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coconutfanVancouverSince June 3, 200931 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.2)
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Guu Garden888 Nelson St., M101, Vancouver
Unremarkable
Submitted Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 8:06pm [Dine in]

The staff is friendly and they greet you warmly when you come in. However, I was unimpressed with the food. In particular, the quantity of food is not enough even for a person like myself who is not a big eater. The lunch combos are about $10-$15. I have had the ginger pork lunch. It was okay, but again the portion was too small for my liking. I would need to order additional items in order to be full.

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Chilli House Thai Bistro1018 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Displeased
Submitted Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

I had always been curious to try this restaurant and the opportunity came when a group of friends wanted to try the AYCE there. I was excited to try AYCE Thai, which is rare in Vancouver.

We had made reservations but we had extra people. The manager told us to wait in the corner without providing a reason. It was not a problem at first for us to wait as our entire party had not arrived. About 10 minutes later, I talked to another waitress to ask to be seated since most of us were there. She finally seated us and told us that they do not normally provide seats unless the entire party had arrived. This did not seem reasonable as the restaurant was mostly empty.

Next, we ordered our food from the menu. There is a list of rules that you must abide to in order to participate in the AYCE. Some of them include: 1) everyone at the table must be doing AYCE; 2) if you don't complete your dish, you will be charged $4; 3) 15% service charge is added to your bill; 4) maximum 1.5 hr for the buffet; 5) maximum 5 items per round of order. The unwritten rule is that you cannot order prior to every one in your party being there. This is something that the waitress mentioned. Why could we not have been seated earlier? We would have just not ordered until everyone got there.

The waitress was friendly and allowed us to order more than the maximum 5 items listed in the rules. The manager, however, is the one who made the meal unpleasant. You can feel the manager staring at you/your party while you eat. I am guessing that he is assessing how much each party is ordering in order to gauge his net profit/loss. On some occasions, I saw him talking to the waitresses and looking at our party. He is possibly talking to them about his strategy on how much and when to serve the food.

Closer to the end of the meal, the dishes that we ordered arrived at a slower pace. We thought that it could be because they were trying to keep us waiting so that we would order less. One girl in the party noted that they were enthusiastic to clear our plates away. Furthermore, the bill arrived without any of us calling for the bill. This seemed like a gesture to get us to leave. Again, the restaurant was not busy at the time!

The food was basic Thai food. Do not expect anything special. The restaurant is in a nice location because it is near the water.

I think that Chilli House Thai Bistro has a lot of potential to engage a lot of customers with the AYCE because AYCE Thai in Vancouver is rare. However, with the scowling of the manager as you eat and his attitude towards his staff, the potential is lost. The waitresses were very nice but the manager was micromanaging them the entire time.

I would advise that there be a management change of some sort in order to maintain/engage more customers.

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Wildflower4599 Chateau Blvd., Whistler
Fantastic breakfast buffet
Submitted Monday, December 7, 2009 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

I had the pleasure of having the breakfast buffet at the Wildflower. The ambiance is beautiful as you see Blackcomb outside the window. The restaurant is clean and the service was prompt. The selection of food for the breakfast buffet was fantastic. There was a chef who would specially prepare omelets to your liking. I love the sauteed mushrooms and basil-seasoned tomatoes.

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Nagomi Sushi4557 Blackcomb way, 108, Whistler
Decent Whistler restaurant
Submitted Monday, December 7, 2009 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

I tried this restaurant this past week-end for dinner. The prices were decent given the location and the taste was decent as well. My favorite California rolls were $4.00. Dynamite rolls were $6.75 (I think). I really enjoyed the BBQ Eel sushi. I would recommend this place for dinner in Whistler.

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Cactus Club Cafe4653 Kingsway, Burnaby
Decent but nothing special
Submitted Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

We had a small group and was seated near the window facing the main road which was pleasant. I tried the tuna tataki- seared albacore tuna, green papaya slaw, orange, avocado, pine nuts, yuzu vinaigrette which was decent. Their nothing but pink martini was decent as well. The waitress was attentive towards our group. She even came to collect our orders before she went to get the orders of a group of 16 people. Unfortunately, we were there on a busy Friday night with people waiting outside the restaurant for a table. Hence, the bill came to us quickly and before we even called for it.

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All India Restaurant1188 Davie Street, Vancouver
Decent buffet
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

I tried the buffet at All India Sweets & Restaurants for the second time recently. There aren't that many choices but the food was decent for the given choices. Only available desserts are fruits. I still enjoy their butter chicken takeout on a regular basis.

For a $10.95, it was a decent lunch buffet.

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Banana Leaf1096 Denman Street, Vancouver
I love Banana Leaf!
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 11:30pm [Dine in]

I have been going to Banana Leaf for several years. I have gone for both sit-down meals and takeout. I have gone to all three locations of Banana Leaf but I think that the Denman location is the best. It is smaller but more intimate. I also find that it's less busy and less noisy, especially compared to the Kitsilano location.

I would recommend the following items:

Appetizers:
- Satay - Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb (you can get an assortment(
- Roti Canai (this is a must, get a few orders, you'll love it!)
- Tofu Goreng (I love the sweet chili sauce that goes with the tofu)

Main Courses:
- Alaskan Black Cod in Caramelized Ginger Sauce with "Kicap Manis" (the first time I had this, it was excellent; the second time, the fish was not as fresh as I had hoped)
- Nasi Goreng (this is an amazing fried rice dish)

Dessert:
Kuih Dadar -(being a coconut fan, this is an excellent coconut crepe)

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
The best pasta in town
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

I have been a long-time customer of Anton's. The food is so great that people will even line up in the cold and rain to get in. I have witnessed this on several ocassions.

I highly recommend the "RIGATONI ALLA PIZZAIOLA." This is by far the best dish in my opinion. I recently had this as take-out but I've ordered this on several ocassions during sit-down menus.

If you have the luxury to go during non-peak hours, I would do so in order to avoid lineups.

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Ichibankan Express730 West Broadway, Vancouver
The best Japanese takeout
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

I have been a longtime customer of this takeout place near Vancouver General Hospital. I believe they have the best tasting California rolls that I have ever had. I really love the masago that goes with the rolls.

The lunch combos are decent. I have also tried the tempura udon which is good. Dynamite rolls are also tasty.

Expect moderate lineups during lunch time when nearby employees come here for takeout.

Overall, a wonderful place for sushi!

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Rain Flower Seafood Restaurant3600 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Another solid Chinese restaurant
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

I really enjoyed the decor of this restaurant. It is quite classy compared to a lot of the Chinese restaurants in Richmond. There is ample parking because the restaurant is located in between Yaohan and Canadian Tire.

We enjoyed their signature noodle dish. It had a lot of seafood ingredients in it. The portion was smaller than what you might get at another restaurant, but the quality of the dish was excellent.

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Top Gun J&C8766 McKim Way, #2020, Richmond
A solid Chinese restaurant
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

I just tried this place for dim sum on the week-end. There is a membership card available for $15 which entitles you to various discounts at restaurants in their chain. For example, you go before 11:30 am, you can have a 35% on the food. I found the parking availability to be limited since the restaurant is in a small mall. There are two sides to the restaurant, so if the main side is busy, you may be sitting in the smaller side which looks like a hallway.

This restaurant is not the cheapest Chinese restaurant in Richmond, but it has it's value in better quality of food. What is somewhat unique is that the waitress brings your choice of tea leaves and you can wash the tea leaves and make the tea yourself. They provide an empty bowl where you can discard water after washing the tea leaves.

Overall, a solid Chinese restaurant.

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Kwan Kee Noodle House15277 100th Avenue, #101D, Surrey
Great place for lunch!
Submitted Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I love coming to this place for lunch. It's in a food court next to the TNT Supermarket. The prices are very reasonable for the quantity of food. I love to order the pork and salty egg congee. It's not dilute like other restaurants make it. It has lots of ingredients! I have also tried the wonton noodle which has just the right amout of salt to it. Overall, it's a great place for lunch!

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Thai Basil1215 Thurlow St, Vancouver
A nice Thai takeout or eat-in place
Submitted Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

I got a Pad Thai for takeout yesterday from Thai Basil. It was about $8, which is inexpensive but the portions are smaller. Overall, their prices are decent with dishes mostly under $10. The Pad Thai was solid as well and comparable to the other Thai restaurants on Davie. If you're looking for some Thai takeout on Davie, this would be a good place along with Thai Away From Home which is about 2 blocks away.

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Thida Thai1193 Davie St, Vancouver
A solid Thai restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 7:39pm [Dine in]

Went with a few friends on a weekday night to this restaurant. It was empty before we got there around 6 pm, but a few customers came afterwards. The food was decent and the portions were decent but not large. Pad thai and mee goreng were about $10 each. The curry dish was about $13. The skewers were expensive: pretty much $2 for each piece. It's a family run restaurant and does not have much decor. I recommend this place for a casual dinner.

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Thai Away Home1206 Davie Street, Vancouver
Decent food for price
Submitted Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

Ordered a pad thai take-out a few days ago. The order was ready by the time we got there. The dish came out to be about $10 plus tax. The food and portion was decent. The portion is just about as much as takeout from Hon's. The place does not seem to have air conditioning so I wouldn't want to stay there to eat on a hot day.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
Cleanliness is a MAJOR issue! Water and plates were dirty!
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

I ventured to The Eatery again this evening for some sushi. First of all, there were very obvious floating white particles in our water. We asked the waitress to refill our water glasses. However, to our dismay, the water still contained "floaties" after the refill. We believed that their water pitcher was contaminated. We decided to drink out of the water glasses sparingly. Really, we should have brought our own water bottles...

The plates were distributed to us afterward. Although the plates were warm to touch, there were particles still stuck on them. We had to use our tissues to wipe the plates...

We tried "The Love Boat" combination which did not satisfy three people in terms of quantity. The sushi was tasty but there just wasn't enough! "The Love Boat" combination came out to be about $34. We decided to order the Japanese pancake (w/chicken) as well ($13). The sauce that went with the pancake was great.

I recommend doing takeout for this restaurant given their cleanliness issues. The sushi is definitely unique and tasty - the most tasty out of all of the Japanese restaurants I've tried. However, the fact that our water was contaminated dampened our dining experience.

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Flying Wedge Pizza Co.1059 Denman Street, Vancouver
Excellent pizza...but expensive!
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

I was fortunate to have received gift cards for two pizzas recently. I tried the standard pepperoni pizza and the Sicilian pizza which were fantastic. I think that Flying Wedge is more for gourmet pizzas. I enjoyed the taste but the price is high given the cost of making a pizza. The location is great if you're looking to get a quick (expensive) bite to eat after hitting English Bay.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
It looks like a shack but they have good food!
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

I ventured to Go FIsh on Sunday afternoon last week to try out the fish tacones. I tried the salmon tacone and the tuna tacone. The salmon tacone was by far my favorite! However, the tuna tacone was good given the exceptional combination of various flavours and ingredients. There could be a bit of a line-up. I had to wait 12 minutes for my tacones. The tacones were $9 each. It might be a good idea to call ahead to get take-out instead of waiting in line.

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Guildford Sushi House10330 152nd Street, #40, Surrey
Nothing special about this restaurant
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

It's a decent sushi restaurant if you're around the area and looking for a quick place to eat. However, if you're looking for a unique experience, don't bother. I tried the California roll as a take-out on one occasion ($2.95). Recently, I tried the chicken teriyaki don which was only okay ($6.95). I didn't find it as appetizing as other don I had in the past at other restaurants.

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Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant551 Howe Street, Vancouver
My favorite Vietnamese restaurant
Submitted Saturday, July 4, 2009 - 7:14pm [Dine in]

I started going to this place after my friend recommended it for lunch. It is definitely my favorite Vietnamese restaurant! The Grill pork & shrimp ball w/vermicelli is an absolute delight for under 10 dollars including tax. This is a definitely a great little place to have lunch with your friends.

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