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ChinaManVancouverSince December 16, 200713 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value4 (3.9)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Displaying 1 - 13 of 13 Reviews Found
Guu Garden888 Nelson St., M101, Vancouver
Bad Service with Mediocre Food
Submitted Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 12:23am [Dine in]

My friends and I made reservations tonight at Guu Garden for a table of 15 cause it was one of our friend's birthday. Many of us had problems locating the restaurant, if you've been there before, you would understand how difficult it is to locate this place for your first visit because it's virtually hidden, but that's a whole other topic.

Anyway, some of us arrived at the restaurant on time, with a few others who didn't arrive until 15-20 min. later because it was hard to find this place. We were told mid-way through the course of our meal that we had a 2 hour limit.

Our reservation was for 7:30pm, so technically speaking, we have until 9:30pm to dine.

So at about 9:10pm, one of the waitresses began taking our chopsticks away, while my friends were wondering what was going on, as they were still enjoying their meal. Keep in mind that we still had food waiting to arrive, I personally thought that was very rude and unprofessional. At about 9:15, they just gave us our bill and expected us to pay without us acknowledging them that we were finish. At about 9:20pm, they took out the cake that we brought over to them from the bakery, the staff sang us a birthday song, but didn't bother to slice and serve the cake for us. WE HAD TO DO THAT OURSELVES.

Anyway, it wasn't long until 9:30pm arrived, and some of us couldn't even finish, so nevermind trying to enjoy whats remaining of our desserts. At about 9:25pm, two of the watresses began clearing the remaining plates and utensils off our table, WHILE WE WERE STILL EATING. Anyway, we paid and left the restaurant.

So, in terms of service, it was extremely piss poor, definitely the worse GUU experience that I've ever dealt with.

Now to get to the food, it is honestly mediocre at best compared to Guu Gastown and Guu with Garlic. Alot of the hot dishes arrived weren't actually hot, it was warm. The food and drink menu was very limited compared to the other GUUs, they only had a few dishes that I liked, the menu was nowhere near as extensive.

Conclusion:
I will probably never come back to this GUU again, unless I need to.

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Toby's Teriyaki Bowl2671 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Great Teriyaki Rice Dishes
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

I went there last night with a few friends and all of us ordered their teriyaki chicken rice bowls as our main entree. It was quite good, as I can now understand why they use Teriyaki Bowl as part of their restaurant's name. My friend and I also ordered a Spicy Tuna roll, it was just average because there was too much rice, and was lacking the filling, my other friend ordered a Smoked Salmon California Roll which was pretty good, fairly decent.

The Rice bowl was $4.85 (great value), and the spicy tuna roll was only $2.25, great deal if you ask me. I live by this restaurant, so I'll dropping by more often.

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Slocan Restaurant2715 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Food = Below Average, What's all the hype about?
Submitted Friday, October 3, 2008 - 6:44am [Dine in]

I came here couple of months ago with a friend, ordered a sandwich (can't remember exactly what it was, I think it was a clubhouse), and the food took forever to come, it wasn't even hot, borderline cold, and the portion size is quite small for what you pay for. So, overall, I wasn't really satisfy with the food nor the price.

Next time I should just head over to Bon's instead.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Worse Than AYCE quality
Submitted Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 2:03am [Dine in]

I went to Sushi Garden 2 weeks ago on a Friday evening, My friend and I waited for about 5 minutes before we got our table. We ordered a Sushi combo each, as my food arrived, I noticed that the rolls were quite disgustedly presented, the fillings were falling apart. Now I didn't come into this place expecting it to be top notch, but since I'm paying for individual combos/rolls. I was hoping that it would be at least better than AYCE quality. Well, that thought certainly disappointed me, cause the spicy tuna roll, and alaska roll was quite disappointing, as I've mentioned the filling was falling apart, the rice was REALLY soft, the texture was NOT THERE. This was my first time there and will definately be my last. And this place doesn't bring that much value either, I've been to other sushi joints with better prices and value. It was almost as bad as Samurai Sushi, except the rolls weren't as big. Overall, the quality was a tad worse than AYCE.

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Balkan House7530 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Large Portions, Great Value
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

I went there over the weekend with my sister for the first time. I had the balkan platter ($15.95) and she had the vienna schnitzel ($12.95), it also came with a side of greek salad and bread (it was awesome). The portion size is huge for what you pay for, and the taste was fairly good. This was the first time I had Eastern European food, so I don't have a base for comparison. The balkan platter came with a variety of different meat along with rice and mashed potato, there was too much meat for me, so I shared alot of it with my sis. Her Schnitzel was great as well, it was huge, crispy, full of flavor. It was a little on the dry side for my liking, but she liked it more than I did. Overall, I'll be back at Balkan again in the near future, most likely to try out their Sunday Lunch Buffet for $15.95

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Le Petit Saigon2783 E. Hastings St., Vancouver
Great Food, Great Service, Great Value
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

I have been frequenting this restaurant since I was in high school, from the previous to the current owner, the food has never disappointed. The new owners have kept the same menu and prices and made it even better with improved presentation and service. It keeps me coming back with an additional inch in the waist for every visit. =)

1. Spring rolls ($1.50 ea.) - Definitely one of the better values out there, but this is not where it ends. It has a reasonable amount of filling with a great crunch to it, unlike the ones you find at chinese restaurants during dimsum.

2. Pho - Their Pho has a tasty and clear broth without as much MSG as other Vietnamese Pho restaurants, and the prices are reasonable from $5.50 for small to $6.75 for larger size.

3. Rice Dishes - They have a great presentation to all of the rice dishes and the flavor of their grilled meats is on par with their presentation. (from $6.00 - $7.75 - i think)

4. Clean - This place is quite clean compared to other restaurants. Just checkout the washroom and see for yourself.

Overall, this place is definitely worth checking out if you are craving for pho and you are in the neighborhood. A few of my friends drive from the suburbs into the city on a weekly to bi-weekly basis for lunch or dinner. I have the pleasure of living near this restaurant, so it's one of my faves.

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Posh6462 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
GREAT SERVICE From Beginning To End!
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 4:02am [Dine in]

Well, let me start off by saying that I've never been a big fan of hotpot because i've never found it to be a good value especially after all the additional fees they charge, like soup base, etc., at other chinese hotpot places.. but this place definitely brings value, with a nice ambience and GREAT SERVICE. I haven't received such great service for a restaurant within this price range in a long time, definately beats all the other All-you-can-eats in terms of service, the food is alright, wish they had more selections to choose from, but again hotpot was never really my cup of tea, so that's the only thing holding me back, but for $14/person, you really can't complain. I would also like to add that their broth is pretty good, you can adjust the level of saltiness to your liking, after dining at this restaurant, i didn't feel thirsty at all like other hotpot places, so i don't think they used any MSG. They were really prompt with delivery straight from the get-go.

The restaurant manager also took the time to walk around to give out free samples of their seasonal drinks. Overall, it was a great dining experience, the service was just AWESOME from beginning to end, my first sukiyaki ever, and i'll probably return again in the near future.

the reason why it's a "probably" is because im not a fan of hotpot, but for those who are, u'll definately find this to be an unique experience.

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Dijo's Pizza & Panzerotto2838 Hastings St East, #116, Vancouver
Great Neighbourhood Pizza Joint
Submitted Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 6:37am [Dine in]

I have been a customer at this pizza joint for years. They make really good panzerottos, but i usually go for the hat trick special (3 large pizzas for $29 or the 2 for 1 large pizza special for $20). You get to pick 3 toppings each for the hat trick special. Anyway, Their pizzas are very good, what makes it good, imo. is their pizza sauce. It has a unique flavor to it. Try it today, you won't be disappointed.

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Seoul Dookbaegi1031 Kingsway St., Vancouver
Good Food, Bad Service
Submitted Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

I have been a frequent customer to this location for quite some time. I usually order their Gamjatang, as I find that they make this dish the best. I've tried their Jap Che (not that great), Kimchi Jigae (Not bad, they use aged kimchi, which is good), Soon Do Bu (the flavor is there, but there too much veggies, I'm a meaty kind of guy), Rice Cake Soup (small portion, lacks flavor). The ambience is OK, typical korean restaurant. My biggest complaint is their SERVICE, which is non-existent. Asian restaurants have never been known for providing good services, which I have come to accept, and I don't really mind at all, as long as it's not outrageous. But this place has got to be the worse, they only have ONE waitress serving 30-40 customers in the entire restaurant. Every time that I have been there, she's the one and only person that's serving everybody which makes it next to impossible to get a hold of her for service. In addition, she blatantly lied to my face during my last visit about not having 2 particular side dishes when I was asking for a re-fill. Most Korean restaurants that I have been to would give u 2-3 refills on all or a few of their side dishes, and I usually just ask for 1-2, depending on what the side dishes are. When I asked her if I could have an extra refill on the sweet potatoes and bean sprouts, she said "sold out", which I knew she was lying cause I saw her bring those exact 2 side dishes for other customers. OK fine, not having banchan is not gonna kill me, and I wouldn't mind paying extra cause they are good, Ultimately, this becomes an issue of dishonesty and it's a matter of principle, that reason alone is good enough for me not to visit again.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
A good place to chill
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

I frequent this place often, about once per week. The food is not the best compared to the other two izakaya down the street, but it's not bad. The niche for this restaurant is that it provides a relax, chill, and lounge kind of atmosphere for you and your friends to kick-back and relax so you can catch the game. I usually go to this place before heading down to the club with my friends, so it's awesome to grab a light snack and get tipsy on a budget (they have drink specials). To sum it up, if you want a sports bar with comfortable seating, come to Ebisu. If you want uncomfortable cramp seats with good food, head down to guu with garlic. If you want over-priced and overrated food, head down to Hapa.

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All India Sweets & Restaurant6507 Main Street, Vancouver
There Are Better
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 1:55am [Dine in]

I've had their indian buffet here for lunch before, and it was rather disappointing. I noticed that most of their curries were unflavorful and were quite watery, at least thats how it was on the day that I went with my friends. If you prefer a vegetarian buffet with meat, there are MUCH better alternatives out there; such as, Samosa Garden and Saffron, just do a search on Dinehere. They are much better.

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Nuba207B West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Awesome Fallafel Plates
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 1:51am [Dine in]

I used to go to Nuba quite frequently for lunch when I attended a school nearby. Everytime I go there, I would order their falafel plates, it's awesome, fresh and full of flavor. I'm not sure if most of you guys know, but most of the ingredients they use are organic. Make sure you don't go there during lunch cause it can be quite packed, as the place isn't really that big.

Give it a try. You will like it.

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Thai Hang Vietnamese Restaurant2122 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Best Vietnamese-style Beef Stew (w/Rice Noodle)
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 1:36am [Dine in]

This restaurant has the best beef stew in Vancouver. I've tried beef stews from literally every vietnamese restaurant that I've been to (Le Petit Saigon, Le Do, Pho Hoa, Bao Chau, Buu Dien, Pho Hong, to name just a few) and none of them can compare to the ones here, at Thai Hang. Service wise, it's like every other asian restaurant, it's never a highlight of what they have to offer. But if you are like me, you tend to go to places for outstanding food, you should come here and try their Beef Stew w/rice noodles (#29, that's right, I even remember the number of the dish on the menu).

Other notables - they have lemongrass chicken rice combos for $7.75, you have the choice of an order of spring roll or vietnamese-style iced coffee w/condensed milk. I've only tried it once, and that was awhile ago, so I can't really comment on that.

All of your meals come with a sweet potato tapioca dessert. Trust me! you won't be disappointed by their beef stew!

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