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calbee219YaletownSince July 19, 200715 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value2 (1.8)
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Hot Pot Legend3779 Sexsmith Road, #1123, Richmond
Owner Operator with a Filthy Mouth
Submitted Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 12:03am [Dine in]

We had a total of 4 people and opted for the AYCE dinner, and each of us also had a beer to go with our meal. In total, our bill came to just over $120, excluding tip. The quality of food was cringe worthy, and the service is by far, one of the worst experiences that I have ever experienced. The reasons are as follows:

1. Very poor food quality. Especially the beef, which had texture and flavour akin to tough leather. The seaweed had a lot of sand on it.

2. It took nearly 15 minutes for the server to come pick up the sheet of paper marked with the items that we wanted to eat. The major aspect though, it that the owner/server literally yelled and used profanity (he told us to f*** off) after he discovered that the tip we left was not to his liking. The owner loudly yelled absurd and offensive things (even made it personal by bringing my children into it) as we were leaving the restaurant, a time when there were still a few tables left in the restaurant. Needless to say, everyone heard and stopped their meal to watch the event unfold.

3. Aside from the items we ordered from the all you can eat menu, we had to ask for the extra items we ordered, such as beer and sauces, despite clearly marking it on the sheet they have for customers to fill out (they charge for sauces and condiments such as green onion, garlic, satay sauce, chili, etc.). We shouldn’t have to ask for our beer, which should have arrived before any food.

4. The hot pot stove/equipment are very simple, portable, and what one would use at home when it’s just a couple of people. For a table of four, this is not sufficient to keep the water hot over the entire course of our dinner, especially when thicker cuts of meat like beef tendon is added to the hotpot.

5. The order in which the food came out was questionable, as they brought out one dish at a time. So, it would only be a plate of meat at once, a plate of seafood, or a basket of vegetables at any given time. These practices are questionable as I felt that we did not truly experience the essence of what hot pot should be – a myriad of different proteins and veggies, and you cook and consume as you ate.

Please understand that I typically tip well. Circumstances when I leave less than 10% is only when the service is terrible (say a score of less than 3 on a scale from 1 to 10). If I had a customer who left us a small tip, I would reflect, and inquire as to why that is, in order to make adjustments or amends. Customer feedback is crucial if you are to survive in this industry.

Only come visit if you want to consume food of poor quality, and in the mood to be yelled at and given attitude from the owner himself.

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Tramonto8811 River Rd., Richmond
Complete Disappointment
Submitted Monday, December 30, 2013 - 5:08am [Dine in]

Decided to visit Tramonto after being highly recommended to me. I happened to visit on Christmas eve, and although they were late in seating us for our 7:45pm reservations, it wasn't a big deal at all. However, in ordering drinks as well as a bottle of wine, our server exhibited no knowledge of the wines when prompted for his opinion on the best pairing to go with the rack of lamb.He merely stated something along the lines of "well, all the wines are good, but just depends on the price range that you are willing to pay". I also had a similar experience when I asked him what cocktail he would recommend to me.

For food, we ordered the escargot, the seafood platter for two, and two orders of the rack of lamb. The escargot was tough, and just wasn't very special at all. The seafood platter, however, has to be one of the biggest disappointments that I have experienced at a restaurant. First off, of 8 pieces of muscles, 2 of which were bad. Yes, I took the time to smell them all as I was genuinely surprised that they served bad muscles, despite charging 42$ for it. I sent it back, but they only removed all the muscles, and added a couple of clams. They DID NOT re-fire the entire dish. My guest for the evening had cut the lobster tail and the same cut up lobster tail was served back to us - by then, slightly over cooked. Furthermore, I think the manager kept shifting blame on the muscles, which made me more annoyed than I was. Own up to your mistakes, fire a new dish, and redeem yourself. Do not blame the muscles, your chef should have smelled each and every one of them. I would respect you much much more if you had owned up to this error.

Crab claws in the seafood platter are also from frozen, as it was that evident. Dry, tasteless, and horrible. Lobster tails were no different. Just like the quality you would expect from freezer burnt seafood found in the freezers of your local grocery store.

My final bill came to $260. I would never visit Tramonto again, especially for this price. $260 would be much better spent at an alternative Italian restaurant, which Vancouver does not have a shortage of. Not into Italian? Then surely any seafood restaurant in the downtown core would easily surpass the quality that I had been served on Christmas Eve. I guarantee it. Don;t waste your money here.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
Surprisingly vulgar
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

I was expecting to have an enjoyable night out, which turned out to be a major dud. For the $175 that we spent, we could have enjoyed a much better evening elsewhere. We ordered fresh oysters, which were very poor compared to competing seafood/oyster bars located in the lower mainland. As for the main entree, I ordered the steak and lobster, which was very disapointing. The steak was cooked to my liking, however was very very tough for a medium rare; this can only mean they are purchasing poor quality beef and serving it at atrocious prices for such rubbish. To say the very least, the steak was as tough as leather. the mash potatoes was simply too watery. As for the vegetables, it could probably be mistaken for dog food. I felt as if, and perhaps was, eating days old vegetables that have been cooked over and over again. It was mushy and disgusting (the colour of the zucchini also indicated its displeasing texture and taste). It is in my opinion offensive to serve such horrendous vegetables in any restaurant, not to mention the Boathouse. As for the lobster tail it was fine, and their drawn butter is pleasing to my tastes. (but this in no way makes up for the terrible steak and vegetables)
For dessert, I ordered a mocha ice cream cake on a cookie crust, topped with almonds and chocolate syrup. This turned out to be a huge dissapointment. The ice cream didn't taste anything like mocha and had no hint of coffee at all. It was not creamy like ice cream. Instead, I felt the shards of flakey ice as it jabbed into my tongue. Huge huge disappointment.

The service was great, but the management seemed as if they didnt care too much about the quality of their food. Their primary focus is on the atmosphere and service. Both the general manager and manager was quite evident in showing their lack of interest in addressing the poor quality of their food. I offer constructive criticism for one sole reason: for them to improve.

The view is nice, but is obscured by a layer of dust and dead flies/mosquitoes on the wndow sill. This uncleanliness feeling obviously affects the ambiance.

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Sushi House3779 Sexsmith Rd, #2182, Richmond
Impudent Management and Staff
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

Been here several times in the past and have always ordered a $65 party tray everytime I visit this place. However, the tray comes with 4 pieces of ebi, which is not something I enjoy eating. I usually ask them to substitute these 4 pieces of ebi with alternative sushi; I usually pay extra money for the substitutions, which I have no problem doing - provided that it is reasonable (they have always been reasonable too).
This time though, I received very bold, offensive rudeness characterized by loud voices and a lack of patience from the management. Not only was he rude, he demanded that I pay an extra $1.50 for each substituion made, coming to a total of $6 to substitue all four pieces.... I interpret this as an attack on my intelligence because the sushi that I requested them to substitute costs $1.20 each. (Why would I allow you to take away four pieces of sushi, and pay you an extra $1.20 (4 x 0.30 = 1.20) for you to make such substitutions?)
Following this, the staff changed their attitudes, which is truly inexplicable to me. These guys have failed miserably at making a frequent customer happy, but have also displayed rude service for customers.
I am very sure that other sushi places will gladly earn my $75. Life is competition, so I am puzzeled at why they are taking frequent business for granted...

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CinCin Ristorante + Bar1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
Average Contemporary Fine Dining
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 2:05am [Dine in]

Decided to accompany a friend of mine to Cin Cin because she had been wanting to try this place for awhile now. We were greeted promptly as we entered the restaurant and our coats were taken. When we finally got seated, I couldn't help but realize that our table for three was more like a table fit for two.
Of all the food that evening, I have to say that the best is, believe it or not, the spread that came with the bread, absolutely amazing! The appetizers were nothing to be wowed over, they were in fact somewhat dull. The main course was decent, but for prices in those ranges, you are sure to get better food elsewhere. I had a ling cod, which was very mediocre, nothing special at all. My friend had some kind of pork chop, which was excessively salty (salty to the point where I had to swallow it with water, and I rarely drink water at restaurants). To finish my main course, I had some espresso.
As for the service, it was great, except for little minor things such as the small table, and the fact that my server forgot my glass of wine. I had to ask him for it. Things that they did well is the swiftness in which they took out the food for the table and cleared the table. We each had our own appetizers and main course, and they were all brought out at the same time (server got someone to help him bring everything out so that no one sits there waiting, something that happens frequently at other restaurants).
I do however have to congratulate Cin Cin for such a formidable wine list. In the future when I have the desire to sip wine and eat bread (Absolutly love the bread spread,which has garlic, capers, and I believe olives), Cin Cin will likely be the place. However, as a place for dinner, I would probably go elsewhere.

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Bombay Restaurant, The2748 Lougheed Hwy, #205, Port Coquitlam
Simply Mediocre
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

I have to agree wit Pucca of Coquitlam; Way too pricey, lacks flavour compared to other Indian food establishments, and the service was nothing special.

Shared the lamb korma, butter chicken and a rice dish with prawns. Both the lamb korma and butter chicken were decent, nothing to be wowed over about. Contains few chicken/lamb chunks in their respective dishes, and the flavour was not special. As for the rice dish, the prawns were big, totally unexpected. Of the three dishes, the prawn rice is the best, but still ... mediocre. To be honest, the naan was most appreciated.

As for service, we did not have one set server and the staff simply did what is expected, to seat, to bring water, to take the order, and to serve. However, I must take points off for the serving of the wine. Some of the wines on the wine list does not specifically indicate the type of wine it is and I wanted to order a merlot so I asked the server what the house wine is ... he couldn't answer me, and went to 'check' only to return to bring me the bottle of wine (which should have been a one litre bottle, but instead was a 750mL) already opened and he simply placed it on the table ... cork-less. The wine turned out to be a shiraz; had to find out by checking the label myself.

The ambiance is decent; quiet, brightly lit ... nothign special.

At the prices that the Bombay is charging, add one dollar to every menu item and you can expect excellent food and service in an excellent environment at Maurya Indian Cuisine on W. Broadway.Comparing the two restaurants, The Bombay is simply mediocre.

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Moxie's Classic Grill1759 West Broadway, Vancouver
Overcooked and Undercooked on the Same Dish
Submitted Monday, October 1, 2007 - 3:46am [Dine in]

Came here on a Friday night, were greeted and seated promptly, however when it came to our actual serer, she wasn't as attentive as I hoped. It took her awhile to come around to see what we wanted to drink. Her knowledge on which beverages that they have on tap was poor. i ordered the Chicken Oscar and my brother ordered the Grilled Halibut. The Chicken Oscar is topped with a cream sauce and shrimp and scallops. The chicken was well over cooked to a point where I had to down it with beer (didnt want to complain because I was with a lot of people and in a hurry to leave), and the shrimp and scallop was undercooked. Baked potato was very dry and plain. The sauce was very plain. My brother's halibut came ontop of mashed potatoes and a bed of salad ... all on a hot plate. The salad is therefore cooked and the halibut was well over cooked as well. The calamari appetizer was mediocre, nothing special. Overall, this place is not worth the price at all. One calamari, 2 pitchers of beer, and 2 dinner entrees cames to a total of 115. With that price, I could have had an excellent dinner at Bogart's or Maurya's just down the block.

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Maurya Indian Cuisine1643 W Broadway, Vancouver
Excellent First Impression
Submitted Friday, September 21, 2007 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

First time trying Indian food (that I am able to recall) and it was phenomenal! Went there on a Friday night with my family, less than a minute after being seated, we were served with papada. Soon after ordering beer and a bottle of the Sandhill Merlot, the server brought them to the table in a timely fashion, and was served with a very professional demeanor. The food was great and having not seen my mother for a week, the atmosphere was ideal. The room is large with high ceilings, with unique decor. First time in a very very long time to dine on Indian cuisine, and it was just incredibly tasty! Along with a bottle of wine, it was a superb evening. Food was so delicious! As for the service, our server was great and very professional. The server's assistant was also very attentive and professional as well, however one of the bus boy/water refill guys had major problems. This busser asked to take my brother's plate away when he was clearly still eating and chewing ... ery good indication that he was not done eating, or done with his plate. Just felt that this is very common sense. My brother did feel somewhat rushed because of that.
As for the price, it is very reasonable for a place on broadway that has such exceptional food and great service!

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Kefi Greek Kouzina100 Schoolhouse St, #102, Coquitlam
Wet, Cold, and Burnt
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 6:17pm [Dine in]

We have been here a very long time ago, but decided to give them another chance, meaning that this is my second dissapointment here at Kefi. i remember that the first time we had ordered roast lamb dinners, and the sides were terrible, but the lamb itself was great. Same thing this time. The calamaria is reasonable for its price, but the taste is mediocre. The rice is extremly wet, and cold; taste is also mediocre. The roasted potatoes were burnt. To add to this, their meals do not come wit vegetables ... only a side of greek salad. So, of the roast lamb dinner, only the roast lamb was tasty. Wine is not special at all, very simple. As for the sever, she treated me like i did not know what greek food is, and I have been to countless greek restaurants. The ambiance is plain and boring; they hav plants between every table and when moving out of the chair or takign off a jacket, the plant is always in the way. I do have to say that the patio is very beautiful, but too bad that it is directly in front of a very busy and dusty freeway.

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Chilli House Thai Bistro1018 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Plain and Salty Accompanied With a View
Submitted Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 11:58am [Dine in]

The location here is great, but I do feel that it is not suited for a Chili House Thai Bistro. We ordered Calarmari rings for appetizer, Seafood Green Curry wrapped in foil, and Stir-Fry Duck with Thai Spices, along with a litre of their house red. The wine list is mediocre, nothing special at all, and their 2 House wines are: Santa Isabella, and Jackson Triggs. I think these are very bad house wines, but I still went ahead and orderd the Santa Isabella, but when the server brought it over, she had given us white, whereas I had ordered red. The calamari appetizer is very very poor, not tender, and very greasy; it was served with mayo for dipping ... Next we got the duck, which was incredibly salty, so salty we couldn't really eat it without mounds of rice. The server did offer to take it back, but we declined. The green curry is decent, but I feel that the taste is nothing too unique, it is comparable to countless other mediocre thai establishments. To add to this, we thought that the term "foil" in the name seemed different, so we tried that, but all it is, is green curry sitting on a sheet of aluminum foil ... Oo well, the before dinner and after dinner stroll along the sea wall/sunset beach was enjoyable.

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Chada Thai Fine Cuisine2991 Lougheed Hwy, #107, Coquitlam
Good Place, Wrong Location
Submitted Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 2:22am [Dine in]

I am from Yaletown and have had a lot of experience in fine dining and casual dining. I believe that Chada Thai is not suited in its current location; at least it is not in an area where it is reasonable to charge its price. The food is great; I shared the Pad Thai, Green Curry, as well as the stir-fry chicken with Thai Soy Sauce. All of which, are very tasty indeed. However, I decided to take off one star because of the Traditional Thai Iced Coffee that I ordered, it simply had no coffee taste to it and is not unique at all. In addition, the wine menu is lacking. Their house wine is "Le Piat D'Or", a very bad choice for a house wine. If you want another wine, then you would be forced to order a bottle, which the selection is very mediocre. Service is solid, nothing too special, but I find it very peculiar that they have certain house policies, which include: an automatic charge of 15% to any party of 5 or greater, a 10% charge on take-out orders (this one really confuses me), 4$ charge to any split bills (this one also puzzles me). I would not complain or even waste my time typing these policies if this restaurant were in a trendier location, perhaps Yaletown or Downtown (even though I know of only a handful of fancy restaurants with these policies). As stated in many other reviews on this site, the chef is an ex-four seasons chef, so this only leads me to believe that the chef is stuck in his world of fancy restaurants and the chef and restaurant is not suited to its current location. I am not saying that having a good Thai restaurant in Coquitlam is bad, if it were bigger in a separate building located in another area of Coquitlam, than I would safely guess that it would be much busier, provided that it doesn't have its ridiculous house policies. The ambiance of the restaurant is superb, but as I said, very small, too small that the tables are a bit too close. It almost reminded me of a tiny Thai establishment in Thaliand, where there is very limited space.

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Excellent Oyster Bar and Live Music
Submitted Saturday, July 28, 2007 - 3:04am [Dine in]

I decided on going to Joe Fortes for my birthday because of my all tie favourite food: Fresh Oysters. I heard a lot of things about this place and so, I decided to go shopping along Robson and then dinner. The servers all look very professional dressed in white, the oysters were as fresh as can be, and they have such an admirable selection of where their oysters are from. After ordering a dozen oysters for appetizer, We decided to go with the 3 tier tower, which consists of fresh cold seafood, muscles, clams, lobster, oysters, tuna sashimi. It was excellent, very very good, in fact so good that I had to return the following week to try other menu items. The server recognized my family and me, and gave us a comlementary dish promplty after being seated. So this time I just had to get the oysters for appetizer again, which were still exceptional. however, my mother had ordered a cooked pot, which consisted of food that was starting to go bad (thus my 4/5 rating for food). I had the sesame crusted Ahi Tuna, which were cooked perfectly, very very good. Both times, I ordered wine and I have to say that I am very impressed with the wide selction that Joe Fortes has to offer. in addition, the live music just completed both my experience at Joe Fortes. Next time I visit I must sit out on th patio since I have heard and read so much about it!

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Poco Ocean Restaurant2755 Lougheed Highway, #2, Port Coquitlam
Too Busy to Care
Submitted Saturday, July 28, 2007 - 2:46am [Dine in]

There food is very good, but the service is lacking. Its a small restaurant, but this plae gets customers. The service here is lacking because I feel that they are so busy, that it is suffcient enough to sustain their overhead prices, thus, if they were to lose a few customers, it wouldn't be the worse thing. I ordered the deep fried salt and pepper fish and it is outstanding. I also ordered the stewed pork hock and a plate of vegetables. The pork hok is tasty, but consists of a lot of fat (I guess its typical for this type of dish, so can;t really complain). As for the ambiance, I felt like i were dining in a small restaurant situated in the suburbs of China.

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Earls5300 No. 3 Road, #304, Richmond
Spaious restaurant with an admirable patio
Submitted Saturday, July 28, 2007 - 2:40am [Dine in]

As soon as I entered the restaurant, I was prompylu greeted and seated at a comfortable seat. My first impression is that it was a bit quite and empty for such a large restaurant on a friday night at 7pm. The servers were kind, told me what they recommend without my asking, however, also the most expensive item on the menu in terms of an entree (Halibut wit garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables). For me, the fish was a bit overcooked, but it was bearable. The sauce, the first bite was a little too sweet for me, but as I continued, the sweetness seemed to disappear. The sauce contained black olives, something different compared to other restaurants, however I do not think that it was too too special. As for the Hypnotiq that i ordered, I feel that there was way too much ice in it. My friend ordered a clam chowder and I took a sip. For me, its not bad, maybe a little on the fishy side (and trust me on this, my ultimate favourite cuisine is seafood) thus my solid ratings for this restaurant. Overall, I enjoyed the place, but I do not feel that it is special. Its a great place to go if one cannot decide where to go. As stated in the title, the patio gives off a tropical relaxing feel.

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Gyu Japanese Teppanyaki755 Burrard, #219, Vancouver
Management Issues and an Inexplicable Rude Stare
Submitted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 12:04am [Dine in]

3 MAJOR issues and a minor issue about the service.
1) I paid very little attention to the amount of food I was receiving because it was a friend’s birthday, but when I received chicken, something I know for a fact that is not included in my seafood meal, I questioned the chef/server. Turns out the chef made a mistake, BUT refused to fix her mistake by giving me what I had ordered (the bill to prove it and she said I had ordered meal B and that it was clearly her mistake). Should have received oysters (my all time favourite) and scallops, along with extra prawns and squid. Bottom line, restaurant's mistake, restaurant fixes mistake by giving me what I ordered right? WRONG instead...
2) She goes gets the manager who stands at our door (we booked off a private room because it was a friend's birthday) with his arms crossed and not exaggerating, stares straight at me for 5 mins and then walks off, only to return a couple of minutes later to stare some more. I truly believe they need to fire the manager because this is clearly not my fault and I got an incredibly rude stare (the stare that one would give if you were to punch someone for no reason at all). I got charged for the seafood meal (more expensive) and the chef did admit it was her fault and apologized, so ... my question is, why did the manager give me such an inexplicable rude stare? Made me feel as if I were begging for food, which is rightfully mine. A side note I would like to add, I had also ordered a 34$ 355mL bottle of sake to accompany my meal, this goes to prove that it is not my being cheap and that I am NOT a penny pincher
3) All 3 servers do not speak fluent English and could not understand what I was saying

Now, for the minor issue that I have
4) I specifically requested that the alcohol that I ordered to be put onto my bill (the only one who drank), but instead they put it on the birthday girl's bill, which we were splitting among the rest of the party

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