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Chilli Lee Szechuan Cuisine1927 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
If you can't even cook noodles properly..GIVE UP!
By Avoidfoodpoisoningman of north vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

I ordered delivery from this restaurant and it was the worst "Szechuan"(if you can even call it that) food I have ever had. I ordered the Pad Thai and the g rated Kung Pow Chicken. The Pad Thai had so many bean sprouts the noodles barely existed..the noodles that lingered were under cooked at that. A child with a how to cook noodles for dumbies could cook better noodles. With a seasoning of laziness the chef threw huge obnoxious over cooked triangles of tofu that would be a down right crime to any vegetarian. That's not even the worst part..many of the sprouts were mouldy and had gone bad! I called the restaurant to complain and the delusional chef claimed that's how they come and asked if I had ever eaten pad thai before. Last I checked the sprouts weren't blue and sour tasting!! On to the Kung Pow..Barely any chicken and dry as the cracked dessert floor..was not even spicy at all making it just cooked chicken scraps with under cooked vegetables. Pathetic excuse for restaurant quality food..do me and your stomach a favour and never ever eat here.just terrible

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La Cucina1509 Marine Dr, North Vancouver
Get treated like a third-class citizen…
By floodedsky of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

My friend and I ate there last night. Although there was only one other occupied table in the entire restaurant, the hostess seated my friend and I were seated at a table in the back, against the back side wall. While we were eating our appetizer, two noisy men were seated at a table directly behind and to our side - only one arm's length away. Now there were only three fully occupied tables in the entire restaurant. The waiter was arrogant, haughty, and in our faces throughout our meal. My friend finished his dinner early and his plate was taken away, but not silently. We were interrupted many times with unnecessary comments, such as "I'll just take this away" and "Are you finished yet?" This is pretty much taboo in a good restaurant. Waiters should go about their tasks unnoticed and be 100% courteous and sensitive towards their customers. When my friend tried to pay his bill, there was a problem with the debit machine. He tried three times and the paper pumped out, "Transaction Not Completed." After the third try, the waiter announced to the entire restaurant, "DECLINED." I was so angry that I could barely contain the food I had just eaten there. The waiter is a sadist with a very very bad attitude. It wouldn't surprise me if he personally planned our entire evening to be miserable. In recent outings, I have not felt more like a second-class citizen than at La Cucina. The food was okay. Our meals came to combined total of $81. I will never go back and I do not recommend this restaurant unless you have very "thick skin."

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Kypriaki Taverna1356 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Don't order delivery
By metzcn of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 25, 2016 - 12:07am [Delivery]

Delivery service is very poor. Ordered at 6:30 on a Sunday evening, called at 7:30 to see if order left yet, we wanted to add something to order. We were told the order had left 5 minutes ago. Called back 30 minutes later to see where it was. We were told 10 more minutes. Asked to speak to a manager was told he didn't have time to chat after waiting on the phone for ten minutes. Hostess in a rude and sarcastic voice said they'd give us 25 % off when it arrived. 8:25pm order finally arrived. Food was stone cold, sent it back. This was the third time ordering using delivery, every time either the food is cold or food missing. Remembering you pay $4.00 for the service. Never again. Customer service poor, management is seriously lacking in customer retention. New restaurant facility but it's your delivery service that needs an overhaul.
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Red Robin801 Marine Drive, #100, North Vancouver
Going Down Hill
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

I used to frequent Red Robin alot. When I started coming here 7 or 8 years ago, I would swear by their burgers and they were to die for. I also eat their salmon and chips too.

I must say; it really is a teenagers hang out.....I mean the staff is pretty young (which is fine) service tonight was terrible. I ordered salmon and chips....my friend had cod and chips and broccoli. it took the waitress 3 times to bring the fries out hot for them.....I don't mind if mine are cold; so that was ok.

The food quality has really gone down. Sometimes its not even enjoyable, and it is a little over priced for what its worth.....

Serivce was so no existent. waited forever for refills on fries and broccoli. my friend (and later on myself) had to get up and get our own cutlery (and myself later for napkins)

TERRIBLE, but of course past success will probably get me in here again at some point (unfortunately)

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Yuko Maki1540 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Unappetizing, greasy, and tasteless! Servers don't know what's in the food.
By floodedsky of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 9:06pm [Dine in]

I ordered the #3 boxed lunch today. It contained two pieces of very greasy tempura, a greasy spring roll, a salad, chicken teriyaki, three potstickers, some ginger, and some wasabi. Alongside was a dipping sauce for the tempura. The wasabi was an unusual colour of mint green. The filling of the potstickers was grey. I have no idea what it was, but it was a tasteless mush. The dipping sauce tasted like water with a little brown colouring in it. The chicken teriyaki was cool to the touch, so maybe their temperatures should be checked out by Vancouver Coastal Health. I brought all of these issues to the attention of the waitress, a waiter, and the cashier. Nobody seemed to care. I asked both waitresses and the waiter what was in the tempura dipping sauce (because it was so horrid) and each one of them said, in a listless manner, "I don't know." The salad wasn't bad, but everything else was awful.

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A & W1520 Main Street, North Vancouver
How can a burger be this bad?
By floodedsky of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 2:06pm [Dine in]

Although the foreign staff are very pleasant, after many hunger-driven, after-midnight trips to A&W, I have come to the conclusion that they don't understand or care how to construct a delicious, mouth-watering hamburger. Too much mayo sauce and oversized leaves of lettuce thrown into a bun with no care or pride whatsoever make for a slimy, mushy, stomach-churning mess. The late-night staff needs to be retrained by hamburger-eating chefs. I will not waste another dime on this place or any other North Vancouver A&Ws until they train their staff to make good, presentable hamburgers. The ingredients are good, the staff courteous, but their hamburgers are terrible and they shouldn't be. I blame the managers, who clearly don't seem to care any more than the staff do.

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Nando's Chicken1301 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Good Food, Poor Service, Snobby Employees' Attitudes
By Amour604 of Vancouver, BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 7:55pm [Dine in]

Every time we come to this place, we face the unfriendly reception. It is like we come here for charity, no, we come to pay for our food. I sit down and observe this very same type of attitude toward the other customers. The service is awful, they pretend we are not here. The food is outstanding, do not get me wrong, but the service is horrible. Why only on Lonsdale location are employees' attitudes very poor, the other locations are excellent. No wonder less and less people come here. The company should train these snobby people better before sending them out to work. The company's reputation depends on these people, doesn't it?

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Yuko Maki1540 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Don't even bother
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2015 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

I only had 1/2 hour for lunch so I went for the go to meal which is Udon. Ordered the Nabeyaki udon, which came in a lukewarm salty broth and they didn't even bother to cook the onsen egg correctly - they substituted a fried egg instead!

Should have clued in that don't expect anything authentic when it is Chinese owners cooking Japanese food.

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Indian Fusion2045 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
My favourite restaurant in North Vancouver
By floodedsky of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

I have treated 5 male friends to dinner at this restaurant. Each one said it was the best Indian food he has eaten in Vancouver. Unfortunately, not one of them has returned the favour. Anyway… The food is delicious, the restaurant is clean, and the staff is wonderful. I will keep going back.

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Jagerhof Schnitzel House71 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Terrible value for mediocre wiener schnitzel and small portions…
By floodedsky of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

I've had better at this restaurant, but maybe that was before it changed hands. What a disappointment!

The breading was bland and the overall effect was not crispy, but soft and totally unappetizing. The meat was pounded so thin that it was only about 1 millimetre thick. There were no more than 5 small pieces of homefried potato underneath it. It was far too expensive at $17 for so little food on the plate and poorly prepared food at that! I would go so far as to say that it was shockingly terrible. I took a photo on my cell phone of the wiener schnitzel dish I ordered.

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Village Table, The437 North Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver
Walkabout
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 12:23am [Dine in]

We live right next door to this place. They have a simple menu, they aren't trying to reinvent the wheel here. The burgers including the cod and salmon ones are scrumptious. They make everything fresh. The ahi tuna dish is a big serving, I don't really like the sauce so I just get them to grill it with salt and pepper because it's great quality tuna and doesn't need to be all dressed up. There seems to be something for everyone on the menu. Prices are reasonable in comparison to other area eateries. We enjoy spending time with Seth at the bar, sometimes we just pop over for a glass of vino and a draft, shoot the breeze a little. We enjoy having this addition to the neighbourhood and we feel really at home when we pop in to grab a bite or just a couple of drinks. Easy going neighbourhood eatery, exactly what we needed right next door.

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Happy with Happy Hour
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

We arrived, party of 4 around 5:30 pm and were seated on the downstairs patio right away. We were given all the right menus and our drink order was taken after a few minutes. We ordered 36 oysters, buck a shuck local variety we were familiar with to start. They took awhile to arrive but were worth the wait. Cleanly shucked, cold and delicious. Followed on with half price applies, Poutine with braised rib, calamari, flatbread, tuna and chicken soft tacos, spiced frites, and carpaccio. The standout was the poutine, everything else was ok but lacking in seasoning. The calamari looked good but tasted bland and a bit soggy. The soft tacos, edible but unremarkable. Carpaccio needed some infused olive oil or any seasoning for that matter, but quality and quantity of beef was decent. A different drink special every night some for $5. We loved the view, the oysters, pleasantly efficient service from our waitress, and the excellent appy hour deal. Yes, the food needs work but with a bit of salt and pepper added, it's not the end of the world. We were too stuffed to have any mains but did squeeze in a piece of cheesecake which was a nice size portion, attractively presented with berry compote and coulis. It got inhaled by my teenage son which could mean anything as far as whether it was good or not (just being honest) but we'll just say it was fine. When we got the bill we wanted to yell "Start the car !!"But we did leave a ridiculously good tip. Would go back for happy hour, definitely.

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In Grain Pastificio1133 Mt. Seymour Rd, North Vancouver
First Impression - Meh
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

Brand spanking new place serving alternative / gluten free pastas located in the Safeway plaza on the way up to Mount Seymour. We are local diners and since there are only about 4 decent eateries in the area we zoomed over as soon as they opened to see the digs and check out the food. We always want to like and support the local eateries but judging by our initial visit this will not be anywhere on the top of our "local" bites list.

Let's start with the positive. The decor is well done. Stone, wood, glass elements all carefully integrated... it's a nice place to walk into. It goes a little downhill from here...

Onto the service. They have modeled this place after places like Formosa Pizzeria on the drive where they give you a menu and a seat then you go order at the counter (a tip is expected when you pay for the food) and then take your own drinks and water to the table and wait for someone to bring your food. Question begs why is a tip expected up front when you're not sure what the quality of food or service is going to be? My dinner partner ordered and paid and tipped 10% instead of our usual 15% and said he felt stupid giving them anything but was too embarrassed not to. Still, if the food was good we could deal with this set up.

So, the food: We ordered a Salumi plate (antipasto), a mixed green salad and kamut pasta. Pay attention people, go to Via Tevere on Victoria Drive and see how to do a real antipasto platter!
The best thing was the bread, proper semi-dunkel rustic european style bread. When a restaurant puts the bread on the platter you know they're just filling up real estate with it. Bread should be served on the side or serve it on a larger board. The salad was drenched and I mean drenched in vinaigrette. Both of us are salad lovers and will eat almost anything resembling a salad, but the dressing was way too sweet and did I say drenched? It came in a little 70's era soup bowl and was basically a clump of soggy greens with a ton of either raisins or dried berries and some sunflower or other seeds. All we could say was YUCK. The kamut pasta was tossed with peas, I think ricotta and arugula. Somehow it managed to be hot only in the very middle and pretty much cold radiating out. It was edible, that's the best I can say. All pastas are about $15.00. Cheap for a restaurant but expensive for a self service place....

I told my dining partner we should let them get their training wheels off and go back and try them again in a few weeks but he said I'd have to go with someone else, he was so not impressed!

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Cafe Orso4316 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
Finally, a complete hit.
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Living in the Cove, we are so lucky.... except for the limited selection of eateries in our tiny little enclave of perfection. The last place I reviewed was the new pasta place up at Parkgate, which was pretty much a miss for us. So, when we walked into this new Cafe Orso, we were a little reserved about what to expect. Nicely decked out, urban chicque crosses wood finishes and carefully chosen art, original and unique fixtures. We likey, but then the new places pretty much all look good. But was this going to be another pretty face with no personality? Thank gawd, not this time. We ordered a savoury waffle with arugula, bresaola, pecorino(?), avocado and avocado on toast with a side of bresaola. We paid for our food at the counter and had a nice chat with the owner who introduced himself and shook our hand. So basic, yet no other restaurant owner has ever done that that we can remember in the Cove. Good manners, Luca, your Mama should be proud. We found a comfy couch to sit on and someone brought chilled water and cutlery to us right away. We waited about 10 min for the food and when it came it was very simple, nicely presented. It's not rocket science, good bread, ripe avocados, nicely seasoned, good portion for the prices charged, and a check back on the food after it was served. And they're awake enough to actually remember you and what you ordered without plonking a giant number on your table. We also saw some other food go by that looked scrumptious (tomato melted cheese toast) yet again, simple. Afterwards came the real test, does this "Cafe" actually serve good coffee? After we ate we ordered a long Americano and an Espresso. I judge all coffees by the Espresso. It's got to be properly balanced slightly bitter, nice crema on top. Yes, we have a winner here. Biggest bonus, wait for it......they have a liquor license! We'll be back for some vino and appies, that's for sure. We were also told they have live music, I think they said Friday and Sunday nights. Finally, maybe a place we can make our favourite local hang out, we've literally been waiting for something like this for years. Yes, home run, first visit. It so rarely happens, we are in shock. Also, they don't stick a giant tip jar in your face, just a small tip cup beside the cash. We spent about $25, and I popped over a fiver tip because I felt they deserved it not because I felt pressured to tip, because technically it's self service and tipping isn't a given. Anyway, we'll be back and we'll be bringing others. Our only complaint, if it could even be called that is that there seems to be very limited seating. At 2 pm on a Friday every seat was full so I think they might need to rethink their seating before too long.

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Wonderful Szechuan Restaurant1238 Ross Road, North Vancouver
Worst service experience of my life.
By elord1993 of Lynn Valley (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 3:04pm [Take-out]

I have had two pretty awful experiences with this restaurant, and it's safe to say after the last one I will NEVER go back there.

The first time was a few months ago during exam week at university. Myself and a couple buddies ordered food from Wonderful Szechuan and had it delivered to the school (Cap U--not that far from the restaurant, but none of us had cars and it was pretty late at night). As we were unpacking the food we realized they hadn't given us chopsticks. The cafeterias on campus were closed and of course nobody had any utensils lying around. What kind of Chinese food establishment doesn't include chopsticks with take out or delivery?? So we called the restaurant and they REFUSED to bring us chopsticks and even had the audacity to tell us that including chopsticks in a delivery was a "special request", which makes absolutely no sense. They were incredibly rude and stubborn over the phone and we had to eat our food with our fingers. Disgusting.

Deciding that maybe this was a one-time bad experience (and because I've worked in customer service for years and know sometimes bad things happen and didn't want to make a big deal of it), I went back to WS last night after a long work week and just wanting some chow mein. I ordered the shredded pork chow mein at the restaurant for take-out. When I got home I opened it and it was some sort of rice meal with egg. Not even close to what I ordered. So I called the restaurant to tell them they had given me the wrong order, and they told me to come to the restaurant and they would exchange it. Again, I don't have a car, and in any case I didn't think it was fair that I had to go all the way back to the restaurant because they had messed up. So I asked to have the right food delivered to me. The girl on the phone told me they were very busy and only had one delivery guy, and it would take at least an hour for him to bring me my food. It was about 7:30 at this point and I was hungry, but I let it go and just asked for it to be delivered ASAP. The guy shows up and gives me nothing but attitude, then demands that I give him the wrong dish they had given me. This is AN HOUR AND A HALF later, might I add, almost 9 o'clock, so of course I had eaten a bit of that dish, because I was HUNGRY and they took FOREVER. The guy proceeded to get angry that I had eaten some of it, raising his voice and saying "You should't have done that, you can't do that, why would you eat it if it wasn't what you ordered??" They NEVER told me on the phone they would want the other food BACK, and it never occurred to me that they would, because why on earth would they? It would just go into the garbage, would it not? It was COLD and definitely unsanitary if they tried to give it to someone else.

This is where it gets truly appalling. The guy then TRIES TO COME INTO MY HOUSE, and when I tell him to BACK UP he demands to use MY PHONE to call his boss. I refuse to let him do that, and then he yells at ME to call his boss and talk to her about all this. Then he demands to see how much of the food I had eaten. I showed him--probably more than half the container remained--and he said "it's almost all gone". Then he TOOK MY FOOD AND WALKED AWAY. So not only did I not get the food I actually ordered, but he took the food that I PAID FOR, so I was left with eleven wasted dollars and NO FOOD. I live in a basement suite and as he was leaving he bent down to my open window and yelled "F*CK YOU" at me through the window.

Horrified, I called the restaurant immediately and told them exactly what had just happened. The manager came on the phone and proceeded to chew me out in exactly the same way, questioning why I had eaten the food. Then she demanded I come down to the restaurant and they would refund me, but made no mention of if I would actually get my food. I refused to go down there, and then she HUNG UP ON ME.

I have never had a more awful, horrifying service experience in my life. The delivery guy was extremely aggressive and I am a young woman alone in my house--it was terrifying. And they basically stole from me because they took away the food I had actually paid for, not to mention being incredibly rude and stubborn. Worst experience ever, screw that place. Never going back again.

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Nut Tree Cafe2110 Old Dollarton Road, North Vancouver
Great Luch Spot
By LocalJoe of North Vancouver City (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

I dropped in for lunch today and really enjoyed it. I work in the area and until now there have been very few options for a healthy solid meal. I had the stuffed veg with potatoes and it was great.

The meal was a good size and was quite filling. I will go back again.

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In Grain Pastificio1133 Mt. Seymour Rd, North Vancouver
First Impression... Meh.
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

Brand spanking new place serving alternative / gluten free pastas located in the Safeway plaza on the way up to Mount Seymour. We are local diners and since there are only about 4 decent eateries in the area we zoomed over as soon as they opened to see the digs and check out the food. We always want to like and support the local eateries but judging by our initial visit this will not be anywhere on the top of our "local" bites list.

Let's start with the positive. The decor is well done. Stone, wood, glass elements all carefully integrated... it's a nice place to walk into. It goes a little downhill from here...

Onto the service. They have modeled this place after places like Formosa Pizzeria on the drive where they give you a menu and a seat then you go order at the counter (a tip is expected when you pay for the food) and then take your own drinks and water to the table and wait for someone to bring your food. Question begs why is a tip expected up front when you're not sure what the quality of food or service is going to be? My dinner partner ordered and paid and tipped 10% instead of our usual 15% and said he felt stupid giving them anything but was too embarrassed not to. Still, if the food was good we could deal with this set up.

So, the food: We ordered a Salumi plate (antipasto), a mixed green salad and kamut pasta. Pay attention people, go to Via Tevere on Victoria Drive and see how to do a real antipasto platter!
The best thing was the bread, proper semi-dunkel rustic european style bread. When a restaurant puts the bread on the platter you know they're just filling up real estate with it. Bread should be served on the side or serve it on a larger board. The salad was drenched and I mean drenched in vinaigrette. Both of us are salad lovers and will eat almost anything resembling a salad, but the dressing was way too sweet and did I say drenched? It came in a little 70's era soup bowl and was basically a clump of soggy greens with a ton of either raisins or dried berries and some sunflower or other seeds. All we could say was YUCK. The kamut pasta was tossed with peas, I think ricotta and arugula. Somehow it managed to be hot only in the very middle and pretty much cold radiating out. It was edible, that's the best I can say. All pastas are about $15.00. Cheap for a restaurant but expensive for a self service place....

I told my dining partner we should let them get their training wheels off and go back and try them again in a few weeks but he said I'd have to go with someone else, he was so not impressed!

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Vaades149 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Nice food, fast service
By Linda L of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2015 - 6:16am [Take-out]

I ordered biryani, coconut chicken curry and the appy sampler online (10% was taken off the bill) before the dinner rush. I went down to pick up everything within 25 minutes and it was all ready for me. The food was still hot when I got home and then began to eat ... so delicious! Great flavour, fresh ingredients. I was not disappointed at all!

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Le Petit Café3711 Delbrook Avenue, 105, North Vancouver
Favourite local hangout
By mct43969 of Lynn Valley (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 3:15am [Dine in]

Lana's chili con carne is made from fresh ingredients and I always get a bowl. One day I will have to try their soups. My girlfriend really likes their breakfast wrap. Every espresso shot is timed to make sure it is perfect. The latte temperature is measured with a thermometer.

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Sushi Bella152 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Good sushi, slow service
By bbryson of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2015 - 11:03am [Take-out]

I like the sushi here. Higher end, and slightly higher priced than your average tuna and salmon bulk sushi shops, but fair value. I won't put it on my recommended list though as service is very slow. On our last take out order, had to wait 30 mins past pick up time. This is not the first time, but a consistent issue with Sushi Bella - both take out and dine in. The kitchen simply is not mature enough to manage their workload. My visits here are becoming fewer and far between. The sushi is good, but not good enough to justify the slow service.

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