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breakyguykits vancouverSince April 2, 201026 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2 (2.1)
  • Value2.5 (2.4)
  • Ambiance2 (2.2)

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Displaying 1 - 20 of 26 Reviews Found
Tableau Bar Bistro1181 Melville Street, Vancouver
Ok food but Beware the Water scam
Submitted Friday, October 21, 2011 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

Dined in, and were seated at our reservation. We were brought some water and the meal went on, no complaints until we got the bill. $3 per person for water? I asked what that was for and she said "we have an in house filtration system" ....
Who really cares if you double filter your water, the water out of the tap in BC is so perfect it doesnt need to be filtered again. Rather than make a scene I just wasnt going to tip but my wife decided it wasnt here fault for such a stupid policy. If they just would have told us at the beginning, no problem... I would have declined, but to tack that sort of stuff on the bill is just dumb. Did you think I wouldnt notice?
The food was ok, I had the duck confit and it was just slightly overdone, in general the meals were all fine and nothing to complain about. Personally I've had better ambiance, food and service at other comparable establishments but I guess its what you like. The water scam just ruined a perfectly good evening, its all we could talk about for the rest of the evening and likely the story will be retold countless times to come.

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Bob Likes Thai Food3755 Main Street, Vancouver
authentic thai
Submitted Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Finally an authentic thai place without the price. The usual lower mainland competitor chain (Thxx Hxxxe) doesnt even come close to Bobs. Try the pad thai and you'll be suprised and saying yum. Service is genuine , maybe a bit sparse but its the owner and Bob actually chats with you. The decor is a bit sparse but also genuine and overloaded with weird Buddhas and sticky red chairs. Our previous top thai hangout was on south granville near marine drive called Txlxy thai and its really good as well but bobs takes it just that much further. You wont be disappointed.

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Hime Sushi4463 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
fantastic point grey sushi
Submitted Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 10:12pm [Dine in]

We're big Temaki fans and Hime is our second choice. We've never had a bad "fishy" experience here. Service is quick, friendly and genuine. The lunch value is great. We're fussy sushi fans and Hime has never let us down. Not sure what the one star rating is all about but this place is well above the mark of usual cheap boring, falling apart sushi eateries where your roll is slapped together. The fact that it's always basically packed at lunch speaks volumes about how good it is.

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Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge151 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
super suprised, great breakfast
Submitted Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

we tried 8 1/2 for breakfast and it was amazing! We really like trying out all kinds of breakfast places in Vancouver and we're generally disappointed with something. This morning the coffee came and arrived on a nice tray, coffee was well above average. We're extremely fussy coffee geeks and even though its drip coffee it was really good. the only downfall was the cream is those pathetic little creamers from dairyland. when my eggs benny arrived it was hot and perfect, the bearnaise sauce was spot on, the eggs were perfect. I havent had eggs benny just right anywhere in vancouver. This is starting to sound like a spam owner review pumping their own biz but it was really outstanding. We even commented while we were there that something must go wrong. I hate potatoe chunks for breakfast as they're usually to greasy or to doughy and undercooked or generally gross but these I actually ate and liked them. I hate potatoes.
We're definitely going back but it was so good we're expecting that the chef will be drunk or something will be bad we just havent had a cheap good breakfast for a long time. the only downfall was that its a bar in the evening and for the breaky crowd you can expect some morning drunkies talking really loud with the scratchy voice from yelling all night and still trying to impress the girls. oh well the food was great. service was ok but not bad at all.

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Caffe Artigiano2154 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
Going downhill
Submitted Sunday, January 2, 2011 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

Time to move on unfortunately, artigiano has a problem over the past year or so with really poor service. The coffee has also gone downhill after they started trying to use their own beans. Today we were in kerrisdale and stopped in , they messed up our order as takeout. Not a big deal but when I saw they were going to dump the rest of my Capp milk in the drain I suggested they pop it into my wifes americano instead. After I received a lecture from junior on how I should pay for it ? He couldn't seem to comprehend that cream in a bottle or hot cream is the same cost. Oh well we're done. Elysian hello

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Prairie Cottage Perogies20771 Langley Bypass, #302B, Langley
yummy perogies, sad location and atmosphere
Submitted Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 8:55am [Take-out]

having no reason to ever visit langley but had to be there this past week so looked up some places to try. The perogies are good the atmosphere is completely non existent. If you want to have lunch in an industrial park with tilt up concrete warehouses ok... If they tried to make it at least feel as cosy as my patio. classic example of a business that could probably do really well if they had a better location

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
noisy noisy noisy, its not a restaurant its a nightclub
Submitted Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 8:37am [Dine in]

We've been to yaletown pub on and off for the last 10 years, its usually average fare nothing to win an award but nothing to complain about either. The sunday pizza and beer used to be a good deal and really homemade now its just shells out of a frozen box.
We had friends visiting from out of town, staying at downtown hotel so we met them at yaletown for dinner. The music was so loud we couldnt understand out server let alone speak to each other. the restaurant was less than half full but the night club next door was full. We asked if they could turn it down a bit and she said no that it was tied into the club next door. what a load of crap. I used my decibel meter on the iphone (actually really accurate +/- 3 db) and it was 90db in the restaurant! for comparison a chainsaw is 90db and standing next to jet taking off is 120db, it was really LOUD
So annoyed i looked up workers compesation board recommendations for noise and it was hearing protection for anything over 85db. W'e're not old crusty grey hairs, I have no problem going to a club or a loud rave but blaring music over dinner is just stupid. The food is just average , the brewery has lost its meeting place old wood feel and add the noise we wont be going back ever.... there's no point. loud, a bit overpriced and average food.

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Kitsilano Sushi3105 West Broadway, Vancouver
cheap sushi . poor service,
Submitted Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

a good rule is to try and capture the chef's attention as you walk in at any sushi bar, no greeting? then either they're super busy or its just going to be crap.
another good sign is to look at the size of the rolls, who can eat some of those jumbo rolls.... So after trying so many sushi places in vancouver its getting pretty easy to size up the junk locations. Kits sushi is ok, the servings have lots of mayo to cover up the taste, the service poor and theyre happy to walk away with your cash money and pretend its a tip. its good value but dont not great food, the service is crap and the chef wont greet you. in a pinch though its better than most low end sushi places.
I had an earlier review on this place but its been deleted, since that time we;ve been once more and confirmed the quality.

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Prestons Restaurant1177 West Pender Street, Vancouver
it could be ok if it wasnt for the service
Submitted Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 9:24am [Dine in]

we arrived, seated promptly, then we waited for about 10 minutes to be even acknowledged , then we had to flag a waiter down just to get a drink order, then the drinks arrived 10 minutes later. had to flag him again to get food order, when the food finally arrived my chicken and brie sandwich was so grotesquely huge there was no way to even pick it up! I had to leave it sitting there while i flagged the waiter again who never came back to see how we were doing. I asked for it to be cut in three or bring me a steak knife. Another 10 minutes while i see him serving drinks so i flagged another waiter to bring me a knife. By this time the sandwich has absorbed all the drippy juices and the bread was the equivalent of mushy white wonder bread.

the food in honesty is equivalent of milestones and cactus club etc... the boring franchise places which we never go to . Why would anyone ever go to a franchise chain restaurant in Vancouver when there are so many good places to try? better yet why does anyone on this forum even review those types of restaurants theyre all the same, get out and try something small and local. Prestons has two locations and has the potential to be good but its completely average in all respects.
would we go back to Prestons? no. would I recommend it ? no.
next to abigails party this is the worst service we've experienced and watching the other patrons I dont think we just had a bad server.

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Avenue Grill, The2114 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
fries from a bag, cold n wet, chicken left over from lunch menu
Submitted Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

went for dinner and had the chicken burger, the chicken arrived with a hard skin on it, obviously left over from lunch menu and then tossed in the convection oven. the fries were soggy and pathetic, like something you get from the freezer at safeway.
ambiance ok, service ok, dishes being done right in the seating area lots of water and banging about.
the fish order my wife had was ok, not bad not geat, rice looked like uncle bens out of a bag.

would we go again... not really. its way to expensive for what you get, we could have gone to trafalgars and had a proper meal. oh and they overcharged me $2 on the chicken burger.

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Elysian Coffee590 West Broadway, Vancouver
best coffee in vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

as a coffee geek I can assure you this is likely the best coffee in Vancouver, although im always game to try out a new place. try the breve machiatto , perfect.
since starbucks went downhill about 10 years ago, it was on to torrefazione, artigiano and others... Artigiano was really good until they sold it and now quality has taken a huge dive, especially since they roast their own beans now, roasting is an art left to someone who knows what theyre doing.

Elysian is right up there with jj bean as my fave coffee places. I have to agree with the other comment that their americano is a bit lacking somehow,

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Jolly's Indian Bistro2928 W 4th, Vancouver
good value , average service
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

I gave them a mediocre for service but solid for everything else. The waitress's are a bit blank, when our meal arrived that was it, no description of the sample menu we ordered (1 chicken, 2 types of lamb) when she finally returned after we were half done we asked for some info on the lamb dishes so when/if we returned we would know what to order.... "umm ummm I really dont know that much about the dishes, those two are lamb though i know that"
our meals arrived on a huge stainless steel tray that looks like a dog dish, the only place ive ever been served on a dog dish is tim hortons when you go out of necessity once a year on holidays for the lunch meals.
good food, naam was better than others for sure, ambiance ok, cold frosty glass for my beer so a thumbs up, the ice water had no ice and when i had a sip it came straight from either the hot water tap or its been sitting all day and the ice melted.

tough call on this one, the only hard part is Atithi on Burrard is just that much better than a medicore/solid

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Coco et Olive3476 West Broadway St, Vancouver
Good luck with the attitude
Submitted Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

Im sitting here with my wife watching in disbelief at how rude the staff are. We walked up tithe counter, no greeting at all. When we ordered he was rude. Then he proceeded to have an argument with another female staff. My tea is looseleaf but served in a press so it's now bitter and I can't drink it. My wides coffee is cold because the cups are cheap thin junk. The steam wand on the espresso machine has a days worth of crud on it.
Good luck cocoa! With the poor service and ho hum average tea and coffee you wont make It till next spring

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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
no service, super overpriced, staff are clueless, good luck....
Submitted Monday, September 6, 2010 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

sept 5th, eve, not busy, sunny evening, service is bordering on the worst we've experienced in Vancouver.
We eat out probably 3-4 times per week and this has to be one of the most over-rated places ever. I had the bison steak and a beer for $40 and for that amount I felt completely jipped, no service at all, the staff were dressed up in their skateboard outfits, the one server was wearing a plaid shirt with tight jeans and his undies showing! not what you expect for an average of $25 per plate. our server wasnt fussed, the place wasnt busy, loads of staff on hand but other than our order and drink order she came never came back.
We waited 45 minutes for our food, our bill for four people was over $200.
good luck is all I can say...... with that attitude , lack of service and super super overpriced menu they wont last at all. I have no problem paying $50 per person but then take a visit to Trafalgars or something of that calibre (actually trafalgars is cheaper) and the food and service our light years ahead.

dont waste your time or $ here, completely average

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Romer's Burger Bar1873 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
gigantic bun but where's the burger?
Submitted Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 7:50am [Dine in]

went to romers yesterday to try out the burgers, my biggest pet peeve ever is wet soggy doughy white buns so i asked for a double toasted bun and the server told me no problem it comes toasted. i joked and said ok no problem as long as it doesnt come with a wet soggy bun,

when it arrived it was on a wet soggy bun, how gross! we ended up being seated next to the hostess checkin, make sure you dont sit there for future reference. the food was ok, the bun despite it being wet and soggy was so huge the burger is lost inside somewhere. the reggiano truffle fries are ok, its just a sad execution of something simple.

price - not cheap , your burger and all sides are extra, everything was extra.

would we go back? ummm probably not, its not horrible but its not worth it.

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
amazing
Submitted Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

finally a place that serves great food, knows service and feels cozy.
there's not much to write about in fact... we had the prix fixe and the only problem is that it was a bit to much for us and we didnt really have room for dessert.
kicks on bistrot bistro or others in this class.

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Caffe Artigiano853 West Broadway, Vancouver
somehow the artigiano franchise concept isnt working
Submitted Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

we have been to many artigiano locations around vancouver and i can assure you they have lost the art of making/preparing coffee. sure they can make neat flowers but the difference between the both broadway locations and the kerrisdale location is huge. kerrisdale is great always , the one on west broadway by calhouns is not so hot.
to bad they expanded so fast and lost something in the process.

the atmosphere of all the locations sucks... the tables are something someone makes with tile in their garage, super gross home jobs.
the dumbest logo ive ever seen, most locations are hard to find and spot, they really need to spend some money on branding and location marketing if they want to pull up the image.

coffee is still better than most though.

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Vera's Burger Shack1935 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
digusting
Submitted Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

not much more to add to that, we'd rank veras at just a bit better than mcdonalds, but not by much.
such a simple thing to put together, bun, meat, salad and some cheese and it was just a big soppy dripping mess.
gross... sorry vera. get some quality control

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Fatburger255 W Broadway, Vancouver
other than the doughy cheap white bun its excellent
Submitted Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

dont normally review burgers but with all the hype lately with Vera's, Moderne, and fatburger We though we'd try them all (over time of course...)
everyone like a burger once in awhile but i must confess anyone with a bbq can make a better burger than any of these places

fatburger despite the stupid name has great burgers, everything fresh, super squeaky clean place, the only complaint is that they could have a better bun, i despise wonder bread and this is what the bun tastes like. A good kaiser bun or specialty bun would make this a killer burger and add only 10cents to the cost.
wife had the chicken salad and it was great as well.

good luck vera and moderne

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Timbre Restaurant2068 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
so so average, not worth the hype
Submitted Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

breakfast brunch sunday,
had the eggs benny blackstone, mmm ummm nope. they were hot but totally hard, sauce was gooped everywhere. potatoe chunks were like they were sitting in grease for the last two days if thats how you like them rock hard and greasy.
service was ok, not very attentive considering how many staff were on and how small the place is. blue grass band was good but like any live band i had to YELL at my wife and try reading her lips just to talk when we were 12 inches apart.
coffee totally bland
would we go back... nah probably not, it was a bit overpriced and not so great. not bad but not great

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