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dtgirlVancouverSince May 11, 20098 Reviews
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Smiley's Public House911 W Pender Street, Vancouver
! Watch out for this place !
Submitted Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

I will try to make this short.

Went there for the first time for St Patrick's Day with a group of people. When it was time to settle the bill, we all paid cash, a waitress (not ours) came by and collected it. Five minutes later, our waitress comes up to us and says "you need to point out to me who you gave the money to because it wasn't any of the waitresses who work here". Even though I got treated like a criminal by both the waitress and her manager, I stood there and tried to find the other waitress - couldn't. We ended up paying the bill twice.

Imagine my surprise when I went there for the second time today to meet some friends. Just as they were getting ready to leave I hear the all too familiar voice behind me "you need to point out to me who you gave the money to..." Same scenario. I tried confronting the waitress saying that oddly enough the exact same thing happened to me about a month ago and got passed on to the manager to deal with because I was being "difficult".

I don't know, I'll let you figure this one out for yourselves.

Never ever again, not even for one drink.

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Simply Thai1211 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Not worth it!
Submitted Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

After reading the last couple of reviews, I am beginning to wonder if we all had the same waiter?

Anyhoo... I remember coming to this restaurant several years ago and it was much better. The food is now overpriced and not that great, unfortunately. The spring rolls were overly deep fried and greasy. The scallops I ordered for my main were nothing to write home about: several scallops and tons of veggies with even more sauce. Coconut rice? Rip-off at $4 a bowl! Mind you my rice came with an extra helping of a hair... maybe hence the price?

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Moxie's Classic Grill808 Bute Street, Vancouver
Just keeps getting worse
Submitted Monday, July 5, 2010 - 10:50am [Dine in]

Ok, seriously, this place keeps getting worse and worse. I used to really like it, well, many years ago but the last several times I have been there, it didn't fail to disappoint. I got dragged there again last night for a birthday and I'll be damned if I ever go there again for anything more than a beer (not sure why I would want to do that either though).

Food: mediocre at best. I got a goat cheese and asparagus pizza which finally appeared on my table after they first brought me a chicken pizza instead. The dough was yeast-y, pizza sauce tasted like something straight out of a can, the red peppers were not roasted enough, the asparagus was over-roasted and the entire pizza had an extremely generous sprinkling of dried oregano on it. The pizza's only redeeming quality was the goat cheese; alas, there wasn't enough of it!

Service: our waitress tried so I will give her credit for it. Although I have to point out that the restaurant was completely empty on a Sunday night (does that signal how sucky this place is or what?) and the staff decided it would be appropriate to horse around, sing really loudly in the kitchen and chit chat while giving each other shoulder rubs. Um-m, ok.

Value: waste of money. Period.

Ambiance: the dirty seats and carpets never fail to amuse me. The last three times I've been to this place I found nacho chip dust on the carpet around my seating area. Must be me.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Overall Mediocre
Submitted Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

I have to say I am kind of surprised by seeing all the positive reviews on here. Maybe my problem is that I went to Coast for Dine Out?

The appetizer (crab cakes) was good but lukewarm. Main (prawns over some vegetables) was again lukewarm. Dessert was semi-decent (brownie with pistachio mousse was great, lollipop cheesecake I would gladly skip).

Service was just meh. It was really annoying how our server kept promoting IK (we were like, what on Earth is IK? Turns out it's Italian Kitchen), he must have mentioned it at least three times.

I would give this place one more shot but for a regular dinner, definitely not for Dine Out.

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Tomato Fresh Food Cafe2486 Bayswater Street, Vancouver
Generally Underwhelming
Submitted Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

Food/value: quality is ok but portions are small for the prices you pay. Food selection and interpretation seemed just kind of blah.

Service: friend and I ordered a bottle of beer each and it took 15 minutes for the server to bring it out. Why? It is just a bottle for Pete's sake, you don't even need to do anything with it... When I finally got my beer the server poured it in my glass without tilting it so all I got was a bunch of foam and couldn't drink it for another several minutes. I was miffed. I just really wanted a beer.

Ambiance: I'm going to have to say poor. I could see how it would be better if you are having a breakfast or a brunch but the under-decorated diner atmosphere just doesn't cut it for a weekend dinner. It was kind of cold inside and there was no music playing.

All in all, did I say very diner-like already? Well, the prices should be cheaper for the portion size, service and atmosphere you get. I would not come back unless I was feeling adventurous and was in the area for brunch

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Milestone's Grill and Bar1145 Robson Street, Vancouver
Just another chain restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 2:05am [Dine in]

All in all, I have come to this place many times over the last several years and it is decent but also a bit of a hit and miss. I have had excellent service and that leaving much to be desired.

An ok choice for a casual lunch and, with a bit of a stretch, a casual dinner.

It's not that I consider myself an Eggs Benedict connoisseur but I do like them for my brunch and I am yet to find decent Hollandaise elsewhere. However, as I went there for lunch today and got my usual, I found the English muffin to be soggy and one of my eggs was soft-poached while another was almost hard-boiled. The temperature of the dish was also lukewarm.

Will probably return and keep my fingers crossed for better luck next time.

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Toratatsu735 Denman, Vancouver
Good food, nice ambiance
Submitted Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 1:33am [Dine in]

Ended up here for an impromptu birthday dinner.

As it was Monday night, place was rather empty for 6 PM, however, I won't complain since we had the attention of 3 waiters.

Had the prawn tempura with chili mayo: thought there was a little too much tempura dough and the chili mayo was a tad too spicy. Birthday girl wanted California roll which they didn't have (yes, I know it's not a real Japanese thing) but we got smoked salmon and cream cheese sushi instead which was pretty good. They bring it around and flame it in front of you so a nice novelty touch.

House sake is decent; nice selection of wines as well.

We had warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream for desert and the waiters came around our table to sing Happy Birthday to our girl. Definitely good service, very friendly, attentive and polite.

All in all, nothing to go out of your way to experience but if you are in the area, give it a shot.

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Quality seems to have gone downhill
Submitted Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

Took my mother out for Mother's Day dinner to Joe Fortes.

Food and Service: We were given complimentary canapes with tuna to start with, thought that was a nice touch. I ordered Dotty's Chopped Salad that normally comes with chicken and asked to have the chicken substituted for baby shrimp, if possible. Server came back to say that they can accommodate the request and I made sure to specify again that I do not eat meat. My mother ordered a dozen oysters.

At the end of my salad, I discovered a piece of chicken at the bottom of the bowl. It was small so it made me wonder if I had ingested any prior to that without noticing. Alas, I found another piece. By that time I was done with the salad; wish I had found it at the beginning so I could return it right away. Seems that perhaps the salad sits in the kitchen pre-mixed and chef simply tried to pick all the chicken out but failed. I told the waiter about this and he said, "no worries, it will be on the house". Great but I would actually rather pay for my meal and have it be what I asked for.

One of the dozen oysters my mother got was rotten so the waiter brought her an extra one.

I had sable fish with miso/soy sauce for dinner which was fairly good. My mother had beef carpaccio which came with a bit too much mayo on it but otherwise was decent.

As an "oops, sorry" gesture, we were offered complimentary desserts by the manager, which included a good Tiramisu cake and a good creme brulee.

Value: fairly decent.

Ambiance: There was live music which included a slightly overzealous piano player playing quite loudly. I have to say having a conversation was nearly impossible. There is no dress code in effect, this is "fine dining" where people come in wearing jeans and runners.

All in all, this used to be a favourite and I am sorry to say it no longer is.

Still a good spot for oysters if you like them, though. If you are looking for a fine dining experience, skip this restaurant in favour of something else.

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