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foodhedonistEast VancouverSince September 28, 200615 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Displaying 1 - 15 of 15 Reviews Found
Cibo Trattoria900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Can't Get Their Stories Straight
Submitted Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

Dined here with a group of eight for a birthday and had high expectations. Unfortunately, our experience fell short of those expectations.

When I had called ahead to inquire about the private room, I was told that there is no minimum charge and no set menu to use the room. However, it was already booked for the night I wanted so the lady suggested the round table in the main dining room as it seats eight. Okay, sounded like a good consolation. I then asked if there was a cake cutting fee and was told that they charge $5/pp for cake cutting. WTF? I was expecting $2.50-$3.00. NOT $5. But since it was a birthday, we were going to just suck it up and pay.

Onto dinner. We ordered appies to share which were pretty good. But our drinks were just mediocre. The entrees were also decent, but those who ordered the pasta were surprised at the miniscule size of the dish (more of a side dish than an entree) and a gamey taste to the agnolotti. Mid-way through, I asked our server if it would be possible to see the private dining room and she said yes, when the diners vacate. After they left, a couple of us went to see it and I asked if our party could move into it. I was then told that there is a minimum charge of $200pp to use the room. Hmmmm....not what I was told on the phone.

Our server was okay, not particularly friendly nor attentive, but she got the job done without any big issues. The main dining room has nice decor.

In the end, we thought we'd be better off taking our cake to one of our houses and spending the extra $40 on other things like drinks and snacks. $5 for cake cutting....really?????

It was okay, but with so many other restos to try, we won't be rushing back here any time soon.

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Ebisu on Broadway601 West Broadway, #12, Vancouver
Mushi Me Again!
Submitted Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

Brought the family here last Sunday for a birthday celebration. Despite having made a reservation a few days in advance, our party of 14 did not get seated in one of the sectioned off areas. My young daughter had a minor fit and our server was very apologetic and seemed genuine about it. So we sat along the bench and proceeded to order a large variety of things off the menu: sushi, robata, soup, salad, noodles, tempura, sashimi, even the thunder fries. Everything came out fast and fresh. Portions were sizeable. We all agreed that everything we ordered was very tasty. One of us found a hair in the miso soup, but it was whisked away and replaced immediately. The squid comes out with a personal sized flame grill that's fun to DIY.

Since it was my brother's birthday, I had brought a cake and two tiramisus. After we stuffed ourselves, the servers quickly cleared the tables and brought out dessert plates. Our server, along with two other servers, came around the corner bearing the three desserts with candles on all of them and began to sing Happy Birthday.

Not only was the food notably good, but how often does an Asian restaurant go above and beyond to provide excellent service? I've been to many, and I can tell you that it's pretty rare.

On our way out, our server made a point to ask my daughter how she liked the food and if she was okay with where she sat. They even washed out my dishes that held the dessert.

This place impressed us all. Great place for a large group. Next time I'll call further ahead of time and ask for a "room".

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Nathan's Grill6390 Darnley Street, Burnaby
Saved the Party
Submitted Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 9:26am [Dine in]

Why is it so difficult to find a restaurant with a private room? Add the requirement of a TV and good food and it's nearly an impossible mission in the lower mainland.

After a long exhaustive search (away from the Olympic mayhem) I found Club Ilia. Made a reso nearly a week early and was told by the gal that a party of 25 would warrant the two small adjoining private rooms and no set menu. The day before the party I was informed by the Manager (who confessed to having no clue about the reso) that we'd be forced to squeeze into one room and order off a set menu otherwise a minimum buyout would be imposed. Forget it, I'll take my party elsewhere.

Enter Nathan's Grill. With only one day to find a new venue for the party, I dropped by to check out this restaurant. Chad met with us and was a 180 from the Manager at Club Ilia. Chad actually wanted our business. Sold.

Location: Obscured in the industrial warehouse district in mid-Burnaby. Almost all of us got lost finding it. But we know where it is now.

Ambiance: Comfortable seating, acoustics a tad loud, but it is a bar and grill. Although there aren't any private rooms, we pretty much had the place to ourselves as it wasn't very busy. I wouldn't come here for a quiet meal during any PPV events though.

Service: Jessica took great care of us all night. She was attentive, quick, and friendly, without being intrusive. And she was great with the kids in our party.

Food: Good reports from everyone save the pork chops. Steaks, paella, short ribs, etc. all excellent.

Overall: We had a great experience and were all pleasantly surprised at the caliber of Nathan's Grill. It was a perfect place to have a large group, enjoy good food, and watch the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. It's a shame this place doesn't seem to draw in the crowds. But we said we'd all be back.

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Thai Spice1485 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
GREAT delivery!
Submitted Monday, June 8, 2009 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

For our girls night out, we ordered 10 dishes to be delivered to a nail spa where we were going to be pampered for a Saturday evening. Because our order was sizeable, I asked the lady on the phone if they would throw in anything complimentary (as most Chinese restaurants do it, I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask). She easily agreed to provide an order of shrimp wontons, enough for one for each of us in the group. Score!

The delivery came right on time and everything was piping hot with sauces kept separately on the side so that things wouldn't get too soggy while in transit. All the food was delicious! And at $9 for most entrees, it was exceptional value for money. We had 10 entrees, fed 13 people, and still had leftovers to take home.

The only thing they forgot was to include plates, forks, and napkins, but other than that, we were all very pleased with the food and service. I will definitely have to make a trip there to dine in one day.

*Because I am forced to submit a rating for ambiance without having physically been to the restaurant, I will give it a four just so my review is accepted.

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Buffet at River Rock, The8811 River Rd., Richmond
Hoping it was just an off day....
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

I'd been wanting to try this place for some time now and thought no better time than mother's day. Fortunately I wasn't able to book on mother's day so I made a reservation for dinner the day after mother's day, no problem.

Started with the salad bar, not bad, lots of selection. But who goes to a buffet for the salads? Moved onto the hot food items. Everything looked dried out like it had been there for hours. Even the carved prime rib was tough and rubbery. I realize that Monday's are not the busiest day of the week and the food won't move as quickly, but at least replenish with some fresh food. I was able to enjoy the soup (corn and bacon chowder) and the dessert bar was pretty good. Our server was excellent, very friendly and attentive. Unfortunately good service and decent salad and dessert are not worth the drive out to Richmond.

Hopefully things improve after their renovations are complete, but I'm not sure if I want to go back to find out.

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International Chinese Restaurant2163 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Consistent
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

My parents are regulars here and even when I come without them, I still get treated well. The food's pretty consistent, not amazing, but solid and good value. It's always a good fall-back when I'm not in the mood to experiment with other places. Dim sum is good and priced well. Service is friendly (although can be slow during peak times). The king crab is done nicely, especially the fried rice - has lots of big chunks of crab in it. They always offer a discount too.

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Me & Julio2095 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Skip this One
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

My friend and I were recommended to this place so we decided to give it a try. It was full on a Sunday night which is a good sign. However, it must be because it's a novelty. Despite arriving before another couple, they were seated before my friend and I who were directed to wait at the bar. No big deal, as we were seated immediately after, but right near the front door which made for a drafty dining experience. Our waitress was attentive and friendly, recommending the salmon so we both ordered it. Presentation was pleasant as were the first few bites. As we dug deeper into the salmon, it seemed mushy but the dim lighting made it difficult to notice exactly how raw it was. A forkful of cold fish made me realize that the centre of the salmon fillet was uncooked. At first, the waitress tried to pass it off as being medium rare, but when she picked up my plate, she admitted that mine was beyond rare. She promptly took our plates back to kitchen and soon reappeared saying the cooks were preparing entirely new plates for us. She was apologetic and didn't charge us for drinks. Still, the food wasn't good enough for us to make this a regular stop.

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Failed to Meet Expectations
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has been on my "to try" list for a few years now. Unfortunately, it didn't meet my expectations. Arrived at 6:30pm on a Saturday evening and the empty room should've been a clue. Seated immediately but then from there everything seemed to be a long wait. The servers (only two) were friendly and nice, but not very prompt. The menu was surprisingly limited. We ordered the chillies curry and the eggplant, one was a bit too salty and the other a bit too sweet. Although we ordered our food medium spiciness, it was more like extra extra mild. Arrival of the food, chai and bill seemed to be on Indian time. The highlight of the evening was that they honour the entertainment card all year long. Maybe for that reason we'd come back if in the neighbourhood again, but there's also the Red Fort up the road which beckons....

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Mi Mexico Restaurant3853 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Mmmm Mexican
Submitted Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

Had a girls nite here recently and really had no expectations. The decor is simple but clean. Our waiter was friendly enough and I'm sure I would rate the service higher except there were only two wait staff on a Saturday night and it was pretty busy. Food seemed pretty authentic, portions were generous and well priced. The fajitas didn't come with enough tortilla shells though (2 small ones for a big plate of filling). Overall, we had a nice meal and enjoyed everything we ordered. I would come back if craving Mexican.

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Seri Malaysia Restaurant2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Come Hungry for Curry
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 11:28am [Dine in]

Mr and I were child-free for the evening so we thought we'd go somewhere that we wouldn't normally go with the kids. We chose Seri b/c Mr wanted laksa. Unfortunately, Seri didn't have any laksa so we ordered the beef curry and french beans in prawn sauce and started off with an order of roti canai. Our water had bits of debris floating in it but we couldn't be bothered to complain as we were sure we'd get the same thing in the next jug. The roti was fluffy and the sauce was tasty. When the server placed the curry and beans on our table, my eyes bulged at the size of the curry bowl. It was as large as a pho sized bowl. The beans were crisp and delicious. The curry was also good, but could be better. We only needed one order of rice to share as it too was a very generous portion. Everything was just the perfect amount of spicyness. The two of us felt stuffed and had lots of leftovers for $30 incl. tip. I would definitely go back.

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Nice view, lame food, even lamer service
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

Mr & I were out looking for something kind of special since we were sans kids that evening. We ended up on Granville Island and was lured to the location of Bridges. After looking at the menu, we were hesitant but decided to give it the benefit of the doubt. Wish we hadn't. The decor felt like we were in a cafeteria. There was gunk splattered all over the wall beside the table. The food was nothing to write home about. In fact, I found a foreign material in my boulliabase and had to send it back. The waiter didn't even give us a discount! Never returning to this tourist trap again.

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Cafe Kathmandu2779 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Disappointing
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

We were looking forward to trying this restaurant for some time. Mr & I have been to Kathmandu and although Nepal is not known for it's culinary excellence, we did have some good experiences there. I was expecting the food to be more comforting and flavourful. While it wasn't bad, it wasn't good either. The portions were small and overpriced. Everything was pretty mediocre. We want to support restaurants such as this, but probably won't be back again.

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
One of our new faves
Submitted Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

The Mr. & I dined here during Dine Out and we were both really impressed. Each course was very good to excellent. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We were seated in the wine room, a quiet and intimate retreat from the busy main dining room. The only thing we didn't care for was the roasted red pepper hummus which accompanied the bread rolls. This is one of our new favourite restaurants. Unfortunately, we can only afford to dine here during Dine Out :(

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Pearl Drops Teahouse422 Willingdon, Burnaby
No Real Watermelon Shakes?
Submitted Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

My friend and I finally got around to trying out the Pearl Drops Tea House. It was a struggle to find a time to go due to some unusual business hours. We are both addicted to watermelon slushes so we were really disappointed to find out it was only available made with syrup rather than fresh fruit. Instead, we ordered a blueberry and mango and both were pretty good. Service was friendly and very fast, probably because we were the only ones in the establishment. I'll definitely be back to try out some other flavours as the menu is very extensive.

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La Piazza Dario Ristorante3075 Slocan St., Vancouver
Good Italiano!
Submitted Tuesday, October 17, 2006 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

We tried Dario's for the first time and both the Mr. & I really enjoyed it. Our waiter was not the friendliest (possibly because we aren't wine drinkers and skipped the appys) but the other staff were very pleasant. The sundried tomato spread for the bread was fantastic. My pasta was cooked perfectly al dente with a tasty sauce and plenty of seafood. Hubby's steak and prawns were also very good. Decor makes you feel like you're in Italy. Next time we go it'll be with a group so we can feast on a big platter of tempting looking antipasto. Great deal with the Entertainment Card.

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