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FoodMan99Surrey , B.C.Since February 24, 201166 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)

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Dock's Fish & Chips15061 Marine Drive, White Rock
There's better food and service with the same beautiful view all over the strip
Submitted Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

I can start this review by stating that Dock's serves Fish and Chips. It's just that. These aren't grade-A Fish and Chips and they aren't a big mess either. They're decent. To go a little deeper, the fish has a nice, crunchy batter and the fries are slightly below average. I also had the clam chowder, also very average. You're not getting anything here that you can't get a few steps in either direction.

That's what makes rating the ambiance of this place so hard. It's a bit run down but you go to a place like this for the patio. You ARE getting a lovely view on a nice day, but it's the same view that, again, you can get just steps away! The other options nearby DO serve fish and chips and have more extensive menus with better service.

The service... oh dear. You can not care about service at all and it'll still put you off. Our server said maybe three words to us the entire night, and was absent as our water ran empty, or as we hoped for the bill. The bill is going to come to around what you'd expect for Fish and Chips too, probably around 15-25 each, depending on what kind of fish you want. Portions are fair-sized, but if you're like me, you'll tire of the bland fries before finishing them all.

Honestly, avoid this place. If you're looking for a place to sit and everywhere else is full, just keep walking. You'll find a spot and you don't want to settle for here, not when there are so many nice little places on the beach.

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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Haunted mansion
Submitted Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 11:01am [Dine in]

I wasn't sure what to make of the location when I first walked in. Initial thought was "haunted mansion", but I grew to love it as the night progressed. Excellent bar, excellent service, and don't skip on the salad because it'll be up there with the best you've had. They actually bring a table and prepare the salad from scratch right in front of you... an impressive feat to watch for me!

Hy's makes really good steaks, and if you're going, that's probably why you should be there. They were nice enough to slice a steak and potatoes in serving portions for my girlfriend and I, leaving it on a hot plate in front of us so we could grab from it and bring it to our own individual plates. Normally we're happy to share a plate, but this was kind of nice! The twice-baked potatoes that came with are initially naked, but the server brings a table loaded with goodies to scoop on, and you can make them out how you want them to be.

You're not going in cheap at Hy's, though. It's fairly expensive and everything, from the drinks to the mains, are going to cost a bit more than if you were out at, say, The Keg or Joey. I think it's worth it.

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Fraser Park Restaurant4663 Byrne Road, #103, Burnaby
Breakfast, nice and hearty
Submitted Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 10:56am [Dine in]

This is breakfast done right, with eggs, bacon, sausage, toast and hashbrowns. It's much nicer than Wendy's and better value than anywhere I've been, except maybe Bons (and Fraser Park is certainly less greasy!) If you've yet to try the German delicacy that is Schnitzel, you can add that to your breakfast for just a couple dollars. Soups of the day are generally good.

That all said, nothing here is better than what you can make at home, and the service is generally slow enough that you'd save time staying at the home fort and making your own scrumptious breakfast. It's just so hard to find a decent, traditional breakfast that isn't a giant greasy mess that when you stumble across one, it's exciting!

The service is pretty terrible. The staff are confused and clearly have trouble running things (people seem to line up in long lines everywhere, with the girls at the counter randomly picking who they'll serve next) and, as it's often pretty busy, wait times are very long. They'll forget to bring utensils out with the food or leave the coffee server urn empty for long periods of time.

As for the place itself, it's around 10 bucks for a solid breakfast in a communal setting where you grab a seat at long tables where you can find one. A very small patio exists outside, and the place is usually packed enough that you and your party will have company, whether that's what you're looking for or not.

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Rumpus Room2689 Main Street, Vancouver
Board Games, Hot Dogs and Pickle Shots!
Submitted Monday, May 13, 2013 - 7:36pm [Dine in]

I think before you go to the Rumpus Room, you should realize what its potential is. It's a place you could go to relax with friends and have a meal, yeah... but it can be much more. My scenario involved me and some friends grabbing a couch, pulling out "Sorry" and playing a game. They've got Jenga, Operation, and a few others to play around with while waiting for your meal and drinks.

Whether you're getting fried chicken with waffles and gravy or one of the better hot dogs I've had, this place does comfort food right. The drinks aren't half-bad either, and there's this one involving a pickle... very recommended!

But hey, it's probably not for everybody, but don't be turned off by the swarm of hipsters that congregate around the place at all hours. It's actually a very friendly clientele and staff, that all make you feel welcome. Very communal. Great experience!

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Bon's Off Broadway2451 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
No Cheaper Breakfast than this
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

No need to break the bank; breakfast here is $3. Throw in a juice and you're still below $5, and the portions are generous. Two pieces of toast, a couple eggs and pieces of bacon as well as hash browns, and it's all at a quality slightly above Denny's or White Spot!

Not that it's good, or anything. It's a darn greasy breakfast that the locals pack the small dive for every day (especially the weekends), and if you're going during the busy hours, expect to stand in line for it. Service is quick and uncaring, the restaurant is unkempt and old, and the reason you're there shouldn't really be either. It isn't worth the drive to see, but if you're close by and in need of a eggs and toast breakfast and an unbelievable price, stop on by. Otherwise, there are better places to grab an early bite, although it's a fun location to people watch in as a wide variety of characters cram the eatery for some cheap eats.

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49th Parallel Coffee Roasters Cafe2902 Main Street, Vancouver
Good luck getting a seat!
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2013 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

Constantly packed, brimming with hip, 20-40-year-olds in their trendy, laid-back clothes and bicycles parked out front, 49th Parallel is the place I like to study, talk and be seen, if I can find a place to sit. That's pretty hard though, whether it's 1PM or 10PM, and both sides of the coffee/doughnut shop are constantly crowded with everything from young parents with their kids to students and aspiring writers, working away on their laptops. It's a great place if you can find some room, and I really love it there.

The coffee is of high quality, and I recommend the iced coffee as well as their lattes. Their famous doughnuts are extremely hit-and-miss however, but feel free to live dangerously and try the more extravagant ones they push out (all made in house, in view). Their basic ones are probably the best, but every now and then you'll find a more exotic one (such as the salt and caramel) that is delicious. More often than not they aren't, but they switch up the selection a lot, so keep trying. As a rule, if there's mint in it, I stay away. They really manage to screw those ones up.

There's also a lot to be said for the people working there. They manage the long lines and huge crowds very well, coming off genuine and pleasant to everyone coming through. Occasionally they'll forget a drink, so if it's been awhile, remind them! With so many coming through, it happens from time to time.

Get over to 41st Parallel next time you're in the mood for coffee; just remember that it could very well be full, and the nearby options (Starbucks, JJ Bean etc) often fill up pretty quickly too, especially during exam season and the weekend. This is my favourite coffee shop.

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Five Sails Restaurant999 Canada Place, Suite 410, Vancouver
Impressive view, unimpressive food
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

The view is nice... not Seasons in the Park nice, but nonetheless nice. It's what you should be there for though, because the food is uninspired and will be gone in five bites. Their sablefish is prepared no differently than the maple sablefishes you can find practically at every similar restaurant in the city, the appetizers are bland, simple and small and the desserts are nothing special whatsoever.

I can't imagine a reason for going back. You're within walking distance from Gastown and many far superior restaurants, and if you're looking for a great view, I'd highly recommend Seasons over Five Sails.

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Chopsticks On Pho15325 56 Avenue (hwy 10), Unit 101, Surrey
Pho with a price tag
Submitted Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

Ever had pho? Probably not with this price tag attached. You may walk in, balk at the price and start thinking "there's a million and one pho places in the Lower Mainland, why on earth am I here?!" Don't be thrown off, though! You're getting what you pay for, and that's high-quality food, great ambiance (especially compared to the usual Pho restaurant) and very personable service. The owner takes time to not only check on you, but introduce himself and none of it comes off as phony. He seems like a great guy, and I hope his place succeeds (it wasn't very busy when I stopped by, but that WAS dead in the afternoon).

The pho is outstanding. I've tried it a few times elsewhere, but the broth here, as well as the noodles... put in a little hot sauce and you've got it perfect. I loved it. The Vietnamese sandwich was delicious too, and I'd recommend the Vietnamese-style espresso over ice, if you're sleepy. It's very good.

I love the decor, too! It's kind of pho-style, if you've been before, where there are lots of cafeteria tables with the hot sauce and sweet sauce, and you order at the counter and they bring it out to you. Very communal. The decorations are spartan but engaging, and it's a fun place to look around.

Alas, this all comes at a hefty price, for pho. I'm used to going in and paying $6-7 for a big bowl, but here it's upwards of $10. The sandwich is another 8, and for two with the coffee I was above $20! For pho!

But hey, maybe I'm just being a huge cheapskate. I'm just not used to pho costing this much, but then again, I'm not used to it being this good!

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Great, fresh flavour, small small portions
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

Shiro isn't exactly a place to head if you're looking to pack a gut. It isn't that type of restaurant and there are better places to go if you want a lot of bang for your buck. What this sushi restaurant does provide is tremendous flavour and fresh, local ingredients.

The salmon, incredibly delicious, is fresh and wild, locally caught. I had the spicy salmon sashimi and was initially disappointed at how small the portions were. But wow, the taste! Some of the best sashimi I've had.
The rolls were not messy, but were delicious and packed well enough to stay together but not so much that everything was squished. The chefs there are doing a great job.

Nothing particularly special besides that, I enjoyed the small, frantic atmosphere and the Japanese memorabilia hanging inside. The kitchen is completely open and all the ingredients are in plain view, which is cool to see. As far as service goes, it is a packed place and there are but a few servers. They do there best to keep your tea full and get the meal to you as quick as they can. They are polite and give you the (usually typical) cheery hello and goodbye when you come in and leave.

I debated on what direction to go between 2-3 stars for value. Truthfully, 3 rolls, sashimi and some deep-fried squid legs for $35 wasn't bad at all. Still, it wasn't enough to make two people full. I left very satisfied with the experience, but a bit hungry. I doubt I'd go back if my tummy is rumbling. I'd go in a heartbeat in any other case. Totally recommend.

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Tasty Indian Bistro8295 Scott Road, Delta
First Choice for Indian food in Surrey!
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

Ok, so technically Tasty Indian Bistro is in Delta. The actual location is a bit run-down, but the restaurant itself is quite nice! They've got a hip, clean look to their interior, apart from a couple extremely tacky-looking statues guarding the door. And the food is great! My one complaint there is that the portions are just MILDLY lacking... for $12 butter chicken I think the bowl could be a bit larger. The tandoori is great too... but again, small portions. The samosas are kind of average, but with some mango chutney they're delicious and the mango lassi was terrific, nice and creamy. Again, a bit on the small size.

The servers here are pretty good. The night I went the place was dead, so we probably got a bit more service than I'd like since our guy clearly had no one else to tend on, but it's better to have them checking in a couple times too often than not at all. All in all, dinner for two came to about $45. I feel I could get more for that amount elsewhere, but the quality probably wouldn't be as good. I'll be coming back!

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Mahek Restaurant15133 #10 Hwy, Surrey
Tandoori and Butter Chicken are the highlights
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

I'll get right to the point... this restaurant makes very serviceable Indian cuisine. I've already been to their OTHER Surrey location, and if you've been there, you'll know what to expect from the food. Their Tandoori chicken comes sizzling, and their butter chicken is always spot on. Make sure you get some garlic naan to mop up the sauce, it is DELICIOUS. Eeeevvvverrything else on the menu is very average though. Samosas, veggies, the goat meat, etc. All pretty ehh. If you go to Indian for the basics, you should come away happy. If you're looking to try something a bit more adventurous, maybe you better try somewhere else as well, because there are superior options out there, such as the Tasty Indian Bistro up on Scott Road.

Back to Mahek though. The service is average at best. This particular location seems to be staffed by a lot of very young, high-school aged servers. They seem very green to the job and don't do it particularly well. The room itself is nicer than the other location... it is clean and modern, but lacks any flair. Kind of like a small Earls or Cactus Club. And when you get the bill at the end, you'll find that Indian food isn't expensive, but nor is it cheap. I usually find it to end up around $40 before the tip for two... that'd be sharing two mains (they generally range from $10-14), plus an appy that I always regret and a mango lassi or a beer (their mango lassi is very hit and miss, but when they get it right it's very refreshing).

I'd recommend it if you live in the area and want to try some Indian. If you're up for a bit of a longer drive, try Tasty Indian Bistro near Strawberry Hill. Both are similar, but I find the latter has more range and a nice location and staff.

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La Brasserie Street720 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Oh Heck Yes
Submitted Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 4:36pm [Take-out]

I don't really do the whole "food cart" thing. I'm just not in Vancouver during the day so I kind of miss out. Of course, I've been to Japadog, and the occasional french fry stand. And now La Brasserie's street cart. And wow.

There isn't much selection... as far as I know, they've got their chicken sandwich, drinks and butter tarts. I only got the sandwich, but what a sandwich it was. The chicken almost resembles pulled pork in texture... it is topped with creamy, delicious gravy and dried caramelized onions all packed into a very nice bun. Option of putting some mustard on, which goes great.

The guy running the cart is doing an awesome job as well. He handles a crowd with politeness and efficiency, and gets you your lunch ASAP at a pretty cheap price. Man it was delicious. I can't wait to go back.

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Adesso Bistro1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Adesso can't afford to be average at these prices
Submitted Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 11:38am [Dine in]

If you're looking for high-class dining with delicious, clever entrees, Adesso fits the bill, but misses the more important mark. You'll be paying a lot to eat here. You won't be getting the quality of food that fits that. Adesso really has nothing to set itself apart from the other Italian restaurants that mark Vancouver's landscape. Their pasta isn't any better. Their meat and fish, although very good, are still way below offerings from better high-end restaurants like Le Crocodile or Joe Fortes. Adesso also is located far into residential downtown, right by Stanley Park. It is a gloomy area that doesn't make for a good walk.

After having their $45 menu (which started with carpaccio, the best dish of the night, then moved on to a small, boring pasta, a drenched-in-maple sablefish and the most uninteresting assortment of chocolates for dessert) I can safely say I won't be going back. If you're looking for Italian, look elsewhere. If you're looking for great, high-quality food, there are PLENTY of better options.

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Lucy's Eastside Diner2708 Main Street, Vancouver
Go for the shakes
Submitted Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

Great shakes! Decent bites. Average setting. It all balances out. When you're walking main street, you're going to be able to find better options, but if you're having a 50's shake craving, this is a good enough place to stop. You're spoiled for options, and if it is a peanut butter milkshake you want, that's what they'll make you. As far as food goes though, I've seen better. They've got the standard fare you'd expect at a 50s-themed diner... I've tried their burger, their weird mac-n-cheese sandwich and their pulled pork. The pulled pork was terrible. The mac/cheese was... interesting. Burger was nice. It's hit and miss, so stick with the basics and you'll probably come out on top.

Service and ambiance are going to be what you'd think. Laid-back but pleasant, with an interior straight out of Archie comics. It's small and a bit run-down, but it has that 50s feel nailed. If ANY of this is jumping out at you ("oh wow, a 50s diner? Groovy!") then it's probably worth a try. Cheap bites, great shakes. The only thing you're losing is an opportunity to go somewhere better on the same street.

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Great time, great atmosphere
Submitted Friday, February 3, 2012 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

I'd go back. Drinks aren't that expensive, the food is reasonable for the price and it's very creatively constructed. No same old, same old here. Definitely try their beef tartar, and try their Italian spritzer-type drinks at just a bit over $5. Delicious. Truthfully, their portions are small. Not tapas small, but small. This isn't quite the place to go when you're famished, more just for a quiet night out. That also isn't hard to achieve, since this place is small and the seats aren't crowded. It ended up about 2/3rds full by the time I left, but the level of service never changed. Water was quickly refilled, our dishes were explained to us (which was nice, since sometimes they're quite complicated and you're not sure what exactly you're eating!) and service in general was friendly and attentive without being intrusive; just what you'd expect from an establishment like this.

I'd go back.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1121 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Dine out allstars!
Submitted Friday, February 3, 2012 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

When you go to the Keg for Dine Out, you're getting your money's value. Although Dine Out is coming to a close, no doubt you'll be swamped with options again next year. Take a night and choose the Keg. Normally, this place offers their decent steaks for decent prices. During Dine Out however, they'll offer a 10oz as part of a three course menu for only $28. You're also getting choice of potato, a HUGE dessert (I went with their chocolate ice cream pie, scrumptious) and a starter. The steak's a pretty darn good steak. The dessert was lovely, although fair too large. Everything else was a bit ehh. For starter, I chose the shrimp. Overly buttery, very average. The potatoes, no matter what you choose, are going to range between good and very good. In fact, that's a good way to describe the entire meal. It's solid. There are high points and other points that don't go that high.

Besides food, you probably know what the Keg looks like. It's a classy establishment, with a sometimes unfortunately noisy clientele and a generic but intimate, clean setting. I like it in there. The waitress I got was pretty average, clearly reading from a mental script she had recited countless times before. It was a while between courses. It'll also be a while before I come back... I don't think regular Keg prices justify the value. It's pretty close to Joey or Cactus with inflated pricing. Dine out is a different story! Definitely make it a stop next year!

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Pizzeria Barbarella654 E Broadway Street, Vancouver
A Good Start
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 10:51am [Dine in]

I'm assuming in writing this article that Pizzeria Barbarella, having been open only a couple days, is going to improve on a lot of what they offer. You should keep that in mind if you plan on going too. In some areas it'll be a problem. In others, not so much.

I went to Barbarella's just the day before, and found it looking pretty quiet on the outside. On the inside, the place resembles an empty warehouse. There's no ambiance at all. Cement floors, loose cables, plastic chairs, and the washroom light flickers like you're in a horror movie. There's no mirrors in there either. For ambiance they'd deserve 1 star, but again, they just opened, so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt and hoping they're only a few weeks away from getting the place looking lovely!

The service isn't too bad. At the time there were almost equal servers to customers. Again, they're new and hadn't quite got into the groove with the menu yet, but were for the most part friendly and attentive. They are a bit confused at times, but they get you your pizza nice, quick and fresh, and keep your water full.

But on to the good stuff! The pizzas are delicious. If you've been looking for authentic Naples-style pizza, you probably know there aren't many options in Vancouver. This is one of the few places you CAN get a good Italiano pizza made, as opposed to something you'd find at Rocky Mountain Flatbread, or Boston Pizza. The pizzas are made in what looks like a pretty good oven (you can check it too, it's an open kitchen) and come crispy, hot and tasty. They're nice and moist in the center but have a great crust. They range from $12 to about $16 or 18.

That's it, really. Their menu is pretty small so far, so there are about 5-6 pizzas to choose from and a few appetizers I didn't try. They've also got standard fare Italian-style drinks, I think spritzers and sodas. I was really happy with the food, I absolutely love the kind of pizza they make at Barbarella. I hope that everything else quickly moves along to equal how good their food is.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Should be cheaper
Submitted Monday, January 9, 2012 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

Their pizzas are right between the size you'd want for one and for two, so you're pretty much stuck being hungry or having too much. Their quality is pretty low too, matching the level of service you're going to get. A couple pizzas and a few cokes, plus tip, and you're at $40. You're getting Little Caesar $5 hot-n-ready-level pizzas, they shouldn't be $15 each. As far as the location goes, no, it's nothing special. LOTS of places to get pizza downtown. Don't go here.

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Jimoco Cafe1046 Austin Avenue, Unit A, Coquitlam
Fair deal if you're hungry
Submitted Monday, January 9, 2012 - 11:32am [Dine in]

Jimoco will give you two pasta plates for the price of one, so you'll be more than able to load up on all the pasta you want, if Jimoco pasta is indeed what you want. You get what you pay for, like with most things. Cheap eats with a buy one get one discount? Cheap ingredients with, albeit, large portions. Besides that, the place is pretty average in general. It is always crowded (since it only has about 10 tables) without any real ambiance. Maybe you'd enjoy it if you're bringing a few friends or you're planning on buying more than one pasta plate to get in on their deal. Otherwise, skip it. You can get a much better plate of pasta for the $15 or so they charge anywhere else in the city.

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La Charcuterie Delicatessen19080 96 Ave, Surrey
Too much of a good thing
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2012 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

What a great place! Awesome owner who clearly loves what he does and is more than happy to chat with each and every person who comes in. Yeah he's crude and crass but that's part of the fun, so make sure you go in with a good sense of humour.

The place is a hole in the wall but they've got tables and a few chairs if you want to stay and eat. The food is tasty and fresh, the only problem is he gives you waaaaayy too much meat and cheese in the sandwich and he's probably not going to ease up, even if you ask him to. You're pretty much stuck with whatever sandwich he chooses to make you, but if you're looking for a giant sandwich and a fun time, this is the place to go.

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