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Metro Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Sawasdee Thai Restaurant4250 Main St, Vancouver
5-star Thai food!
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 1:09pm [Dine in]

A meal at Sawasdee never fails to disappoint. This is one of the best Thai restaurants I have been to in the area. Not only is the service swift and fast, but cheap as well.

Every time I go, no matter how crowded it is, the service is done at a lightning speed. The food comes in 10 or maximum 15 minutes from the time you order. The servers literally run to get to everyone as fast as they can.

The curry really tasty, whether it be in the red curry chicken or in the curry with tofu dish. I would highly recommend their coconut rice. Simply delicious. A slight surprise many non-meat eaters get here are the varieties for vegetarians.

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Au Petit Cafe4851 Main Street, Vancouver
Cheap Vietnamese eat
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

Really inexpensive, good Vietnamese cuisine in Vancouver. I went to check them out the other day and wondered what took me so long! I had heard a lot about their bahn mi sandwiches and couldn't resist not trying them (I love Vietnamese and Thai food). Besides their sandwiches, they also have amazing mains. The ones with the bread, like Banh Mi Xiu Mai Dia, are really good. Unlike other Vietnanmese or Asian places, there are not many things for vegetarians to order, which can be a bit of a downer.

The place gets crowded really quickly due to its size (the place is super tiny) so if you plan on coming here, make sure its a near to solo trip! Some other things to take into consideration is that they only take cash and close super early (7 pm).

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Win Win Buffet & Restaurant8080 Scott Rd, #130, Surrey
Food Court Wannabe Buffet
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:53am [Dine in]

Buffets are great when you're in a hurry and hungry. After all, the food is already made and you can fill your plate to your heart's desire. So why does Win Win fail so bad?

Aside from the poor food quality, my biggest problem with this restaurant is that it is not a true buffet in the sense of quantity and indulgence. A handful of items and a few half-cookies to call dessert do not make a buffet. Neither do the two soup selections - hot and sour soup (with only tofu and peas) and a consomme broth (with well... broth... how is broth even an item, really? Did they forget the wontons? No, sadly the sign clearly said "Consomme broth") The majority of the other dishes were deep fried meats (pork, chicken and calamari) with heavy batter and very little meat.

The price is very reasonable at $10 per person for all you can eat, so if you were to lower your food expectations considerably, and compare this in value to what you would pay normally when dining in a food court, then it may be the place for you. Unfortunately, even at such a low price, I can't stomach what they put out.

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Parklane Chinese Restaurant7997 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC V6X 1A4, Richmond
A Refreshing Change with Hard to Find Chui Chow Cuisine
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:37am [Dine in]

So I need to preface this review in saying that my family is from the "Chui Chow" province in China. However, growing up, I've had little Chui Chow cuisine outside of my own home, since most of the Chinese restaurants offered Cantonese, Taiwanese, or Northern Chinese dishes. Those who are unsure of the difference, will be able to have a taste of something new if they venture into Parklane.

I was very impressed by the freshness of the ingredients, and happy with the variety of the menu. I wanted to order it all. Chilled crab? Good. Braised Duck? Good. Satay prawns with greens? Good and fresh. Chui Chow Fried Rice? Super good. There are some other items that may not appeal to all appetites, such as the soup with pig's stomach and preserved veggies, or the oyster omelet, but to me, these dishes are as authentic and tasty as they can get.

The service was friendly, but not pretentious, and the space was newly renovated and chic. Bathrooms were neat and clean. Good value, and an even better deal if you go with one of their promotions - Six of us were stuffed (and had packed the rest of the food) for $120.

One thing to note is that this restaurant fills up quickly. The last time we were there, it was 5pm on Sunday and by 5:30pm, it was 3/4 full. Remember to make your reservation.

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PSI Sushi & Roll10245 King George Blvd, #103, Surrey
Good Food, Bad Service
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:19am [Dine in]

The sushi / sashimi is fresh, tasty and worth coming back for. Pricing is reasonable, but service, unfortunately, wreaks the experience each and every time. In our past visits (sometimes a full restaurant, sometimes just a few tables), it was difficult getting the attention of servers for tea refills, to order, or the cheque. We were seated quickly but then forgotten on multiple visits. There are multiple chefs behind the sushi counter, and they work hard. Although there is always food awaiting pick up and sitting for a long while at the counter while the servers are standing alone at the til with their heads down all the time.

If you aren't concerned about poor service, some items to try are: Rabbit roll (cucumber-wrapped sushi was refreshing and innovative); spicy tuna roll (simple, but the sauce they use for the tuna filling is delicious); anything with raw salmon (super fresh).

Will come back but may opt for take out only.

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Pho Newton7488 King George Blvd, #170, Surrey
Disappointed
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:09am [Dine in]

I've walked by this pho place many times, and finally went in for lunch. I understand that pho is subjective to different diners - some like it with more anise, while others like a sweeter taste. But to me, there are hallmarks to a good bowl of pho, which are: for lack of a better word, al dente (non soggy) noodles, rich beefy broth, yummy meats in both quality and quantity. Unfortunately, Pho Newton delivered a bowl of soft noodles with a boring broth and mediocre meat.

I mentioned that I didn't want beansprouts with my salad roll (which came with a watered down peanut sauce by the way) and the server skipped the plate of veggies for my pho entirely. I wanted to ask for the lime, basil and peppers, but was unable to flag down the server.

A disappointing experience. Will not be back.

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Neptune Seafood Restaurant10153 King George Boulevard, Surrey
Much Improved and Will Come Back
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:59am [Dine in]

The first time I visited Neptune Surrey, it was dismal. But I've been back several times since my last review (on their opening day) and am happy to report that things went much more smoothly.

Food:
Much improved, arrived hot and was tasty. I particularly liked: eggplant and green beans (tasty black bean sauce didn't overpower), mushroom and black truffle tarts (heavy and buttery, but good), Chui Chow dumplings (hard to find these days but these guys do it right). Didn't enjoy the dumpling in soup as much (too salty, lacking depth of flavor and used imitation crab meat).

Service:
Again, much improved and now on par with any fine dining Chinese restaurant. Tea was refilled multiple times, they were attentive and available.

Value:
Five of us had a very filling brunch for $45 before tax/tips. Pricing will depend on what you order, but I felt that we had a good mix of heavier items (bun, truffle tart) and lighter items (veggies and steamed dumplings) that made for a satisfying meal. Interesting side note: the auto tip feature for their credit card machine is set to only 10%.

Glad they got into the groove. Will be back if I'm craving dim sum close to home.

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Edible Canada at the Market1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Over priced-slow service
By Basilseal of North Vancouver District (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

I started with gazpacho it was very good, my companion had the marinated vegetables which she said were "blah". The halibut was good, my companions salmon was very good. The service was really slow, with along wait between the courses. I felt the prices were quite high compared to other comparable restaurants.

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Cafe de l'Orangerie1320 West 73rd Avenue, Vancouver
Sweet visit
By eileenf of Olympia, Washington (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:28am [Dine in]

Absolutely loved the creamy tomato spaghetti, it is such a charming, appetizing dish. The homemade croquettes were also wonderful. After having such a delightful meal, the fondan chocolate was simply the great 'cherry on top!' Don’t mind the wait (I had to wait nearly 20 minutes), because it is worth it, sweet and good. As for the service, it was pretty good too. The staff was cheerful and friendly. This is a very interesting restaurant/cafe because it is a fusion of Japanese with Western food. The locale is small but comfy, and finding a space to park space can be a bit difficult. I will surely go eat at Cafe de l'Orangerie when I'm in Vancouver.

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Fresh Restaurant8181 Cambie Rd, Richmond
empty restaurant with bland food
By smartfoodlover of Richmond , BC (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2014 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

we went for the prime rib special dinner on a Friday night at 6:30pm, the restaurant was almost empty during the whole time when we're there. Two of us chose the prime rib & one ordered the salmon. The prime rib was ok in texture but quite tasteless, the Yorkshire pudding & veggie that came with it were pretty bland-tasting too. The salmon tasted like boiled but it's supposed to be cedar-planked. The presentation of food was boring, the only good things I found in this restaurant was: it's quiet, airy & the food portion was generous.

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Chili House19571 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Great Spot!
By ckester of North Delta, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2014 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

I really enjoyed everything about Chili House. The staff was super friendly, but best of all, the food was great. Everything I tasted was really good and was of great freshness and quality.

The atmosphere is nice and cozy - very comfortable. It's easy to see that the owner and staff really care about your experience there.

Check it out. You won't be disappointed!

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Roc Seafood Restaurant, The5688 Main Street, Vancouver
Food was okay, but they will nickel and dime you to death
By aquadl of Vancouver (44 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2014 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

Went there for dim sum.

Had the regular dishes such as Har gow, Siu Mai, spring rolls, sticky rice, beef balls and Fried Pork dumpling.

All the dishes came out hot and on time. Taste was okay.

It would have been a good meal, but they will charge you for everything.

We had 2 glasses of water for the kids as they do not drink the tea .... 40 cents each.

And the kids still got charge for the tea ... 40 cents each.

They take credit cards, but no where did it say there was a minimum ($25) or else they charge $2 extra.

In the end, they did not give me a cash register receipt, when I paid in cash, until I asked for one, hmmmm?

I know times are tough, but nickel and dime-ing your customer puts a bad taste in their mouths.

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Rockwell's Bar & Grill17530 64th Ave, Surrey
Sunday lunch out
By mangovibes of Cloverdale (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

Came with my friends on a beautiful sunny day & got to enjoy sitting out on the covered patio.
I ordered the Monterey sandwich with fries & it was amazing. They put a generous amount
of fresh sliced turkey on toasted pumpkin seed bread along with other ingredients.
The pricing was acceptable, service was good. I would definitely go back again & recommend it.

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IPOH Asian House2128 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
New Gem
By teemsum of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

DH & I went here today expecting Fung Sing but found IPOH which opened in late April.

I liked that they have different vegetarian dishes from other places: 9 items

DH had the seafood pineapple rice which I tasted.

It had scallops, squid, shrimp, pineapple, raisins in a yellow curry with coconut flavour.

I had the Mee Goreng. It was a bit spicy. I didn't like the egg noodles which were kinda chewy.

DH had the HK style milk tea. He said it was quite good.

I had the Cold Lemon Tea. Cold drinks are an additonal $0.50

It came with 4 slices of lemon. I liked that it was unsweetened.

Usually my lips feel quite dry after the MSG but they were only slightly dry after eating here.

We would come here again.

The girl with the long hair is quite friendly. Thanked us for coming & said 'see you again'.

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Greedy Pig, The307 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Greedy for the world cup, not our customer experience
By annajlm of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

I went here with a group of co-workers for a lunch. We were trying to celebrate a new co-worker's first week in our company. We sat down quickly and ordered our food within 5 minutes of seeing the menu.

The waiter came about 40 minutes into our wait time to say our food would be right out. At the one hour point, we had to think about leaving because that was the end of our lunch break. We had asked to get our food to go but it wasn't even ready at that point. About 10 minutes later they came rushing with our orders. At that whole time, the restaurant wasn't full. There were two other tables there and one had already eaten and was paying at the same time we had NOT eaten and were paying for our food to go.

I had gone to the Greedy Pig many times before and had a great experience. But we had such a terrible experience that I will not be going back and neither will my co-workers or the rest of the company who has heard our story and our family and friends.

To the chefs, I hope the world cup game was worth your time of watching and neglecting our order. You gave us one hour of a bad experience, you ruined a new recruit's welcoming lunch and you have now lost some frequent customers and their social network.

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Venice Garden Seafood Restuarant2800 East 1, #262, Vancouver
Fast and furious - and RUDE!
By Magoo2u of Lower Mainland (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

Many a Chinese restaurant have been re-hashed at this same location over the years, with Venice Garden being the latest reincarnation. As with its predecessors, food quality and value have always been pretty decent. However, on my last couple of visits within the last few months, service seems to have worsened. It hasn't been the speed of service - they are usually pretty fast and everything is made to order. It is the RUDENESS of the staff which really stands out. On both occasions, we were seated rather promptly, each time at a table which was just cleaned and/or needed place settings.

After we were seated, one of the servers would just come by and hastily SLAM DOWN place settings on the table before rushing off to their next table or order. When the food arrived (usually quite quickly), it wasn't slammed down like the place settings but they didn't waste much time, either. When we asked for the bill, there was no response, just a nod and the bill being slapped on our table a minute later. Guess they live by the "get 'em in, get 'em out" rule.

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Hiro Sushi2540 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
Not the same as before
By Magoo2u of Lower Mainland (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

I think this restaurant underwent a change in ownership in recent times. It used to be owned and operated by a couple of Japanese folks who provided friendly service and very decent food. Now it seems like it was sold to a Chinese family who just want to pass time. I stopped in a couple of weeks ago and had one of their lunch specials (a sushi combo, I believe). Sushi was ok, usual quality when made by non-Japanese (e.g. Chinese or Korean, like many sushi places in town these days). The server's attitude really soured when she realized that all I was ordering was the special and nothing else. When I went to pay the bill, she seemed so insulted and upset, she didn't even make eye contact.

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Flying Beaver Bar & Grill4760 Inglis Drive, Richmond
Terrible Policy of Seating Customers
By DoyleScott of Ladner , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 2:59am [Dine in]

I've been here about a dozen times but no more until they change their policy of seating customers.
We arrived around suppertime to a full house but had to keep wandering around the restaurant several times to try & find a table. We finally got tired of hovering around the tables & went back to the entrance to wait. In the meantime about a half dozen customers did the same thing & then left (lost business) but unfortunately,
two couples who arrived long after us managed to snag a place because we weren't in the right place at the right time (hovering near the wrong tables?). The servers seemed to notice what was going on but the guy at the front entrance didn't care at all. Sad that we won't be coming back because we like the atmosphere.

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Thai Cafe4160 Hastings St, Burnaby
Mediocre At Best
By VancouverGirl77 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 7:28pm [Take-out]

The Thai Cafe was recently named "Best Thai In Burnaby" by the Burnaby Now so we decided to check it out for the first time. Major disappointment :( I am not a Thai food aficionado by any means, but I have traveled to Thailand and tasted the food. Considering most newbies to this cuisine would immediately go for the Pad Thai you would think this would be a signature dish and a safe bet. The noodles (although dry) tasted incredibly oily (soaked in/coated) to the point where I couldn't finish my meal and it gave me a sore stomach. We ordered the prawn Pad Thai and the dish came with 4 measly prawns. Considering you pay more for the prawns you would expect are least 6.
The yellow chicken curry was quite thin and average and certainly didn't leave you wanting more. The spring rolls also again tasted like they were soaked in oil. I had had high hopes for fresh tasting food with hints of lime that wouldn't be heavy on the stomach, but it didn't suffice.

Needless to say, after only one try we probably won't be back. From other reviews it seems that the quality of the food has gone down as of late. I am sorry to have missed it.

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Jimmy Flynn's Celtic Snug15065 Marine Dr, White Rock
Worst lunch ever!
By freshfoodfreak of Surrey, BC, Canada (17 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 12:31pm [Dine in]

Today my husband, my sister and I went to Jimmy Flynn's Celtic Snug in White Rock because our favourite "go to" place - Slainte by the Pier - is now closed. We had been looking forward to going for lunch and sitting outside on the patio. I checked on the website, saw that they open at 11 a.m. so we arrange to meet there at 11:15 a.m. When we arrived, they were closed. They didn't open until shortly after 11:20 a.m. We immediately noticed that we would not be able to sit on the patio because there was no table that would accommodate three people so we went inside. Once inside, we noticed that there were no tables except bar tables by the windows. Both my sister and I are short and cannot sit on bar stools so we had no choice but to sit at a dark table. The server was unfamiliar with types of beer and didn't seem to know what beers were available. My husband ordered a Smithwicks. He said it tasted like a cross between root beer and some beer that he couldn't identify. He has ordered this beer numerous times in other places and knew that what he got at Flynn's had something wrong with it. The three of us ordered - baked penne, one piece cod fish and chips and one piece halibut fish and chips. My sister and I agree that the fish and chips were the worst we have ever had. Both of us believe we could get a better piece of fish out of a Captain Highliner box. The pieces of fish were small for the price and both the cod and the halibut were touch, stringy and inedible. The fries were soft and smelled of stale oil. The halibut was so stale that I had to spit it out. I don't know how long that fish had been frozen but I am certain it was a long time. My sister barely touched her food. When the server came to take her virtually untouched plate away, she simply grabbed it and left without even commenting that it had barely been touched. My husband said the baked penne was "not that bad". We will NEVER go back to this place. Simply put, it is awful. We ended up wishing we had gone to the new asian place - Beijing.

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