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azn_msfytDeltaSince June 2, 2005194 Reviews
Average Rating
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  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Mondo Burger12251 No 1 Road, Richmond
Oh so disappointing on a beautiful day
Submitted Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

Food: I ordered a cracker-meal dry bison burger and my partner had the Canuck burger. Big buns, small patties, sad toppings and relish/ketchup/mayo concoction they call diner sauce. The Canuck burger was alright but tiny and the bison burger was dry and tasteless. Yam fries were good.

Service: waited more than half an hour for our burgers and fries and by the way those burgers tasted, I don't believe they were busy making them fresh. No apologies, no explanations and that place was half empty on a Wednesday night so they can't blame it on the crowds. Very disappointing.

Value: how a you gonna charge almost $9 for a burger that doesn't come with fries?? Are you kidding me?? And the patty was barely half the bun! The Canuck burger had barely a smear of bbq sauce on it! We had to order the yam fries separately and then, they make you pay for sauce! I'm pretty sure I got robbed when I ate here.

Ambiance: old and drab but clean.

I will never return to this place and recommend others to avoid it as well. Poor service, bland food and overpriced food just left a bitter taste in my mouth that I hope no one else will ever experience. I never got the groupon for this place, but for those who did, it might be worth it with the discount for those who didn't, avoid this place like the plague. I just regret I stumbled upon this place on such a beautiful day. Au revoir!

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House2443 161A Street, #50, Surrey
Better than the other locations!
Submitted Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 9:23pm [Take-out]

Food: Elvis Platter - so many meats in one place smothered with BBQ sauce.... *drool* I'd say my favorites were the pulled pork and sausage but my dining partner really liked the brisket but really, everything was fantastic. Sides of fries and beans were ok but I really enjoyed the coleslaw. Unlike the other locations, this was served fresh and warm and wasn't sitting on some counter for a while. I've been to the other locations and ordered the same platter and they just don't come close to this location even though it's the same chain serving it.

Service: nice and efficient. It was a 15 min wait but I'd rather get fresh food than have it served immediately from the counter.

Value: we had enough food for three days for the two of us so I can't complain.

Overall, I would highly recommend this location miles more than the others and the Elvis Platter is a nice way to try a little bit of each meat and sides. Bon appetite!

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Pumphouse Taproom6031 Blundell Rd, Richmond
Great Pub in Richmond
Submitted Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 9:15pm [Dine in]

Food: best sweet chili wings in the city by far. Chicken wrap was ok but the accompanying salad was surprisingly good - it had mandarin oranges and sugar coated walnuts! Everyone was happy with their dishes - from nachos, ribs, poutine to their burgers. The only thing that was disappointing was the honey garlic wings that didn't come with any sauce.... weird. They also have one of the most extensive list of beers I've seen and many from all over the world as well. Overall, better than the average pub for food but still pub food - I'd give 3.5 stars for food if I could.

Service: Server kept forgetting things but no harm no foul. She was very nice and the place was busy (Canucks game on) and she would apologize each time. I'd say it was typical bar service.

Value: nothing was too expensive and I'd say it was worth it for the portion sizes and quality of food. I'd give this a 3.5 if I could but since I wanted to give the food a 3.5, I'm going to give value a 4 to even it out.

Ambiance: Clean and inviting. The only thing I can gripe about is the small tvs everywhere. They need to install just one giant tv somewhere so everyone can concentrate on that one screen and have the smaller tvs everywhere else. There's also a pool table in there and there just isn't enough space for it. My dining friend was hit twice with the cue!

It may not give the best viewing experience for a hockey game but overall, I'd def be back and recommend others to visit this place as well if you're looking for simple, no frills good pub food with a wide variety of beers to wash it down with. Bon appetite!

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Neptune Seafood Restaurant8171 Ackroyd Road, #100, Richmond
Cheap dim sum!
Submitted Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

We were in Richmond early on Sat morning so we decided to have dim sum and I remembered this place having a discounted rate before 10:20 so off we went!

Food: ordered a variety of dishes including haw gow, bean curd roll, chinese donut wrapped in rice noodle, mushroom rice noodle, steamed BBQ pork buns, pan fried Shanghai buns, abalone/chicken/scallop bun and shrimp spring rolls. I noticed right away that the dishes were much lighter in flavor, even down to the dipping sauces and even the deep fried items were "lighter", except for the chinese donut that was drenched in oil - weird. It tasted like there wasn't any MSG used if that's even possible. Much fancier presentation of the food than what I'm used to as well.

Service: quick and efficient like any other Chinese restaurant. They did, however, forget my bean curd dish and when I asked about it, it took another 15-20 minutes before we received it which is very irritating. They rushed us out at the end as well even though we were still finishing up the bean curd.

Value: at $47 with tip, it is not cheap. Even with the 20% off, the prices are still higher here than at many other dim sum places but I guess that's what happens when you have nicely presented food and somewhat less greasy.

Ambiance: this used to be like any other restaurant but I guess they underwent some renovations and the place is beautiful, modern and clean, even down to the linens and dishes. Highly recommended if you are with people who are wary of the traditional scummy dim sum places.

Overall, I would return if I had out of town guests or with people leary of the original/hole-in-the-wall dim sum places. The food is light, very different from the traditional dim sum places, and the decor is modern. I recommend you try it as well but be wary of the prices - the discount is only applied if you come before 10:30 or 11, and even then, your wallet may still take a hit! Bon appetite!

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Another disappoint DOV 2011
Submitted Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

I had review of this place earlier but it was taken down so here we go again...

Food: Avoid the tuna! It was either a weird piece or cut incorrectly cuz that piece of fish was the stringiest and chewiest piece I'd ever been served. It was hard to chew and cut and I felt as though I was ripping and tearing through it. Towards the end of the meal, I found a white piece about the size of dime that was either bone or plastic within the dish. Serious lack of quality control by the staff, especially when it wasn't busy on a Thursday night! The potato and sausage served underneath it was good but that fish ruined that dish (I rhymed!). Steelhead trout was good but the accompanying carrots and lentils were boring. Cauliflower puree was served too cold and the walnuts in it did nothing to add to the dish but the meatball starter was very good. Dessert (from next door) of flan and creme brulee was delish! If I could, I would give the food was 2.5 rating.

Service: delightful enough to begin with as we requested to move to another table and they were happy to oblige and the service for most of the meal was attentive but not overbearing but when I brought that piece of plastic/bone to their attention, all I got was a "meh, sorry" and a shoulder shrug. If I served that in someone's dish in my home, I would be MORTIFIED. I waited for the mortified reaction but instead, I got a hurried "sorry" and that was it. The server quickly moved on to dessert and avoided us for the rest of the evening until we paid. No additional apology, no complimentary nothing, no discount and I don't think it's up to me to demand it either. You want my return business, you work for it.

Value: pretty good at $28 per person but I was really irked that I paid an extra $3 for that terrible terrible piece of tuna.

Ambiance: nice and dark and good for groups or intimate dates but they forgot to put on the music until the end of the night when most of the patrons were already paying their bills.

Overall, I would not return as I absolutely believe there is a lack of quality control in the kitchen and aside from that, I felt the food lacked a theme or flow - they classify themselves are being "global" but I didn't get any flavors from around the world, except maybe perhaps Italy? I'd maybe return for dessert but I'd just go next door to where they get their dessert from. I also find that with the recent disappoints in DOV that I probably won't partake in it next year - it's a mass amount of food prepared too far in advance and pumped out at such an exponential rate that the dining experience is killed. There is an abundance of great restaurants in the Lower Mainland with a centralized cuisine that is both refined and delicious - why waste those hard earned bucks here where they don't care you get chewy fish? I say avoid this place just as I will for the furture. Au revoir Trafalgars!

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
I punished myself with a second visit
Submitted Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

I had brunch here once and it was so disappointing I vowed never to come back but it was a friend's b-day so I thought maybe it would be better for dinner... I was wrong.

Food: poutine was blah, ahi tuna was very bland, complimentary rosemary bread was delicious, onion rings were ok, my special drink called something like bangkok nights or was not good, mushroom skewers were laughable and portion sizes were tiny. Nothing was disgusting but it's not saying much when the best part of the meal was the complimentary bread. I was disappointed in so much of our meal that I opted to skip dessert although a few at our table did get dessert and they said it was heavenly. All in all, I would've preferred the food at neighbouring establishments any time of day.

Service: there is a thing called silent service and I really wished and hoped our server would exercise it and it just didn't happen. At one point, he insulted one of dinner party members with some comments about onion rings and how it wouldn't date her and it became very awkward. I don't want to hear about your waitering career, how you're from Montreal, what alcohol is in what different drinks or what you prefer for what time of day - I just want you to take our orders and serve what we ordered in a timely manner, no more, no less. It got to the point where when our server approached our table, my eyes would just retreat into the back of my head from all the chatter that no one at our table was very interested in. The other waiters helping out also need to learn a thing or two about manners and LISTENING. When you ask someone if they were done with their dish, listen to the response before you take it away and dump dirty cutlery into it. Or you could at least ask before taking someone's food away - my friend was not done with her poutine and the waiter just took it away and when I pointed out that she wasn't done, his response was, "well, she's the only one at your table eating now" and walked away. No apology, no explanation. I have not been to a dining establishment with such terrible service in such a long time that it's actually made me thankful for the ones I frequent. One of the men's bathroom doors do not lock which led to a very awkward encounter between a friend and another patron. Who makes such a large restaurant and only has 2 single bathrooms for males?????

Value: Tiny portions of bland food at astronomical prices - not worth the money at all.

Ambiance: Looks great but the music is so loud, you can't hear anything and every conversation must be carried out in a shouting manner.

I will not return and advise others to avoid as well - if you're looking for a dining experience, this IS NOT the establishment for you. If you want to be a downtown yuppie who doesn't care what food they receive and only cares about being "cool", then you belong here. Au revoir Glowbal for life!

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La Taqueria322 W Hastings St, Vancouver
I might name my first kid Al Pastor (even if it's a girl)!
Submitted Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

Food: I have only two words: Al Pastor - chilliwack pork marinated in chile with pineapple on top. It was so good, I ordered it twice! I tried every meat taco and they were all very good with the pollo con mole and pescado coming in as a close second and third. It's a palm sized filling in a small corn tortilla (made locally)and it just tastes amazing - the closest thing I've had to the little Mexican lady who made tortillas in front of us Mexico and filled them with delicious unknown spiced meat. It's as authentic as it gets and they try to source organic, local and sustainable as much as they can which is a nice surprise. My friends tried the veggie tacos and they were impressed with it as well. Great sauces on the side as well with the habenero as my fave!

Service: Friendly and fast - cooked to order! They come over, hand you your plate, explain what is what and lead you to the sauces and let you know what's what. What more can you ask for???

Value: A little bit on the pricier side for the small sized tacos you get but considering its as local, organic and sustainable as you can get, I think it's fair. Maybe we're spoiled by the cheap large lower quality portions that many Mexican dining establishments now strive for... You're paying more for quality than quantity so prepare to dole out the dough if you're hungry cuz the portions are small!

Ambiance: Small, cramped and once they open that door in the back and you're sitting back there, it's freezing! Small stools to sit on, counters to sit at and you clean up after yourself. Expect a dive (but a cleaner version) and you won't be disappointed. The kitchen is open concept so I don't doubt the food quality/cleanliness. It's kind of endearing but no place for romance - just a place to enjoy excellent food with your friends! By all means bring a date but remember that it is a hole in the wall.

Overall, I'm coming back, no ifs/ands about it. The food is that good. And you should go too to taste what real Mexican is rather than the goopy massive tex mex that's available all over this city. Bon appetite!

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
There's so much seafood it lingers in the air!
Submitted Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 11:27am [Dine in]

Food: Wok fried squid was greasy and salty, crab cake was average, arctic char was good, lamb was excellent and trio of sorbet was a nice light note to the end of the meal. The sides that came with the main entrees were sad excuses for sides - when you're paying as much as you are for an entree, give something that accompanies the main protein rather than slapping down the same broccolini and tomato with generic seasoning and calling it a day. Overall, it was a hit and miss with the food so it balanced out to a solid rating.

Service: We were seated at the bar while we waited for window seat but it was so busy we waited a while before being able to order a drink. Food service was very slow and the server had to apologize several times - apparently they can't cope with large groups (then don't take them in! argh!) Service was absent for most of the night until the end of our meal when we were being checked on several times - where were you when I needed a water refill???

Value: The portion size was average but the food quality was not as good as I thought it would be.

Ambiance: Seafood smell wafts through the air and in a weird way, it's actually quite nice - good thing my dining compadre and I didn't go anywhere afterwards since I'm pretty sure we smelled like fish! Nice dark lighting - great for couples and intimate gatherings and also suitable for large groups and there were many around us. Not a place to catch a sporting event - the tvs were terrible.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this place but I don't think I feel inclined to return for their regular menu but there was a mussels and beer for $10 offered M-F from 3-6 pm I might try someday if I'm in the area at that time. We live in the Lower Mainland where seafood is abundant so restaurants offering stellar seafood are everywhere! For a seafood based restaurant, I don't think the food was the calibre I expected. Then again, I went in with high expectations so I would recommend that you try it for yourself since there must be a reason this place is packed every night. With caution, bon appetite!

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Janice Cake Shop8328 Capstan Way, #1106, Richmond
The only place for our birthday cakes now!
Submitted Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 10:58am [Take-out]

Food: I think I've tried every flavor of cake here and they've all ranged from good to excellent. The standouts are fresh mango, tiramisu and chrysanthemum and lychee. They have such interesting flavor combinations and all of their cakes are nice and light so they're perfect as an after dinner dessert. I've taken out their cakes for work and friend functions and everyone ends up asking where I got the wonderful cake from! I even got one for a recent UFC event at my place just so I could have an excuse to have one of their cakes! You will not be disappointed! Note: I've only had the cakes here so I can't comment on other bakery items.

Service: You order and they give you your order - not much else!

Value: A little more expensive than other Asian bakeries but I think the quality is better and there is more flavor selection so I think it's worth it. Where else are you going to find chrysanthemum and lychee??

Overall, I have returned more than once and would recommend others to try their cakes! Bon appetite!

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Pho Thai Hoa8328 Capstan Way, #1101, Richmond
I could swim in their pho...
Submitted Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 10:51am [Dine in]

Food: I love their pho and I think it's up there with the best in Vancouver. I'm a #6 fan since I don't like tripe or brisket and this just comes with beef. Sometimes I switch it up and add beef balls if I'm in the mood and they're both tasty. The soup is warm and with the right balance of flavors and not greasy at all. Their papaya sald is wonderful and it's just a nice way to break up the richness of the soup. Spring rolls are nice and crispy, lemongrass chicken is a little greasy but otherwise good and their sandwiches/banh mi are delicious - sometimes I eat one and wonder if I should take one out for later on...

Service: Efficient but that's it. They take your order, give you your food and take your money and that's it - just like Chinese cafes.

Value: Their prices have gone up recently but it's still quite affordable as the small bowls of pho always fill me up. During the week, they have a combo menu that's quite reasonable as well but beware since it sometimes turns out to be the same price if you order it off the regular menu.

Ambiance: They kept the nautical theme of the previous restaurant and it just seems to be confusing but whatever - I come here for the food, not the ambiance and as long as the washrooms and dining tables are clean, I'm ok with it.

Overall, I would return and recommend others to try this or their Kingway location for some really great pho, sandwiches and salad. Bon appetite!

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Michigan Noodle Shop8530 Alexandra Rd, Richmond
Wonderful noodle place tucked in the corner
Submitted Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 10:38am [Dine in]

Food: I've had a number of the noodle soups and chow mein dishes and they've all been very good. I really enjoy their dumplings (I believe they were shrimp and pork) and the chow mein noodles are always nice and crispy. Soup noodles and the shrimp and egg fried rice are only ok. I've dined in and taken out and the noodles are have been great each time with the standouts being the beef with pepper sauce, which my non-asian coworkers liked the most. Overall, yum!

Service: Efficient and kinder than most Chinese places. The only thing that bothers me is that there is a separate menu that is only in Chinese and I can't read it - translate please! Cash only so beware!

Value: Noodles with dumplings hover around 5-6 per bowl while chow mein and rice dishes are around 8-10 so not bad for a heaping bowl/plate of food. They have other dishes, such as appies and snacks, which also appear to be inexpensive.

Ambiance: clean and newer looking unlike some dingy Chinese places and I was pleasantly surprised.

Overall, I would return again and def recommend others to try! Bon appetite!

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Tri-ty Cafe8100 Ackroyd Rd, #130, Richmond
Quick Saturday Lunch
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2011 - 11:41am [Dine in]

Food: my beef noodles were spicy and good and came with ample beef but it was quite veiny so I ended up giving it to my partner who didn't mind it. Said partner had the fried chicken with stir fried rice and he enjoyed his dish. Overall, the food was good but not amazing.

Service: they seat, serve and clean up efficiently which is expected of this establishment. No checking up on you and no schmoozing which I don't mind if I get my food in a timely manner.

Value: a little higher but not by much for a bb tea cafe in Richmond. I didn't like that there wasn't an add-on option for drinks but instead had to be ordered separately.

Ambiance: clean and surprisingly very white, almost institutional.

Overall, may be back if I'm in the area but I wouldn't go out of my way to come here. I would recommend for anyone looking for a quick lunch at a cafe. Bon appetite!

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Burrard Bridge Marine Bar and Grill1012 Beach Ave, #1, Vancouver
It's ARRRGH-Right!
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2011 - 11:26am [Dine in]

Food: mussels and fries were delicious and my partner liked his burger but the calamari appetizer tasted like it was from the frozen aisle at a grocery store. The mussels and fries were delicious even after reheating later in the evening.

Service: One word: pitiful. I don't mind seating myself but you still need to come and take my order and give me food! Waited at least 20-30 minutes each time for ordering, getting food, getting the bill, etc. A lunch ended up being close to 2.5 hours which shouldn't take that long at a bar. Also, if you can't pack something that is on your menu, it really shouldn't be on your menu. After waiting so long for my main dish, I needed to leave before I finished and they said they didn't have anything to pack it in - what restaurant doesn't have a container with a lid??? They ended up packing it in two boxes and a bag so it wouldn't leak.

Value: Average - perhaps a little higher for a bar but considering the location, it was not bad.

Ambiance: we sat on the patio overlooking the harbour and it was awesome. A great place to watch people passing by as well. I can't say the same for the inside as it had some kind of nautical/pirate theme but hey, it gave me a great title for this review!

Overall, I wouldn't mind coming back but wouldn't go out of my way to come here. If you've got some time to waste, I'd recommend this place for a burger and beer but beware of the bad service and long waits! Bon appetite!

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Araxi Restaurant + Bar4222 Village Square, Whistler
Like any other frou frou place
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2011 - 11:12am [Dine in]

Food: the onion veloute hit us by surprise as it turned out to be rich, warm and comforting white ahi tuna would have fallen short if not for the cucumber garnish. My chicken dish was bland while the lamb dish was much more enjoyable but also a bit dry. The sides that were on the plates for both our mains was just ok. Lemon tart was a wonderful finish to the meal. Overall, the food was only ok which was disappointing as I thought a fine-dining establishment such as this would provide a higher calibre food experience.

Service: Service was hot and cold. I didn't like the drink I initially ordered as it left a terrible aftertaste and the server did not hesitate to replace it free of charge which I was pleasantly surprised to find at the end of the night. However, pretention was in full gear throughout the night but I guess that's what's expected of this type of establishment. The server quite rudely told me to move my plate at one point in the night to set my main plate down - if you can't carry so many plates, why don't you get someone to help you out rather than having me do your job? At the end of the night, we received an additional dessert to our surpise.

Value: Overpriced for what we received in comparison to other fine dining establishments I've been to. If the food had been great, I wouldn't have minded paying the premium but unfortunately, this was not the case.

Ambiance: Beautiful in every aspect and it was still comfortable even when the Whistler Film Festival had an event there.

Overall, I probably won't return since the food was such a let-down. This is a great place for a romantic or special night but I can't in good conscience recommend it just for the ambiance, especially when you break the bank to take someone here! Ciao!

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Don Guacamoles1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Finally a place that isn't tex mex!!
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2011 - 10:50am [Dine in]

Food: authentic is what I think of when I taste this food. It has the same taste that I got when I went to eat in villages in Mexico. I've had their pulled pork, chicken with mole sauce, enchiladas and other dishes and they've all been very good. The real standout for me is their chimichurra - I've waken up in the middle of the night craving this cinnamon sugar and chocolate deep-fried goodness. Strawberry margaritas were delicious and much better than other "Mexican" restaurants. Green salsa, red salsa and pico de gallo are also very fresh and tasty. The only thing I didn't care for were the beans and rice which were bland.

Service: friendly, attentive and inviting. They checked up on us, gave advice, joked around and it was nice to have such relaxing/unintrusive service.

Value: Good for what you get. The dishes I've ordered have tended to be average sized but I did see their burritos and they were massive!

Ambiance: Clean and lively. I do love the open kitchen concept and enjoy watching them prepare and cook the food. However, having Ricky Martin on repeat is not acceptable. Bring in some good music please!!!

Overall, I would return and recommend others to try this place as well. Authentic Mexican was missing in the Lower Mainland and we finally have a restaurant to fill the void! Bon appetite!

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Not cosmic, just ok...
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2011 - 10:29am [Dine in]

I couldn't wait to come here for breakfast at dinner time and when we arrived, we were told breakfast was only served until 5! Not off to a good start but maybe it gets better...

Food: Burgers were just ok, minestrone soup was blah and my salmon burger was wet and drippy. Fries were nice and crunchy. Overall, I was disappointed with the food as I heard this place was supposed to be a great cafe. I don't see the appeal.

Service: they greeted, seated and served and nothing else. No questions asked about how the food was, no smiles, nothing. I could have been served at a fast food joint and wouldn't have felt any difference.

Value: Price was average for the food but I guess less pricey than some of the joints surrounding the place.

Ambiance: I like the ecclectic mix of souvenirs, trinkets and junk on the walls and it gave the place a real nice diner feel. Love the comfy booths!

Overall, I will not be back as the food was not interesting in any way and the service felt mechanical. I thought this place might get better with the food but I was wrong and although I loved the diner-ambiance, it isn't enough to pull me back. Ciao!

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
The battle of the Japanese Izakayas continues...
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2011 - 10:17am [Dine in]

I decided to try this place out after hearing from others that it was a formidable opponent to other Japanese izakayas...

Food: I had tried several items including the lamb steak, ebi mayo, ishi-yaki, a duck dish fr the feature sheet, a seared white fish (I forget which) and a few others. Overall, the food was ok. Some of the dishes lacked balance - either too salty, too oily or just bland and others were good but I've had better elsewhere. The Hello Kitty drink was also quite good.

Service: Food came in timely manner but servers seemed lost or pre-occupied with other things like chatting at the bar or flirting with male-dominated tables. I don't mind if servers are chatting it up but when I want a cup of tea, I don't think I should have to set off emergency flares to get their attention after 15 minutes of trying to flag someone down politely.

Value: Expensive for what you get. I understand these are meant to be small portions but spending $24 for a 4oz piece of meat is ridiculous.

Ambiance: Great seating and lighting. This place would be suitable for groups gathering for sporting events, couples looking for a nice meal or just friends hanging out and looking for a light meal.

Overall, I probably won't return as the food and drinks just doesn't beat other izakayas in the area but perhaps its just my own prejudiced taste buds. I do recommend trying this place to see what you like more as others have liked this place better for one reason or another. Bon appetite!

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Nando's Chicken8231 Ackroyd Road, Richmond
More chicken peri peri please!
Submitted Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 11:30pm [Dine in]

Food: I've had their peri peri chicken more times than I can remember. Great garden salads, excellent corn when in season, my partner loves their rice and their seasoned fries are not bad.

Service: you order and they bring your food to your table. You want water, you get it yourself and when you're done, they clean up after you. They're friendly at the counter when they take your order and they take away your empty plates. Good enough for me! It's actually better than a lot of other places that are supposedly "full-serve".

Value: it can be a little bit pricey for what you order - I usually get the quarter chicken breast and garden salad and its about $13 without a drink. In comparison to the surrounding HK cafes, this can be pricey but it's much healthier than the usual HK fare.

Ambiance: nice clean facility, comfy booths and a tv in the corner that has soccer on. Not much else to it but good enough for me!

Overall, I'd come here again and again since it's a healthy relatively cheap meal at a nice clean place. Don't expect fine dining and you'll be fine! Bon appetite!

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Nuba207B West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Rocky to start but ended up being a lovely evening
Submitted Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

Food: everything we had was fantastic. The notables were the lamb chops, chicken tawook and the falafel. Lamp chops were tender but flavorful, chicken was juicy and spiced perfectly and the falafel were seasoned perfectly and not greasy at all. Other dishes such as hummus, taboulleh and najib's special were also very good but not as good as the notables. They also had the best sangria I've ever had. Yum!

Service: there was a mix-up with the reservations - we called in, asked for a time and day and they called back to confirm. They called back again to tell us that they had made reservations for us on the wrong day and were actually fully booked and the only way to get a table was to walk in. Although that was irritating, I walked in at about the time we were asking for and the immediate reaction of the hostess was to tell me the restaurant was fully booked and I explained what happened and a table suddenly opened. I was seated within several minutes and the service for the rest of the night was wonderful.

Value: My compadre and I were full with drinks for a grand total of $55 so it was a great value.

Ambiance: Minimalist but chic. Great place for drinks and food with friends or with a date.

Overall, I would return, especially since they have a very large vegan selection as well as meat options for the carnivores. Great food, service and ambiance - why wouldn't I come back? Bon appetite!

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Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant551 Howe Street, Vancouver
Good lunch spot downtown
Submitted Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

Food: had the chicken ball noodle soup and it was quite good but it was missing that plate of bean sprouts and basil - just a few sprigs of basil would've made the whole difference. Noodles were thin, which I wasn't used to, and broth was quite refreshing, not as thick and msg-tasting as most places. Overall, I was quite satisfied. I think there were much more options than most Viet places and healthier options so that was nice.

Service: Quick and dirty. They seat you, bring your food to you and clear your plates and that's it - great as it was perfect for the power lunch.

Value: A little more expensive than most Vietnamese places but it's also downtown so quite reasonable.

Ambiance: Great cafe feel, with the specials written on the blackboard. Clean as far as I can tell. The only problem was that it was PACKED - felt like sardines in a can.

Overall, I would come back for the power lunch if I were downtown but I wouldn't travel out of my way to come here. Bon appetite!

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