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Metro Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Room for improvement
By livinforthefood of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 10:30am [Dine in]

If you plan carefully, hit the right weather, arrive early and enjoy a bottle of wine on the front grass, and then move to the patio in the bistro, the visit can be quite enjoyable. However, my only complaint, is that the service can be quite indifferent and unaccommodating, both in the bistro and the wine shop. We arrived for a 75th birthday party (6 people) at 4:03pm, and when we inquired in the wine shop for the 4:00pm tour, we were told it was cancelled, due to no interest. We explained we were interested and we were 6 people, but the lady seemed very set on sticking to her guns. Nice touch! Prebooked the patio for 6pm 2 weeks in advance, but for some reason the server seating us seemed determined to move us inside. We insisted to be outside, and she still persevered to bring us in. We won out in the end, but I didn't appreciate the server trying to force her personal agenda. As for food, nothing special, but the ambience tends to improve the experience.

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Burnaby Palace Restaurant3110 Boundary Rd, Burnaby
Was OK, but nothing special
By iknowwhatsgood of North bby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 8:46pm [Take-out]

First off, the map here is wrong. It is between canada way and grandview across from the gas station..

Had the ginger beef, chicken balls and a noodle and beef dish.

The ginger beef, was not as good as chongqing, but that's probably the best i've had, so its a pretty high standard. They did not have any like, whole peppers in it, which is always sad. Wasn't super hot. It wasn't too hard at least. As some places just burn them to a crisp. No it was ok, i mean its what I would expect from a decent place, and the portion was quite large.

The chicken balls my wife really loved, but I thought somewhere oldschool like rickshaw made much better sauce. It wasn't oversweet though. They also weren't swimming in it, which we disagreed on, which method was better. Sure they keep longer if they are separated from the sauce, but the sauce was not enough to cover all balls when individually dispensed. Its good though, as there were a lot and there will be leftovers, I just like it when the sauce is together, otherwise its just like a chicken finger or something - nothing says 'american chinese food' like sweet red sauce wrapped fried things. The chicken inside was not skimpy.

The noodle beef dish was pretty heavy on the noodles. And low on vegetables. Perhaps we should have got a pure vegetable dish. Oh well.

Service was good, restaurant looked nice inside but i didn't stay. Egg rolls were top notch., crisp and the fillings didn't all just fall out one end.

I would eat here again for sure, and the price wasn't too bad. Not as cheap as others have said, I think about 10-13 dollars a dish rather than 8-10 as stated below. Dishes were heavy as others have noted. 3 dishes easily would feed 4 people. We made our own rice so cant comment on that.

all around 3 stars. Portions good, everything you expect from a chinese restaurant and absolutely nothing was tasteless. Just off the mark of perfection.

Not the cheapest, or the best, but a decent meal nonetheless.

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Cat & Fiddle Sports Bar & Grill1979 Brown Street, Port Coquitlam
Great Local Hangout!
By power14928 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

First time at the Fiddle and I must say they have a great beer selection. This is my girlfriends local hangout and go to place for having a beer and a bite to eat. She brags that they always have specials and great prices. I gotta say… she’s right! The place was pretty busy so you could tell it’s popular.

The menu has a big selection of appies and we had a hard time choosing but we tried the chicken wings, chili chicken bites and veggie quesadilla – big portions and really well done – my fav was the chili chicken bites – best I’ve ever had – the prices were good too! Waitress staff was great and friendly. Overall had really good service - glad I went – I’ll be back and I'm looking forward to trying more items from the menu (especially the beer!)

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24 Train Express Noodle House550 Nelson St, Vancouver
Adequate, if you don't have expectations.
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (38 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2015 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

**cash only
Discovered this place last week and decided to give it a go. It is actually quite spacious inside (approx 12 tables and is eclectically decorated. There are several neon signs hung on the walls that surprisingly don't draw your attention as well as a mélange of wall art. Tables and floor appeared clean and tidy.
The soup that came with the pho was rather sweet and the accompaniments that came with the pho were sparse. We also ordered the marinated pork vermicelli. We were expecting marinated pork belly but got marinated grilled ham - so you can imagine our disillusionment. Overall, I would say the food is alright. Definitely nothing to write home about. 2 stars in general seem harsh, if half stars were available, I would bump them up to 2.5.
Service was ok. Swift and efficient.
I don't think I'll be going back soon, I'll give it another go in a couple of months. Perhaps.

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Sushi Tengoku10194 152nd Street, Surrey
Just the Worst
By bokenasu of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 10:35pm [Take-out]

We received no ginger or wasabi with any of the sashimi or rolls and the gomae was a pitiful portion.
Most egregious was the sashimi: far too old to serve. Except for the tuna on the assorted sashimi plate, all the pieces smelled awful and tasted worse. The entire wild salmon sashimi plate was beyond its expiration.
We will never return.

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Big Feast Bistro11920 227th Street, Maple Ridge
Why did I wait so long?
By Gotmygrooveback of Maple Ridge, B.C (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

Big Feast has been around a while and I've never gone.... I've been missing out! Four of us out for dinner - not much left in ol' Ridge to choose from but haven't been to 2 "new" places yet. Chameleon and Big Feast. We chose Big Feast and were not disappointed! I had a chicken dish in a creamy, lemony sauce with capers and peppercorns - it was delicious! the garlicy mashed potatoes were fabulous too. Wine prices were decent. All our meals were really good, including the gluten-free burger my brother-in-law had, made with a local Zena bun. In fact, we were all very impressed with the 'local' ingredients in this place. Bread, cheese, meat - all local. The atmosphere is 'eclectic' - kinda cool, really. The tables and chairs don't match, it gives it a really homey, comfortable quality. The service was prompt and friendly. The waitress knew the menu well. We did find it a tad warm inside, even with the AC but it was really hot out that day and the sun was beaming in through the big windows. I had a great meal, a great time and I will definitely be back.

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Sushimoto2201 Holdom Ave, Unit #102, Burnaby
Could be great but it's not.
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (99 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2015 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

I went the first week they opened a few years ago and was disappointed but gave them a pass since it was so new. So I went again now and the only difference was they now had a liquor licence and it was busier but the food was still poor, in my opinion. The Oyster Motoyaki came in Crème Brulee cups which is nice, but the mayo was runny and the oyster was rubber. The Shishamo grilled fish was terrible and I could not eat more than one. The other dishes were just ok.
On the bright side, the server was friendly and attentive, the atmosphere was lively and the décor is unusual but interesting. The location can't be beat as Skytrain is right there and there's lot's of street parking (but I walked from home a few blocks away). The selection of beer and sake is very good.
So I wish the owner would just spend a little more and get quality food and get the kitchen to learn from the pros like Zakkushi and Guu.

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Dinakis Mediterranean Grill2020 Oxford Connector, #101, Port Coquitlam
Excellent
By Tony Tony of Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

Come here quite often with family and friends. The best Greek restaurant in BC!!! Food is excellent (especially the roast lamb, amazing!), they allow for substitutions without any fuss, the service is excellent and the portion sizes are very generous. Highly recommended!

the Spanakopita dinner which was a really tasty meal, and also a good option for anyone who's Vegetarian.My friend got the Tiger Prawns and he said they were also delicious.Service was very good, waitresses were always ready to top up your water, and the food came relatively quickly.An all around good experience

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Java Jazz Cafe and Bistro412 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Karaoke is awesome, but due to service disappointment, WILL NEVER RETURN
By Amy.C of Vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

$10 MINIMUM ENFORCED WITHOUT NOTICE?!?!?!! -- My friends and I came there for the karaoke one night recently, to celebrate my girlfriend's 30th birthday. However, I found that the service there was HORRIBLE. Not only did my friends and I wait a very long time to even be asked for our first round of drinks, because of the owner and the waitresses servicing this party they had for dinner there; but we barely got service all night. We can only assume we offended her by asking for non-alcoholic drinks, since we got no offers for refills either. We didn't want to order food since we had already eaten prior to attending this cafe, but it's not like we got menus offered to us, anyways. Also, when we went to pay our bills, we were demanded by the manager/owner to pay $10 minimum each even though we were both driving and each had non-alcoholic drinks!

There was NO sign inside the establishment, outside on the door, nor on the menus, (or on their website -- I've checked) stating that there was a $10 minimum per person.. and there was no way that the service deserves a $7 tip on a $2.50-$3 bill for a drink!! We were humiliated and disgusted by this service, by the demand by the owner/manager! Personally, I am surprised that this is a demand when there is no way the service deserves this type of tip enforced when we barely got service at all, and we didn't want to order food.

I overheard others claim that they go through the same treatment there constantly, and rumor was going around the patrons I spoke to, that the owner puts all the tips her girls make, into her pocket instead of letting her waitresses have them when they work hard for it (unfortunately, they didn't work all that hard in our experience that night)...They told me that the ONLY reason they attend Java Jazz is for the amazing karaoke, which I can see why.. The karaoke company hired, MirMor Karaoke, is awesome. The host is fun, inviting, and has a huge selection.

My friends and I loved the karaoke that was there, and will definitely attend one of their other shows. However, based on our experience by the restaurant staff that were there that night, unfortunately there is no way I will go back to that establishment again for any reason.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1499 Anderson St., Vancouver
I don't know.....Maybe I will just pass
By eating good food of Vancouver (121 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times. The food is ok. I do find it to be expensive for what it is.

Last time I came with friends; I had the chicken and ribs combo and fries. It was ok, but no better than Swiss Chalet, and I can get it cheaper there. I do like the glaze that they put on their chicken and ribs....the fries seem to be portioned not so well, but thats the least of it really.

I can't really say much; but it really is a bit pricy for what it's worth I think. I'll probably come back if it's a friends or family function (Like I would have a choice to reign on someones parade....ha ha) but just coming for a casual night out with friends, I would probably advise against it

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Matteo's Gelato2615 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
Simpy...the Best!!
By mr-es335 of maple ridge BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2015 - 7:32am [Dine in]

Hello,

I have been a "frequenter" of Matteo's Gelato for years and have recommended and continue to recommend Matteo's Gelato to all that I meet.

Yes, the food is great, the gelato is the best, the service is "wonderful". However, the coffee is the "best cup of coffee you can get anywhere"...as well!!

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Blast N2 the Past 50's Diner11951 95A Ave, Delta
Decent place but was expecting more
By Huge of Surrey (139 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Went here with the family and some friends for lunch. The burger's prices were around $12.99. The fries were not bottomless like other places but were tasty. The Buddy Holly burger that I ordered was decent but nothing to write home about. The breakfasts that my daughter order was very good. The pancake was quite large. The sandwich that my wife ordered was decent. My milkshake was below par. The ice cream that they used was melted and it might as well been a float. There was no thickness in the milkshake. For $4.99 I would have expected much more. Overall the experience was average. For what you get, I would venture elsewhere to get my burger fix. Plus the parking could be better. The location is in the mechanics/garage district of Delta, weird place for a diner.

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Washington Avenue Grill15782 Marine Drive, #5, White Rock
Very disappointing!
By lc88 of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 7:23am [Dine in]

I don't normally write reviews, but in this case I thought it was fitting since my experience was mediocre...

I had made resos online at around 10am for dinner that same day for 6:45pm (it was for a Tuesday so didn't see any problems). I attached a note when making the resos requesting for ocean view seating for 6 AND if they were not able to accommodate seating with a view, for the restaurant to contact me so I could make other arrangements with a different restaurant.
While I'm driving im on my way down to the restaurant and at 6:30pm, 15 mins till my resos I get a call from the restaurant advising they couldn't accommodate seating with a view. Well with short notice, I had no choice but to keep my resos.
We got to the restaurant, was seated, and had to wait for so long for SOMEONE/ anyone to ask us for drinks - I mean it was extremely hot that day, so even water would have been nice.
We finally put in our order, and when our dinner came, one plate had a hair on it. They quickly took the plate away, and literally, no joke, within a minute came back with the meal on another plate . That means they didn't bother to fire up a new dish- they just switched the plates. That is absolutely disgusting !!! And to make it worse, they didn't even offer us a discount or anything.... They simply brushed it off its "no big deal"! As for food, I cannot speak for other meals other than mine own which was the Lamb Shank. I found the lamb shank to be very disappointing, as there was no meat, all bone, and whatever meat that is attached is all fat.

Our meals were not cheap either, the bill came up to over $200 - no alcohol was ordered fyi.

We didn't want to make a scene because we had out of town guests with us, but will be contacting the restaurant to rectify this situation!

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Paesano's Restaurant12240 Second Avenue, #250, Richmond
Possible food poisoning ( in my opinion )
By Guy Vancouver of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 12:37am [Dine in]

Sorry, I had to say it as I'm nursing a gut ache, stomach cramps and a headache about 5 hours after lunch at Paesano's. It was the only Outside food (aside from a starbucks muffin) I ate in several days. And my home kitchen is pretty much vegan and very clean. I should have Checked the bad customer reviews first!
Even if it wasn't for the possible contaminated food, (and I do say possible in all fairness) I would still ever go back. The food is very Overpriced for quality and quantity, overcooked pasta, didn't get my order right even though I had make it very clear. Slow service, sauces were very salty, very oily and bland. Ordered their most expensive pasta dish and was disappointed. Pizza bread starter was a joke. Slow service and pushy for more drinks. Made me feel uncomfortable because I wanted to pay with a credit card and not cash or debit.

All in all, Paesano's seems like a dumb tourist place. Travellers who will never go back. I can't fathom any person who might have given decent reviews.
I think they went to the wrong place or were paid for a good review, perhaps? Who knows? I Rank Paesano's 1 out of 5 and that is generous, I believe.

Sorry to the owners fornthe poor review. I can't think of one good thing to say about Paesanos at the moment.

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Crab King Seafood, The3540 Bayview Street, Richmond
Wish I could turn back time......What a joke and a half
By eating good food of Vancouver (121 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 12:06am [Dine in]

Came here this afternoon with a friend (Canada Day) Originally I wanted to go to "Pajos" but the line up was an hour and a half there, so we came upon this place. We were happy that we didn't have to wait long to get our orders in, but "Oh my gosh" about a 20 minute wait for our food.

We went to the patio part....NOT the restaurant. I ordered 2 pieces of salmon and fries with a coke. My friend ordered cod with fries and some water. As stated earlier. took about 20 minutes or more to get our food. the only utensils they had out were spoons....had to get knife and fork from counter......no condiments except vinegar.

When we sat down my friend noticed that they gave her salmon instead of the cod (that's ok....mistakes happen) she went to return it; and they told her that she ordered salmon.....she then said it was her friends (mine)......So instead of doing the classic; "That's ok....keep it and we will give you what you ordered" they took the salmon back (wonder what they are going to do with it) and gave her the cod......they could had also ither gave her a new order of fries....or offered to top them up......

Anyways, we sat to eat. The salmon was ok "nothing special" We noticed the fries were Costco kind....exactly what I had at Costco. This place is so expensive and they serve Costco fries and mediocre food.......This was a joke. I paid the same price here as I would at a restaurant (give or take a couple of dollars)

The thing that gets to me; is that when I paid with my credit card; they asked for a tip on the machine.....and feeling bad....I left 15%.......which doesn't warrant it after all this. mediocre food, slow service and not compensating?

Do yourselves a favour. Go to Steveston and enjoy the area. But afterwards; just go to one of the restaurants there; or elsewhere. This place charges restaurant prices, but service is terrible......you wait as long (and maybe longer) for your food.....and don't have wait staff here.

ZERO ZERO ZERO

Will NEVER return

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Accidental Take out
By dreww_ of North Van (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 7:47am [Take-out]

Having ordered from JustEat in the past and content with the food and service (delivery boy brought it on time despite our mess up on the address), we decided to head out for dinner here. We thought Monday night would be good enough in terms of finding a seat and not having to wait in line for too long but when we arrived it was a whole different picture. Speaking to the staff, we figured it would be at least an hour before we got a table, which would be too late for us. We ended up going for take out and taking the food back to our apartment.

It was the turn for fish masala, aloo gobi and rice pulao this night. I'm not a big fan of the fish masala but since it was ready we just went for it. Funnily enough, it turned out to be the most tasty of the two dishes. The portions actually lasted us two days so we were happy. For $31, it was a great deal.

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Le Vol Au Vent14959 Marine Drive, White Rock
Lovely evening on the patio
By VJB of abbotsford (161 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 29, 2015 - 9:45am [Dine in]

We had a wonderful evening at Le Vol au Vent. We made reservations and requested a table on the patio as they do not have air conditioning and BC is exceptionally hot this year. We arrived early and were greeted warmed by both the chef and his wife – I believe her name is Dana. She said that our table on the patio was ready but if we wanted to move inside there would be no problem. The patio is great for people watching and the ocean is right across the street.
As others have mentioned the service is slow since the wife was serving all the tables and it was a very busy evening. We never felt like we were ignored though and she was very pleasant and helpful the whole evening. She explained the various wines that they had available and also told us about the specials. At the end of the evening she gave us a small glass of a different wine for us to sample.
We started off with morel mushrooms vol au vent in a lovely cream sauce. For entrees my husband had the rack of lamb medium rare. It was very tasty and was a decent size. I had the filet mignon with a cognac sauce that was just heavenly. The entrees were served with vegetables and pommes frites. The pommes frites were really good dipped in the cognac sauce from the steak. The entrees also came with what I think were gnocchi. They were not very interesting but this is really a minor quibble.
It was a lovely evening on the patio with great food served in a leisurely fashion. If you’re looking for a quick meal this is not the restaurant for you but if you want to just relax and enjoy yourself this is a great spot.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Lunch buffet success
By autwrn of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

This place is the standard when it comes to serving quality lunch buffets. We came for lunch at 1 pm on Saturday and there was a bit of a wait. A good sign as it is a popular place, and since we were not famished we just waited it out.

I am not new to Indian food at all and order take-out quite often, but since my aunt was visiting from out of town I decided to take her some place nice and eat in. India bistro was a safe bet; you can’t go wrong with the food served here. The food is always prepared fresh and doesn't overdose on spices. My aunt tried almost everything and helped herself to second servings while I just kept it conservative with the butter chicken. I would highly recommend it for people looking for a more than decent lunch option.

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Aaron's Restaurant17665 57th Avenue, Surrey
Hidden Treasure
By me3vanc of Cloverdale (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

I have worked near this restaurant for years and never been there. Went there with a group recently and what a surprise!! Service was excellent and food was too. Pricing is most reasonable (cheaper than Boston Pizza) and the quality is ten times better. They have specials that makes prices even better and portions are generous. Very impressive overall! I will definitely go back and will enjoy surprising people with this place!!

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Yoko Sushi1001 Austin Ave, Unit F, Coquitlam
Terrible customer service
By katrina1985 of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 26, 2015 - 6:16pm [Take-out]

Just had the worst customer service from Yoko Sushi in Coquitlam. Pick up my order, get home - half of my order is wrong. No big deal. I'm sure if I call them, they will deliver the rest of my order. Clearly... not so much. They basically didn't believe me on the phone, made me bring the entire order back so I couldn't even eat what was correct. When I asked if they could deliver the rest of my order, she said they would have to pay the delivery guy. So that wasn't an option. At this point, I'm hangry AND angry. When I get back to Yoko, I literally have to pick up the roll in my hand to show her that it's not my order because she just keeps looking at the receipt and saying that's what I ordered. At the end of this, they gave me my money back and I had to give the whole order back so I'm still hangry. I won't be back, and she didn't seem too sad to see me leave.
Their sushi is good, but nothing special. I will happily order from the other three sushi restaurants down the street.

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