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frodowmvanSince February 2, 200720 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Tropika1128 Robson Street, Vancouver
A rushed night out
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

The food at Tropika was good and tasty. I would not say it was outstanding, but my friends and I had our good share of food.

The one thing that is bringing my rating down is the service. From the beginning my friends and I felt very rushed. We were rushed to order, since just 3 minutes after sitting down we were asked if we were ready to order, which we clearly were not. Our food menus were not open yet, since we were still deciding on drinks.

However, after ordering, our food came very quickly, which we were quite pleased about, and our drinks were very timely too. This should've been a clue that they wanted us to hurry and eat. Before we finished our meals, the plates were taken away. We ordered dessert, and just a few minutes after the dessert was placed in front of us, the bill came (we were only half-way through the dessert). And a few minutes later, before we finished our dessert, someone came by to pick up the bill (which we hadn't paid yet). We had to tell the waiter we were not ready yet, although our half-eaten dessert should have been a clue.

We were then told that they needed this table, as there was another reservation.

I've been to many other restaurants, where they will warn you ahead of being seated, that we would need to vacate by x time because there was another reservation. Had we have known that, we probably would not have been so miffed. I believe they didn't tell us this, because we most likely would've walked out to another restaurant where we would not have such a short time limit to enjoy our meal.

It was a busy Friday night, but some courtesy and warning would have been better than the rushed and curt service that we received.

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Enigma4397 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Great place to dine with friends
Submitted Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

My friends and I were wandering 10th Avenue and came across this restaurant, which caught our eye. First thing that stood out was the ambience and decor - very warm, classy and nicely decorated. It was a Saturday night, so the place was busy, but we were greeted right away, and waited a few minutes for a table to be cleared.

The server was friendly and helpful, and the food was delicious. My friends and I tried the satay appetizer which was better than we expected. All the entrees were delicious including the baby back ribs (very tender), the lamb (very flavourful), and the New Orleans style jambalaya. My order (jambalaya) was delayed as the cooks made a mistake with my order, and the server was kind and gracious to offer me a complimentary salad while I waited for the correction (my friends already received their own meals and already started on their entrees). I was very impressed with this offer and service, and just 5 minutes after receiving my salad, my entree was served.

I would definitely return to this place, not only for the tasty food and calm and classy ambience, but also for the very affable and friendly service.

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Little Tokyo's Sushi3978A Hastings Street, Burnaby
Little Tokyo just Okay
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 11:22am [Dine in]

I didn't find this place too spectacular. I was expecting average, but this place was a bit below. The chicken teriyaki was good, but the batter for the tempura was too thick, and soft. Not so tasty, at all. The rolls were not spectacular, but they were decent - your average stuff. Overall, it was disappointing, but I don't regret trying it out, as I do like to give other establishments a try.

The restaurant itself is a nice clean atmosphere with friendly staff. I felt nice and comfortable inside, and have no complaints about the level of service.

Overall, this is an okay place for sushi, but I personally would skip this for another restaurant down the block.

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Applebees Neighbourhood Grill & Bar7155 Kingsway, #145, Burnaby
Help Wanted
Submitted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

I like Applebees. They are a good place to go for consistency and quality of food. They've just been too slow for my liking, these days.

I was at the restaurant last night, and again, several weeks ago, and still the same Help Wanted sign was in their window - they needed line cooks, etc (kitchen staff). While the floor service was good, the food came out extremely slowly, a good 25 minutes or so, for a wrap and salad?

Overall, though, despite the slow speed of the kitchen, the food was tasty, as usual, and portion sizes big. I was only disappointed in the sloth-like service, which will improve in time.

Good, but I would not return until they hired more kitchen staff.

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Spin Roll Sushi535 W Pender, Vancouver
Great place for quick downtown sushi
Submitted Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 11:58am [Dine in]

This is my favourite place downtown, to get a take-out sushi lunch! They are often quite busy with take-out orders, but it's worth lining up. Their rolls are well-made, and reasonably priced.

It's a small restaurant, so it's not too comfortable if you are sitting in. However most lunch clientele seem to be business folks getting take-out. It's worth a try, if you are in the area.

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Asa Sushi2178 West 41 Avenue, Vancouver
Mostly average
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

I was here last weekend with my b/f, and would most likely not return again. While the selection of sushi rolls was unique, tasty, etc., I found the prices to be a little higher than expected. This is especially true if you order a bento box, but I assume most customers order from their wide selection of rolls, rather than from their bento box selection.

In many places around Vancouver, you can order bento boxes that are cheaper, and tastier. And in that neighbourhood, there are many other Japanese restaurants to choose from, either directly on 41st Ave, or on West Boulevard.

In general, I was more disappointed with the service, than with the prices or food. Service was slow, and it was hard to flag the server down for tea refills and for the bill, then change. With so many other choices in the area, I would go to other places before giving this another try.

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Miki's Restaurant2106 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
Would give this a 2nd chance
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

I tried Miki's with my sister last week, and we both thought it was just so-so. There are good points and not-so good points with this restaurant. Like with the last reviewer, the menu was extensive - it took some time for us to choose an item from the menu because of the sheer number of options we could have.

Overall, the service was good, but not remarkable. As for food, it may all depend on what you order.

My bowl of vermicelli noodles with free-range chicken was a little less than average. The bowl of noodles was something I could've made even better at home, but the free-range chicken was tender and better than expected. Next time, I would skip the noodles, and try the free-range chicken with another accompanying dish.

My sis ordered their mini-steak meal, and the steak was more than a mini-steak - about 8 ounces of meat or so. The accompanying mashed potatoes, though, were instant which was very disappointing.

Ambience is typical chinese-style cafe, with tables and booths. Tables were clean, and lighting bright. I have no complaints about atmosphere here.

Unlike the last reviewer, I would not overtly avoid Miki's. Instead, I would give this place a try again, and order something else. It seems that some dishes are given more attention to, than others, and I am optimistic that there would be something to my liking, there.

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Trees Organic Coffee450 Granville St., Vancouver
Don't diss the cheesecake!
Submitted Thursday, April 5, 2007 - 11:55am [Dine in]

While I admit I haven't tried their cider, I did order their coffee and cheesecake, and unless you've tried it, you can't say it's not the best!

Their cheesecakes are light, and delicious, and the coffee is really good too! Go on the weekend evenings, when there is live music, and enjoy the atmosphere!

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Landmark Hot Pot House4023 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Superb Hot Pot
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2007 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

I will definitely be going back to Landmark Hot Pot. The prices are a little higher than other hot pot places, but it's worth the price. The food tastes great, the place is clean, and the service is quick and friendly. I went with 3 other friends, and we all agreed that this was better than expected!

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Victoria Restaurant6482 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
Comfortable Ma and Pa Diner
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2007 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

This place is my fiance's and my favourite place for breakfast. It's in our neighbourhood, and the breakfasts are very good, with great service. After the 2nd time, we are now recognized, and the server can guess what we will be ordering. There are always regulars in the restaurant and each patron has their favourites. While ours is their breakfasts, others like ordering their Chinese food, or sandwiches.

This place feels like home, a very quaint Ma and Pa diner. Definitely worth going back again and again.

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Grind & Gallery Coffee Bar, The4124 Main Street, Vancouver
Great 24 hour coffee shop
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2007 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

I like taking my friends to The Grind, especially if we are looking for a late-night / early-morning hang out. This place is open 24 hours, and there are always people in the place.

Coffee is self-service (baristas only, no servers), but that really doesn't bother me much. People go there, mostly to study, or to chat with friends - although I don't understand how anyone can really study at a coffee shop.

The artwork on the walls is always very interesting to see, and I always like to take a few minutes to look around to see what's up on the walls.

The decor is quite basic, aside from the paintings, but it's still a solid place to go - and it's become a staple of Main Street.

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Minoas Greek Taverna3823 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good Greek food
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2007 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

The best thing about Minoas is the atmosphere - inside an old house that's been transformed into a restaurant. It's very quaint and comfortable, there, although we were lacking in lights. Blue christmas lights were strung up overhead, and our tables were lit by candle-light, but it was still a bit dark for reading the menu.

The service was good. They seemed a bit rushed, because the restaurant was full, but otherwise, they were friendly and helpful.

The food there, was lovely. I had my first spanokopita, and it was tasty! The lamb kebabs were yummy, although a little dry. The pasta, apparently, was also tasty, with a good amount of sauce. I always order lamb at Greek restaurants, and while I've had better, this was still good and tender.

I wouild go back there again, to try a few other dishes. This is a good place for a cozy dinner with friends or for a date.

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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
Disappointed in portion size, but good overall
Submitted Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 11:28am [Dine in]

Everything about The Reef was decent. When we arrived on a Saturday evening, we were seated at the bar, since there were no tables remaining. It was relaxing and the bartender was very friendly. I recommend The Reef more for their drinks and for snacking, rather than for a full meal. The bajan fried chicken dish at $14 only yielded one piece of chicken, although it was served with yam fries and coleslaw. The lamb was not as tender as I would've liked, although it was still good to eat. For $16, though, I thought the meat portion was a bit small. The highlight of our eating experience, though, was the deep fried bread served before our meals, which was delicious.

Overall, I'm happy with the dining experience. The flavours were good, service friendly, and drinks tasty. It's always good to try new things, and I'd go back for drinks and snacks, but most likely, not for a full meal.

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Papa Joe's Pizza & Pasta House4520 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great place with friendly service
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

My first visit there was about 1 month ago, and I still remember the friendly service we were given. The service is very personable and friendly. And what makes it better is the food. Their pasta was tasty with large portions, with just the right amount of sauce. I'll have to go back and try their pizza!

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Lucy Mae Brown862 Richards Street, Vancouver
Why bother?
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

I agree with ApeofGod that this is a very pretentious place. I went here with some friends for a bite to eat and discovered that there's a cover charge. We weren't interested in the dancing which was in the basement of the place. We just wanted a snack and drinks. $7 extra for sitting at a booth on top of paying for poor food and drinks plus tips is asking a bit much.

Two of our friends arrived late and we asked the bouncer if they could let them in since the booth we were in could fit two extra people. The bouncer asked us to pay extra $$$ to let them skip the line. We said no. The bouncer then asked for $$! 2 minutes later our friends were "naturally" let in since they were in the front of the line and thus only paid cover. i wonder how often people are willing to pay the staff that ridiculous amount of money jus to skip a SMALL line.

We are never coming back to this place again. Our experience with the service and staff was tacky and offensive. To top it off, the food was barely decent since the tapas we ordered were too salty and under-whelming. Save your dignity and go elsewhere.

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Water Street Cafe300 Water St, Vancouver
Neglectful and forgetful server
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

The title of this review says it all. I had lunch the other day at the Water Street Cafe and I've never had lunch served so slowly before. Not only did the waitress forget to bring the glass of wine, she had to be flagged down and reminded about it 15 minutes later (and she was hard to flag down too). Food came 40 minutes after we ordered, and technically my lunch hour was over. I had to scarf the luke-warm food down as inconspicuously as possible (so as not to seem too rude) ask for the bill before the meal was even finished, pay, then rush out.

I think the waitress forgot about our orders completely, which would explain the lukewarm food. We felt completely ignored as the tables around us who arrived after us ate, paid, and left all before we were served our entrees.

I think this is an unusual case of bad and neglectful service on the server's part. I've eaten here before for lunches and have always been served within a timely matter. A 40 minute wait for a plate of pasta to be served is extremely unreasonable given that the majority of the lunch clientele are business folks.

Unfortunately, after this event, I would not go back for fear of being reprimanded for taking too long of a lunch break.

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Baghdad Cafe430 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Excellent prices, Excellent food and service!
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

This was the first time I tried Turkish food and I enjoyed the experience very much. The Baghdad cafe is small and stylish inside with knick knacks on the walls and cozy seating. The first impression I had for the restaurant was positive, and food and service did not disappoint.

I tried the eggplant vegetarian dish which was served with rice, salad and pita bread. Although it was on the spicy side it was delicious and both mouth watering and eye-watering. The flavours were so good that despite the spiciness I couldn't just let the food go to waste! (for next time, I will ask for no spice - not a problem since the waitress asked each of us for spice or no spice!)

With the meal, my co-workers and I ordered a pot of Turkish tea (black tea with mint - very good!), and shared two desserts - the Baghdad dessert and havla. Everyone of us paid about $13 for our dishes and were surprised at the value we were getting.

If you are looking for a new experience for your tastebuds, try this little place on Pender Street (cross street - Richards).

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Me-N-Ed's Pizza Parlor7110 Hall Ave, Burnaby
Great place for thin crust pizza lovers
Submitted Friday, February 2, 2007 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

Even before I knew of the entertainment coupons my b/f was already taking us here for the occasional pizza. There is a great selection of toppings to choose from, as well as specialty pizzas.

I'm usually a very picky pizza eater, but this place has something for everyone (provided you like thin crusts). When you are eating a pizza, it's not just all dough!

Ambience/decor is family oriented and fun, and it always seems busy on weekends.

The entertainment coupons are bonus because the prices are a little bit higher than other pizza places, but I truly don't mind paying the extra bit for yummy thin crust pizza.

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Mui Garden Restaurant4265 Main St., Vancouver
I've had better
Submitted Friday, February 2, 2007 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

There's a Mui Garden nearby in the neighbourhood and I've tried it a few times. I find it just okay - a decent place to eat if you're looking for something basic and simple - but definitely not good. My sis and I both ordered noodles and the soup broth was very oily making the noodles unappetizing. We also ordererd HK style milk coffee, but was given milk tea instead. We wanted the server to take the drinks back but she didn't speak English well and was very very hard to flag down, even though the restaurant wasn't very busy. Chinese speaking customers were given more attention than us, too.

I probably would give this restaurant a better review had it not have been for the poor service. When the waitress was needed she was nowhere in sight. Only when we wanted to pay the bill and leave did she start getting attentive.

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Gohan Japanese Restaurant1815 Rosser Avenue, #1, Burnaby
Excellent food, decent prices
Submitted Friday, February 2, 2007 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

I've read other reviews about this restaurant, and I don't think the prices are too much here. Everything here is authentic Japanese, that is, not Chinese-owned which can be a common thing in Vancouver area. I really enjoyd the selection of food here and don't mind paying a little bit more for the selection. My friends and I always share our plates and items and always leave feeling full and satisfied with what we've eaten, and what we've paid for the meal. Service is excellent here - always friendly and helpful. It's nice to go out to a Japanese restaurant with a good selection of Japanese tapas, rolls, and meals.

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