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FoodMan99Surrey , B.C.Since February 24, 201166 Reviews
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3.5 (3.3)
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Hanako Japanese Restaurant15135 101 Avenue, #205, Surrey
Small portions, but wow! Delicious!
Submitted Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

This small, modestly-furnished sushi joint isn't going to blow you away with cheap prices or huge portions, but the service is very pleasant and attentive (despite that the place was quite busy!) and the sushi is fresh and delicious. The selection isn't large... but they've got all the key staples, from 10 or so rolls to choose from, 6 or so sashimi options, udon and tempura, among other things. The sashimi is extremely fresh and the tempura is crispy to perfection.

The rolls themselves are quite small. They're about $4 each and could definitely pack more bang for their buck, but they make up for it in terms of quality. I can't really recommend anywhere else in the Guildford area over this place... Tengoku across the road has great service and atmosphere, but it doesn't come anywhere close to the level of food quality. Try it out!

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Central City Brewing Company13450 102nd Avenue, Surrey
Not even that bad
Submitted Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 11:28am [Dine in]

You know, my expectations going in here were pretty much at rock bottom. Except for the beer. I was anticipating some really, really delicious beer.

The beer was actually just decent. I went for lunch so it was only $4 for a large glass, and I didn't quite finish mine (I was driving). They give you quite a few extravagant options, so you're free to play it safe or try something exotic and different.

But the food is what scared me. High-priced pub food is usually on the miss side of hit-or-miss, and at $15 for a sandwich, $12 for wings and $14.50 for a small pizza, I was expecting little bang for my buck.

In the end, the two of us there split a pulled pork sandwich, which we had split onto two plates. Came with fries, and the pulled pork was on a really nice pun, topped by coleslaw. The portions were very generous and one sandwich was more than enough for both of us. The fries were oily and could have had more taste, but were very large and crispy.

The server seemed to have that "I'm too cool for school" attitude. She was friendly in short bursts but overall came off aloof and uncaring. Not really sure where to put her on the spectrum, but overall I came away unimpressed with that. Overall I came away unimpressed with everything actually, but it more than met my low, low expectations. Since there isn't a lot of good food in Central City at SFU or the Food Court, I may be back. The food isn't bad and the craft beer might grow on me. If you're in the area and hungry, it's probably worth the chance.

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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
Cushions!
Submitted Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

When you go in, the Afghan Horsemen staff'll greet you warmly and ask "cushions or table?" Table is regular dining. If you say cushions, you'll lose the shoes and go into a room off to the left, where you'll sit at low, very comfortable tables on cushions with your back against the wall. It's great, I absolutely loved the setting.

The rest is pretty average. The food is a nice twist on Greek if you've never tried Afghan before, and they do all manner of shish kabobs and rice/meat based meals. I hear they have a good Vegan menu, but I'm a carnivore so I wouldn't know. When I say it's like Greek, I'm not saying it IS Greek. The tastes offered are much different, but the meal size and what you get in it is comparable.

The staff there is pretty good, the price is decent (about $15-20 for every dish) and the food's nice. I might go back, just for the awesome cushioned seating. Love that.

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Incendio103 Columbia St, Vancouver
Good deal if the Canucks are playing
Submitted Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

I ended up at Incendio when Nilci Antica was just plain too busy on a weeknight. Incendio, on the other hand, was about 1/3rd full. Unlike their competitor up the block, Incendio has a warmer, cozier (and slightly hokier) feel, with slightly unprofessional but friendly service. You'll end up with a few different waiters catering to you, and none of them come off 'textbook', but they all seem happy to be there and happy to help.

The pricing is ok. About $15 on average for a pizza and $6 a pint. However, if the Canucks are playing, you'll get that for $16 together, so I was able to get a nice, cheap pint and a 12-inch pizza. Nice! I also shared some hand-rolled meatballs for $7. The dinner progressed like this: Bread! Free of course, and with the traditional balsamic/olive oil combo. The bread was delicious but already had a strong taste, and didn't require the dressing. Meatballs! REALLY, really good. I'm not sure if they're $7 good (you only get three, about half a fist in size), but they're good. Pizza! I went with the margharita, and it was extremely average. Ever had an Earls pizza? Expect that. It's big and pretty ok for the value, but it's not a true, Italian pizza. Don't get me wrong, it's better than what you'll get for your late night pizza cravings from Dominos, but it's definitely not the best I've had in Gastown alone. That'd be Nilci Antica.

You know, I'd probably return... the place was warm and friendly, the food was good and the price was reasonable. I still know I can get better pizza just a street up though.

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Via Veneto Ristorante Italiano656 West Broadway, Vancouver
Nice cozy italian dining
Submitted Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 10:51am [Dine in]

There are a lot of options for Italian in Vancouver, and there are a few options within a couple blocks of Via Veneto (the slightly superior Portobello Risorante comes to mind) but things aren't too bad here. The interior is decently sized, with a posh, fine-dining decor. It's a bit dark but very cozy, helped by candles at each table. The staff seems a bit nervous, but pleasant and attentive.

The food's actually pretty good. They have delicious carpaccio for $12 (which I love) and servicable pasta. I tried the Penne al'arriabaca for a bit over $18, while my date had a fettucini pasta that was a lot better. I haven't tried any of their chicken or veal meals, but I did have the bread. On the plus side, it's very good and they continue bringing it, along with a balsamic vinagrette/white wine concuction, as long as you keep finishing it. On the minus side, they'll charge you an initial price of 3.45 for bread. Wow, paying for bread? Still, it's only an initial charge. Any subsequent loaves come free.

I'm a bit torn about the restaurant. I feel the penne could have been better, but the carpaccio and the fettucini was great. The bread was very tasty too. Overall, I'd advise against the penne and go under the assumption it's a weak dish on a menu of strong dishes. And if you ARE a penne person, it's not THAT bad. But perhaps you'll find it more to your liking!

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Luxe Chinese Seafood Restaurant19653 Willowbrook Drive, #138A, Langley
If you can't get to Vancouver, this'll do
Submitted Monday, October 10, 2011 - 1:48am [Dine in]

Decent Chinese food in Langley? I don't really know the Chinese food scene here, because it's not my neighourhood. I assume that the reviews for this place are a bit inflated due to lack of tasty competition. Still, Luxe isn't too bad. I went for Dim Sum, and if you don't know Dim Sum, look out. They'll give you a menu if you don't know how it works, but otherwise they seem content to just bring around a tray and visually offer you various choices. If you don't know the various shrimp bawls, prawn rolls or rice in banana leaf combos, you might not really know what they're showing you. It's not that their giving terribly bad service or aren't understanding, it's more that they except you to know the game and the rules.

The food's pretty good. Standard dimsum fair, maybe a bit better. Rolls came with a strange vinager sauce that didn't compliment it well. Banana leaf rice and beef was delicious.

Valuewise, it's fairly good. I had a tonne of food over two people, and we only paid 30 after tip. I suppose if you're in Langley and feeling like Chinese, this isn't a bad spot. It certainly isn't "Westernized" if that kind of thing scares you, and the location is clean, the staff is alright, and the dimsum is good. If I'm in the area again and craving Chinese, I may try their dinner menu. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to go back however; there are equally good options closer to home.

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Rodney's Oyster House1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Low-tide=Awesome for Fresh Oyster Lovers
Submitted Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 12:35pm [Dine in]

Low tide is Rodney's version of Happy Hour, except for oysters. Fresh-shucked raw oysters, at only a buck-fifty a piece. That's not bad! Low tide runs from 3-6 daily, and also gives you some other options, such as steamed clams and mussels, for example. When I went, I had the steamed mussels and a good helping of raw oysters.

The service there isn't too bad, the servers are more than happy to explain each of the sauces that accompany the oysters to the table (make sure to load up the oysters with a couple if you've never tried before; it's delicious) and quickly brought fresh bread when we ran out, without charge. You'll need the bread if you buy steamed mussels, because dipping the bread into the juice it is steamed in is HEAVEN.

Valuewise, the Rodney's is probably ok. I've never been outside of Low Tide this one time, but during Low Tide it is totally worthwhile and I'd definitely be back. I skimmed the dinner menu though, and the price jump is pretty steep. I think I'd rather go to Joe Fortes for a seafood/oyster dinner, but Rodney's during the day can't be beat.

You may also enjoy the setup. It's a small, two-level building right in yaletown that has a rustic, warm atmosphere, and it's always busy. You feel like you're right on the warf inside... in a good way!

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Cafe Mumbai2893 West Broadway, Vancouver
Delicious Tandoori and Butter Chicken
Submitted Friday, September 16, 2011 - 12:03pm [Dine in]

I really enjoyed this place, solely because of the food. It's enough to make up for average service, a kind of bland interior and prices a bit more expensive than they could be.

But the food! Very delicious. Treat yourself to butter chicken with garlic naan if you've never tried Indian or are a rookie to it, and make sure to dip your naan into the sauce. The two dishes I tried (Butter Chicken and Chicken Tandoori) were both big enough to share, so my party of 2 were able to get two plates, both around $12. The naan is 2.50 for Garlic and 1.50 for regular, but I'd suggest the garlic.

The Chicken Tandoori comes sizzling on a hot plate and, even if you just get the half chicken as opposed to the full, is quite a lot of food. It's also extremely tasty.

For drinks, I had the Chai (which was meh) and the Mango Lassi (which was mmm).

There's really nothing else to say. Our server brought us rice we didn't order but when we informed him of the mistake he happily corrected it. A good experience, and I would go back if not for that there are very similar, equally delicious offerings closer to home.

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Pajo's Fish & Chips3500 Bayview Street, Richmond
Prepared to get stared down by Crows
Submitted Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 9:10am [Dine in]

Pajos is a little Fish and Chips place on a warf at Steveston, and they serve up Halibut, Salmon and Cod fish & chips as well as burgers. I went with the large Fish & Chips with Halibut, which runs at $14. Pretty expensive. I also grabbed some chowder which the staffer recommended, which ran at I think $4. The service there is decent. The guy serving us hadn't tried much of their menu, but what he had tried he was able to describe well. He was friendly enough.

For the food itself, it's actually really delicious. The halibut was tasty and the batter was amazing. Don't overcoat in vinegar or lemon, because you want it to stay as crispy as it comes. The portions for a large are OK, I shared my large as well as the chowder and that was more than enough for 2. The chowder was alright. Thick, creamy, but in need of a bit extra seasoning. The fries were standard fare.

And now for the ambiance! Wow there are a lot of crows there. And these are scruffy-looking crows. They're the size of small dogs and they will stare you down. I've never been glared at by birds before, and these crows are not in the least bit afraid of you either. It's kind of nice being on the dock on a nice, sunny day, but since all the seating is outdoors, you don't get to avoid the cold glares of death the giant birds around there give. It's actually pretty entertaining though, as long as birds don't scare you. Tables are all covered with umbrellas, so you don't have to worry about the birds defiling your meals or hairdos.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Creative and Classy
Submitted Monday, September 12, 2011 - 8:41am [Dine in]

Ebisu is a step up from the generic sushi places that pepper downtown, albeit not in food quality but in presentation and ambiance. The sushi itself is still pretty good, and they have an extensive menu to select from. The drinks are also pretty cheap, so sushi and drinks is a viable option before heading to a club or event.

The location is a large, L-shaped building that extends around a bar, and although it is fairly large, the tables are quite cramped together. This can make for a more intimate evening, or become just plain annoying if a table near you is loud. There are lots of windows looking down onto Robson.

When I went, the bill for California roll (4.50), Crunch roll (10), Chill tray (34, great deal for 6 oysters and TONNES of sashimi) and a slew of drinks ended up at 90 after tip, so I can't really call the place cheap. In relation to a regular sushi joint, it's a bit extensive. The ambiance and selection, along with modestly priced drinks helps make up for that, and I would visit again.

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Above average Nachos...
Submitted Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

...and then everything falls apart after that. Food, service, the seats you're sitting on, everything. I had their spin on a Veggie Burger which was really not my thing. I'm not Vegan or Vegetarian, but I've had decent veggie burgers before and this was just a step below.

Everyone knows what the service is like here, but I'm not sure if everyone knows how dirty and rundown the place is. If you're looking for a place to feel superior about yourself and talk Broken Social Scene or find inspiration for your latest epic poem then maybe you'll be able to overlook the shoddiness of this hipster dive. If you're a nacho lover or a vegan who has yet to try the place, then maybe you should give it a shot.

If you're anyone else, why bother? Go once so you can say you've been to this semi-famous location, and then try not to get dragged back there again. I've been there twice now, first just for the Nachos and then for a burger, and there won't be a third time.

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My Greek Taverna6450 120 Street, Surrey
Quality Greek in Surrey
Submitted Saturday, September 3, 2011 - 11:04am [Dine in]

Not a whole lot to complain about here, the Greek food is very good and the portions are quite large. You'll pay a bit over $15 for a plate of Souvlaki and from trying the Chicken and the Beef, Chicken is slightly better but both choices are very good.

The rice and potatoes are nice and delicious, and if I had one complaint it would be that you really could do with more than just one potato. Seriously, potatoes are my favourite part of Greek food and I felt a bit underwhelmed by just one offering!

Service is actually really good, it's just unattentive. Despite the place being quieter, they'll wander off and you won't see them again for a while. It's hard when you're finished and want your bill. However, when they ARE there, they're very fun and helpful.

Ambiance-wise, the place looks like any typical Greek restaurant. Some interesting paintings hang and a strange dolphin figurine lights up from time to time, but the place is pretty simple, with a dark, cozy feel to it.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Nothing Special at All
Submitted Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 11:00am [Dine in]

I wouldn't return- but that's because there are much better options for lunch out there in the Downtown area. The food portions are fairly good for lunch (which is what I went for) but the food itself is somewhat average and that really goes along with everything else at Coast.

The seats are too close to each other, the place is small and people will constantly be bumping into you as they walk around. The service was done in tandem when I went, with two waiters taking turns serving my party. Despite that, they weren't there that often and didn't really try to connect. They were pleasant and professional enough.

As for value, lunch for two at around 40 after tip, not terrible but why not spend a bit more and go somewhere you'll really like, such as Joe Fortes or your own personal favourite.

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Marble Slab Creamery12101 72nd Avenue, #142, Surrey
Great Ice Cream for a warm day!
Submitted Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 2:48pm [Take-out]

I love Marble Slab. Even though some of the flavours and combinations don't work, there's a lot to choose from and you can always experiment.

The way it generally works is you build your cone/bowl from ice cream flavour, to waffle cone/regular cone/bowl to added ingredients, which can be anything from cookie dough to reese peanut butter cups to marshmallows to gummy bears.

So far, Peanut Butter ice cream +Peanut Butter cups is my fave. However, their birthday cake icecream is incredibly smooth and delicious, and if you like more generic, simple ice creams, I'd give that a try.

The ice cream costs a bit more than I'd like to pay, with a small bowl at about $5. Service is pretty good, the staff are usually ridiculously young (like... 14 years old) but they try pretty hard and are happy to give samples.

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Charm Modern Thai and Bar1269 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Just a Step Above Average
Submitted Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

Charm is a nice place, as you'd expect in Yaletown. Foodwise it's not quite as good though, and past the pleasant exterior and interior directions there isn't that much reason to go there.

Total bill for dinner, drinks and appys for two will get you close to $70 before tip, and the service is friendly but nonexistent. Seriously, we saw our service only like 4 times over the course of an hour, and it took forever to get our meal, despite being one of only 3 active tables in the restaurant. While she was nice enough, there's no excuse to not be able to check up on customers when you've got a grand total of 6 in the entire place.

If you're going to Charm anyway, here are the things to go for and avoid. The Charmtini is delicious ($9 each) and the Lobster Bisque and Pad Thai aren't bad. The Spring Rolls aren't that much different from rolls you'd get anywhere else, and their rice is decent. Portions are generous, so if you'd like to share a dish over two people, feel free.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Good food, great prices, perfect place for a quick bite
Submitted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 9:47am [Dine in]

Located in a bustling part of Main street, I've literally walked by this place hundreds of times without going in. You can just sort of miss it, or quickly see it and put it out of mind. I finally decided to give it a shot (it always looks so busy, so it must be good) and I was pretty satisfied.

The food is extraordinarily cheap for the portions you get. In some cases you won't be able to finish it all, but at just over 5 dollars a dish, who cares. They've also got these great things called 'Vege Fritters' (SP or maybe that's just how you spell it?) which at less than a buck a pop are absolutely worth a try. They come in a vinegar-like dressing and are crispy and delicious. The mains can all be quite spicy so keep that in mind when they ask you how hot you'd like your dish.

Servicewise, the place is DIY. You get your own water and cutlery, and after ordering wait with a number until they bring you your dish. The place is really small, not exactly clean but by not means a health disaster.

I'd recommend anyone who frequents the area to give it a try, because you can't really lose at the prices, and you might be hooked. I know I'll go back.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
The prices aren't THAT prohibitive!
Submitted Saturday, July 2, 2011 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

Fine dining usually is connotated with ridiculous prices, small portions and pretentious, snobby waiters and guests. You'll find none of that at Le Crocodile. The prices are reasonable for high-end (I'll get to that in a bit), the waiters are quite friendly but VERY well-trained and knowledgeable, and the rest of the guests range from younger adults to families to older couples. Dress code is nice, with some wearing a good pair of jeans and a nice shirt while others suit it up.

The place itself is small with a warm, cozy, upscale feel. Almost too small, and the only down to my evening were the two crying children that had been brought in with their parents. Seriously, dinner out at Le Crocodile should equal babysitter. But besides that, the small atmosphere just added to the intimacy.

But on to the food! Feel free to ask for suggestions, the waiters are great. I had the crab salad (first cold entry) which was out of this world, while my gf had a delicious lobster bisque. By now, we're at $23, plus an additional $25 for two very well put together martinis. Add on $60 for the main course, which consisted of a great salmon for me and tiger prawns with pasta for her. Again, amazing. For dessert we wrapped up with the souffle, and I was honestly too full to completely enjoy it. The whole meal ended up at 130 before tip. Not too bad for once in a while.

What's great is the little freebies they bring between courses. We were given a great tart, as well as some sorbet and the complimentary chocolate crocodiles that come after every dinner with the bill.

All in all, this is the best fine dining experience I've had in Vancouver. Highly recommended, the level of quality seems to run through the menu. Feel free to experiment, or give the salmon a try. I just loved it.

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Portobello Ristorante1429 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Delicious food outshines poor service
Submitted Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

Although the waiters at Portobello can be best described as surly and unattentive, the food makes it all worth it. The restaurant is small and cozy, lit by candles and very intimate. The kitchen is also open, adding plenty to an already delightful atmosphere. If only they could get their servers to do their jobs! On entry, we were curtly shown to our tables, and didn't see a server for a good 10 minutes. When he finally did arrive, he took our orders (Carpaccio to start, leading into Penne with Italian Sausage and Risotto) and a couple waters. He then left the menus there for some reason, and didn't reappear with the waters for another 10 minutes, despite us flagging him down and asking again.

But whatever, the food was outstanding. The carpaccio was perfect; fresh and flavourful, seasoned perfectly. At only 12, it's a perfect starter to share over a date. The main courses were also very good, the risotto comes with prawns and scallops and has a lot of taste to it. For people who prefer simple pasta, the Penne is cooked quite well.

The place has an opportunity to be a lot better though. Scanning the room, I didn't notice much improvement on the lackadasical service I was getting from my waiter. They all seemed to just not care. Hopefully the owners notice this, and take the necessary steps to push this great little restaurant over the top.

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Boston Pizza10153 King George Hwy, #1081, Surrey
Save your money
Submitted Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

The food isn't very good, the service is average and getting and appy plus a main is going to set you back 25-30 at a place that is delivering fast food-quality meals. If you must go, give their thai chicken bites a try, it's the only reason to be in that place.

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Main, The4210 Main St., Vancouver
Good food outshines mediocre service
Submitted Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

I enjoyed eating here... the food was acceptable Greek fare and the value was good. 16-17 gets you a meal with Greek rice, potatoes and salad along with your choice of chicken, prawn, beef, etc. Pizzas are about 14, and although I went with the chicken souvlakai, the pizza a couple tables over looked pretty good. Overall, the meal came out to just over 40 after tip without any drinks tagged on.

The setting itself is ok... it's smaller, but well-lit and homey. The service is lackadasical and dismissive, but overall the place puts out fairly good Greek food while at the same time injecting a bit of flair and originality. The pototoes, for example, aren't exactly standard Greek potatoes, but are seasoned and cooked slightly different. They're really good. The rice also stands out, and the meat is tasty. Nothing spectacular, but definitely worth the trip if you're in the area craving Greek.

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