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Malt and Marrow1269 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Less than average
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

The whole experience here was very disappointing. The ambiance is okay. They had music playing but they had absolutely no customers other than my husband and I on a Friday evening so it just seemed weird. I did not care for the music and it seemed very loud since it was just the 2 of us. We were there for 1 ½ hours and we did not see any other customers while all the other restaurants on Hamilton were bustling. There were a couple of other people that came in later on in the evening but I think that they must have been friends of the owner because they were sitting at the bar and they were eating with the staff. When we arrived we said that we wanted to have happy hour as it was 5:30 and there was another 30 minutes left on happy hour. We looked at the menu and did not see any happy hour menu so we had to ask our server (same guy who greeted us). He pointed out the wines that were available during happy hour and was about to walk away. I asked him about appetizers that had happy hour pricing and he told us what was available. If you have happy hour you should have happy hour menus and not be so reluctant to tell your clients what your happy hour specials are.
Our meal was reasonable as we stuck to a couple of glasses of wine and ordered 2 appetizers off the happy hour menu. We had calamari, a happy hour special. It would not be worth the regular menu price. They were very anemic looking calamari and just not very interesting. We also had the chicken wings off the happy hour menu. They were not very interesting and with just 8 small wings on the plate definitely not worth it if you were paying full price. The prawns were okay but didn’t have a great deal of taste. The best appetizer we had was the bone marrow but no better than Flying Pig on the next block and the rest of the food at Flying Pig is far superior.
Overall we were very disappointed and would not return.
We ordered a second glass of wine before happy hour was over and waited and waited. Finally I interrupted our server while he was standing at the bar talking to one of his co-workers and asked if we could have our wine. It’s not like they were busy.

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Swad Indian Kitchen1734 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
Delightful new find
By susanbeasley of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 8, 2016 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

K and I ate here on Wednesday at 5pm. We were in West Vancouver for a job and decided to just grab some dinner instead of waiting to when we got home.

As we waited for a table, the waiter told us this was a new place. Go figure, as I had never seen it before. The interiors and modern and chic, just the opposite of what I am used to at an Indian restaurant. This gave away I was in for a real treat.

The waiter gave us some fish appetizers to try out as he got our food ready. I can't recall the name, but it had a tinge of mint to them. Delicious! The restaurant was half-full by then, and then came the main dishes. I ordered a kebab and K went for the Rogan Josh upon the waiter's recommendation. My chicken kebab was delicious, and K really liked the twist the rogan josh was given to hers. This definitely is an upscale Indian restaurant that is not shying away from trying new things out. A couple of drinks later, we were more than impressed.

Will come again to try some more dishes.

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Pho Goodness1183 Davie Street, Vancouver
the name says it all
By chelsgirl of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 8, 2016 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

Boy oh boy. I am not a fan of naming restaurants certain things like "great" or "good" because if something goes wrong then the name becomes ironical but pho really is goodness here. This is a tiny, family run business that sells amazing pho. The lineups give away the great taste but really everyone's just coming for their veggie pho. AH-MAY-ZING. They also have other items like the spring rolls which are quite delicious as well.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Butter chicken craving
By bevrh of richmond (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 8, 2016 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

I came to eat here yesterday to satisfy my girlfriend's butter chicken craving, and it did just that.

The place had an empty spot when we arrived (which is why I chose it to begin with) so we sat down immediately. We knew what we wanted: butter chicken for the lady, and some lamb for me. We also ordered some plain naan and rice.The food did not come out pretty quickly, and the restaurant was more than half full. I don't know whether I made a bad choice, but I must say that the butter chicken was immensely better than the lamb rogan josh I ordered. Still good enough to satisfy me for the next three hours in class though. It may not be the best Indian in town, but I'd probably say it was amongst the top in West End.

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Olive Garden20080 Langley Bypass, Langley
Noticed Changes
By me3vanc of Cloverdale (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 8, 2016 - 1:16am [Dine in]

I haven't been there in a while but took some family there recently. Staff is still excellent and handled everything well. I wanted the soup and salad combo but did not see it. The menu was different, I think. More interesting choices and not huge portions although prices did not reflect that change.

Grandkids, who had not been there before, liked kids menu but dessert was not included.

Here is my issue. Kids drinks are supposed to be unlimited refills. Breadsticks, soup and salad are supposed to be unlimited refills. But the waitress quickly removed the plates of soup as soon as they were finished and no mention was made of refill at all. The soup itself was thinner with less content in a smaller bowl and that was very disappointing, their Zuppa Toscana is one of my favourite soups.

There was no wine offering at all.

So changes .... liked my tilapia very much ..... didn't like my soup as much .... where was the wine I was looking forward to .... just had water in the end ....

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Indian Oven2006 4th Avenue West, Vancouver
bad body odour within half hour of eating here…
By floodedsky of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

Today I had a late lunch at the Indian Oven on Fourth Avenue. I decided to order two appetizers - paneer pakoras and veggie samosa - and mango lassi. The mango lassi was so sickly sweet it was like a milkshake. The paneer pakoras looked unappetizing and tasted bland like deep-fried bars of something white. I was able to finish only half of them. I asked the waitress what kind of milk paneer was made of… cow, goat, what? She didn't know. I asked her to ask the cook, who said he didn't know, but that he orders it in. They don't know much the food they serve? Whoa! Within half an hour, I noticed a stench around me. It was me! It was the worst body odour imaginable. I never have body odour, so it was obviously the result of eating the questionable food I ate at Indian Oven. Yuck!

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Pho Saigon5024 48th Avenue, Delta
Amazing Pho!
By C Gelz of Abbotsford, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 9:40am [Dine in]

Probably the best Pho from Vancouver to Abbotsford! And believe me, we've tried TONS of them. The price can't be beat and the taste is perfect. Really enjoy their thin sliced beef, to which we always add veggies, and also just their Veggie Pho with the normal beef broth. Oh man....sooo good

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Maitri Bhavan Authentic South Indian CuisinePayal Business center 335-8140 128th street, Surrey
Best south indian food in vancouver.
By tejav of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

Heard from a friend that there is a new south Indian place in surrey, so decided to check it out. Ordered idli samba and Vada samba, they both tasted really good. The main dish that I ordered was the chicken dum biryani, which was absolutely amazing and tasted like the real Hyderabadi biryani you would find in south India. Definitely going back to try the dosas next time.

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Pantry Restaurant, The2309 Guildford Town Centre, Surrey
Big Mistake.....Still regretting it
By eating good food of Vancouver (127 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 1, 2016 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

I've been to The Pantry a number of times over the years for sure. I just have to keep remembering; that there is a reason why there are so few patrons in a restaurant like this.

Taste wise the food isn't bad. A friend of mine and I were going to actually go to Knight and Day, but another friend of ours who works near Guildford started work at 4:00, so we decided to go somewhere close to see him as well.

The service was as one would expect, but the food, even though decent.....WAY OVER PRICED. I started with a $10.49 order of chicken strips.....5 small pieces (7-Eleven can do better than that) I honestly was insulted and asked the waitress if the kitchen made a mistake.....she said that was the way it actually is. I regret not telling the waitress to take the order back and that I refuse to pay for such a thing.....for entree I had a double burger and fries. The burger was ok, the fries were probably bought from some super market frozen section.

One of my friends had clam chowder and said there was more bacon than clams.....and it was way over priced.

The waitress was ok. but never asked how our food was, and even when we paid the host....nothing.

There is a reason why people don't come here and the place is almost empty. Hopefully I will remember

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Wally's Burgers2661 East 49th Avenue, Vancouver
Burgers and fries are not made on premises.
By Foodcriticbc of vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 1, 2016 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

When I think of a burger place I expect burger and fries made on premises. The burger and fries are both bought ready to cook. If I remember Wallys on Kingsway everything was made on premises. How can I place that specializes on burgers by the patties already done.
The place is nice and the service is good but the food tastes average at best. There is so much sauce its hard not to get dirty. The shakes are made from scratch and are good.

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Redbud Restaurant8360 Granville Avenue, #120, Richmond
Small portion of food.
By AiasPal of U.S.A. (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

Small portion of food. Tons of "add on" pricing. Slow service. Won't be coming back here.

Overall, I think this place will not stay open long under new management. Not only do the chefs need to taste what comes out of that kitchen, they also need a serious training session for the servers.

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Josephine's Restaurant2650 Main St., Vancouver
terrible.
By markcosco1990 of Van Area, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 1:47am [Dine in]

Save yourself the hassle guys, do not go here. Time to face the music Josephine, providing horrible customer service and sub par food does not make it in Vancouver. I went here the other day for some lunch, and got some kind of undercooked mess. I asked to talk to the owner and Josephine came over and continued to tell me that there was nothing wrong with her food and it was all in my head. I couldn't believe that a person would go out of their way to be so rude to a customer. Wish I could get my money back , as I will not support such a horrible person. Josephine you really need to take a long hard look at yourself and make some changes.

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Baba Sweets & Restaurant7561 6th Street, Burnaby
worst experience ever
By burnabyfoodie77 of Burnaby B.C (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 9:43pm [Take-out]

I called on the way home from work to find out how late they will be open.. the lady said 8:30. I said I would be coming by. I got a call at 8 saying they are closing. I asked if I could at least place an order and pick it up as I will be there in 5 minutes. She said ok. I ordered 2 butter chicken MEALS. I get there and ask if I could include naan bread. The guy says no they are closed (even though he is still serving customer coming through the door) so I wait 10 minutes for my food to be ready. I just got home and I have 2 containers of butter chicken with little chicken in the containers (lots of sauce) AND NO RICE! so I am now making rice and cannot eat for another 30 minutes. Why would they not include rice? Makes no sense at all. I just wasted 21 dollars.

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New China Kitchen100 Schoolhouse Street, #112, Coquitlam
Overcharged and Incomplete
By ChristopherV of Maple Ridge (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 9:12pm [Delivery]

The customer service leaves a lot to be desired. After receiving a partial order, I phoned, and was strongly informed that the entire order was delivered. I asked to speak to the woman's supervisor, and was informed that she did not have a supervisor. I used to order from this place around 3-5 times a month, but I will not be ordering from them again. The food is overpriced, but there isn't a lot of competition in Maple Ridge.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Chilly, yet still amazing
By dianalee of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 28, 2015 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

We were a group of 7 celebrating my sister's graduation (medical school, no biggie) and decided to come here to eat and enjoy the view. I had been here once and loved it but this time around it was a little chilly. Should have paid another visit during the summer.

The waiter was amicable from the get go, and got us started with some crab and shrimp cakes. Amaziiiiing! Came with a great sauce made out of mango(?) I believe. The beef tenderloin was cooked to perfection, and I took a little bit of my mom's halibut to try and it was excellent. The prices are normally what I wouldn't pay for on an average meal, but since we were celebrating it was a good excuse to splurge.

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Cafe Luxy1235 Davie Street, Vancouver
Gone downhill...
By chelsgirl of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 28, 2015 - 1:32am [Dine in]

I used to come here a lot for a quick lunch. Their pasta was delicious, came in huge portions and very cheap (but not cheap as in low quality). And don't even get me started on their tiramisu. Was in the West End doing some errands and decided to stop by for old times sake. Shouldn't have. It seems to have gone downhill. The pasta tasted canned and nothing fresh, which wasn't the case before. I'm not so sure I'll be back.

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Angelina's960 Quayside Drive, #115, New Westminster
Good place if you're okay with line-ups
By coconut of New Westminster, BC (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

In general, I like this place. Staff are always friendly and food is delicious. I love the coffee there! That being said, the prices on the menu have increased a few times since Angelina sold the restaurant to the new owner.

I would still go if it wasn't for the line-ups on the weekends. They don't take reservations... I hate waiting in line-ups for any longer than 10 minutes, so as a result I usually end up going to the De Dutch Pannekoek House instead. With the prices going up at Angelina's, it's pretty close to the prices at De Dutch, but without the line-ups.

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Chan's Garden441 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
It's gone downhill...
By coconut of New Westminster, BC (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 7:16pm [Delivery]

I reviewed this restuarant back in January, 2015, and I had nothing but good things to say about this place. Unfortunately, since then the quality of the food went downhill. I'm not sure if they changed cooks in the restaurant or what, but I've stopped ording chinese food from this place as a result.

I have not discovered any other chinese restaurants in New West that are worth going back to. If I want decent chinese food, I have to make a trip into Vancouver.

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Hub Restaurant800 Carnarvon Street, #344, New Westminster
Okay for a beer or two and watching a game, but that's about it.
By coconut of New Westminster, BC (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

Being that I live walking distance to this restuarant, I've tried it out many times since it opened.

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1. Decent ambience and fair number of TVs at the bar. Great for when I just want a few beers and watch the Canucks on TV.

2. Waitresses are attentive and friendly.

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1. Menu is overpriced. Both food and drinks are alot compared to other pubs in the area and it doesn't take much to rack up a big bill.

2. The menu is limited. The only thing that kept me going back for dinners was the roast beef dinner, but I recently discovered that they took that off the menu. Huge mistake! They should be capitalizing more on menu items like that.

3. With the high ceilings, it can be extremely noisy when there are alot of people in the restaurant. If you're the type that likes to have a conversation with your guest without having to shout, then this is definately not the place to go.

Since they removed the roast beef dinner from the menu, I haven't returned. There's another pub calls Hops in the same complex that serves way better food, not as noisy, has alot of TV's for watching sports, and the prices are reasonable.

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Cafe du Soleil1393 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Hipster dive
By DrNo of Main St. Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

Went for brunch with my 4yr old son for his birthday as read the place was kid friendly. That may be so, but food quality + taste was lacking (even for veg), the place was dirty, and the servers seem like pot heads waiting impatiently for their next smoke break and not really interested in much else. Basically a cafeteria rather than a restaurant. Would not recommend nor go back.

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