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gloriasitvancouverSince August 1, 200637 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Displaying 1 - 20 of 37 Reviews Found
Bubble Queen8888 Odlin Crescent, Unit 1200, Richmond
Gourmet BBT
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 11:58am [Dine in]

I took many reviewers advice and went with the cookies and cream slush with half the pearls from BQ. I must admit, this is one of the most flavourful slush I haven't had in a long time. Other places have benefited from loading a lot of ice into their slush to water the flavour (and food cost) down. Their pearls were cooked to my liking; chewy and soft.
I must admit, I usually take Mr. Chasiubow's word for places he recommend and once again he has not let me down!
Totally recommended for their specialty drinks and will definitely return to try their Ferrero Rocher and Maltesers bubble tea!!!

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Angel Cafe5995 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Honolulu Addition
Submitted Friday, August 7, 2009 - 3:28am [Dine in]

I have visited Angel Cafe numerous times. Initially, it seems to me that it's just another HK Cafe joint, but recently I realized that the malaysian dishes here are quite good. Perhaps the cook is from there? Or has previously worked at other malaysian cuisines? Yet, I find that their laksa noodle in soup is really good and their red curries are different compared to other HK cafes.
The value is quite a bargain. For <$7 for a mini-set meal which comes with a drink. And during weekends, I notice the owner for Honolulu cafe (on Main) drops by in the late evenings. I wonder if Angel Cafe is a sister restaurant to the Honolulu Cafe.
One thing to complain about is the service here varies. I usually make a visit here once a week and the manager (I assume is the gentlemen) have mood swings. With that said, I still will continue to be a patron of Angel Cafe for their delicious malaysian dishes!

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Little Nest1716 Charles Street, Vancouver
High End McD's???
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

I totally agree with the past 3 reviewers that this place is more "kid-friendly" than an afternoon brunch escape with the girlfriends. This place is created FOR kids so that parents may catch up on their nutrients.
The atmosphere is really neat, I love the retro decor. The colour, lighting, furniture and open kitchen works really well into incorporating a "home" atmosphere.
One thing I must complain about this place is the portion. For $10, you get 2 slices of bread, 2 eggs and a spoonful of chickpeas. Oh and a drizzle of pesto. Sounds like a lot when you're reading but don't let the words fool you. An average size girl can finish this plate within a matter of minutes!

I noticed a lot of people dropping in just to buy a cup of coffee and baked goods. Perhaps that's the "highlight" of this restaurant. Will return next time for a quick snack while wandering along the drive.

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Zefferelli's Spaghetti Joint1136 Robson Street, Vancouver
Good food, service not so great!
Submitted Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

I was on menupalace.com and found they had a 25% off coupon for lunch or dinner and decided to have lunch with a few friends. Came here twice and both times the service was decent. I would have expected better service considering there are so many larger chain restaurants on Robson Street and the fact that this place is on the second floor may not appeal to many street-walkers.
Although service is lacking, the food is incredibly good!
Even without the 25% coupon, the prices are decent. Pastas range around $14-18 and they have smaller portions for all dishes at 11.50. We shared a salad, it was a decent size to share with 3 people.
Will return again to try out their dinner and dessert options.

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9th Avenue Grill1822 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Worth waking up early!
Submitted Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

My friend and I stepped into 9th avenue at 2pm not knowing they closed at 3.
We both ordered breakfast items and our meals came quickly. The my bacon hash was a good portion size and was not too greasy compared to other larger chain breakfast restaurants.
The place looks a bit small, and I can assure with other reviewers to arrive early on weekends.
One small complaint is that our server never checked up on us and she forgot our side orders of pancakes.
Other than that, recommended and will definitely return.

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Flo Tea Room7994 Granville Street, Vancouver
HK Cafe with BBT
Submitted Monday, June 1, 2009 - 3:33am [Dine in]

Came here a few times with friends and we all thought this place resembles other HK cafe style restaurants. After a few tries, my boyfriend figured out that Flo should be owned by the original owners of Oscars cafe (Rupert and 22 avenue).

Service: A few times, the same server forgot our utensils when our food arrived. But as she passed by our tables she quickly remembered and came back with it. Friendly staff members.

Food: The usual HK cafe style. Their mini-set portions are smal --hence the name "mini". Although in comparison to other HK cafes with "mini-set" meals, they do lean on the smaller side. Their menu is quite large and is sure to have something for everyone. I don't agree with the previous review in regards to their bubble tea. I think their drinks are all-right. Bubble world definitely wins for the value, however, I do think that their pearls are a bit chewier and their teas are a little stronger.

Ambiance: Ordinary tables and booth style HK cafe, nothing special. Washrooms are somewhat clean. They provide free wireless on weekdays.

Will return!

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Whip Gallery, The209 E 6th Ave, Vancouver
Organic menu
Submitted Monday, June 1, 2009 - 3:23am [Dine in]

Came here once for brunch and another time for dinner.

Service: there isn't much of an entrance "meet-and-greet" style, you basically go in and sit yourselves anywhere you prefer. I personally don't prefer this style since both times I visited, there were a few tables yet to be cleaned. So it was somewhat difficult to find a place to seat ourselves. Other than that, servers were very attentive. They came to our table a few times within a 5-10 minute range and bringing waters without asking.

Food: Solid organic menu. Tried the whip burger and chicken-shrimp fettuccini and both were very tasty. The salad that accompanied the burger was rather fresh and the greens were crispy not a single leaf wilted! Yummy! They have a long drinks list.

Ambiance: lounge/bar/pub style not a good idea if you prefer to have a quiet dinner and chat with friends. Music is loud, people are loud, my friends and I basically had to scream at each other in order to be heard. But it didn't really bother me or my friends!

Recommended! Worth coming back!

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Bert's Restaurant2904 Main St, Vancouver
Not-so-fast breakfast
Submitted Monday, March 9, 2009 - 3:50am [Dine in]

After reading a few reviews, I had to check this place out myself. I sat on the side where it looked more like a diner than dining room. Many things to look at, reminds me of the 60's. I was craving for breakfast food so I was anticipating for the usual bacon, eggs, hashbrown and such. The food was good, though I waited for 30 minutes. I don't know what took them so long, everyone else was seated and half way through their meals already. I was probably the ONLY order they had on hand at the moment. Thus, will go back when I have time to spare.

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Corner Tandoori2066 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Referred by VISA
Submitted Monday, March 9, 2009 - 3:46am [Dine in]

Paid a visit to Corner Tandoori since they advertised on my VISA dining network and gave it a try. Ordered the butter chicken with garlic naan. I must say, the food is fresher than Tandoori Palace (couple blocks north of this place). The food was steaming hot and I had to order extra naan to scoop the left over butter chicken sauce. The water tasted a bit funny, probably need a filter change. Note to self to try their mango lassi there next time.
I agree with the previous reviewer, the decor is AWFUL! Plastic fruits and vegetables hanging off a fence-like white board.

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Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
Japanese gem on Main Street
Submitted Monday, March 9, 2009 - 3:40am [Dine in]

I've visited Zipang a handful of times, and the food, and service has been consistent. The only thing I blame myself on is to not make reservations for this little place. It's got about 4 booths and about 4-7 tables scattered around the restaurant.
The presentation of their sushi and rolls are extremely pretty and creative. Their menu also have a variety of tapas and noodles and rice bowls. Prices are reasonable, food is fresh, washroom is clean. Service is excellent, while waiting servers are keen in making sure you're still in queue for your table. Consistent tea refilling, and once your plate is empty they clear it off the table immediately.
Definitely returning, and will remind to self to make reservations. Waiting time varies from 10-30 minutes.

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Room Eighteen2042 West 4th Ave., Vancouver
Quiet Sunday night
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 12:51am [Dine in]

After reading the 2 for 1 tapas from the previous reviewer the boyfriend and I decided to try this place out.
We walked in at 8:45pm, and there were no tables, and we thought this joint was closing for the night.
We were seated at this large table and water was brought to us right away.
Server explained tapas are 2 for 1 so we ordered the mussels, calamari, salad, and duck confit. Boyfriend also ordered a beef tenderloin (we thought the tapas would be small).
The salad and duck confit was nothing to write home about, but I'm definitely going back just for the mussels. I've never had once needed to fight with the boyfriend for food but the mussels are different.

The 2 for 1 tapas ends this month.
Recommended.

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Real Wasabi Found!
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 2:19am [Dine in]

Went to dine here after reading many interviews about leaving with a package of pocky, so I gave it a try.
I went with my relatives and 2 of them were vegetarian so we ordered a lot of noodles and vegetarian appetizers.
Service: good service, constant tea refills, kitchen and sushi bar staff were fast and efficient.
Ambiance: Decor is kind of outdated but many customers seem to be regulars, so no change is good.
Food: excellent, cannot be better. I've been trying to search for a place that serves real wasabi for the longest time and I've found it! Not only that, their sushi were nice and fresh, the way it should be. Only one thing I have to complain was their tofu steak, it was rather on the dry side.
Price: for 5 people, the bill came up to about 65 incld tip, but we did have a few vegetarians so we didn't order any sashimi.

They're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and they close at 9:30 on Wed, Thurs, Sun and 10:30 on Fri and Sat. I'll definitely drop by again soon.

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Tandoori Palace1439 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Quick Bite
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 2:13am [Dine in]

The boyfriend and I were craving some curried chicken with garlic naan, and we remembered there was a famous fast Indian cuisine on the drive.
Service: regular fast food restaurants, go in line up and order
Ambiance: nothing spectacular, about 15 seats merely self-serve, they were playing some East Indian tv show so we decided to sit outside.
Food: We're beginners, and the last time we tried out Indian food was at Tandoori King. We seriously didn't see a difference, better yet, their naan was better here.
Price: We paid 18.02 and was quite satisfied with the portions.
Will definitely come back soon.

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
Not returning
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

I probably eat here once every year, and the food quality has decreased overtime.
This will probably be my last visit.
We chose the 23.95 all you can eat package, and tried out their toro/hamachi sashimis. Not fresh at all. The salmon/tuna/hokkigai were at it's usual acceptable freshness. Ordering the kitchen items were worse, their tempura was definitely re-fried. There was basically two layers of the batter, one soggier than the other and the yam/veggies/prawns weren't even piping hot. Another item which was recommended to order was their barbecue squid, when it came it was hard and the sauce was cold. I would say the only items that turned out decent was their mango california roll and their unagi sushi. When we turned around to check the sushi kitchen, we saw trays and trays of rolls pre-made which made my stomach turn because i had a few of those pre-made rolls.
Sometimes people say we can't expect much from AYCE places, but with 23.95, I can probably go to Richmond sushi or another restaurant that serves regular menus.

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Insadong Korean Restaurant403 North Road, #301, Coquitlam
Will try the BBQ next time
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

Food was good, although many reviewers tried out their barbecue items, there was only 2 of us and the list of the combinations seemed too much food. The server suggested us to a few rice/noodle items and we ordered the stone rice dish and a soup with meat dumplings and rice cakes. Both were really good, needless to say there wasn't much MSG in the food as well. Not too pricey for these two items, came up to less than 20 excluding tip. Although there's a 1.50 charge for refills of the sides comparing to other Korean restaurants, you get them refilled for free.
Service was excellent, although not many of the servers spoke English, their body language made us feel welcoming.
Remember to use their bell to seek for service, it's very efficient. We sat in a secluded corner and we weren't ignored!

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L.A. Grill & Bistro8100 No. 2 Road, 128, Richmond
Horrible service
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

Been here for a couple of times, and the service just keeps getting worse and worse.
Took servers 15 minutes before returning back to our tables after seating us. Once the server's here, you better be ready to order or you'll probably end up waiting for another good 10-15 mins before they come back. A friend of mine actually had to walk up and asked the server to take our orders.
I understand that there's only 2-3 servers working but honestly the restaurant isn't that big and we weren't rude to them or anything. Possibly because these servers have created a horrible image so it's a given that they don't receive a good tip.
The food is decent for the price you're paying for. $10 meal, you're basically full. Their 5.95 dinner specials keeps the customer volume, but they're not going to gain any regular customers.

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Torarenbo8191 Park Rd, Richmond
Patiently waiting
Submitted Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 7:14pm [Dine in]

I've written a review of their food and service before, however I would like to make a slight change on their service and a FYI for all you readers planning to visit this place.

You either
1. make a reservation
or
2. go in an hour before they close

My friends and I waited for a table for 30 mins when the manager said it would only take 10. When we saw servers setting up a table for 5 we assumed it was our table. When one of the servers took us toward that table, the manager screamed across the dining room and said "THAT TABLE IS RESERVED!".
In this case, why did the manager tell us it was a 10 min wait? Why didn't he tell us "walk-in customers" have the lowest priority and that they will have to wait until ALL the reservation tables are given until we get a seating? I mean honestly, owners/managers cannot be greedy and want to take in ALL the customers that come in when they aren't able to serve at an efficient rate.

Can anyone say I'm wrong?
I don't think I'll be returning to this place anytime soon. Service is important in a food industry, and the experience I had Wednesday night was not impressive.

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Thai House Restaurant4940 No. 3 Road, #129, Richmond
Overcooked mushy fried rice
Submitted Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 4:55am [Dine in]

The girlfriends and I decided to have a dinner gathering here, and we each ordered an item. I really enjoyed their coconut curry chicken in the coconut bowl. It wasn't too spicy considering the menu warned you it was 3 chillies worth. The pad thai was at par. If you like al dente pasta, the noodles there are really "chewy". What I thought was a downfall was the fried rice we ordered. I personally don't really like overcooked soft rice, and possibly because of the sauce it soften the rice even more. I'm not a big fan of raisins as well so that wasn't a favorite of the night for me.
We brought 2 entertainment coupons in for dinner and that saved us $23. Our bill came up to $40 tip incld that night.
A possible return!

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Dolce Amore1588 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good gelato, not so for the service
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 12:16am [Dine in]

There wasn't a line up when I first when in to place an order. Two mins after purchasing my one scoop cone, I decided to give some flavours a try. The girl working there was playing with her hair while using that sample spoon to scrape some soy nutrolla out for me. Since she claims the gelato was pretty hard, it took her a while, and when she managed to scrape SOME off, it got into her hair and down back into the tray. So I thought with hygiene concerns, she should have taken that bit of gelato and dispose it, but she didn't. So after that, I went back to my usual Bocia and that was it.
Next time I might try Gelato time, since some reviewers recommended it. Or even if i have to pay a buck or two more, I'll just head to Mario gelatos on Quebec and 2nd.

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La Rocca Ristorante Italiano1565 Commercial, Vancouver
I like the atmosphere
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 12:08am [Dine in]

The layout of this restaurant is uniquely layed out. There is a small bar and lounge in around the entrance and a main dining room. As you make your "washroom break" before or after your meal, you will notice a small patio behind the restaurant. It gives you the feel that you're on a deck in an isolated alley. I would like to go back and request to sit there next time.
Their food was decent. I wouldn't say anything spectacular. Like the other reviewer said if you go in with a high expectation then you're likely to be disappointed.
Prices are fairly reasonable. Starters vary from $8-11, salads are $5-13. Pasta prices are no more than $14, and the entrees are about 17. If you decide to swap the veggies for pasta it's an additional $3.
I was too full to try their dessert menu.
The service tonight was really slow, the server made a comment about having the "fireworks" crowd but 15 mins before getting our drinks? It took about 20 mins for our salad to come and another 10 after that. They didn't pay much attention to us, but I do like that, gives me space to enjoy my meal.

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