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360VancouverSince November 24, 200831 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
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Leisure Tea & Coffee8391 Alexandra Road, #1110, Richmond
Best Chinese dessert cafe in Vancouver
Submitted Friday, April 19, 2013 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

A lot of places come & go. Leisure has not & there's a reason.

I've been here a zillion times & I've never been disappointed. Even if I have, I have forgotten about it because of how great the food & service is every other time. The ambiance is better than other bbtea places because you still feel like you're in your own little world no matter where you are seated. You don't feel like the whole room has access to you. It is often bustling & you have to wait on weekend nights, but it's worth it. The chairs are a bit sunken but they feel cozy to me.

The food is unique first of all. no one else in Vancouver has taro pearls. No one else serves hot desserts that taste as good as Leisure. Many have closed down because they cannot compete. I love getting Winter melon soup with whatever I want to put in it. It is not too sweet. Their shaved ice is the best in Vancouver as well. They don't skimp on the condensed milk or any of the other ingredients. Usually, when I have shaved ice from other places, I'm left with a whole lot of white ice. But not at Leisure, it's still got colour & ingredients. Who cares how much it costs? It tastes awesome! Their fried chicken is also really good. Sometimes I get it with fish tempura & but I don't usually enjoy having the tofu. They could make their fried tofu more fluffy & crispy fresh. I have never even had their waffles but if people rave about that, it must be great.

Service can be slow on busy nights, but they are always courteous because their staff is older. But this also makes them more professional & more caring. They don't often forget what you asked for & they come promptly when you want to order. Seriously, the service is really good & if you don't like it the first time, you should in fact come more often. I'd love to find a better Chinese dessert cafe in Vancouver that's open as often as they are.

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La Petite Cuillere55 Kingsway, Vancouver
Just tea please
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

I want to really like this place. It's beautiful. There are teapots and cups in fancy cabinets. There's a rounded room with floor to ceiling windows with beautiful drapery. The tables are laid with beautiful tablecloths and the whole restaurant just screams "fancy traditional high tea". I think they keep it as light as the British originally did. You can order a small high tea with some sandwiches, sweets, and a pot of tea, or a bigger tea with more food. I think the tea is really great. There is a good selection of caffeinated and decaffeinated and they taste good with or without milk and sugar. And unlike many high tea places, they offer cream and milk. However, the food really lets them down. I would come here for high tea atleast once a month if they improved the food. The cucumber sandwich (I think) was very skimpy. I actually had a piece that had literally a slither of cucumber. I think several sandwiches are quite skimpy. I understand you should keep high tea light, but the ratio of meat/vegetables to grain should be balanced. Several of the desserts are too rich. Also, the scones came cold and weren't very good anyway, not fluffy. However, their devonshire cream, or whatever cream they use with the scones is really good. I've never had such good devonshire cream. Nonethless, the decorative tiered trays were beautiful to look at. It was a very relaxing and pleasant experience with superb attentive and pleasant service. Their hours are really good too; open til 8pm most days. For now, I'll just go there to sip tea and relax.

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Herons West Coast Kitchen900 Canada Place, Vancouver
This is the place for buffets & everyday eating
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 11:30pm [Dine in]

I have been able to get a seating every Christmas buffet until this year. For some reason, they were booked so far in advance! And every year, they have done a fantastic job with the food. The food is hot. The food is interesting. The food is of top quality. And the food is made well. I think people should rate this restaurant much higher because I come here every now and then and have been coming for a few years now, and I always leave super happy. So am I just lucky?

This year, I could only get the New Year's Brunch. The seating is fantastic. You dont' see the water but it was a clear morning. The decorations for CHristmas are really nice too. The use of individual, easy to slide chairs makes much more sense than Mosaic Grill's. The servers and hosts are friendly and courteous.

But most important is the food. All the food was hot. the prime rib (when a new roast comes out) is perfectly tender. The lamb was not that good, but it could have been near the end and we didn't get a piece when it just comes out. They had asian food too. The dumplings were kept inside a hot steamer and tasted great.

The mousse is always to die for--creamy and airy. Many of the desserts took a lot of work and were very interesting, like petit fours with a wafer base. Basically, the Christmas buffet is probably the best, cuz of their selection. But the lunch buffet was still darn good.

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Mosaic Bar and Grill655 Burrard St, Vancouver
Awful buffets
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

I had the Christmas buffet at Hyatt years ago and it was okay. Their beef is not the best quality, so very tough. But they were serving a roast beef, not prime rib. And the chocolate fountain made up for it.

This year I had to come here cuz the other restaurant buffets were booked earlier than before and since it was an okay experience, I thought I'd come here again. I shouldn't have. The hostesses are really friendly, even showed us the buffet. But the waitress was a bit too intrusive. I'd describe her as talkative and pleasant. I prefer her to give us our space. Nonetheless, she served us our drinks right away.

The view was okay but all you see are parts of other buildings in downtown and mostly reflections from the glass. The booth seating makes it hard to get out, but when you have a buffet, you always need to get out.
But the most important thign is the food. Firstly, no chocolate fountain. But we knew that. Still, the desserts leave you wanting more. THere were a couple lazy dishes. There were 2 types of tiramisu, just made not very differently. The cheesecake was too creamy, with not enough cheese. The cold seafood station was pretty good. The mussels had no sand and weren't fishy. The shrimp cocktail was good too. They failed in the hot food section, as in that none of the food was hot, just warm. This year I think they had a prime rib, or atleast a better cut of beef than the last time I went. But still, it and the turkey were dry and cold (beef was tough too). Some of the dishes were interesting and made well, but ruined by the lack of heat. The best things were the mussels & the shrimp. For a hotel, the quality of the food should be much better.

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Cafe Crepe2861 Granville St, Vancouver
Worst meal & service in years
Submitted Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

I ate at Cafe Crepe years ago & thought the sweet crepes were okay. I avoided going recently because of the reviews. But seeing as how not everyone agrees with my experiences, I thought I'd go here just cuz it was convenient & we were starving. My bf should've warned me that the downtown locations didn't have good service and had salty food as well. I would've headed to Trixi's regardless of what I wanted to do in this neighbourhood. The server said we could sit anywhere. That was great & it's very roomy. It was midday & not many customers in there. You get a view of making crepes from certain tables, but it's not a pleasant view. The counter is dirty & the cook didn't look like he knew how to make crepes. Got a cappucino which was $3.50 and so small I've never had such a small cappucino before. I'm not sure if it's cuz it's a single, but regardless, no one serves such as a small cappucino; it was the size of an espresso. It tasted okay with lots of foam. Nothing spectacular.

While waiting for our food, the server would walk by here and there, go to tables, talk to people. It looked like there was only 1 server for 4 or 5 tables. I saw 2 drinks sitting on the counter and I think the barista actually remade them cuz I saw him take the cups away & then replace them with another 2. I'm sure they had sat there for 5-10 mins with the server not coming by to pick them up. But she would stand at the counter and wait for him to pour wine... ?!?! We then noticed one crepe sitting on the counter and the server also didn't take that, which was meant for us! Then she didn't even apologize for making us wait for the food. Luckily, it wasn't cold. But it was very soggy. She said it was cuz the eggs made it soggy, but the crepe wasn't even crispy on the edges. It was like a microwaved crepe. Poorly made. I suspect that they make crepes ahead of time, cuz I saw the cook make crepes, and then put them on a tray, which had tons of crepes already in them. My bf could've gotten 1 of those cuz we weren't watching them cook the whole time. The ingredients tasted fine to me & it was a good portion. My savoury one came better, atleast harder. But the prosciutto was so salty. So were the fries. There was barely any cheese in there. It was like eating a dry crepe. Mine was completely the opposite of my bf's. Also, the chicken, though not shaved deli style (thank god), was crumbly, like they were the cut up ends of chicken butt. can't even get whole pieces? We also didn't get salt, pepper, or spoons. The server didn't ask us if we needed anything & whenever she passed by, she didn't even look at us. She also said we had to flag her if we wanted anything. Who trains these people? Go to Whet to learn how to serve! We left very irate with the service and disgusted at the food. Blame both servers, kitchen, and kitchen management for not communicating with each other to make sure food gets to customers right away.

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Whet Kitchen Bar Patio1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver
Great new place to eat in Granville Island
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2012 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

Popped by Whet on a whim. Sat outside to enjoy the weather & scenery but didn't enjoy the numerous people who walked by, sometimes even putting their hands on our tables. They should have put some sort of fence to separate the restaurant from passersby. But I think sitting near the wall of the restaurant or inside will be fine. The chowder was interesting and tasty, but could've been steaming hot rather than warm. The toasted bread with it was delicious. I had the tart which I knew was coming as puff pastry, but I wish they made it as a hard tart, like la brasserie. It also wasn't steaming hot. The potatoes were hotter and a generous, almost too much portion. The fruit on the side was in season & accentuated the plates nicely. My bf had eggs benedict which they didn't ask how he wanted it cooked. However, the server came frequently, as did the manager to check on us & that was appreciated. My favorite was the cornbread. I have not been able to enjoy cornbread in vancouver ever. It came as a loaf with butter and I couldn't stop putting it on my bread. Whether it was cooled down or not, it tasted great with cheese & apparently jalapenos on it (in it?). I will try the jambalaya next time, which was my original idea but it's only served during dinner after 5pm. Will definitely come here for again.

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Maria's Taverna1037 Denman Street, Vancouver
Good but not as good as 4th
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2012 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

We had the charbroiled calamari, which I am glad warns you that it's not fried (unlike another place). It came out in small intact pieces with an onion-oil sauce. Hot and tasty. The sauce reminds me of baked escargots. It is a bit expensive for the size, but decent price imo and it's a good change to typical fried calamari which you can get practically anywhere. Then had the lamb shoulder & lamb souvlaki. Like its sister restaurant, the Greek salad had enough cukes, peppers, feta cheese, and dressing. The olive was quite salty, but so are most olives from a restaurant (except Olive Garden but those are like pizza olives). The cukes were peeled here so customers avoid eating stiff peels, which I have never seen done anywhere. The meat of the shoulder was tender but the souvlaki was a bit tougher. Both were a bit more on the salty side than the 4th ave location. Also, the shoulder wasn't hot enough. The rice was a decent amount, firm, and well seasoned. The potatoes were a bit salty, but cooked enough. The takehome containers are alumnium, which again have never seen anywhere else. Very smart. Service was prompt, responsive, friendly and not overbearing. Honestly, the only rival of Maria's is Appollonia who also occasionally makes salty food.

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Cafe Calabria1745 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Service won't make u return
Submitted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:38am [Dine in]

It doesn't make me anyway. There's a variety of food like gelato, pastries, cookies, coffee, & sandwiches but none of them have prices listed so I don't think that's right. They can charge whatever they want whenever they want & they don't even give you a receipt. Something else that seems to be "stereotypically Italian" is the pride. I got a burnt sandwich & it was tiny too! I think it was the same price as my bf's but it's half as small. It had thick black marks on both sides. I ate one that was already fairly burnt because I didn't want to be an annoying customer but there was no way I would eat the other half which was way more burnt. I gave it back to the man who made it & said "can you make me another half only? It's burnt." I didn't even tell him the other half was burnt too but I ate it. He scoffed & didn't think black marks meant burnt food. Then he went on to say that he couldn't do anything about it. I suggested something but he didn't even bother to listen to me & walked away with my dish as I was speaking to him. What a terrible attitude. You think you're such a great cook that no one can criticize you? It's definitely one of the brothers. I don't think it matters which one.

The food is just average. I've had good paninis at coco et olive with much better service. Calabria does give hearty slices of meat & a lot of cheese though. But it doesn't make my mouth water at the thought of eating it. I don't like how the coffee drinks are served in a glass mug. You end up with a lukewarm drink. There's tons of space in the cafe & quite beautiful because of the statues but it's also silly to ask for a key to go to the bathroom to wash your hands. I have to eat a sandwich after all! Coco et olive is also better there. Not gonna return.

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Cumpari Gelato & Caffe535 North Road, Coquitlam
Must've made some lucky choices :)
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 10:13am [Dine in]

We've passed by this place a few times but never went in because we thought it was closed. This time we passed by & saw a lot of people inside, so we went in, not having read any reviews. Thank goodness because the reviews may have deterred me. But it's just a scoop of gelato, so I probably would've gone in despite having read mostly terrible reviews here.

The gelatos I chose were really good. So i don't know which ones are bad. Mint Oreo was minty but also chocolately. I went with pistachio instead & it was creamy & fragrantful. But I was surprised the sample was melting as soon as the girl took it out. I think this means their restaurant is too hot or their ice cream is held at a really low temperature, lower than normal. We got our ice cream with our cake on the same plate. Where do you get that these days? Any flavor gelato you want with a large number of cake choices? I can only think of places like Cactus Club, which doesn't do either of the above! The plate was warm but I knew the gelato was melting like crazy. I think it comes from lower butter fat than ice cream. However, I don't think the gelato tasted like it had less fat than other gelatos. It was just delicious, like roasted pistachios blended with cream & frozen. We had a coconut cake. It had 3 layers of white sponge, which were light, more on the Asian side. I would've liked it even moister & fattening. But hey, it was delicious & it didn't stuff me! The layers of cream were sweetened & thicker than typical whipping cream. The coconut shreds on top tasted good; I don't care if they're real or not. They were good, but my bf thought it would've been even better with toasted coconut. The cake wasn't dry like bean brothers or sweet revenge, nor hard like sweet obsession or true confections, nor too light like Chinese bakeries & sweet e's, nor super rich like moxie's. You could eat the whole thing & it would be the perfect dessert. The prices are a bit higher, but then the slices of cake are bigger than average. In total, I would've preferred paying $10 including tax instead of $11 something. But that's only a dollar difference.

The ambiance is very nice. The tables are glass & metal while the chairs have firm cushions on them. They have both tall & low tables. The tables are really far from the counter & there's plenty of space to see what's in their display case. It reminds me of eiskafes in Austria. Modern & sophisticated, yet traditional with plenty of food that's both delicious to eat & look at.Their displays are beautiful & well-lit. I would've liked to have more information on the cakes available as many didn't have names & our server wasn't knowledgeable at all. And yes, a downside is you can only try 1 sample of gelato.

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Sweet Obsession Cakes & Pastries2611 West 16th Ave, Vancouver
Hard frosting & too sweet
Submitted Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 9:08pm [Take-out]

I came here years ago and decided never to come back because of the overly sweet cakes. I don't remember if I didn't like the texture of the frosting, but I'll remember now. I had the roulade, which was very disappointing that it didn't have much cake inside. There was room for preserves or perhaps berry jam instead. The cake part was so thin and alternated with a hard frosting. The outside had a hard frosting as well that I just completely took it off and just ate the inside. It was too sweet, like I remembered and not the kind of roulade I like. The fruit tart was also quite disappointing. First, it wasn't a light custard. Instead it had chocolate mousse I think and that just made it heavy, which isn't how I like fruit tarts. But it wasn't too sweet. Just too heavy. The mandarin still had its peel on it and that just ruined it. I can't believe they're too lazy to take off the peel. You pick up a fruit & you end up having to chew it. The price is not too expensive but not worth what the food tastes like. The service is good.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
I second the 'blah'
Submitted Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

I went here twice so I think I can give a fair review of this place. First, it is really loud and unfortunately, that takes their ambiance marks down. First time, we came late & we had a good table. It was big too. When we booked another table for the second time, we got stuck in front of the grill/kitchen. It was cramped & we constantly felt the heat of the kitchen and smelled like food after. Second, the brussels sprouts are not good. They were burnt. They said they're fried. You don't fry things until they're burnt. There's something called golden brown. And then there's chocolate brown. That's when you've gone too far. I saw someone else call them char-grilled. That's what's missing from their description. Sneaky! They're also way too salty. We didn't finish them. They also did not offer to replace them with something else. A bowl for $6, come on! Their meals don't come with vegetables. The rigatoni was good but I don't like the flavor of the sausage. It's odd. Their steaks are their best asset. However, when we ordered a ribeye, it came out burnt. The server said that was because we asked for Chicago style. Uh, chicago style does not mean burnt! It means crispy! When he heard me, he shut up. However, we had to wait for the steak to be redone. For a restaurant that's this expensive, when you make me & the rest of my party wait for my food, you should give me a discount. Nope. None there. Prefer Joeys but the meat from Glowbal group seems to be of a better standard. The service the first time wasn't caring or personal. The second time the attitude was snippy. The bread pudding was not good. It was crispy on top, but after the first layer, it was literally bread soaked in chocolate pudding. I prefer mine to be crispy throughout. Learn from Burgoo. May come back if in the area and it's late at night. But prefer Coast. Their steaks are of the same quality. I don't remember ever sitting near the kitchen. Seating is also better at Joe Fortes.

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Good Friends535 Clarke Road, Coquitlam
My favorite korean restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

After looking at my average marks on food, I decided to write about my favorite korean restaurant. First, the service is superb. They recognize you only after coming maybe 2 times. This is why they call themselves Good Friends. They try to remember you. When they bring you the food, they say "enjoy!" and "thank you!" Atleast the usualy female server does. The food is very good and worth it. We usually have a wrap meal, which has lettuce, meat, rice, and a soup for less than $13. The kimbap is the best I've ever had in the Greater Vancouver area & not a lot of restaurants make kimbap. Our favorite is marinated beef. We also had calamari kimbap which was very interesting & tasty. Their seafood/beef tofu soup is pretty good, but not the most flavor. The side dishes are generously refilled & come decently portioned. Also, the side dishes have more variety than some places. The kimchi fried udon is so good! It's tasty & fried dry unlike Haroo. so wonderful. the only dish we don't like is the seafood pancake. It's not crispy enough. But there are tons of other dishes for you to choose from. The house is very quaint, with spacious couches. It's just too far of a drive for us unless it's a weekend. Also, Song, the owner, is very nice. Kamsamnida!

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Cafe de Waraku4231 Hazelbridge Way, #155, Richmond
Only come here for the cakes
Submitted Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

I'm always here. I have tried a lot of their cakes & sometimes I just repeat the same cakes because I'm afraid to try something new. I love the Lavender & Rose cheesecakes. The ones made with brownies are pretty good too. The lighter, Japanese style cheesecakes taste like mousse, which I don't like. And the mochaccino cake is the best cake in Vancouver to get at night. Every bakery that opens at night cannot compare and I know my cakes.

for the first time, I decided to try the pasta. I usually really love Aoyama, which serves the same Japanese style pasta. But this place only serves pasta & omurice, whereas Aoyama has other options. Sadly, I will never eat anything other than cake here. I had a regular pasta and it was tasteless. I could've thrown this together at home with like salt only. The chicken was subway chicken, which is terrible. It looks dehydrated & rehydrated. It's bubbly, chewy, and does not flake like real chicken does. My bf made the mistake of ordering the same thing. The mushrooms taste either dried (but that's not possible since it's super expensive) or pre-cut days/weeks ago. The garlic sauce was not much better. My bf basically described the pasta as all prepared separated & tossed together after all cooked. Nothing blended together. The chicken& mushrooms had no garlic taste. The asparagus was done well but was really cheap. It was sliced so thinly, I barely saw any flowers/heads. They were probably mostly stalks. Good asparagus should be kept whole and just sliced width-wise. Sorry, but please keep the cakes good! the service is usually very good and food came quickly. but quickness was unnecessary since more time is needed to prepare the food. The lights are too bright if they want to create a romantic atmosphere.

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House of Tofu Soup4651 Garden City Road, #1110, Richmond
Decent & may come back for something different
Submitted Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

This place isn't bad and I might return if I order something different. we thought it was called "house of tofu" because it had a lot of different kinds of tofu hotpots, but they don't have many at all. Just one tofu hot pot but you can choose from 5-6 different meats & seafood to put in it. So I don't really get why they call themselves house of tofu. Why not just another korean name? They have a lot of typical Korean dishes instead. still the menu isn't large and we didn't have much to choose from. The menu is pretty simple and cute. But the tofu soup was also a miss because it did not have enough beef or seafood flavor. However, it does come in a large pot which the person scoops out for you and leaves open. But we always keep our rice hot, so we just put the rice back into the pot & covered the lid. I had rice cakes with dumplings in the white (nonspicy) sauce. They fried the mandu and poured rice cakes on top. That was terrible! They should've kept them apart. If the mandu was going to end up soggy, they should've just steamed them. Still, the server was quite friendly & gladly refilled our side dishes and they were fairly good. The restaurant reminds me of a canteen but is very spacious.

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Haroo Homestyle Korean Cuisine8580 Alexandra Road, #2000, Richmond
Not a success unfortunately
Submitted Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

I've been looking for good Korean food in Richmond and sadly I'm still looking. This place looks lovely and reminds you of home. Very spacious too. So props for that. However, their menu isn't as big as other restaurants; it doesn't have a lot of small dishes. They have meals, meat dishes, platters, and large hot pots. So we just had two personal meals. They are very stingy on the side dishes. Kimchi are not refillable. The owner was reluctant to even refill the other side dishes. I think there's only 1 refill on side dishes other than kimchi. The salad that comes with the meals was combined into one plate, assuming we want to share our food. But the salad was so small, it was meant more for one person. The seafood/beef tofu soup had mostly mussels and 1 half piece of shrimp. The bowl itself is smaller than typical Korean restaurants. they try to make this up by offered a few leaves of lettuce & a half bowl of congee. Medium was not hot enough for my bf and he found it lacked in flavor. It had almost no beef in it. I had the stirfried beef udon. There wasn't enough beef and many of the pieces had a lot of fat in it. However, everything was hot (but all Korean restaurants make this a priority) and the udon was quite tasty. Still not as tasty as Good Friends. But $9.99 per meal isn't worth it when we can get a bigger bowl & better taste for $8.95 that includes better & unlimited side dishes. The side dishes did not have enough variety and I didn't want to eat them all like I usually do at some really good restaurants. Perhaps their lack of MSG is the reason for the meal not being satisfying at all, but then I'd rather eat at another restaurant even if it has MSG as long as it tastes better. We left still thinking that the best Korean restaurants are in Burnaby & Coquitlam, with a couple in downtown.

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Victoria Chinese Restaurant1088 Melville St, Vancouver
Wonder why this place hasn't closed down
Submitted Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is really terrible mainly because of the service. The people inside are acceptable but the host had a horrible attitude. He scoffed and acted like he didn't want more customers in the restaurant. When we couldn't hear what he was asking, he gave us attitude. Just repeat your question! Some strangers who were waiting with us actually left. No server/busser had a smile on their face except for 1 lady. When we got in, it turned out atleast 5-6 large tables hadn't even been cleaned yet. It's really disgusting to look at ucleaned tables all around you. And they had to make some people sit in the front next to the door. That's horrible for them! They were so slow when they cleaned the tables, but perhaps also understaffed & overwhelmed. The food is overly expensive. $8-9 for a plate of steamed rice rolls. $8-9 for a bowl of chicken noodles that I could've made at home. It was just chicken stock, the cheapest chinese veg (siu choi), a ton of noodles I could buy at a store, and chicken thigh. The correct way of making this noodle is actually to make a pure white soup and to tenderize chicken breast. Go to Spicy Court for this instead. The best thing was the siu mai, which was hot, had lots of filling, and was tasty, but likely it was $6-7. I don't even want to bother commenting on other food because I wouldn't recommend people to come. They only pay for 1 hour of eating and we already had to wait because of their inability to clean tables. So we ended up paying another $6 for parking. What a ripoff. There should be another good Chinese restaurant for dimsum in downtown. I wouldn't come here & I think people only come here cuz they live at the Hyatt.

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
We will be back!
Submitted Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

Even though it was a busy Friday night, we came without reservations & got a table where I wanted (not in what looked like the cramped, dark dining room). We sat by the window in the open area the restaurant shares with le centre culturel. The tables outside are kind of cramped, but that's the French way. The servers were really great, very helpful, and patient. We had a pitcher of water for ourselves so we didn't have to ask for refills. When my meal came, the server pushed things to the side and readjusted my plate so I never had to touch the hot plate myself. I had the escargot with chilean sea bass while my bf had the table d'hote. I thought the escargot dish was done really well--very hot is garlic butter & oil but I would've preferred a different style, perhaps baked with a creamy sauce and I like my bigger but I think smaller is better. I saw the mussels & fries at the other table looked really worth it. The sea bass was done very well. The vegetables were al dente. I would've preffered the squash more cooked. But the butter sauce was not too buttery and the dish was nice and hot. My bf's starter was a salad. Not being a cheese lover, he loved the boccocini, which I thought was usually very buoyant, but it kinda crumbled. New style of boccocini for me! The salad tasted great although he said he would've liked cooked onions. The complimentary bread was really crispy and fresh. His main was lamb leg but and he knew it was sliced cuz the server said so. But he wanted it to not be sliced and crispy. But I think we just have to order a different dish. Nonetheless, it was tender and succulent. The mains were both balanced with a good amount of vegetables, carbs, & meat. The dessert was an apple tart. We thought it was a hard crust, like lemon tarts but it was flaky. It was delicious, a bit small, but made very well. I think the food was worth the price; it is french food after all. The 3-course meal was more worth it than at Glowbal which is more expensive & doesn't even include vegetables. We will definitely be back (be sure to bring cash) because their food is flavoured well, made well, not salty or buttery, and the service is really really great! Merci!!

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Felico's Restaurant8140 Leslie Road, Richmond
Good greek
Submitted Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 1:09am [Dine in]

haven't been here for years and there's another Greek place that I really love but I thought I'd give this a try so I can justify my recommendations of the other restaurant.

I had the lamb stew which was pretty good. Very hot and quite tasty. but I only got steamed vegetables that had no Greek seasoning, just salt. It was quite plain to me. I had 2 potatoes which were crispy on the outside & very good but I found myself wanting more. My boyfriend had the kleftiko and his wasn't hot enough. Also, he had the same amount & type of vegetables as me. At my preferred place, Maria's, we got greek style potatoes, salad, and rice. but if you prefer not to have as many carbs, you may prefer Felicos. I may be able to substitute the cooked veg for greek salad, because I didn't like the way they did the cooked ones. They gave us so much bread right at the beginning and we waited so long for our meals that when I tried to eat bread with my meal, the bread was already cold. I didn't want to ask for more because I didn't want to waste food. But they should change their strategies.

The ambiance is really good if you're looking for a lot of other people talking around you. It does look a bit more remodeled and the washrooms are newer and fancier. The service was very good. Honestly, props! But instead of having my hot water refilled, I actually had to ask for it. And when we asked for the bill, it didn't come for a long time. But still, it has its positive aspects.

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Diner, The4556 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Warning: Super greasy!
Submitted Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 12:52pm [Dine in]

I thought I'd try this place out cuz it sounded alright. But nobody warned me about the massive loads of butter they put in everything! I'm so glad I didn't get a table for their Royal Wedding celebration!

The lady owner is extremely nice but I've been to England twice and I've NEVER eaten such greasy food even at a greasy spoon in England. Way too much butter on the bread & eggs. Fried bread is too much and our breakfasts werent piping hot. The bread pudding, although quite authentic & homemade is way too rich. I'm not on a diet & even I felt I gained 2 lbs of fat that I can never get rid of. Sorry, there are better places for British breakfasts that aren't as fattening. Cheshire Cheese Inn on Kerrisdale hasn't disappointed me.

The restaurant does have a lot of British memorabilia, which is nice to look at when you're homesick for England.

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Maria's Taverna2324 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Been great for many years
Submitted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

I've only come here a couple times but years apart & I've not been disappointed, so what are the odds? We liked it the first time cuz the food was hot, seasoned well, and service great. We've also been to the one in downtown & it was equally satisfying. In choosing a place to eat Greek, I favored the 20 min trek here.

The pita was fairly warm & crispy but came with nothing. We would've liked to know that one of our dishes came with tzaziki sauce (but then I should remember souvlaki always comes with that!). But the server kindly gave us butter for free. The lamb shoulder was tender (usually that's the worry) & seasoned well. The lamb souvlaki was crispy on the outside & tender on the inside. Both dishes came hot. The Greek salad, which is often a disappointment in food courts, was covered generously with feta. It had a great balance of cukes & peppers. I often hate it when Greek salads don't have enough cukes. The portioning was excellent. The rice pilaf had good seasoning, was warm, & soft. I don't really know how much "better" it could taste. All our rice was finished. The potatoes also appropriately seasoned were warm & large.

The service was great. Gave us more hot water without us having to ask. Usually, places just top up on your cold water & don't care about customers who are sick & wish to just drink hot water. I wish I had tried a dessert so I could comment on that. The choices seem quite good. The prices are a bit more expensive than a place like Stepho's. But I'd much prefer a quiet & spacious restaurant, free parking available, and without the wait. I think the meat here is of much better quality anyway. The portions are not as big as we didn't have any leftovers. But I'd much rather go here.

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