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BonkaVancouverNoshing here, noshing there.Since July 23, 2007Favourite List (36)Try List (2)464 Reviews
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Le Bistro de Paris751 Denman, Vancouver
The best of bistro dining
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

I brought my gf here for a nice summer July dinner recently. While more and more French bistros are popping up around town, this one really seemed to stand out a little more.

The space is modest yet comfortable, not relying on the showiness of the DT persona to sell itself. It is actually quite the quaint little place.

It was too easy to pick out the standouts on the menu. We started with the fabulous bisque which had little bits of lobster meat swimming in a deep full bodied blend made all the richer with the creme fraiche drizzled about. I had the soup de jour, a rich tomato and gin concoction that had just the slightest hint of the botanicals from the gin while the creaminess levelled off the edge from the tomatoes. We shared the lovely yet simple homemade country pate before settling into our entrees, my gf the incredible house jumbo ravioli stuffed with porcini mushrooms and tossed in truffle butter and peccorino - it is a dish to be ordered over and over. I went with the Margret de canard breast which was just perfect, retaining each individual layer from the crispy top layer to the fatty layer underneath to the spot on breast meat portion while the glazed apples and Calvados nicely complimented the duck. We finished off the meal with an ultimately satisfying mousse au chocolat and a great finale to an outstanding meal.

Our server for the night was friendly, mild mannered and on all night. Though he was busy waiting on other tables throughout the room, he retains his composure the moment he arrives to the table. We couldn't have asked for more.

It is exceedingly rare to have an entire meal executed so well from beginning to end, especially from a rather inelegant menu. For Le Bistro de Paris, they make simple so good and where the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts. Recommend.

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Burger Burger340 Sixth Street, #4, New Westminster
A true hole in the wall
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

The reviews made Burger Burger sound viable so on another burger binge my gf and I headed here.

It's in a seedier part of New West and upon entering, really does live up to the hype of a dive. It's dirty, unkempt with homemade menus and complete with old, sticky tables and crappy vinyl chairs. Even the red ketchup squeeze bottles look at little suspect. If you have any ounce of being fussy, you won't like it here.

We didn't care so we ordered and sat down while we waited. My gf went with the single mushroom while I went big with the bigger 6oz double patty with cheese and bacon. We shared a poutine and a bottle of coke as they do not have a fountain machine. The patties are hand formed and has an authentic homespun flavour to it. It even tastes the part as they trade juiciness with a dense, more meatloaf type body and consquently they are a little more dry. They do use orange processed cheese and strip bacon which are rather expensive add ons but again, I likened the way they do not accompany with ketchup or mustard condiments for you but you do get lettuce, white onions and tomato. The poutine was mediocre with a typical gravy and fries but the sparce topping of shredded cheese seemed cheap.

It's a family run business so despite the visuals the people are friendly and bring your order to your table. They also seem to have a loyal following with what looked like many regulars.

I like regular Joe, blue collar approved food stops and this one easily makes that list.

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries728 Main Street, #510, West Vancouver
Expectations for a "fast food" burger
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

Looking at all the reviews I can see why there is a huge divide for Five Guys. I heard the hype, waited for it to die down and decided to try for myself.

Draped in the colours of swirl candy, you knew it looked like a place where the food wasn't good for you at all. I'm not too sure about the open kitchen as it tries to look honest, but the huge metal rack with dozens of pre-packaged buns, the sacks of potatoes by the door and the open boxes complimentary peanuts doesn't seem to work for me too much. There are review clippings proudly mounted on the walls and the staff does its best to keep the place clean but I'm amazed at how lazy the dining patrons are at cleaning themselves up, given the amount of peanut shells on the ground.

My gf and I ordered a single and a double with various toppings including cheese, bacon and mushrooms, a small french fries and a fountain soda. I do agree that the prices are hard to swallow given the type of restaurant but on taste alone, it is definitely one of the tastier burgers for a fast food outfit. If you're expecting a pretentious burger with toppings like aged cheddar, stilton, glazed onions, pancetta, homemade mustard and mayo on a brioche bun, give your head a check before coming in. At Five Guys, you'll get a made to order burger with orange processed cheese, a nice beefy yet juicy patty that has that grease that makes that packaged bun taste that much better and nothing more. The mushrooms were generous and the bacon stayed crisp and I liked the fact that I could pick the fixin's as I like my burgers plain. The skin on french fries are plentiful but rather boring and the pop machine didn't seem to want to mix properly that day but the burger was just right.

The service is that of a fast food joint but the staff are a little more pleasant and a little more helpful at recommendations. For that, it deserves a litte more kudos.

It's not an amazing burger but I don't think it's suppose to be. It is however a great, greasy burger when you want one instead of the usual McDonalds or Burger King.

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Olive Garden20080 Langley Bypass, Langley
Pleasantly surprised
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

My gf and I had joked in the past about coming here and recently it turned into reality when she was craving pasta and I was willing to deal with the lineups.

They portray a family oriented position, along the lines of The Pantry and White Spot and very much like what you'd like in the US. The space feels like a large suburban home divided up into different sections and you are surrounded by families and children making for a pretty lively and G rated atmosphere.

Knowing that it came with unlimited salad and breaksticks we passed on starters. The salad was decidely better than you would expect for limitless sides and was much more than just iceberg lettuce with croutons, red onion, olives and even a decent house vinagrette dressing. The breadsticks were fresh and brushed with a little oil, salt and I think garlic powder but I thought they were mediocre at best and wouldn't fill up on it given the menu choices. My gf's braised beef tortelloni was a full on dish. The beef shortribs were tender and was quite good for flavour while the tortelloni had an unexciting asiago filling. The supposed marsala that was used was pretty timid among the cheese, portobello and beef. I ordered the chicken and shrimp carbonara with perfectly cooked plump shrimps and breast meat that was still fork tender. The pancetta, although not cooked to a bacon crisp livened up the parmesan cream sauce making it the best pasta dish of the two. Portions aren't as daunting as I thought but these you really leave packed. We finished off the meal with a couple of mini desserts, a tiramisu and a strawberry shortcake which ended a rather satisfying meal.

Given the reviews I figured the service could be on and off depending on who you got. Luckily for us it was fantastic all round. They gave introductions, ran through the menu, and prompted us ahead of time when another server would take care of us. This along with timely checkups and some small banter without going over the top was a welcomed and somewhat unusual find these days. Looking at the other tables around us the service looked to be much of the same as well.

We weren't expecting to be wowed with the food but I can see why it's such a popular place. It really is that family friendly restaurant.

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Original Tandoori Kitchen7215 Main Street, Vancouver
Indian delight
Submitted Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 1:03am [Dine in]

I normally do not dine at Indian restaurants mostly because there is a propensity to overindulge in their cuisine. My gf made the suggestion and having watched this location spring up close to home it was certainly worth a look.

The decor takes on a bit of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde persona. The small space at the front entrance is more mundane, but move over to the main dining room and you are in a different world. It's kept very simple, but combine the colour coordination, the dim lighting and the large and unique paintings relating to India's colourful past and all of a sudden it almost feels like a history museum.

We ordered butter chicken, tender pieces of white meat swimming in a cream yogurt sauce with a strong tomato undertone and depth from the fragrant spices. The tikka masala contained tender pieces of lamb with ample chunks of tomato, peppers and onions again combined with full bodied spices. None of the flavours overpower each other, yet you could discern certain spices and herbs like cumin, cloves, fenugreek and ginger. The must have sides of rice and naan made for great tools for sopping up all the sauce while the lassi sweet was a cooling drink to calm the mild yet present spiciness. We finished off the meal with their homemade mango ice cream. It was incredibly smooth and surprisingly light and included bits of pistachio for texture.

The service is mild mannered yet friendly. We received mulitple checkups and they were easy to flag down for additional service.

I do agree this is easily one of the better Indian restaurants in the city. I'll have this one on my shortlist.

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Suika1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
The highs and lows
Submitted Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 12:45am [Dine in]

On a whim my gf and I decided to stop by here for dinner recently. With the large queues largely dispersed since their grand opening, we were able to get seated immediately.

The vibe is alive with lots of energy coming from the staff. The space itself is stylish and hip which fits in nicely with the other restaurants on the block though I would say it would be nice to see a little more Japanese flare all around.

Both of us went through about a dozen dishes that night with some fantastic standouts. These include the amazing sweet corn kakiage fritters, which uses a simple batter with seasoning like the chicken karaage. It's sweet, salty, crunchy and incredibly delicious, so much so that we ordered it twice. The cha-han beef and garlic fried rice was simplistic, but fragrant and beautifully made. It was savoury with mellow hints of garlic throughout. The cha-shu braised pork was slow cooked to melt-in-your-mouth tender accompanied with a very light broth and a asian spice mix which livens it up. It does contain a fatty top portion which we were warned about by the server and depending on your palette may not suit your taste. The gindara kama black cod cheek was also beautifully cooked and with bone in retained a lot more flavour versus just having the flesh portion, though it made for a bit of a mess. Then we come to the chicken karaage which was lightly seasoned and served with a salt and pepper dip. Unfortunately from the highs comes the lows of the night. The poutine, a nice rendition of kimchi, minced pork and cheese was perfectly fine but was ruined by the poorly made french fries, at best just limp strands of potato. They were thick cut but seemed they weren't double fried or cooked at too low a temperature too soon. The potabello mushrooms were a dish that tried to do too much when it should've just been left alone. It was tossed in a thick sauce which overpowered the natural woody flavour of the portabello and made for a rather unappealing dish. Drinks were also had including my fresh ginger ale, a fantastic refresher throughout the meal. Do note that tea is extra here.

The service is speedy and typical of Izakayas here. Staff are friendly and are quick with clearing dishes and drink orders. We were surprised that one went out of there way to hold the door for patrons to leave. A nice touch.

I'm a bit split on Suika because of the hiccups in execution on a couple of dishes. Depending on what you order your experience may really swing to one side but considering that most of our dishes were fantastic including the drinks it could be a fantastic dining excursion.

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Los Compadres4280 Hastings, Burnaby
Mexican comfort food
Submitted Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 12:11am [Dine in]

A few of us settled in here for a quiet dinner. I had read the reviews before but I made sure to come in with a clean palette.

The decor is fairly basic, but seems to keep with the typical pseudo-Mexican flavour I have seen at other similar restaurants around town. It's clean with the local music lingering in the background.

We started with a plate of nachos which goes a little tex-mex it seems, with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, cheese and seasoned beef. The "freshness" left some of the chips a little soggy but otherwise it was a nice starter. Around the table came a chicken burrito, enormous in size and filled with rice, beans and the usual crisp vegetables. It lacked overall flavour given the amount of rice and beans combined with the lightly seasoned chicken and needed salsa for additional flavour. They ran out of mole so instead my gf went with the green tomatillos verde sauce. That was quite good but may not be for everyone given the slight bitter/tart/spicy undertones. I went with the chori-tacos which came with a plentiful amount of sausage meat and an overflow of mozzarella cheese, so much that it left a good helping of oil in the dish. Aside for that, it wasn't too salty and plentiful to boot.

Service is spry considering the lone wolf up front. He was able to describe certain dishes and ingredients in detail and made choosing easier. Timely checkups for water top-ups and dish clearing too.

It's a bit out of the way, but it's a nice find nonetheless. Shame to see the lack of patrons in here as we walked to and fro the huge queue outside Anton's a few doors down.

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Mitra Canteen3034 Main Street, Vancouver
Falafel excellence
Submitted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

Through the grapevine I have heard good things about Mitra so for the first meal of the day my gf and I quickly made the trip over to Main St.

While the overall space is small and is at best self-serve, there are enough tables around including a small but serviceable street patio area. Menuboards are homespun while the entire space has that noticeable layer of grim to show its honesty.

We shared the lamb/beef shawarma plate, hummus and a few falafel balls on the side. The shaved lamb and beef was mildly seasoned and very tender with more than enough slices to go with the lightly scented rice. The small salad consisted of some shredded lettuce, tomatoes and onions complimented by a dollop of hummus and tabouleh. I found the hummus to be a touch on the bland side however the falafel balls were something else, and was thoroughly enjoyed with the crispy exterior and fluffy innards. We've been disappointed with most falafel we've had in the city this one was definitely the best so far.

The service was fairly brisk despite the long lineup. Staff are friendly and patient with questions. Our queue at that time was lengthened due to the abnormal number of questions being asked and special requests made but they seemed to handle them with ease.

Some of the best and most honest food in the city comes from a place like this.

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Little Tea House4700 Kingsway, #1120B, Burnaby
Monkey service
Submitted Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 1:18am [Dine in]

Though not on my own accord, the gf ventures here with me in tow when we're in the vicinity and milk tea is what she craves.

The milk tea itself is a nice balance with the tea portion leading the charge. It's not too sweet while the pearls tend to be fairly consistent. Not too chewy and not too firm.

The service is atrocious here, and I'm not even the one ordering. Again the staffers here are the younger types but we seem to get the ones with the mean streak. Wait times vary but can actually take a while as orders don't necessarily go according to order sequence. The customers themselves also don't lend itself to the overall experience.

Though secluded into a corner of the mall, it's next to T&T so it's heavy traffic doesn't help the cause. Luckily, they do have a big enough area to mingle around when you line up and as you wait for your order.

Damned if I come here but unfortunately I feel like I'll still make the odd appearance (in tow).

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Dessert Dynasty4800 Kingsway, #149, Burnaby
Oh that taro
Submitted Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 1:09am [Dine in]

My gf decided to stop by to grab a drink, a taro coconut bubble tea to be exact. It would be my first experience with taro bubble tea and it was rather pleasant. The taro added an element of creaminess while balancing out the sweetness of the tea.

Staffers are made up of the younger generation and they do a fair good job considering the setting.

Now, the setting is in a heavy traffic area of Metrotown. It's noisy, it's crowded, and expect lack of courtesy from customers, and this is at the best of times.

Worth a trip if you can quickly get in and out.

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Alk-O-Bar & Restaurant6345 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Passable
Submitted Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 12:56am [Dine in]

I knew this little place opened up, replacing an old standing bubble tea and Japanese sushi restaurant. A newbie to filipino type cuisine it was certainly worth a try.

The decor is drab and looks cheap. Clear plastic is draped over tables while the whole space warrants a much needed scrub down.

We were offered 2 menus, one with western type fare like burgers and pasta and another menu with filipino items. My gf went with the filipino combo consisting of a large melange of chicken sisig, pork skewers, java rice and atchara (pickled papaya). The 2 skewers had good flavour and tenderness, while the sisig, chicken slices with a sour and spice marinade was something that looked and tasted like you'd find in a filipino home. I went with the kare kare stew. The gravy was rich in texture though lacking in overall punch, even with the addition of the accompanying shrimp paste. It had hints of peanut butter with pieces tripe and oxtail swimming alongside baby bok choi, eggplant and string beans. I served it alongside the fried rice, which was mediocre all the way through, including the use of frozen peas and carrots. We started with the lumpia Shanghai, a nice starter but again lacked seasoning.

There was one lone server handling the floor. Young and friendly but not particularly on cue with waiting the tables as we required flagdowns on several ocassions.

It was hard to get a good idea but overall it was passable on the palette.

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Hapa Izakaya1193 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Highlights and some slips
Submitted Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 12:33am [Dine in]

My gf and I wanted to catch up with a friend for dinner and we figured Hapa's Yaletown location might be worth a look.

The menu is overwhelming to look at but we were able to wrangle away with some selections. The grilled shortribs was easily one of the highlights of the night. The herbs, soy and apple marinade really livened up the beef, which was grilled to a nice medium rare. The chicken karaage was tossed in a very light soy ginger sauce, a little innovation from the original but it worked well as it accompanied rather than overtake. The ebi mayo too was tossed in a light mayo dressing and again, complimented without overpowering. The Gindara (black baked cod) was fabulously cooked to retain it's buttery texture. The Ahi tuna carpaccio again came lightly dressed and rounded up the highlight dishes. Here, things slide a little. The tuna tacos were far too rudimentary and frankly lazy for Hapa. It basically amounted to tuna salad wrapped in flour tortillas with the tartar sauce binder taking over all the other accent flavours. The ishi-yaki stone bowl rice combines minced pork, egg, tomato, lettuce and miso. Unfortunately subtlety here takes away from the overall experience, since the rice, tomato and lettuce requires lots of coaxing for flavour. The vegetable "renkon" gyozas too had little zip with the lotus root and pork combo and the Hapa tofu felt like a toss in; a wedge of pressed tofu with a kimchi/miso type sauce.

Service is off the beaten path here. Our servers seemed demure, and lacked any enthusiasm normally found at Hapa. The checkups were adequate but an extra one or two pop-ins would have been preferred.

Echoing a previous review, it does feel like the overall experience has diminished. Food execution doesn't follow through with every dish and considering it's locale, it could use a shot of adrenaline. While not a bad choice, it's not in my top 3 choices.

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Sushi Bay1284 Kingsway, Vancouver
Less than expected
Submitted Monday, May 23, 2011 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

We came here looking to try another sushi outfit, looking forward after quickly glaring through the positive reviews.

The space is a little dreary, with the tables and chairs set up in 3 rows, somewhat of a reminder of the highschool cafeteria. The chefs provide some liveliness with greetings upon our entrance.

The menu isn't quite as extensive but offer all the common items. We ordered what seemed like the lot, including miso soup, salad, nigiri, rolls, tempura and karaage. The rice in the nigiri and rolls was good. It kept together without being mush while the proportion of filling or fish was balanced. We found the mayo in the california rolls a little unexpected, a touch tart, almost akin to Miracle Whip. The western rolls went overboard with the overly intense richness from what seemed like too much cream cheese. The wild salmon was a nice find though the piece of toro on the toro nigiri was ghastly oversized and would be better served in 2 pieces. The tempura is heavily battered and too oily while the karaage came with another unexpected find, a sweet soy sauce concoction that didn't bode well in the oil, coming out charred.

Service was leisurely but adequate and the staff are friendly. Perfectly fine but resembling nothing in first class service.

Sushi Bay unfortunately does not stray above the pack.

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King's Chinese Cuisine4488 Main Street, Vancouver
The good old days
Submitted Monday, May 23, 2011 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

My gf and I strolled in on an early morning weekday to catch dim sum here before the rush.

The decor is absolutely as described in previous reviews. It's beat up but not completely unpresentable. The workers are all people we can relate to, working class immigrants that know local homeland dialects.

As usual we set off with the usual menu items. The chicken feet stood out with its flavourful sauce, made all the better with the generous meat on the feet. The deep fried taro and pork dumplings, something I usually don't like was actually quite good here, mostly for the good balance of richness from the taro and the savouriness of the minced pork filling since the taro usually overpowers the pork filling. The other standbys like the beef rice roll, tripe, spring rolls and shrimp dumplings were all expected and par with other dim sum restaurants.

While the servers themselves are what you expect to find anywhere, the service here is actually better than the norm. They dance between the old asian seniors who need a little more care and patience to patrons like us, who can be hasty and may only speak english. A nice find.

If you understand why the customer base of mostly elder asians come here you'll understand why the food here works. It's inexpensive and most importantly, honest.

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Whet Kitchen Bar Patio1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver
Food; lacking
Submitted Monday, May 23, 2011 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

My gf and I have made our way here on a couple of trips already. The first time expecting the old Sammy J's but having been replaced by this incarnation.

While the great views and airy ambiance remains, the space has been refreshed to compliment itself with the surroundings. Even the tvs remain to catch those must watch Canuck games.

The menu focuses on our westcoast bounty, with fish and seafood overtaking much of the menu's real estate but instead we stuck with appetizers. The crab cakes are quite good without an overpowering breadcrumb exterior. The crab itself is noticably present but they represent nothing more than the typical crab cakes you'd find elsewhere. The fromage du jour plate was nothing more than a wagon of brie with crostini, a strawberry spread and some grapes on the side which was hard to mess up. The flatbread was disappointing with the cracker like flatbread that provided little texture while the tomato and boccaccini topping was bland at best. The fresh mussels were a nice surprise, but throughly ruined by the overly salty light cream broth it swam in. We shared a slice of red velvet cake on our first visit, a decent finisher but I found the cake portion to be on the dry end. We mostly ordered their cocktail brews on both visits, which I would say far superceded the food portion in satisfaction.

Service seems to depend on who you get. Our first visit yielded someone obviously seasoned. Very amiable and offered up recommendations in addition to being on top of very timely checkups. The A game was absent on the second visit with a different server. The lack of checkups required flagdowns as they passed by, though still friendly but MIA when needed. Long story short, inconsistent.

Our food was unmemorable, the service can be spotty but the drinks and ambiance might be worth the trip.

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Boston Pizza19700 Langley ByPass, Langley
BP out in the burbs
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2011 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

Game 5 was approaching and having no time to make it back to Vancouver we beat the rush and hung around Langley, making our way here ahead of the influx.

My gf and I dug into the BP standards of wings, the thick cut potatoes and the bacon cheeseburger pizza. We decided on the baked variety of wings which lacked the crispier skin but retained the juices even better, though it seemed to make the salt and pepper cling far better than wanted. The thick cut potatoes were about as simple as you can get and made for great snacking with the side dip bringing some heat if plain wasn't your thing. The pizza was BP's usual, though the mushrooms at the bottom left the crust a little soggy.

There seemed to be a lot of really young staff working here; we were seated at our table by one who looked like they were 14yrs old and a few other that also looked like they were still in highschool. We had a couple of servers take us the rest of the way, with the service improving even further with our second one. Pretty impressive to say the least.

Though I doubt I'd make my way out here too often, this is easily one of the best overall BPs I've been to.

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Sammy J. Peppers Grill & Bar4755 Kingsway, #200, Burnaby
Not that great...still
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2011 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

I hadn't stepped into a Sammy Js since highschool...until recently. Again it was playoff game night and we were pressed to find a spot.

There is a separation here and if you sit in the dining area, expect to be some obstruction and distance from the tv screens. Not a big deal.

The menu parallels any other menu. We went with all appetizers: the sliders which were rudimentary, the salt and pepper and teriyaki wings were on the dry end, the flatbread pizza with a low brow crust that resembled too much like bread than pizza dough and the articoke dip which was probably the best of the lot. The food didn't quite meet terrible but a definite step down vs. similar outfits.

Service was a bit sparce at first but was ramped up once things got going. Nothing I'd cheer about but they were able to adjust without making mention.

After all these years, still I wouldn't make my way here..but if you're in a pinch..

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Boston Pizza2850 Bentall Street, Vancouver
Par
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2011 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

This is a newer Boston Pizza alongside this newly developed area. It was game night and tough to find a place.

It's a BP so you know what to expect with the ambiance and food. They do wings and pizza pretty well so we went with various quantities of jerk and honey garlic. Of all their flavour choices the jerk was rather timid and was disappointing. The honey garlic was just that, honey garlic. Aside from that, the wings were juicy and obviously made to order. We finished off with a slice of their mud pie. The price was a little steep for what you get but luckily it doesn't hurt the teeth, as what we would've expected from the picture in the menu.

Our server was on the ball and again, what you'd expect from any chain restaurant. The hostess was able to get us to a table right in front of a tv despite the crowd.

No surprises here.

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Buck & Ear Bar and Grill12111 3rd Avenue, Richmond
The local bar
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2011 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

A late dining excursion found us here. I've heard some good things from friends and have even walked past it several times. As we made our way in, we were stamped, id checked and faces taped so I imagined they are on the barwatch program. The ambiance is exactly what you see on tv. A local bar with all the classic bar hues from the live band, the patrons dancing to the music, the dark wood finishings, the dim lighting, everything.

The food is however pretty standard fare. We had our dry ribs, wings and an unusual but tasty concoction consisting of blue cheese, a tangy sauce and apples over a bed of crispy chips. Entrees were also fairly standard in prepartion and taste. The pulled pork sandwich could have used more pork or less bun otherwise quite good, while the steak sandwich came cover a slice of french bread. It was cooked well but was a bit tough and flavourless. The battered onion rings were quite the hit with a crunchy and well seasoned exterior.

Service is that of a neighbourhood bar, right down to the tee. Friendly servers gabbing and making jokes with the appropriate checkups as needed and wouldn't ask for more.

I wished the food was better to really make it a standout but it would certainly not prohibit me from coming again.

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Hog Shack3900 Bayview Street, #160, Richmond
Meat lovers galore
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2011 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

Their website aptly titled as "Steveston's first and ONLY BBQ and casual cookhouse" seemed to give me a negative connotation. Still we decided to try it out due to the lack of better than mediocre local bbq restaurants.

They've reused the same floorplan and retained some of the styling cues as the previous restaurant but seemed to add more seating leaving certain tables being cramped in together. Though we were acknowledged upon our entrance, we waited about 10 minutes to be seated with empty tables available all the while the front counterperson deciding to finish counting change and handling receipts. Sign of things to come.

We quickly ordered the Pigasus combo which came with side ribs, pulled pork with 2 choices of sides, ours being fries and coleslaw. We also went with the pulled pork tacos to share. The tacos were bland, with the pulled pork and salsa bringing nothing to the party. The same pulled pork was found in the combo, a large mound of dry and tasteless shredded pig that tasted nothing like being in a smoker. The ribs were the best part with a balance between meatiness and some fattiness. While a good rack the flavours were comparable to ribs you'd find elsewhere. Again, we were brought back down with the mildly dressed coleslaw and especially mediocre fries. The pecan pie was as expected and at least finished the meal on a high note.

Service is slow, an unfortunate carryover from the previous restaurant. After the first immediate visit for our orders everything from getting extra napkins, plates, drinks and the food took far longer than needed, with a couple of presumptions of whether they forgot. Shame since the staff are quite friendly.

Strangely enough I would actually come back but would stick with the ribs, maybe entirely.

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