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Metro Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Hanaya Japanese Restaurant2828 152nd Street, #106, Surrey
Beautiful Japanese gem in Surrey
By dreww_ of North Van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

The first thing you notice when you walk in the restaurant is the beautiful Japanese themed décor. The delicately pink cherry blossoms, glowing orb-like lamps and cozy seating create a soothing, romantic atmosphere, perfect for a date. The restaurant is never overcrowded, which makes it a nice setting for conversing. I am usually seated right away.

Customer service was prompt and polite, and the prices were right for the quality of the food. The menu covers everything from soups and salads, tempura, sushi, rolls, and meats. I highly recommend the Las Vegas Roll, Miso Soup and the Yam Tempura. They also offer all-you-can-eat, which is great if you want to try several sushi flavors. The bento boxes are also a great option, but they’re only available in the afternoons. My favorite is the Salmon Teriyaki Box, but all the ones I’ve tried are excellent.

I rate them 5/5.

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Incendio103 Columbia St, Vancouver
Fool me once.....
By BPaulieB of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 10:45am [Take-out]

I had a very negative experience at Incendios Gastown last night when I picked up my pizza. To make along story short:
I ordered a pizza for pick-up and when I got there I was told the driver had taken it by mistake. I asked for a fresh one and was assured this was no problem I would have a new pizza in 5 minutes. I left the Restuarant for a couple minutes came back and "Voila" was presented with a "under 5 minute, fresh out the oven, can't be fresher" pizza. I was vocally sceptical and assured by the staff it was fresh. Right out the oven.
This has happened to me before at Incendios about 6 months ago. Fool me once... Well you know the rest.
After all was said and done I had to question staff 3 times and argue with the manager to finally learn the truth that they were trying to pawn off a cold meal that I specifically asked and checked to make sure was fresh. And what REALLY gets me going is that this happened before, and I was so furious that I didn't even think to ask for my money back. So no only did I have to argue for what I paid for, but I ended up paying for an experience that was less than enjoyable (on New Years Eve). I have been eating at Incendio for 20 years and have many fond memories there, but after this experience I will never eat there again.
A premium meal should never come with a headache.... Unless it comes with a bottle of wine.

And that's the short version.

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Mooyah1431 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Quality fast food
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (59 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 9:20am [Dine in]

Mooyah is an American chain that specializes in quality burgers, fries and milkshakes at a premium price, similar to Veras, Fatburger and Manhattans. Ordering from the menu to construct your burger is quite complicated...like following a flow chart for assembling an Ikea desk so it takes a little getting used to. Three of us grabbed a booth for dinner and ordered burgers and fries at the counter with cups of free tap water. Bill was $43 which seems pretty steep for B&F but the quality of the grilled burgers and fries was excellent. If you like your burgers "your way", there are plenty of options on the menu to explore. We'll go back. Maybe try a milkshake next time.

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Club Ilia8902 University High St, Burnaby
Nice little cafe/bistro/club/bar/pub on Burnaby Mountain
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (59 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 9:12am [Dine in]

I've been to Club Ilia for lunch a couple times with friends and have enjoyed both times. It gets busy over lunch which is testimony to its popularity with locals. Menu is pizzettas, sandwiches and burgers, salads, pasta, and other typical pub/bistro fare. I've tried the Rueben and the graduate burger and both were very good. Service is efficient, there are a variety of beers available, and the atmosphere is cozy.

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La Charcuterie Delicatessen19080 96 Ave, Surrey
Amazingly Adequate Sandwiches!
By CastIronCook of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 3:44am [Take-out]

Once entering the deli , you are welcomed by the unabashed sandwich slinger. He is a high speed slicing machine building multiple sandwiches by his liking. No menu needed just meat and good cheeses on fresh rolls. Basic but decent, the shop is a local staple. Where quantity for cost is the norm, the deli is always steady. Inside is a dusty, messy affair where takeout is the sole option. Cash rules at this shop , you will leave with enough sustenance to carry on with your day with amazingly adequate flavour!

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Chinese Palace22528 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
Tasty Chinese Fare to be Had
By CastIronCook of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 3:01am [Dine in]

When entering the restaurant you are greeted by friendly hosts. There are a wide variety of choices to choose from. The cuisine here is tasty indeed, with fresh ingredients being the catalyst for flavours. Excellent homemade sauces propel meat/seafood dishes to new heights. Rice and noodle dishes are prepared with care, and soups are flavorful. This restaurant has what it takes to provide a nice chinese feast. Inside the decor is a nice relaxed setting to enjoy a meal.

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Romano's Pizza902 Granville Street, Vancouver
Late night cheesy satisfaction
By mi7kahn of Buranby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 12:30am [Dine in]

Romano's is always a good option for when you are hungry late at night. Actually, for any time, but when it's past two AM and people are hungry, its best to treat them right and give them something tasty. Great, cheap pizza which is hard to do in a location like Granville. The pizza tastes fresh, not greasy which is a plus for the prices they are charging. Lots of toppings to choose from. I especially love the blue beef cheese with mozzarella and blue cheese.

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Bandidas Taqueria2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Vegan heaven?
By mi7kahn of Buranby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 12:17am [Dine in]

This place is probably vegan heaven. There are lots of cheap and mexican-style places around town but this one is strictly and plainly vegetarian. I wish I had known earlier!

I had the leona gayle burrito this time around (chipotle, cheese, beans, lettuce, tofu, sour cream and God knows what else) which was a good choice. I've never been really inclined towards eating tofu but the way they prepare it here is amazing. Gotta give it to the chefs this time. Perfect spot to eat with your non-meat loving friends.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Best Chicken at an Indian restaurant
By dreww_ of North Van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

Two words: CHICKEN METHI. I would stop right there, but I don’t think Dinehere would be okay with that.

We came in for an 8 o clock reservation and after a bit of a wait, finally got a seat. It was a not so busy Sunday so the wait was not too long (thankfully). We ordered paneer pakora two times and both times they came out good. Not greasy. The chicken methi stole the show though. To be honest, they were the best I have had.The curry was simply delicious and it was not too spicy but not bland either. We also had the korma and other chicken dish and they were not as great, the latter was kind of soup-like and could have been adorned more with more chicken pieces. i had to remove a star from service because the waiter seemed to be confused at times. But besides that, he was friendly and attentive.

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chada thaipinetree way, Coquitlam
disinterested waiter
By jaspyjj of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

Went to Chada Thai with my husband and daughter Dec. 30/14. I ordered the Papaya Salad ($13) and specifically told the waiter that I wanted it mild. When it arrived it was so spicy I could not eat it and my mouth was burning . He merely said sorry. Never asked if I wanted something else, or offered to make any compensation on our bill.. My husband, who likes spicy food, tried my salad and said it was not mild at all, but medium spicy. We won't be going back! Very poor service from a waiter in my opinion.

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Apollonia1830 Fir Street, Vancouver
NOT Vegan-Friendly, even if they say they are...
By djoe of vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 29, 2014 - 8:14am [Dine in]

After eating here a few times and thinking it was really good, I was informed by our waitress (who was vegetarian and very nice) that in fact, their roasted potatoes, which we loved, we NOT vegan-friendly — even though we had been assured the times before that EVERYTHING we had order used no animal products at all. I think because the waitress was vegetarian she took our request more seriously and found out that the potatoes are cooked in chicken stock. So long Apollonia, it was nice knowing you :-(

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Denny's5605 Kingsway, Burnaby
Just okay.
By mi7kahn of Buranby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 11:09pm [Take-out]

Hmmm...not really sure if this was just a one-time thing, but my experience wasn't that great at Dennys. My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to eat breakfast at and found Dennys in a last minute resort. I am not really a fussy eater, and don't have too many expectations when it comes to places like these, but I found the food to be a little under what I was expecting, even for Dennys standards. While she opted for the veggie skillet, I ordered the fit slam "protein" which are: egg whites mixed with tomatoes and spinach, a muffin and two pieces of turkey bacon. Sounds like a big ole hearty breakfast full of protein that cant go wrong...but it did. I could barely taste the spinach and tomatoes, and the turkey bacon tasted rubbery and nothing like it. I went for the protein because I thought it would be packed, but it tasted more like the light version of it. For the prices we paid, was a little disappointed.

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Ebo4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Great Hotel Restaurant choice in Burnaby
By mi7kahn of Buranby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

Located inside the Delta Hotel, Ebo is definitely one of those restaurants you go to for a business lunch and really enjoy it, even if the "business" part didn't go so well. I have been here only a handful of times, one for business, and the other for happy hour and dinner but on all occasions the food has been more than amazing. You'd think that a restaurant in a casino could not have such fine dining and good food, eh? Back to the food, their mussels are never bad, and their linguini is really good. I am not much of a salad person but even here I liked their caesar. Not really the place I would frequent a lot because of the prices on the menu, but I'd definitely give it a shot if you are in the area.

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Jang Mo Jib Korean Restaurant1575 Robson St, Vancouver
Appalling experience - avoid this place
By doublemagnum of Coal Harbour (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

I write many reviews of restaurants on this site as well as others. Generally I am an easy going person, understanding of "extraordinary circumstances" and pretty generous in my praise.

Until now.

I have just had the most unforgivably awful experience at Jang Mo Jib on Robson Street near Cardero in Vancouver's West End.

This place has been around for a while and is a favourite haunt of Asian students here to learn English, and a generally younger Korean crowd. I live 2 blocks away, so I've visited before, and while never overly impressed, I was never treated like this. Because I have vowed never to return, I won't give them the chance to repeat this performance.

Let's start with seating. A 15 minute estimated wait on a Sunday evening turned into 45 minutes for our party of three, during which time the host (over our objections) took an empty table of four which had just cleared, split the table in half and seated 2 couples who had arrived long after we did. Not impressed.

Now let's discuss cleanliness. We were seated in a "back room" area where the adjacent table and floor looked like the food fight scene from Animal House. Staff were sweeping food into piles at our feet as they cleared this nauseating mountain of leftovers. As for our table, we arrived to a soaking wet surface reeking of chlorine bleach. How appetizing.

On to service... We ordered three pretty simple items. One arrived fairly soon. The next was much later. The last - well we still don't know what happened to the last one, although the table seated beside us received exactly the same dish even though they had been seated 15 minutes after we arrived. By now we were well over 90 minutes into our dinner.

A server arrived to sheepishly inform us that they had made a mistake and our third dish had been "cancelled".

Enough. I informed the host at the front that in 60 years living in this city I had never had such shoddy service.

And for the first time in my life, I also informed him that we were not going to pay ANY of the bill and he could sue me.

I often browse the "Terrible" or "One Star" ratings people submit, just to see if the reviewer was a one-off crank with an axe to grind. I have dined all over the world in restaurants grand and modest. Let me assure you that this place richly deserves the drubbing I have given them above. They need to smarten up. All the ESL students in the world aren't going to save your business if you lose touch with basic customer service, hygiene and attention to detail. I sincerely hope your experience is superior to mine if you choose to go to this place. Caveat emptor.

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Moma Contemporary Bistro8580 Cambie Road, #104, Richmond
Great for foodies
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (117 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 9:59pm [Dine in]

This place has been opened for quite some time, but I am surprised that there is no review here. However, the good reviews it has received elsewhere tempted me to give it a try. I went with four others, and we ordered a variety of dishes to share. Every single dish was delicious, with the grilled octopus, sable fish, and port belly being particularly outstanding. At first, looking at the prices on the menu, I thought portions would be very small, but they were not. All dishes were of decent portion, presentation was beautiful, the ingredients were very fresh, and the cooking creative. Service was good, considering that one waitress seemed very new and was not familiar with the dishes on the menu, but her attitude was excellent. The decor of the place was modern yet simple, so the ambiance was average, but we went there for the food, and we were absolutely delighted to have our tastebuds satisfied to the fullest.

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Maurya Bistro1734 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Buffet Not as good now.
By Basilseal of North Vancouver District (31 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

Today we ate the buffet at Maurya; the first time in awhile and were disappointed. This buffet has gone down hill since I last reviewed it. There is less choice in the buffet and items such as the butter chicken had a lack of chicken (we were able to fish out some chicken as we were there at the opening, but it was mostly sauce,) Poor service..no water refills offered, and plates not picked up until just before leaving. Time to find a new Indian Buffet.

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Kedah House1652 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
Defnitely Not Worth It
By jaeqoo of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 4:14am [Dine in]

If poor customer service and contaminated salad bars are your thing, then you've come to the right place. When we walked into the restaurant, we met up with an employee who pointed to a table that was already occupied by another customer's belongings. I have no idea why he made such a bone headed move because that happened to be the only seat in the house that was taken. This absent minded employee was the same guy who, midway through our dinner, took out a broom and dustpan to sweep the floor. I honestly don't know about you but watching people sweep in front of me makes me lose my appetite rather rapidly.

It's not that big of an issue for me because the food wasn't any good to begin with. Having said that I still wish they had labelled the dishes at the buffet table so I know what I am actually consuming. I can tell you this much though...labeling their food wouldn't have been very labor intensive at all because you can literally count the number of dishes available on your fingers. What disgusted me even more than the poor customer service was their salad bar. How would you like to munch on cucumber slices and leaves of lettuce that have been vegged on by fruit flies? I didn't think so, not even if the bill came out to be $10.50.

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Starbucks20395 Lougheed Highway, #590, Maple Ridge
Great service day in and day out
By Mullo of New Westminster (18 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 26, 2014 - 6:03pm [Take-out]

I have to post a review even though the coffee is the same at all Starbucks, the service here shines through.

Dawn, Jamie, Lisa, and Val are always awesome making you feel personally welcomed each and ever visit!! Their personableness is second to none. I always feel good about my experience when I go in.

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San Remo Pizza3008 Flint St, #108, Port Coquitlam
Good fresh pizza
By Mullo of New Westminster (18 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 26, 2014 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

Tonight (aaprox 4:30 pm Friday night) was our first time eating at San Remo and we ordered a large pizza for our family of three. We tried 1/2 mediteranian and 1/2 greek. The pizza was brought to our table in approx 25 minutes which was decent timing. The pizza was quite good with very fresh and plenitful toppings. We were all stuffed and had a slice for taking home left over.

My 14 year old son really liked it and commented that we will certainly return. It did start getting quite busy with the restaurant filling up as we ate, so go early or most likely expect a wait. The server was very pleasant and attentive throughout our evening. Will be back.

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Galini Greek Kouzina & Grill19475 Fraser Hwy, #101, Surrey
Good value. Large portions
By VJB of abbotsford (157 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 26, 2014 - 11:11am [Dine in]

We came on an evening in December and I think they had a lot of office Christmas parties. We had reservations but even with reservations we had one of the worst seats in the restaurant. We were seated at a table right beside the bar so wait staff and customers were walking by our table all evening. This is hardly conducive to a nice evening out. We asked if we could have one of the booths near the bar but were told that it was reserved. I would ask for a table in the main dining area next time.
All entrees come with soup of the day and a choice of Caesar or greek salad. I had the moussaka and it is probably one of the best moussakas that I’ve ever had. My husband had the rack of lamb and he also was very impressed with his dinner. The portions are very generous.
The pricing is fair for the quality and quantity of food. Service was very good.
We would return but only if we could have a different table.

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