I've been here many, many time over the years and they've definitely got a repeat customer. Excellent BBQ food with excellent service. Each and every time they see me, they're really fast with my orders whether I dine in or do take out. I also always order the Memphis Platter because it has a great selection of various meats complete with corn bread, coleslaw, beans, and BBQ sauce. I would highly recommend this place for a night out with friends or even a dinner date with your special someone.
I've been going here for many years! Excellent food menu and excellent service. Although I'm a busy person, from time to time, I do take the opportunity to eat in here whenever I can. I especially love their BBQ Poutine and a glass of Coke because I somehow always have leftovers to bring home! Each and every time I do take out or pick ups, they're always fast with my orders. This place is also a good place for a date past the lunch time rush as there's PLENTLY of seating and they always say goodbye when you leave. Best tasting food here! Other than that, rock on Memphis Blues!
Over the years, the prices of the menu items here have risen considerably. I remember paying only $10 (meal plus tip) for myself but then again, that was the past. Really fast with preparing and pushing out orders. Also, for those who haven't visited in a while, this place has gotten a new renovation and there's more space for dine in customers. Other than that, Brian (the owner) is a really nice guy and his staff reflect that. If you come here for the food or the service, either way, just bring some extra cash with you.
Went here with my cousin a few nights ago and ultimately I really wonder how this place makes money, let alone carries the good name of White Spot. Upon entering the waiting area, we were NOT greeted promptly as other White Spot locations - I say that we waited for 10 minutes before being being shown a table while my cousin says 7 minutes because he's actually nice (***NOTE how I just said being shown a table, let alone being greeted, getting an apology, then being told about the specials, etc.***).
Our server was rude right off the bat - no smile, monotone voice, and no warmth towards customers of any ethnic backgrounds. When I say this, please don't get the idea that I'm calling her a racist, but there was an East Indian couple (newly weds maybe?) that waited a long time, was seated at a really neglected table, and was there was no service. Literally, the man got up from his seat and politely asked a server if they could order their meals and the response that he got (and I quote) "can you like sit down and shut up? I'll be there in like a minute." To add insult to injury, I also showed my White Spot discount card and she made a face. She then threw our bill onto the table and snapped "is that all for you two?" Both of us were really uncomfortable with the tension this place has and just decided to pay cash. Here's the kicker, I was going to tip her $10 but threw the $10 aside and took the payment of total bill. then she complains to someone that we didn't tip her! Effing BS straight up!
For anyone who wishes to come here, rest assured that the quality of the food is NOT up to par with other White Spot locations. You're only ordering here just to fill up your stomach. Would definitely not recommend this location to anyone.
I always come here whenever I'm in the area since their food is freshly made on the day of. Reasonable prices (the most expensive meal you'll pay for 1 person is just $14.99) for all menu items. The staff is really nice and they always smile and are genuinely kind. My personal favourite menu item would be the "Burrito de Carne" beef meat burrito) as its huge! It also comes with rice too. On the plus side, it's only $12.50!
The GF and I were originally looking for Malone's Bar and Grill but since that place was shut down for renovations, we came into a strip mall and decided on this restaurant.
It's a cramped place but there is good space between tables for privacy and has the typical minimalist Japanese décor. I gave the ambiance and 4/5 rating because the place looked slightly outdated inside. However, the workers were genuine Japanese (not Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese chefs) and their spoken words were heard throughout the food service. This is not a bad thing and their language is pleasant and polite sounding. This added more authenticity to the whole experience.
The food took about 10 minutes to arrive but my gosh! I everything was uber fresh. The tempura and salad were crisp, chicken meat in the teriyaki bento box was fresh and not rubbery like some places. The rolls were fresh but their shape could have been better - they were not perfectly round but this is by far not a deal breaker at all since it is the taste and freshness that is more important. The whole dinner for two costed under 18 bucks and we were super full too.
The staff were friendly and thanked us for coming when we got ready to leave.
I might add that this place was packed with customers and we got to eat and leave without any fuss..
The only other negative thing is that our table was right next to the entrance so we felt the 0 degree winter weather everytime someone came in. Try to get a seat away from the entrance if you do come here.
We (two seniors & daughter) arrived in the plaza's parking lot a few minutes before the restaurant's opening time of 11:30am, and found the lot very busy (it's rather small, serves a good number of stores, restaurants, and etc., with much of the parking limited to 30-minutes), but we were able to find a spot (for longer parking) without having to go up on the roof, where additional parking is available. (Note: we found out later, that when you dine at the restaurant, they provide "parking permits" that you can put in your vehicle to get 2-hours of parking within the 30-minute parking spots.)
We were the first customers to enter, but were joined by other diners very soon after, and by noon, several tables in the restaurant were occupied.
We found the restaurant clean, 'open' in layout, and bright. There are tables (for 2-4 diners per each) arranged around the perimeter of the restaurant, and several rows of tables throughout the middle of the restaurant - the latter arrangement allowing service for four or more diners at one table, or the putting together of tables, for service to more, as need be. A good arrangement we thought, for rather efficient use of space.
Upon entering, and selecting where we wished to sit, service to our table was prompt, courteous, and friendly. Cups of tea were brought to our table with the menus. We requested a pot of tea, and it was brought when the server returned to take our order.
The food ordered:
-- lunch vegetable bento box ($8.50) - which came with salad, veggie or avocado roll (the latter was chosen), a daily special (an orange), tofu teriyaki, and a selection of tempura.
-- party tray 'C' ($35.95) - which came with several pieces of the following rolls: California, dynamite, chopped scallop, red, and orange mango, and sushi (three pieces per each of): tuna, salmon, chopped scallop, and masago.
There was no additional charge for the tea, and miso soup was provided at no additional charge as well.
Our dining experience: this was a first visit for us, and we were solidly-impressed!! The 'environment' (ambience, layout, and etc.) was perfectly fine. The service attentive (and not 'overdone'), friendly, and courteous. The food -- why we went there!! was fresh, well-prepared and presented - and in one word (difficult for me!!), was 'yum'!!!
A return visit is definitely being planned.
Ordered a veggie burger with cheese. Rang in at over nine dollars! Had to wait 8 minutes for the grossest veggie burger in town. Just because I don't eat meat doesn't mean I want my burger on stale cardboard. They should ask if you want a normal bun. It totally fell apart, was mostly bun, everything fell out when I picked it up and the patty was nasty. Had weird pieces of veggies and a foul spice.
Yuk yuk yuk - I want my nine bucks back. Don't ever have it trust me.
My gal pals and I stopped here for a birthday party last week and it was a great choice, and thanks to some planning, we were able to get the back room where we had plenty of space to eat, play, drink and catch up.
Food: It's great gourmet pub food, from mac 'n cheese to organic chicken burger. My recommendation is the half rack rib dinner, which was made (half baked and grilled) to perfection and the dipping sauce was amazing.
Drinks: There are dozens of choices, especially excellent line up of local craft beers.
Service: These guys are pros. Everyone is really nice and happy to accommodate whatever needs your party has.
Atmosphere: Very chill, dim lights and mellow vibe.
I will be definitely coming back.
So the honey and I went looking for a place to eat lunch. A few places we entered had lineups (not to mention it was impossible to find parking in those places) so we ended up going to this small strip mall in Kingsway to look for any signs of Vietnamese food. The name caught my attention and as a bonus, there was plenty of parking in the back and front
Unlike the typical Vietnamese place, this place was pretty darn clean inside. The tables were small and you were pretty close to strangers sitting next to you but even with a full house, it was remarkable quiet inside. It was busy but we waved down our server and ordered. The wait was short before the goods arrived. I had chicken satay w/spring rolls and the other half had another chicken and rice dish.
The food was INCREDIBLY fresh. I also loved that for just 8 bucks, my dish came with TWO skewers and TWO spring rolls. Most places just give you one of each for that price.
You don't get any sort of view by the window but the place is clean, food is awesome, portions are generous and the price is decent. Seems like most restaurants can't get nail these 4 things.
Definitely coming back next time to try the pho.
My wife and I just choose Trattoria as our dine out 2014 Vancouver for our monthly date night away from the kids. I feel bad for her because she was looking extremely forward to it however this was an epic fail.
We came to Trattoria around 8pm on a Saturday night, the place was busy, we had to wait 20 minutes or so for our table. Once seated we ordered some drinks and choose the dine out Vancouver menu. I ordered the soup to start and my wife choose the salad. The soup was excellent, the taste was fantastic however the salad was extremely small portion with little to no dressing on it. The salad had two nuts in it of some sort and nothing else but greens. She looked at me and said "I could make better at home". She didn't even finish it.
On to the mains, we both selected the chicken marsala, which was absolutely a BIG disappointment. The dinner came in a giant bowel with two chicken breast covered in marsala sauce which was PAN FRIED. The chicken taste awful it was rubbery and chewy like it came out of a PAN! To top it off the chicken was served with the same salad that comes and came as an appetizer earlier, just awful I was extremely disappointed. Even Milestones serves their chicken marsala with a piece of garlic toast and mashed potatoes, why salad again???
For dessert we had tiramisu which tasted like any other tiramisu would in Vancouver, average.
All in all a big disappointment for high aspirations, I would not recommend to anyone else, nor will I be returning. The place is very loud you have to shout to even hear each other lol, its dark and I don't understand why the portions are so small.
I hope this helps out my fellow Vancouverites.
We came here for dinner on a saturday night.
They only had set menus & some chinese dishes.
I had the $ 16.95 Pattaya chicken which was served on a sizzling plate.
Two huge chicken pieces served with vegetables + choice of spaghetti, rice, french fries, or onion rings.
Also choice of soup: cream of mushroom, onion, borscht. with puff pastry.
Choice of sauce: mushroom, garlic, onion or cream
Choice of hot drinks
Dessert is Japanese cheesecake
The chicken was very meaty.
I had the borscht & there was big chunks of celery & carrots.
The mushroom sauce as fine, not salty.
The cheesecake was very tiny.
The ovaltine was good.
DH had the $ 15.95 rib-eye with baked potato topped with sour cream & bacon bits but no chives.
He had the cream soup. Said it wasn't watered down like other places.
His steak was very meaty & good.
He ordered HK tea & said it was good.
We would come here again.
My boyfriend and I met up with our friends for a double lunch date as it was mine and my friend's birthday. I wasn't expecting too much as some of the reviews on this site gave the restaurant a low rating, but I actually really liked the food.
We all chose to eat from the dine out menu. I was a bit skeptical on the portions since we had all gone to Italian Kitchen a couple weeks ago and received small portions, but this restaurant proved me wrong. My SO and I ordered the caesar salad for starters. The dressing was very good. I'm not sure what was in it, but I suspect that there's horseradish or dijon mustard in the dressing, and it really completed the flavors. The croutons were a bit oily but the herbs added a nice touch. Our friends ordered the crispy green salad with raspberry vinaigrette. If you like the sweet and sour mix, this starter is for you. Our friend found it a bit on the tart side, but overall, it was a rather light and refreshing salad.
For our entree, my SO and I ordered the carbonara. I could see the butter pooling at the bottom of my dish, and while that was a bit off setting, the flavors itself were amazing. I wanted to save my meal for work on Sunday. Our friends ordered the chicken with sundried tomatoes pasta. We didn't taste it, but they gobbled it down. They said it was slightly spicy so if you are into spicey food, this might be for you.
Our dessert was a light and refreshing mango and strawberry sorbet. It's a palette cleanser and a very nice ending to such a heavy meal. The sorbet has the perfect balance of sweetness and fruit so it isn't overpowering for sweetness and it doesn't make you feel like you've gained several pounds.
The portion sizes of the food was very good. I was stuffed. The salad isn't a skimpy two-three bite salad. The entree is a perfect amount of pasta for one meal. The portions aren't huge like Zefferelli's or Anton's Pasta Bar, but for a finer dining establishment, you get your money's worth.
Service was good. Our waters were refilled properly. My only issue is that they ran out of the beer I wanted to drink with my meal, and had only one bottle of my second option left. Our waiter was attentive enough without being bothersome.
$18 for a three-course meal. We ate at 12 noon and it's almost 6:30pm, I am still very, very, very full. I would say that the portions and value were great.
The restaurant is across the street from the clock, and it is a cozy establishment. We were here in the day and it was nice to see people walking around doing their own thing.
We came here an enjoyed amazing food and wine,great company and fantastic ocean view.Although not my first thought when we go to place to dine:it is always a plesure.The service is always pleasant ,the food is always delicious,hearty and flavourful, clean and simple.The decor is unique,with an old - new world twist.One of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city.Service is great,a mix between older server, younger hosts and everything in between; everyone is always attentive and super nice.I've been here for receptions; intimate dinners;parties;tasting,lunch etc and have always enjoyed my time.A must.
Our favorite Ba Le Deli also on Kingsway was closed for the day, we decided give this place a try since it was relatively close by. What a mistake.
My first impression of the restaurant when I opened the door...YUCK.
A couple of workers were changing and taking out garbage bags out of small buckets in front of customers while they were eating.
Overall look and feel of the place was filthy and service was very slow.
It was not busy, there were many seats available at the time I placed my order.
I noticed a couple seated in the corner shortly after I came in. When I came back 10 minutes later to pick up my order, they were still waiting to be served.
Our subs had NO FLAVOUR. (grilled?) chicken was fatty and with the heavily buttered bread, they were super oily and inedible.
Also, their salad rolls didn't taste fresh at all. Probably one of the worst I've ever had in Vancouver.
Found a long white hair on the surface of the roll. Totally grossed out and thru them away.
Needless to say we won't return.
Hon's used to serve really good quality wontons that were large, really good texture, good flavour... recently we had won ton soup and they were really awful. Not horrible but what a difference from last year.. they were mushy and did not even look like hon's wontons that have been served before.. even the broth is so watered down now.. the wontons used to be a bit chewy in texture with a great shrimp flavour, now they are totally bland and soft. Also purchased a frozen pack of hon's siu mie (pork dumplings) to see how the flavour was and after they were not good but dry and lacked any flavour.. if this is your signature dish, please try to make some improvements...
Unless you're a Business person on an expense account this is a Special occasion restaurant as it is expensive. Noted Chef David Hawksworth has created dishes you couldn't possible make at home with multiple ingredients diced tiny or shaved incredibly thin.
The restaurant is very beautiful and elegant. The food is West Coast Asian fusion and is very impressive. For starters I had the Dungeness crab which was not in the shell so easy to eat, my partner had the roasted carrot salad which was very pretty and tasty.
For entrees I had the slow cooked lamb shoulder on lentils. It had an Asian style sauce which I don't think really worked as it overpowered the lamb, but it was interesting. My partner had the seared yellow fin tuna. This was barely seared, almost Sashimi. He enjoyed it but it might have been too raw for others. I suggest asking your server a lot of questions about your menu choice so you won't be surprised and maybe disappointed.
If you are into wine or you are entertaining a wine lover this is your restaurant. The wine list is a binder -- I'm not kidding. it lists pages of wines, in all price ranges. You can buy wine by the glass, but mainly it is by the bottle. If you can't finish a bottle they will cork it for you to take the rest home.
It is everything you expect from a high end dining experience, a beautiful room, lovely innovative food and attentive staff.
I used to go here regularly when I lived in the area. Their pho is really good, and their pho ga is the best I've had so far and I've been to a lot of pho/vietnamese restaurants. The service is exceptional, but come with cash, they only take cash. A few nights I have gone there but the bank was closed so I couldn't take out cash, they were nice enough to tell me just to pay the next time I come in. Hard to find service and staff that value their customer's like that!
Went there today, service was good. And the environment was nice, a lot of plants, television to watch. The food wasn't spectacular, at least the pho that I had wasn't the tastiest pho. Also, since there was no option for meatballs, beef, and tripe I just asked if they could add tripe to the meatballs and beef. Figured this wasn't a big deal, but when I got up to pay the bill they charged an extra two dollars for the tripe, was slightly confused by that since they have other pho's listed that are more loaded. Anyways, I won't be going back there. If you decide to go make sure not to ask if they can change the order around a bit it will cost you, and an extra 2 dollars on an 8 dollar bowl of pho is quite a bit.
Anyways, I love pho and Vietnamese rfood and have been to many around the city. So far the best I've been to is Pho Express Angkor Noodle house close to Denman and Robson. Specifically their beef noodle stew was really good. Also, another good restaurant is Pho 24 Express around Kingsway and Olive Ave. Their pho is good, their pho ga is the best I've had, and the staff is really nice. They only take debit, but one night the bank was closed and I was craving pho and they just told me to pay next time I come in. Needless to say, I've been generous with my tips ever since!
I've never tried this place, but it looks nice from the outside. So for Dine Out Vancouver, my friends and I thought it would be a fantastic time to check it out, as it was only a $28 tier menu.
Was seated promptly. Looked around and there were only 3 other tables. Hardly a full night. We get offered water and our menus. We order.
Half an hour goes by. Nothing.
Finally, the waiter comes out with our appetizers. The portions were quite ridiculous. Basically a two-bite deal. That's fine. Maybe that's just how they are since it is a tasting bar. But after a half hour wait? For a dine out menu that should be something they expect people to order heavily from during this time period? By this time, my friends and I were famished, so we were really looking forward to the entree.
I ordered the vanilla braised short ribs. The description looked nice, and I was hopeful as the taste of the appetizer was good. Just the portion was a bit lacking. Another half an hour since the appy came goes by. Then another 15 minutes. Finally the server comes and tells us that there is a bit of a wait because the kitchen is backed up. Another 20 minutes goes by. My friends and I were ready to up and leave at this point. Our water glasses were empty, as were our stomachs. No one came by to profusely apologize for the obscene wait time. I had to flag our server down, who was chatting with his fellow co-worker instead of checking on why we had to wait so long for our food. Got him to check on the kitchen. He said he would be straight back with an explanation. He didn't come back to our table for another 10 minutes. When he finally came back, he had our food, but this was obviously cause he was going to serve the food instead of come out quickly to explain the situation then go back to get it. My friends and I were on the brink of leaving several times. And I'm sad we didn't. Finally, the manager comes out to apologize and offers us each a free cocktail. When we tried to order the cocktails, the server told us to wait because he was running coffee to the next table over (his hands were empty). I don't understand why he couldn't quickly jot down our orders on his way back to the kitchen/bar area. Even the cocktails were a 20 minute wait. And did not taste good at all. No more follow-up on our terrible service after that, and my water glass was STILL empty.
This is the first time in a long time that I didn't tip. As bad as I felt about that, cause I understand how the service industry works, the waiter made no effort to let me know he did everything in his power to get the backed up kitchen to move along. The free drink was a sorry effort. I would have been a much happier person leaving after the appetizer, or better yet, not eating there at all.
Even with that excessive wait time, we were just mediocrely impressed by the food. In fact, I'm pretty sure I could have cooked all of it myself with time to spare and of the same quality.
Ridiculous. They couldn't pay me to go back.
So unless you have hours and hours to burn and are not hungry at all, stay way. It's not worth the pain.
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