre. You can get just as good from Famoso or any other number of joints around town. Absolutely nothing special, except maybe by being 10-20% more expensive than the competition! Our evaluation of the pizza correlates well with other friends and acquaintances who also tried at other times. "Meh, it was ok" was the general response.

Not recommended. You can get way better Neapolitan style pizza in any number of places around town. For gelato, the original location is better. For the same stuff, walk up a few blocks and get it for less cost and less lineup. For dessert or pizza, head around the corner to Sciue.

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Linh Cafe2836 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Quite the pleasant surprise!
By EatsFats of Vancouver (317 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

French style food from what seems to be a Vietnamese chef. Quite a small place, but very friendly.
The server was pretty good if a bit over the top, I'm not complaining.

Eh, the food? WOW! Yeah, wow! Quelle surprise! A couple of French breakfasts were stupendous. Sure, I've had this level of quality before, but at way more expensive and fancy joints. The actual dishes, well, no, I've not had them before, so it has a double hit of good and unique.
We also had the pho which is quite different from other pho joints in town, but was also quite well done. I rather suspect it is more "authentic" as a breakfast item than the other guys,but I suspect most people will prefer "the usual" style more as a full meal.

Tried some croissants which also got the big thumbs up from the party. The thing was just all good food, surprisingly so.

Definitely worth a return trip. Highly recommended.

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