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dinnerguestsvancouverSince October 16, 200627 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
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Graze3980 Fraser Street, Vancouver
A Relaxing Place, but ...
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

Our daughter chose this lovely neighbourhood restaurant for a family celebration. She was thrilled to try the plant-based meals, and we each ordered a different item for brunch. My husband's Vegetable Hash was a bland medley of stuff of the same color: chick peas, potatoes, and ???--it tasted earthy like beets. There was no attempt to break the monotony of yellow. He felt the dish was like eating one big curried potato. Other than his plate, our meals were attractive. None of our food was hot, just lukewarm. The textures and flavours did not work well together either. The dressings were acidic, and the food tough. Tough kale, tough tofu, tough bennie biscuit. The food has left one of us burping the remainder of the day, skipping the next meal, and seeking the relief from an ant-acid.

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Takis Taverna1106 Davie Street, Vancouver
No Line-ups Here
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

We wanted to go to a place without huge line-ups. This was the place.
We ordered the Calamari entree with rice, potatoes, salad, and cooked vegetables. We were surprised that the food looked and tasted like it had been around for days. The calamari had unrecognizable tenderness with a slight bitterness that we all tasted. The potato wedges were shrunken, flexible, and dry around the edges. The carrots were brown where the scraping was not fully complete. The texture of the green beans appeared canned. The salad was warm. We will seek fresher food at a different place next time.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Reservations Should be Honored
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2014 - 1:40pm [Dine in]

We just had dim sum with the family at this very consistent restaurant.
The food is always consistent; new items are regularly on the menu. The servers are professional.

What we do not expect to pay for, and what is not on the menu is poor treatment by the hostess. This is also a consistent aspect. We checked-in for our reservation with the hostess who was rude from the start: no eye contact, hollering tone of voice, no smile, and no communication to say that our table is or is not ready. While we waited with uncertainty, we noticed several other groups with the same party numbers--no reservations or later reservations, were seated ahead of us because they knew the various managers in black suits. We could understand the interchange among these people.

Suggestions to the owner: send your hostesses for WorldHost training, be fair to all customer reservations--honour their time.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
Very Flavourful
Submitted Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

We surprised a family member with a birthday dinner here--we were a group of 9. Because this place is very busy, reservations are definitely recommended. The space is small, clean, and nicely decorated with art and dim lighting. As the night filled with diners, the room gets very noisy, making it hard to hear each other. The service was good overall; water was set at our table without us asking for it and our glasses were refilled once through out the evening. Our order was taken early with an unsmiling server who did not show her happy face much throughout the evening. Our dishes came after a table that came well after us; in addition, our dishes came so sporadically that we forgot what we ordered when the last dish came. We tried a variety of things, including the Thursday night crab special; it was sweet, fresh and tasty. The black cod was saucy and tender, but a bit too sweet. The Sole Filet Grilled in Banana Leaf was odd--the fish was battered in small pieces and looked deep fried and then ladened with a sweet sauce, not grilled as the description implied; the presentation was not attractive: pieces of fish on leaves and tin foil. The Kari Lamb and Curry Boneless Chicken had well rounded flavours that was delicious on our steamed rice. The Seafood and Chicken Fried Rice in Pineapple Boat was aromatic and fresh. The Hainanese Boneless Free Range Chicken (comes skin on) sits in a mild soya sauce; it was also fresh and tender. We ended the evening with Pisang Goreng: a delicious dessert of bananas and ice cream to share. Sweet and salty flavours were very apparent with this cuisine; we found ourselves needing water to stay hydrated. We will definitely return, but in moderation.

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Chili Garden4186 Main Street, Vancouver
Another Interesting Place on Main
Submitted Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

This place was dimmed with candles and soft lighting, clean, and nicely decorated with song playing in the background. We were seated immediately, but it was at least 20 minutes before we were noticed by the waiter again. Once our order was placed, our meal arrived quickly. Our dishes were tasty and large: the roti canai was fresh, crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside; the sambal green beans were delicious with a great aroma; the red thai curry with chicken had a good selection of vegetables and mild spices; the curry lembu (beef) was very tender; the pad thai noodles were cooked well without being gummy. Overall, the food was good, with the curries leaning towards the homecooked version. The service was fine once we were able to catch the attention of the only 2 servers in this busy eat-in and take-out restaurant. The large wicker patio-type chairs were uncomfortable to sit in for long waits. Worth a return? Yes.

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Ogenki Sushi4342 Main St, Vancouver
Great Little Family Restaurant
Submitted Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

Our family has been coming for take-out, dine-in, and party catering for many years. The food is always reliable and the place welcoming and children friendly. It serves your basic sushi fare with no fancy chef's creations. However, we have been satisfied with their menu of fresh rolls, basic sushi, gyozas, rice and noodle bowls. My daughter and I love to share a half order of tuna sashimi, which is a generous portion. For parties, we have dropped off our own platters for them to arrange and fill with our orders. The food is good value and
satisfies big appetites.

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Goldstone Bakery & Restaurant139 Keefer St, Vancouver
Great Place for a Quick Meal, but Lower Your Expectations for Service
Submitted Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

This is a no frills place to relax with friends and family over a great value meal. We decided to have breakfast here with the grandparents because this was where they liked taking a break after shopping in Chinatown. Some of us chose the Chinese Breakfast, and some of us chose the regular Breakfast. The breakfasts were large enough for two to dine. The regular breakfast came with a drink, a freshly baked bun, 2 eggs, and ham, bacon, or hot dog weiners--not your regular breakfast sausage, and your choice of noodles from the selection. The little ones enjoyed the macaroni and ham in broth--expect the pasta to be very over cooked and soft; this is the way pasta is served in Chinese bakery type restaurants. The Chinese breakfast came with congee, stir fried noodles and deep fried bread or donut instead of the usual breakfast egg, etc. The fried bread was like soft bread in texture, and not crispy as this type of bread usual was. Expect the servers to just drop off food at the table--one server spilled the noodles and broth over us as she "dropped off" our meal. No apology was uttered by the server; she just turned around and walked away. Because our buns came cold this time, we asked for the server to warm the buns; she tried to balance three buns in two bowls to remove them from our table. We suggested a plate may be in order, she just shrugged it off saying she could manage. The bill for the five of us was very reasonable. Though service is not a highlight of this place, it is definitely an adequate to stop, rest and nourish up.

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Acme Cafe51 West Hastings, Vancouver
A Gem
Submitted Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

This little diner really stood out from its surroundings. We have not been to this neighbourhood for over a decade, but found this place worthy of our trip. It was clean and nicely decorated. We decided to have coffee and dessert here after trying a different place for dinner. The servers were friendly and spoke respectfully of the locals. Our server recommended two of his favorite desserts available, and we chose the Coconut Cream Pie.
It was delicious! We had a lovely relaxing time here, sipping our coffee, nibbling at our dessert, and chatting about what an interesting neighbourhood this is. We definitely will return.

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Shanghai River Restaurant7831 Westminster Hwy., #110, Richmond
If You Can Tolerate the Poor Manner...
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

The food is not bad. We have been here several weekends in a row for dim sum and dinner. The various breads were tasty, the dumplings were handmade and fresh, the Szechuan Chicken was spicy and delicious, the crab was good value, the small tapas-like dishes were yummy, the handmade noodles were great, but very greasy. The service manner was consistently poor. Few of the wait staff spoke English, which was absolutely fine because we could point to the menu. It was only when the staff started ignoring us, or pulled a face with a loud "Ha?" when we tried to order in English or Cantonese, and then walked away from our table abruptly. We were puzzled today; if the server just asked if any of us could speak Mandarin, someone at the table would have gladly ordered for us. Last week, our friends were only English speakers and wrote down everything we ordered. Out came a soup dish that we did not order. We showed our server our own list and he shook his head at us, as if we did something wrong--not impressive when this was the first time these diners ate here. Luckily we enjoyed each others' company with the good food; the servers need to be better trained, like carrying a tray properly with drinks--one server tipped her tray spilling 2 beers on our guests and their coats. What was strange was that she kept pouring beer into a glass on the same tray that was tipped and spilling out on the other side and she didn't realize it! At dim sum today, a server coughed/sneezed into her hand and she then handled several clean table settings. These may be small details, but important enough that patrons notice and decide to return or not.

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Old Spaghetti Factory14200 Entertainment Blvd, #110, Richmond
Is it good value when food doesn't taste good?
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

As we were waiting for our movie to start, we zipped over across the street to the Old Spaghetti Factory; we did not have time to go any further. My experience with this chain was that the food was very predictable: the caesar salad was watery wet, the white sauce tasted like flour paste, the pasta was bland and cooked beyond al dente; our meal here was no exception; it was its usual consistency. Two of us had the Spaghetti and Meatballs; two of us decided to try the Linguine with Clam Sauce--they seemed to have chopped up no more than 2 clams to make this tasteless "bechamel" sauce that dried into a thick white paste in front of us. Because we were sharing this large pasta, we asked for an extra plate. The extra plate was wet as if it was rinsed and not dried. This was the second extra plate we asked for because the first one was dripping wet with food. Since we had to dry our own plates, we asked for extra napkins. The best part of the meal was the fresh bread with butter.

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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
How Many Ways Can You Cook Eggs?
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

We were delighted to see and taste a different spin on eggs for breakfast and brunch -- not just the regular egg dishes you see in most places. We tried the cassoulet and the omelet (cooked like a frittata), which were both flavourful and generous in portion size. My husband thought the omelet was too salty because of the salt seasoning in addition to the feta cheese in the dish (although he still enjoyed it). Also, my husband thought the Americano coffee was excellent (he had two), but wished that they had the usual drip coffee so that one could get refills at no charge; here he had to order two individual coffees and wait each time for them to arrive -- expensive and on the slow side service-wise for breakfast. The cassoulet had perfectly cooked eggs with soft runny yolks on top of beans, andouille sausage, and bacon. Dishes are served in cast iron ware which keeps the food extremely hot. We found the place quite cozy -- diners need to move the tables to get in and out of their seats although, again, perhaps too cozy as privacy is non-existent with the man next to us easily looking at my husband's wallet as he paid. The place gets noisy once the restaurant is filled making it difficult to catch a server's attention. Service is not a forte, and the servers looked like the patrons. There is hussle, but it doesn't translate into actual service, it seemed. Who were the employees, we wondered. We left around noon and the place was extremely busy with patrons waiting out the door: come early. We would go back, but expect these caveats.

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Grub4328 Main Street, Vancouver
A Gem on Main St.
Submitted Sunday, July 5, 2009 - 10:05am [Dine in]

With all the marvelous press, we had to try this place. This restaurant was small, but comfortable. We had reservations and were seated promptly in the Main Street casual way. We found the menu selection slightly confusing--most of the entrees were written on the chalkboard on the wall instead of the menu handed to us. Looking at the paper menu first, not knowing there was another place to select from, my husband muttered quietly, "Is this all they're serving?" This confusion could have been eliminated if the hostess/server who seated us had pointed out the "specials" on the wall behind my husband. The menu items looked fairly ambitious for the for the price.
We all had drinks; a couple plus beers for the adults, and juice for the child. We ordered the stuffed chicken, the halibut, and the tomato
basil pizza. We sipped on our drinks for more than half an hour before our meals came. To our surprise, the food was delicious! The food presentation was simple, but lovely, and a decent portion size, not huge. All of the food was nicely seasoned, cooked just till done, moist with no dry crusty parts on the surface, except a bit on the pizza crust as expected. We never felt rushed by our pleasant servers, nor neglected, and were able to enjoy our meal and each other--we were appreciative of that since so many restaurants just want to turn over their tables as quickly as possible by telling you when they want their table back during reservations, suggestive selling, servers rushing about to indicate speed eating is necessary--this did not happen here--what a surprise and how lovely! Because the food was so good, and we felt relaxed to enjoy our meal, we ordered dessert, which we usually skip. The "iced glacee" from their chalkboard came prettily dressed with caramelized bananas, some berries, and ample rum sauce--it was good, and definitely enough to share with others at the table after the entree. In the hour and a half we were here, we had a lovely dining experience--there was no loud music to prevent us from hearing each other, there was no fancy decor to keep us distracted, although you may want to check out the wall paper, and there were no server clones in short skirts. But, we were able to focus on what was most important when sitting down for a meal: great food and the people we share our time with. We will definitely return to this place.

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
An Interesting Place
Submitted Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

We had a lovely relaxing time dining at this establishment on Sunday night. We were greeted by a friendly server who brought freshly baked, steaming hot rolls as soon as we made our dinner choices; the rolls were replenished before the meals arrived. We chose the 3 course menu with an additional sable fish entree. Everything was delicious, unique, creative, and well presented. This was not a busy night, and we were able to enjoy each others company in a quiet setting. The restaurant is clean and modern with a minimalist decor--rather refreshing and uncluttered. This is definitely not the place for a meat and potato or pasta person who expects the same old thing in huge portions to tip the scale. Rather, this place spends time to create unique food that can surprise you with their tasty combination of items that you would not normally see together.

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Empire Seafood Restaurant5951 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Needs SuperHost Training for the 2010 Olympics
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

We took our Mom out for her birthday tonight at this restaurant that was new to all 10 of us. They booked our party in for 5 pm, but they really open at 5:30--the person taking the reservations left out this fact. We waited for half an hour for them to open outside the London Drugs where it was well lit. Once inside the restaurant we were sat at the most drafty table where I thought the air conditioning was left blowing--I politely asked them to reduce the air conditioning, but apparently it was not on. We enjoyed our Peking duck set menu with our coats on; the pea tips, the crab, the fried rice, and the fish were all delicious. Prior to the food arriving, almost in an empty restaurant, the General Manager, without asking, told my sister that her stroller was interfering with his ability to do business. I thought I had misheard because this sounded very rude! My sister was told earlier by the Assistant Manager to leave the stroller there, behind a table near a wall because it would be out of our way; he said that he would tell us if he needed the table near the stroller. It turns out that the General Manager was entertaining a group of his friends and needed the better table to house his buddies, and move the existing reservation to the table next to our stroller. Our waiter, Raymond, was excellent; he was efficient; he used humour to diffuse a tense situation; and he made friends with our kids. Without our waiter's knowledge, the Assistant Manager brought us our bill without our asking for it. We had not finished dining! In fact, we were still spooning food into our mouths, and the dessert that came with our set menu never made it to our table. By this time, we just wanted to leave and never return. Just before exiting the restaurant, some of us waited at the exit for my husband and son while they went to the bathroom. We got the furrowed eyebrows and glares from the cashier--the same unsmiling and ungrateful woman who took our payment for our meal. I think the only thing interfering with some of the staff's ability to do business is poor customer service. They still have time to learn some basic skills and good manners before they make a fool of themselves in front of the world in 2010.

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Trocadero Pizza & Steak House2411 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Not Impressed
Submitted Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 9:12am [Dine in]

We decided to meet friends for dinner here because it was central for all of us coming from different parts of the city; we were a group of 7. We did not linger; we ordered our entrees for dinner quickly once everyone arrived; everyone was there by our reservation time. Two pitchers of water were placed at our table since no one ordered drinks and we poured our own water. The entire hour and a half we were there, the waiter served the pitchered water, two baskets of garlic toast that came with our meals, the salad that came with our meals, and the entrees. Oh yes, he also replenished one pitcher of water once and checked on us a couple of times. When we received our bill, 15% tip was hand written on and added to our tab. Okay, we normally and gladly tip between 15 and 20%; we are especially conscientious about leaving a very good tip if we were in a large group. We did not feel like we were a large group (not fussy, messy, demanding, or overworking the wait staff--in fact we asked for nothing--not even an extra paper napkin!); we were not told that we meet a minimum large group size on the phone when we made the reservation; we were not told we were a large group when we ordered and tip will be added to our bill; and no where did it state on the menu that we must tip 15% minimum. This place is a family style restaurant/pizzeria; we thought we knew what to expect when we decided to come here. We have been here many times, but not within the last year and a half. We found the rice watery (in a puddle of water), the seasoning of the vegetables and starches bland, and the meat too salty on some dishes. This place use to be better; we were disappointed. Returning? None of us were impressed; we can over look the okay food, but the expectation that we must pay a mandatory sum in tips for literally putting our food on the table is a bit much.

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Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House3163 Main Street, Vancouver
An Unusually Slow Night?
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

This restaurant was a reliable place to find reasonably priced food of good value. Because of our years of patronizing this place, we expected the same tasty fresh food--this was not the case this evening. In the past we would have to wait for a table no matter what time we went. This evening around 5:30, the place was only occupied by 3 small tables. We found this odd. We placed our order using the book menu to help us order by picture. We were not given the usual menu specials except for the only one written in Chinese that we couldn't read. We wanted to try their spicy eggplant hot pot, the chicken with cashews, the spicy green beans, the broccoli with fish, and a beef chow mein. We asked for the lamb hot pot, but they were out of lamb. The eggplants arrived soaking in about an inch of oil, the green beans had black ends including the ends that were cut, and the beef noodles were really beefy--even the noodles tasted like an animal! Everyone stopped eating the noodle dish after one bite. However, the fish and broccoli and the chicken and cashews were flavorful and delicious. Even by the end of our meal, only another couple came in to dine. Was this just an unusually slow night? Since there are so many other great places to eat, we are in no hurry to return to this one.

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Pied-a-Terre3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Was It Outstanding?
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2008 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

Colleagues and I met for lunch and ordered the table d'hote. Among us, we ordered everything on their table d'hote to sample because we have heard so much about their good food. Upon reaching the main entrance, we opened the door and we were met with a chair with a fan on it; we paused and wondered if it was open. We squeezed by the chair and were motioned to our table. The first server described the flank steak as being less tender because it is a major muscle and will be cut across the grain to tenderize it after marinating it overnight, and that the steak is near the kidneys and would have a stronger flavor as well--he sounded very knowledgeable and it also made 3 of us wonder if we should have not ordered it. The server who took our order told us the marchand du vin sauce as a white wine sauce when asked, and our chef colleague politely told us after that it is usually made with red wine. When I sampled the steak, it had that rare rubberry look and feel and it was bleeding on my side plate; I was glad I didn't order that--one of our friends did not finish her steak. I must say the Also restaurant made a more tender and tasty steak with a similar sauce. I ordered the soup with clams which smelled very strong and fishy from the table. The Duck Confit was served with sausages and beans. The dish was delicious except for the sausages which tasted like smokies with the snappy skin. I have had this similiar dish at Mistral and Parkside restaurants; both had sausages that did not taste like hot dogs. The desserts were lovely and typical, but I could not enjoy tea with it because they do not serve any--I stuck with water. Our friend who came late and only had coffee and dessert was told she could not have a separate cheque. Overall we were happy, but I am in no hurry to return.

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Tsui Woo Seafood RestaurantNanaimo Street, Vancouver
Choose Your Dates Well
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2008 - 8:40pm [Dine in]

Our family celebrated Father's Day at this restaurant. The garnishing of the plates were lovely and the preparation of the food had unusual combinations of ingredients. For example, the deep fried sea bass in the combination dinner for 6 was prepared with a sweet and sour sauce garnished with green peppers, perfectly diced squashed, and deep fried pine nuts; the fish was whole with the bones removed. This was the good part. The restaurant was extremely overbooked and the staff expected patrons to stuff themselves as fast as they could and make room for the hoards of people breathing down the necks of diners to leave. The tables were made larger to accommodate families and several tables of patrons needed to stand up and shuffle the furniture aside to make room to roll wheel chair bound grandparents to their tables. There were small tables used for large families to crowd around. There were people seated in tables where they did not make a reservation in a full house. There were patrons who made reservations and even double checked earlier in the day, but found themselves without any at dinner. Our waitress wanted us to leave after 1 hour and tried to remove our teapot. We were still eating, so I ask her to leave it. She slammed to teapot on the table. We saw tables of 10 or 12 leave before us--how did they eat so fast? We will still return for the good food, decent prices, and the decent service (most of the time), but not on any special occasion.

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I Cafe2525 Heather Street, Vancouver
Always Consistent
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2008 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

We like to come here when we are in between appointments because the service and the food are quick and consistent. We are quick to be seated, our order is taken quickly and efficiently and the food comes to our table steaming, tasty, and in good time. We only order from their specials that come with a beverage. For our family of 4, we usually spend between $ 15 and $ 25 because the portions are generous and our children can split one drink since it is usually quite large for small tummies.

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Flamingo Chinese Restaurant3469 Fraser Street, Vancouver
What happened?
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2008 - 7:46pm [Dine in]

We have been weekly regulars at this restaurant for over 20 years and have reviewed this establishment positively. We have stopped dining here when we found 3 freshly cut hair and a large spider in a hot pot, spoiled beef in the chow mein, and more spoiled beef with the stir fried gai lan. We pointed out to the manager that the beef smelled sour and we wanted nothing in return, but to ask them to use fresh food when they serve customers; the manager's response was that if he told the kitchen staff, they would get angry because they were so stubborn. That evening our young daughter vomited overnight and through the next day. Our entire family felt bloated with mild diarrhea. We have never returned since.

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