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ChatterBoxVancouverSince September 16, 200713 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Displaying 1 - 13 of 13 Reviews Found
Takano Japanese Noodle Cafe3242 Westwood Street, #100, Port Coquitlam
Good Food But Won't Return Ever Again
Submitted Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

This is our neighbourhood restaurant and the food is really good. Recently, I was dining in and found a small little green caterpillar in my bowl. We didn't want to cause a scene and embarrass them so we waved the owner over and quietly told her about the bug while presenting it to her on my chopstick. She stared it, squinted at it and even pushed it around on a napkin and then denied that it was a caterpillar! We pointed out the fact that it was green with multiple legs and that it probably came from the vegetables. She still denied it and angrily walked to the kitchen and called her husband over. The husband came and examined the bug and ALSO denied it! He passed it off from everything from burnt food to part of a squid tentacle! I'm young with great eyesight and I've seen enough caterpillars and squids to be able to tell them apart. We asked for a new bowl and they agreed but LAUGHED at us for supposedly making a fuss out of nothing when their failing eye sights and ignorance clearly clouded their judgement in the examination of the bug! We felt like fools when we were right! Never again will we ever go back there! Such stubborn ignorant people!!

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Hon's Wun Tun House3025 Lougheed Hwy, #310, Coquitlam
Food Court Has Better Chinese Food
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 8:28pm [Take-out]

I was sick recently and I was really craving for some good ol' comfort food in the form of a nice hot bowl of congee. It was late and I didn't feel like driving very far to get take out so against my better judgement, I went to Hon's. I ordered what could only be the most basic can't-go-wrong style of congee (salty pork with century old egg congee, equivalent to wonton noodles in terms of popularity) and to my dismay, they managed to royally mess that up. The ingredients in congee are supposed to be cooked with the rice so that the flavours are all absorbed during the process. My congee on the other hand, it was blatantly obvious that they had a big pot of plain congee and had just thrown the cooked ingredients in there, hence, making the congee completely bland. For a Chinese restaurant with a reputable name that has boasted decent food for years and years, this was embarrassing! We've had less than average meals here before, but this was definitely the last time for me. I'm sorry to say, you can probably find food court Chinese food that would taste better.

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Raw Canvas1046 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
A Charming Little Gem!
Submitted Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 12:48am [Dine in]

I had heard about this place before but never got around to trying it until a great deal on Groupon came up! I bought 2 groupons and took my boyfriend there as part of his birthday celebration. We went late in the afternoon when they weren't that busy, which was nice because the dim lighting, flickering candles, long rugged tables and live band made it all seem so cozy and comfortable. The staff greeted us warmly and were personable. For the first time ever, we experienced our servers sitting down next to us and chatting with us about the menu. Some people may find that informal and rude, but we liked it because we were treated like their friends as opposed to just their customers. We each had a tasting platter which was delicious! After that, my boyfriend and I headed to the back of the restaurant in the art studio area where we spent the rest of the afternoon and part of the evening painting on our canvases. Everyone who was there seemed to really enjoy themselves. The only down side to this experience was the parking. I don't know how much we ended up spending but we had to keep adding to the meter because we didn't want to leave. Overall, a fun and different experience! A great way to spend the afternoon with your friends! We're thinking of bringing our friends next time!

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Capone's Restaurant & Live Jazz Club1141 Hamilton St., Vancouver
The Music Was the ONLY Good Thing
Submitted Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 1:47am [Dine in]

We went there tonight for my birthday dinner and the experience was negatively memorable! When I arrived, I learned that they were still waiting for another large party to leave before they were able to give us another table. Around 15 people of my party were seated while I had another 5 hanging out at the bar for a good 25 min. because there wasn't a table for them. For a restaurant that could accommodate around 50+ people, they only had 3 cooks processing the orders. Not to mention, because it was an open kitchen, smoke filled the restaurant like it was a bar and the extremely poor air circulation made it feel uncomfortably hot and stuffy. Our so-called beef carpaccio looked more like rarely done steak strips than anything else. Our food came out in irregular intervals where some people would get their entrees, and then another 20 min. would go by before someone else would get theirs. The quality of food was mediocre at best. Our server was nice and tried to stay on top of things with our drinks, but she must have been quite stressed because she kept having to be reminded to get things. The most infuriating part came at the end. We had a show to catch, so 45 min. prior to the start time, we asked for the bill. 20 min. later, we asked another server to check on our bill and were told that their computer froze and that our server was calculating everything with a calculator! She was doing this all whilst still running around checking on other tables. 35 min. after our first request for the bill, my boyfriend and I left the party behind to rush to our next venue to explain to their box office why our entire party was missing. 20 min. later, I got a call from a friend, who was still at the restaurant, and she STILL hadn't gotten her bill! In total, they took nearly AN HOUR to process our bill! I don't blame my server as she must have been really stressed out, but the management of the restaurant as a whole was ridiculous! Apparently, the large party before mine (who were occupying 1/4 of my reserved seats) had missed THEIR show, so they decided to stick around longer. Geez, I wonder WHY they missed theirs?! The only thing they had going for them was the music. If you want decent food and live jazz, you're better off going to Rossini's in Kitsilano.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Best Beef Carpaccio!
Submitted Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 11:46am [Dine in]

This is one of our favourite Italian restaurants! The ambiance is chic and trendy, perfect for a night out with friends or a casual date! Their beef carpaccio is to die for! A generous portion of beef carpaccio atop a hill of crunchy baby greens and onions and paired with freshly sliced cheese and drizzles of olive oil. The knock-out was the pasta platter which consisted of various samples of their signature pastas. The most impressive being the lasagna which was dense with ingredients and flavourful! We've also tried their calamari, which at best, tasted like deep-fried squid that you may order for dim sum at any Chinese restaurant. The only down side is that they will not take reservations and are strictly on a first come first serve basis, but the wait time usually isn't bad. All in all, will return again.

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Kentizen Fusion Lounge88 W Pender Street, #2029, Vancouver
Deceiving Liars!
Submitted Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 11:22am [Dine in]

Upon rave reviews from friends who loved this place, my boyfriend and I decided to go for dinner on a Monday night. At 7pm, we were the only customers there and for the longest time, it remained that way which was quite depressing for peak dinner hours. For the price of the buffet, you were allowed to order anything off the regular a le carte menu. Crazy deal, right? NOT! The manager came and took our order and frequently stopped us in between as to say, "Quit ordering so much." When we selected the expensive items on the item, we were told they were unavailable, illegal to be shipped to Canada (yes, they said that!) or not fresh. Basically, they didn't want to waste their expensive items to AYCE diners. One item that caught our eye on the menu was this deep-fried dynamite roll (prawn tempura inside California roll). We asked what was inside and the manager explained it was prawn tempura. My boyfriend said, "Ok, we'll have this" (pointing directly at the picture). We eventually got the tempura part, but not the roll. When we asked about our order, the manager said our order had indeed arrived as we had gotten our prawn tempura. We explained that we wanted to try the deep-fried dynamite roll and the manager had the nerve to say there was no such thing on the menu! When we referred back to the picture on the menu, the manager explained that it was just a deep-fried California roll, all said while clearly there was a deep-fried prawn tail sticking out in the picture! WHAT A LIAR!

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Lim Kee Restaurant6943 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Neighbourhood Favourite
Submitted Friday, September 19, 2008 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

I've been going to this restaurant for almost 10 years, and it's definitely a neighbourhood favourite. I've tried many vietnamese restaurants all over Vancouver, and Lim Kee he as its pros and cons. The soup base is not the greatest, but it's not so bad. The noodles and meat portions are generous! What you REALLY SHOULD TRY are their spring rolls and chicken wings! Move over Phnom Phen! Lim Kee's chicken wings are the best! A favourite on their menu is a very simple soy sauce fried rice with a deep fried chicken steak. First time diners may find that amazingly simple, but you'll crave it after you've had it.

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Nor Boo Korean Restaurant1536 Robson St., Vancouver
No One Else Really Beats Them!
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 4:06am [Dine in]

My bf and I eat out a lot and this is one of our favourite Korean restaurants. Anytime we're itching for a nice hot spicy hot pot, we head there and order a small, which can basically serve up to 4 people! My favourite is the random hot pot (with all the different sausages and noodles and my bf loves their seafood hot pot). Any other variations seem to be rip offs as they don't come with as many things in the pot. Our absolute things to order there are the chicken wings (about $3.50) and the Smoked Salmon Salad (about $4.50)....soooo good! The pancakes are decent, but not the best. It is a very busy restaurant so you'll have to either go before or after the rush to avoid line ups. You should at least try this place out once! Its worth it!!

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
Perfect in Every Way
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 2:18am [Dine in]

My boyfriend brought me here one year for my birthday and the experience was wonderful! Our high elevation gave us a grand view of the horizon below, featuring beautiful Van City under light drizzles of rain. The servers were very polite and friendly, which was comforting. I had the steak and till this day, I can honestly say it was the best I've had! It was soo delicious! The only down side to the night was the inconvenient parking situation. We didn't want to pay for valet, thus we opt for street parking. It wasn't comfortable walking uphill in the rain in stilletto shoes.

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54th Ave Cafe Restaurant7088 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Better off going to Honolulu Cafe
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 2:08am [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant on a few occasions given its close proximity to my house. The first couple of times was fine, just that I found the food kind of oily. The last time we were there was a disaster. My family and I ordered E-fu noodles and it came out tasting SWEET!! The cook had mistakened the sugar for salt so imagined what THAT tasted like?! My mom doesn't usually complain but she couldn't stand it and politely pointed it out to a waitress. Istead of taking the noodles away and giving us a new dish, she just came back with soya sauce! We didn't touch that plate at all and ended up throwing it away simply because it was not edible! My bf's spaghetti with meat sauce came out dry. Honestly, if you're looking for a cheap combo lunch or dinner with a drink, go to Honolulu Cafe.

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El Rancho112 Kingsway, Vancouver
How do they stay in business?
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Came to this place for a late lunch last weekend after we found out our first choice was closed for Rememberance Day. Despite the fact that it looked crummy from the outside, my boyfriend convinced me to go try it since they have been around for a long time. The interior was run-day, depressing and unappetizing to say the least. The only other customers there was a table of what looked like business people speaking Spanish. The prices were quite pricey given the quality of the food. After the server's suggestion, my bf ordered the beef burrito while I had the chicken version She actually had the nerve to say, "We make good burritos." His beef was completely overcooked and tasted like jerky. My chicken burrito was somewhat decent but even Taco Bell tasted better. But the server was quite nice. What I learned from this experience...request to see the menu before you sit!!

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Dinesty Chinese Restaurant8111 Ackroyd Road, #160, Richmond
Bubble-like Joint with Terrible Service
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

The minute you walk in, you would swear the place had potential to be converted into a bubble tea joint. The lighting and furniture gives the impression of a lounge setting rather than a Shanghainese/Taiwanese cuisine restuarant. Nonetheless, it was pretty nice. When the server took our orders, she went around the whole table ending with my bf and I. For the next 40 minutes, we watched as everyone at our table received, ate and finished their orders. We repeatedly asked them to check on ours until finally, one server asked, "What's missing? It seems that everything has arrived." The orignial server didn't even put in our orders!! We were starving and furious! The server then promptly hurried to the kitchen to place our orders. In the end, they still managed to miss one item. The quality of the food was decent, I've had better. We've tried many Siu Lung Bao and this place only differed from the others because their skin was thinner.

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Kyung Bok Palace5300 No. 3 Road, #720, Richmond
Decent Food, Poor Service
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

My bf and I went to try this place out of the curiousity of trying a Korean AYCE. We walked in at around 7:30pm and was told the wait would be a half hour. Some 40 mins. later, we were finally seated and most of our food came out relatively quickly. To say the least, the food was pretty good and there was a large variety to choose from. Even though some of the items didn't appear as appetitizing OR as large as they did on the menu, but that's a given I guess. The service however was in its own league. The pattern of service went something like this- the first server would take our order and then disappear for god-knows-how-long. Then we would re-order it with a second server, at which point, the order comes promptly. At the end, we asked TWO different people for our bill and waited impatiently for 20 mins. In the end, we just went up to the counter to pay. It was pretty freaking ridiculous. This a decent place to try for the experience and the food, but be prepared to spend your evening waiting.

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