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bart_weisserVancouverSince April 7, 200622 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value2 (2.2)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 20 of 22 Reviews Found
Red Star Seafood Restaurant8298 Granville Street, Vancouver
Good food, bad service
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 1:08am [Dine in]

We went to Red Star (on Granville) about an hour before closing. We were told by the lady in front they were still taking customers. The food was great. I never knew that Fried Rice could taste so good!

HOWEVER, every minute or so, the wait staff would come to us and told us to hurry up, though there were still some people dining. One of them even threw the bill at us and expected us to pay on the spot. To add insult to injury, someone came by and reminded us to include gratuity when paying.

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Szechuan Chongqing Seafood1668 West Broadway, #205, Vancouver
The art of cold dim sum pushing
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 12:58am [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant for lunch, think to ourselves, 2.75$ per dim sum wasn't so bad. The guy at the door was very professional and courteous, and we were seated by the window, overlooking Broadway. But the good thing stopped there.

We noticed that the cart hardly moved, so did the dim sums sitting there. Each time we order, the dim sum cart pushers would try to sneak a couple more dim sums on us. Each time we declined their offer, they got increasing angry. On top of that, the dimsums were either lukewarm or cold. Eating it was not very pleasant.

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Sawasdee Thai Restaurant4250 Main St, Vancouver
Atrocious (I have no other words)
Submitted Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 12:02am [Dine in]

I really wonder why are there so many people raving about this restaurant as if they know what they are talking about?

We went there for dinner after reading the reviews and ordered a satay, pad thai, and cashew chicken. Someone forgot to put the dressing on the salad that came with the satay, and we had to contend with tasteless cucumbers with our satay chicken. The satay sauce was a slightly thinned palm sugar syrup, which was kind of difficult to swallow.

Then came the cashew chicken. It appeared that they could only scrape bits and pieces of chicken from a stock pot and threw it into a vegetable stir fry. The pieces of vegs and onions were cut so big and sloppy, finding and meat became a treasure hunt. The whole dish looked and tasted like watered-down soy sauce.

The pad thai was not pad thai. It was soggy, and the sauce was made from the same palm sugar syrup as the satay, and a little tomato sauce to make it look authentic. We only found three (3) tiny shrimps, when they proudly advertised prawns in their rendition.

On the service, the waitress kept taking our food away when we were obviously still working on them. Maybe she was ashamed of what was being served, in which case she might have done the right thing.

The chap taking our order was, however, very friendly.

It was not even a case of us setting too high an expectation. With our dining experience, we could only conclude that the cook just didn't have any clue what to do. How this place received so many glowing reviews was beyond my understanding.

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Bouzyos1815 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
A memorable experience
Submitted Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

After our little incident with Marcello, we decided to stop by Bouzyos.

The wait staff was friendly, and they were all very attentive. Ours took the orders almost right away.

An old man came to us and started talking to us about the neighborhood. It wasn't long before we realized he was the owner of the restaurant. On our way out, he introduced us to his family, who was also dining there.

The food was quite reasonably prepared, and came in generous portions (it was our first meal of the day, and I don't think we'd be hungry until next morning).

Unless you know the owner or the chef, chances of them coming out talking to you is not very high. We were impressed by the owner's gestures and, on that alone, we were more than glad to go back for future visits.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
The legendary Marcello treatment
Submitted Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 7:37pm [Dine in]

We went on a Sunday afternoon to Marcello, hoping that our visit would dispel all the rumors about it.

After the hostess sat us down, the waitress followed our drink orders. That was the last we saw her. We thought the place was only half full, and the wait staff would have been more attentive.

Instead, for the next 30 minutes, we saw the same waitress walking up and down, chatting up with all the patrons around us, but she was seemingly oblivious to our table. Other waitresses saw us, but did not intervene. We left out of frustration.

On the way out, we brought our experience to the attention to the hostess. All we received was an insincere apology. To add insult to injury, the waitress in question was chatting with her while we left, and did nothing to alleviate the situation.

To their defense, while passing by other patrons' tables, their food did appear presentable and edible.

So we have been initiated with the Marcello treatment, and though I really hope that my bias were unfounded, my instincts (and many other's) still stand correct.

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La Rocca Ristorante Italiano1565 Commercial, Vancouver
Great service, good ambiance, not italian food
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

This is by no means a poor restaurant. At least, when we were there for lunch, the wait staff was very friendly and made sure that we had a comfortable experience.

However, the "Italian" food that was served was sub par. The Cananoli, which was supposed to be made of ground chicken, tasted like flour with lamb flavour. And we saw the cook taking it out of a microwave, and the husk on top of the sauce confirmed our belief.

The penne Matriciana is *NOT* a ground meat sauce. It is a sauce made with cooking pancetta which, unfortunately, is unavailable in Canada. (Breakfast pancetta and smoked bacon contain too much nitrate and are unsuitable for making Matricinana). While this is understandable on their part, there was some aftertaste in the sauce resulting from using too much garlic powde

But then again, the price is reasonable for the kind of food that was served. In the mean time, we are still searching for a "real" Italian restaurant in Van ...

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Sushi Hachi Restaurant8888 Odlin Crescent, #1278, Richmond
Excellent value for sushi
Submitted Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

We decided to go to this sushi joint after reading reviews from here. We are very impressed.

When we first walked in, we immediately noticed an overwhleming proportion of Japanese patrons. This is a good sign. The restaurant also styled after a traditional Japanese restaurent (even not so many restaurants in Japan look like that anymore).

We ordered some sashimi, sushis and some rolls. We are very satisfied with the ingredients and the effor they put in the presentation. And the taste easily rivals any sushi restaurants in town.

This is a "mum-and-pop" joint, so service can be slow due to inefficiencyy. You can see both the cook and the waitress ... possibly husband and wife ... running around and constantly busy, but nothing gets delivered quickly. But the slow pace allowed us to enjoy the food. Surprisingly it is just as filling as an all-you-can-eat session.

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Old Bavaria Haus, The233 6th St, New Westminster
Very good German food
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

First off, to the Dinehere staff. Bavarian food should be classified as "German" food, not "Eastern European" food. Bavaria is not in Eastern Europe, and never has been. Please reclassify if possible.

We ran into this restaurant during our excursion to New West. It was only 5:30 pm and it was already full. Though we had no reservation, the hostess has managed to give us a very nice table.

The waitress was very friendly, prompt and attentive. The food came very quickly. The schnitzel was very tasty, and my German girlfriend, who was very picky about German food, was impressed. The vegetables were cooked exactly as it should, and the German beer on draught was delicious and very reasonably priced.

This is a real authentic German restaurant that can easily rival some restaurants in Germany itself.

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Richmond Sushi8388 Capstan Way, #1488, Richmond
Overpriced bad quality food
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

We went to Richmond sushi for an all you can eat sushi. We found the menu a little pricey, and selection rather limited, compared to other similar outlets, but we decided to give it a try.

We found that the ingredients were not at all fresh. Chopped scallops tasted more like herring, the tempura was reheated from a microwave, and most of the hot food items we ordered were lukewarm at best. We didn't not order so much, but we felt very uncomfortable after the meal.

Considering this is the "de facto" home of the all you can eat sushi, we were very dissapointed by the overall experience.

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
Okay food, okay drinks, slow service
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

We went to Sala Thai on a Saturday night. Though we did not have a reservation, the hostess did all she could to get us a table within 10 minutes.

The wait staff was very slow to respond, and we waited on average seven to ten minutes for each time the waitress came to our table to complete our order (handing out menus, ordering drinks, and finally ordering food), which gave about 21 - 30 minutes.

The food took well over 1/2 hour to come out, and the drinks didn't arrive until after the food came. The waitress did not serve us any water until we were about to leave.

The food was okay. Items marked as "spicy" was really not that spicy. The cocktails, however, tasted quite good, but were a little thin on the alcohol.

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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Rare laid-back dinner experience
Submitted Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

We went to Bogart's for my belated birthday. It was late Sunday night, and we were happy to hear that the hostess was still taking in customers. We have always been frustrated with restaurants closing up very early in Vancouver, and this is defintiely a welcoming change. However, as we walked in, we were just catching the last leg of the live performance. We should have gone a little earlier, I guess.

The wait staff was very friendly and professional. The meat was done exactly the way we wanted, and the presentation was more than adequate. The desert was also heavenly, and Bogart's also serves some of the most satisfying espressos in the city (and I have been known to drink espressos straight).

What completes the dining experience was the laid back atmosphere. We could just sit back, enjoy the ambience, the food, and the music (not in that order). I think this (in addition of opening up late) also makes the meal much more memorable.

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Chilli House Thai Bistro1018 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Thai House in disguise!
Submitted Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

We went into the restaurant without knowing that it was owned by Thai House. I recognised the menu items and the "Thai House" style of cooking (which was more Cantonese than Thai in texture and flavour). We ordered coconut curry duck and sweet and sour sauteed fish, and a Thai omlette as an appetizer.

The sauteed fish was a variation of deep-dried groper, another Cantonese dish. As for the duck, the curry was way too waterly. It looked and smellt more like spoilt ranch dressing than curry. The duck were clearly unwanted leftovers from a BBQ duck taken from a Cantonese restaurant. The cook was also much too generous with the sugar. The Thai omlette was probably the only dish that we found acceptable.

It was only 9:00 pm when we arrived, and shortly after the restaurant staff already started closing off some sections (I think they close at 10:30 pm). Though we were not rushed to leave, we were somewhat persuaded by this.

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Pink Pearl1132 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
not what it used to be
Submitted Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

We have always been happy with Pink Pearl, but not anymore.
After waiting for 20-some minutes for a table for their famous dim-sums, we were seated near the kitchen (which I thought was a good thing).

After sitting there for a some time we started to notice that the wait staff had the propensity to give the bigger tables much faster service than the smaller ones. When we tried to order items directly, the waiter would told us they were not available that day. Then in a minute, the same item(s) that we were told unavailable showed up in quantity at the bigger tables. The dim sum carts also tend to gravitate toward them and, by the time we got a chance to order, everything was already sold out. As for the dim-sums, they were much too expensive for their quality. They were in such a big rush, that some of the food wasn't even fully cooked, or "thinned out". We were totally unsatisfied.

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
overrated ... really
Submitted Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

For me "fusion chinese" is usually an excuse to "experiment" with their menu and, in the mean time, jack up the price threefold, and I Wild Rice is no exception. Some of the dishes are variations of menus from some other very upscale restaurants, but value and quality was not there. I can tolerate the "fusion" in the food had (I still think they mask poor quality with a lot of flavour), but I felt cheated in the end. The staff was fortunately, very friendly to us.

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Ouisi Bistro3014 Granville Street, Vancouver
defines fine dining experience
Submitted Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

It is always a pleasure going to ouisi. I have always been impressed the decor (paintings bylocal artists and always new ones everytime we go). The food is standard Louisiana/Jamaican fare, and there is always just enough spice on everything (try the hot sauce on the table if you are brave). The only complaint (not really one) is that the alligator meat tastes like dried lizard (but I think that's because of the meat not the cooking). It's one of the most enjoyable dining experience I had in Vancouver.

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Baan Wasana Thai Restaurant2143 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
food quality varies
Submitted Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

We went to this place twice. The first time the food was quite good, the sauces had just the right taste, and the ingregdients were fresh. So we decided to pay it a second visit. But the second time, though we order the same thing, wasn't quite the same. The food seemed like "day-olds" or been sitting around for too long. I hope this is not the norm.

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Where was the cook?
Submitted Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

Where could we start? The ambience was pretty decent and clean, and the decor were very pleasing.

But the food was sub-standard. Too little food with way too much sauce. Everything seemed overboiled in water before putting it in the sauce. Drinks and side dishes (e.g., rice and naan) were expensive considering the portion they served. On top of that, it took more than 40 minutes for the wait staff to come up with the food, which, provided the tiny portions, was consumed within 10 minutes.

In summary, the food was slow, the potions small (for the price), and the quality rather poor.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
good drink, bad food and service.
Submitted Friday, April 7, 2006 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

Very brief review ...

1) Ambience was really cool. It looked like a real cantina.
2) The bar tender was very friendly.
3) The waiter acted he had done us a big favour by just showing up at our table.
4) Burritos were tasteless, and the fried beans had too much salt. Mixing the two didn't help.
5) Food was not worth listed price.
6) I could only recommend this place for a drink or two.

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Mona's Fine Lebanese Cuisine1328 Hornby Street, Vancouver
More than a restaurant.
Submitted Friday, April 7, 2006 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

Mona's is one of those places you can truly unwind and enjoy after a hard day's work. We were first greeted with the sweet, faint, incense-like, smell of flavoured tobacco permeating from the adjoining smoking room. We had the fortune of sitting next to the open dance floor, because it's also belly dancing night.

The food was awesome. There was this "feast" deal, where you can get an appetizer and main course for two people for 50$. There are also a good selection of wine, and other exotic dishes, all reasonably priced.

Came 9 pm, the belly dancer finally appeared! Her volanic enthusiasm was contagious. Her stint, however, was too short-lived. One of the guests told us, that Saturday would be the best night to pay Mona's a visit.

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
First Sophie's dinner review!
Submitted Friday, April 7, 2006 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

First off, I have to say, finding parking space in Kits on a Friday night can be a nightmare, since most spots are only for permit parking. It took about 20 minutes of circling around the neighbourhood before we could find a place to put our respective vehicles. I would suggest 6th Ave ...

The dinner started at about 8:15 pm, and (despite the fact that all I had all day was a cup of coffee) the food was worth the wait. Each bite was an explosion of flavour, organicity, and free-rangedness. Sophie's home-made hot sauce was a dribble of deflagrated taste. You can tell, that the Sophie's cooks take great pride in preparing their meal. On the down side, it took a while to get all the dishes out (methinks it took over an hour).

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