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busterwantstofishEast VanSince May 7, 200812 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)

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Horizons100 Centennial Way, Burnaby
Once again, the "view" is all you get for the money....
Submitted Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 11:59am [Dine in]

We were here over the last few weekends, and all I can say is that it was a massive disappointment. Horizons went from being not very good, to very good, back to horrific. To give you an idea, 4 people chose 4 different dishes.....three of them meat dishes, and one seafood. the lamb was awful and rubbery, the red meat dishes tasted like "something" and could not be finished, and the seafood sabelfish tasted like it came with a cambells soup recipe... my guests were too polite, but the looks in their faces said it all. Service was great but .....

Not sure whats going here, but I can assure you that we will not be back until massive changes take place again, as there are way too many great establishments out there to be enjoyed.......

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Trocadero Pizza & Steak House2411 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Excellent old school pizza and still an East Van staple
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

I like my pie. thin crust brick oven its marcello's for me. Old school, thick, delicious, slightly crispy on top ........ then its Troc's for me. I really enjoy the food at this place, and, I have taken more than one well travelled, used-to-good-food client here ( along with friends), and every one has been back or asked that I take them back.
the calamari is great ...especially for deep fried which I dont really like, and i'm dying to try their steak and lobster, as back i the day.... it was pretty damn good.
the place is family owned, slower paced, and downright enjoyable with a group of friends.... and a few pitchers of beer. I may be biased as i'm from the hood, but I do NOT eat crappy food, and this place has got the mojo...
and, if you get a pie, try their special as they've had the damn thing on the menu since I was a kid, but if you dont... its still going to be good.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Still, by far, the best brick oven pizza in town
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

after 20 +/- years of eating here, and comparing it to others on the drive or elsewhere, I can wholeheartedly say that this still is the best brick oven pizza in town... by a mile....
the reviews here are humorous to say the least, as i do not believe most of them due to my consistently good treatment at this place, and my penchant for fine foods...
the mista or chefs salad? fantastic. their brick oven calamari and prawns? mouthwatering... the various pasta's, of which the clam or mixed seafood is my fave, delicious.
and the pie..... that splendid, thin crust, eat it as soon as it gets out of the oven taste .... to die for.
compared to the new joint on Victoria drive, its still better.... but the the new place has got mojo and I like it cuz its different.
Formosa is not even a contender .....
and yes, their service used to be questionable, but I'm also divorced so I enjoy having women treat me badly on occasion.

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Earls905 Hornby Street, Vancouver
manager without a clue ........
Submitted Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 6:58am [Dine in]

I was in this industry wayyyyy back in the late 70's and early 80's as a very young waiter in a mega popular locale. I made around $80 - $100 a night back then as i had a serious work ethic and loads of common sense. I was at this location the other night with a friend doing a little biz and we had the standard appies and beer. when my second beer arrived, I picked up the stemmed glass and proceeded to take my first sip when suddenly, the bottom of the glass "fell off" and beer split all over me! I was freakin soaked and my paper work was damaged as well. The waitress was very cool and apologetic ( what else could she do? ). The manager came over and apologized and frankly speaking, I saw the humor in it and enjoyed the balanced of the evening .... wet undies and all.
the food? its Earls...like CC and Joeys et all..... specializing in mediocrity and eye candy rather than food.
Now the sad part. My friend picked up the tab and the only thing the manager did was take a single beer off the price. I told him if it was me, I wouldn't pay a f _ _ _ _ _ g nickel of the bill. but hes a nice guy and paid up.
Now here's the common sense part. if I was the manager, Id have picked up the bill AND bought another round of drinks for the table and made sure the customer went home with wet undies AND a smile on his face. Then the review/recommendation/ of this place would have been completely different, and even if I dont really like the food, id be back to socialize and a have a few. Instead, they lost a loyal customer (my friend) and gained a critic who's going to tell a few people, and they'll tell a few people...... etc etc.
A little goes a long way in the highly competitive restaurant industry, and those that dont realize this soon have a "for lease" sign instead of a menu on their windows..

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Milestone's Grill and Bar2745 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
What happened to this place?
Submitted Monday, April 29, 2013 - 10:29am [Dine in]

After quite a few years of dining here, I can honestly say this place has taken a huge turn for the worst. Always better than the rest (earls, cactus etc) of "those" places, it is now a small step above abysmal. The recent menu changes on certain items are so unusual (read bad) that the only motivating factor could have been the bottom $$$ line, and NOT a better menu of choices. I really don't want to get into details here, but if you enjoy the place, keep it simple with burgers or sandwiches... something that really can't get screwed up in the process. I tried the new mussels dish with their usually killer calamari, amongst other things, and it it was sooooooooooo bad ..... like a goodyear tire product. I recently found out that all business decisions for milestones are now made back east, which means they have no concept of whats really going on locally. But, in their defense, the staff is absolutely first rate......

Anyways, I ( we) wont ever be back as the above experience is usually the first step when restaurants are likely to close their doors in the future.

caveat emptor..........

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Boston Pizza4219 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
corporate food that had some fine moments....
Submitted Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

I never ate here until about 2.5 years ago when I was forced to go with some clients. Being a real pizza affionado I would never order a pie here, so i went on the advice of my friend and ordered the burger.
It was absolutely excellent! real meat that tasted like meat! I went back a few more times and every time it was a fantastic burger.
then, the damn thing is off the menu as they were "changing suppliers" due to the quality of the meat ( official explanation).
when the burger returned, I returned to the restaurant and ordered one right away....it was definitely bigger, and it was definitely different, and it was definitely horrific. Probably the best example of size without taste that ive ever experienced... a huge step backward.
Ive tried other items but this place is for the real young-uns that have no concept of great food, but are lured there by clever advertizing and nuclear based pizza. nothing really good here that would make me come back.

Wish they'd bring the real meat burger back. it was good.

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Burnaby Palace Restaurant3110 Boundary Rd, Burnaby
they're using a lot of MSG in certain dishes again
Submitted Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

Hmmmmmmm...... really like(d) this place, especially with the new location. Clean, Fresh, always friendly and a good variety of dishes.

Point of fact: the food here is actually incredible (5), but my rating has come down due to my observations below.

As of late, several of us have noticed some changes as we are sensitive to MSG in our foods, and it really looks like they're starting to pile it on (likes so many other Asian restaurants). We notice it because we have reactions to it, and these reactions are unpleasant ones. Hopefully the proprietors of this fine establishment will take the time to read this and get back to what they were like just a little while ago, as i have heard this MSG complaint now from a few different ( regular ) people. If they dont, its all good as they are very busy and deservedly so, but some of us will no longer be able to enjoy what once was one of the top 3 Asian places in town.

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Olympia Pizza & Pasta Restaurant On Denman998 Denman Street, Vancouver
too many people just dont "get it"... this place is old school cool all the way..
Submitted Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

I am a life long Vancouver resident, and I absolutely love my Pizza, period. I grew up and still live around the commercial drive area, so anyone that knows this part of town .... we currently have the best pizzerias by far. As a kid growing up though, we had Little billy's, Trocadero, Romana's, and of course Olympia. all were family style hangouts, and all their pies were unique and excellent during that time. only Trocs is still in the hood... Little billys and Romana are in Burnaby. the other night we were cruising around Denman and I saw the original Olympia with the light blue and white decor... and its been 20 years since ive had their pie, so here was the opportunity. We sat down in some old style chairs and instantly I was back in high school! lol. Now the best part: the ownership may have changed, but it seems these folks didnt change a thing with the original pie recipe. this is old school 70's - early 80's pie all the way, and its fresh, and its absolutely freakin delicious. We had the vegetarian with some meat thrown in, and the veggies were actually still crunchy and alive. think of a pie thats not too thick, and not real thin either, cooked a tad extra on the upper side. Its all about the taste folks, and this place has it in spades. A must try for die hards like me who will never order death-on-cardboard dominoes, little ceasars, panago, et al.
I've read on this board that some feel it takes too long to get your pie. You want a great pie, you have have to prepare it and cook it. Chill out, have another beer and people-watch. Some say its expensive pizza?? I have no idea what that means, but if you want a buck a slice special from the makers at Dupont Chemical, go right ahead. Dont care for the decor? I personally hope they never change it as it gives new meaning to "old school cool", and in my opinion, its a Vancouver landmark.

Anyways, I have a reason to go DT again, and im going to try their lamb shoulder ..... heard its delish as well...

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
you get what you pay for...
Submitted Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

Cant go wrong with a view of English bay and nice sunset....... thats for sure.
we tried the A la Carte menu, which was a lovely 8 course meal. appetizers, soups, pre dinner taste bud teasers, and dessert. the bottom line is that each dish is relatively small (given it is 8 courses), but the freshness of the seafood and the unique combination of different tastes was truly exciting and a lot of fun. I love my fresh fish and culinary creativity and I will honestly say that these folks have something quite unique and in my opinion, a worthwhile addition to Vancouver's dine out culture. go to the menu to see for yourself. Yes, it is a tad expensive, and yes there are "other" seafood restaurants, but none are really as cool with their ingredient combinations as this place. And remember, it really doesn't get any better for location, which means they're spending 2 arms and three legs to be here, so we can enjoy being here, which is part of the whole dining experience anyways .....And, I almost forgot that the serving staff was par excellence.....got a warm and fuzzy from them... and I like that.

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Cactus Club Cafe4219B Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
thier steaks gave the keg a run for their money ..... at one time
Submitted Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 11:53am [Dine in]

The downslide in quality and service I experienced in the North BBY location during the last 16 months is incredible. Their steaks went from absolutely excellent to horrific and the stupidity and audacity of some of the servers (not all... most were very, very good)was unreal. These future Faculty of Harvard nominees actually tried to rip me off on two occasions ..... and one was so blatant that I chose not to return for 6 months .... then it happened again. As much as i dine out I like to have a "brand" representation so I dont get poisoned, and thats why places like CC exist. But the lougheed location sucks, and these are the first signs of a business going out fast. Be careful as God only knows what their doing to the food to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the budget right now.

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James Street Cafe & Grill3819 Canada Way, Burnaby
patience m'boy.
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

Prime rib burgers? East African barbqu'ed meats? I like this place because the food is very good, unique, and the price is reasonable. People are starting to notice due to the quality, and i hope it continues because it is off the beaten path. The PR burger is excellent and the house special consisting of fire grilled chicken, beef and beef is delicious.

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Tsui Hang Village1193 Granville St, Vancouver
You have to know how to order
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 11:04pm [Dine in]

Most of the reviewee's come in at 2:00AM from the clubs to chow down after drinking too much cheap liquor. If you know what to order, and if you enjoy Asian style seafood, your gonna love this place! But it aint cheap .. leave that for the young -uns trying to get some late night tail along with with some sweet and sour pork. Lobster in butter sauce with home style noodles, Spicy wok-fried crab ( you heard that right), Any variation of the seafood soups, Most prawn and duck appies are great, and so is the Rock cod, veggie and scallops etc, etc,. I have been eating here for over 15 years and its still pretty damn good. and yes, i like the cops eating here. keeps the riff raff at mcdonalds where they belong. Cheers.

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