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homebugVancouverSince July 25, 20068 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Seri Malaysia Restaurant2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Go for the authentic food
Submitted Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:35am [Dine in]

Unfortunately, the number rating system doesn't do this restaurant justice. The food is very good authentic Malaysian food. Some of the best I've had in town. Definitely try the beef rendang. It's simmered for like 6 hours.

The service is getting better. It used to be a true one man show. The owner was the cook, the waiter, the bus boy, and cashier. So you had to be patient, but he's recently hired a server so that helps a lot.

The ambiance is very basic, like most of the best asian restaurants, but by far the biggest problem is the ridiculous door chime. I have to assume this was installed because with only one person working there, he might be back in the kitchen and he needed to hear if someone entered. Well, he really needs to get rid of this thing, or at least install the chime in the kitchen and turn down the volume.

So definitely go and eat here. Be prepared for a basic environment, an annoying door chime, and great authentic food.

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Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill3800 Bayview Street, #112, Richmond
On a decline
Submitted Saturday, July 5, 2008 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

I've been to Shady Island a few times over the years and the last couple times have been more and more disappointing.

In general, I'd say they seem to be trying to become more of a fine dining restaurant, with fancy entres for a high price. The selection, quality of food, and service is nowhere near where they'd need to be to pull it off though.

The biggest problem I had on my most recent visit was the service. It was just ridiculously slow and lacking. I'd estimate the restaurant was barely half-full, yet seemed fully staffed for a Friday evening. We were seated promptly with menus and waited at least 30 minutes before anyone ever talked with us again.

Our server was friendly and pleasant when she did arrive. We ordered an appetizer, white wine, and mains. She returned with some water and the wine promptly and said they were cleaning a bottle chiller and would bring it out in a minute. I don't really care that much, but the fact that it never came is consistent with the service overall. I don't think I saw her again until she brought the bill.

After we received the wine, we waited at least another 30 minutes before receiving the appetizer. The pan fried oysters were very delicious. We received 5 large oysters for about $16.

It was at least another 20 minutes before the mains arrived (no wine left in the bottle). The grilled halibut was okay but not fantastic for the $26 price! It consisted of a good sized piece of fish, a very small amount of rice, a couple mini carrots, and a couple very thin asparagus spears. The oysters and chips looked good and more reasonably priced.

When we had finished eating they wasted no time in bringing the bloated bill. For the price I'd wished I'd gone to a much nicer and better place.

The view is nice and all, but based on the decor and quality of food, it's much more suited to being a "fish and chips" place than fine dining. They should consider this and make changes accordingly.

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Library Square Public House300 West Georgia Street, #101, Vancouver
Don't go before anything important
Submitted Friday, August 11, 2006 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

I went with a friend to the Library Square Public House before a BC Lions game. We arrived at 6:20 for a 7:30 game, assuming we'd have enough time to hang out and enjoy the meal. We were wrong.

They weren't full so we seated ourselves pretty much right away, no problem. We got menus, and my friend ordered a beer pretty much right away so that was no problem. The beer arrived, we ordered burgers and I ordered a beer. No problems at all.

After about 20 minutes since ordering, they brought my beer and the server appologised saying the beer taking so long was her fault, but the food taking so long was the kitchen's fault.

Then nothing. Nothing at all. The food was completely absent along with any kind of service.

About 40 minutes after ordering, the guys beside us got their food. They ordered a minute or so before us so my stomach was excited.

Nothing. No explanation, no offer of appetizers to keep us fed, no offer to refill beers, not even water. Let me remind you, the place was not full, it wasn't even busy at this point, most of the people must have left for the game. And we didn't order anything special. Burgers do not take this long. There was some comfort in the fact we weren't the only ones getting this service, but that's also a bad sign for the restaurant.

At around 7:20 we considered paying for the beer and leaving, but then the food arrived! 50 minutes for burgers! No comments from the servers. We had to wolf down our food to run off to the game.

The food seemed ok. The burger was good, the fries were like frozen McKain's (not great). My friend complained his burger was not very hot, mine was fine though.

The place looked nice, lots of TVs, foosball, etc. If you're going to stay a while and don't need food quickly or any real service, I suppose these things can come in handy.

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Daimo Noodle Express8185 Granville Street, Vancouver
All shrimp won-ton
Submitted Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 12:53am [Dine in]

This is a simple neighbourhood noodle house. I go for the won-ton noodle soup. They make it with pure whole 100% shrimp. It's great. The broth is standard and noodles are good.

The service is acceptable, as good or slightly better than you'd get in any other real chinese restaurant, which means you'll have to get their attention if you actually want anything from them. Lucky it's a small place so it's not too difficult.

I've tried a few other dishes, nothing worth mentioning or remembering I suppose.

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Singapore Restaurant546 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Great food without the crowd
Submitted Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 12:28am [Dine in]

This is a nice, not well-known singaporean/malaysian restaurant.
It is run by a nice husband/wife team who are always friendly and tend to remember you if you go more than twice. Of course there are problems with a small setup like this, sometimes they get sick or go on vacation and have other people work there, or if they get very busy, service could be slow, but I've never had any problems with the service or food. They are not in a rush to get rid of you, so relax and enjoy your evening.

The menu selection is not as wide as Banana Leaf or Tropika, but if you know what to order, you'll keep going back. Ask for suggestions, they won't steer you wrong. Try the Rendag Beef, or the pomfret fish with sambal (I forget the name but it is definitely worth asking for), or any of the noodle dishes. For desert try a Chendol. Some of the dishes are as good as I had in Malaysia.

They could definitely improve with a better selection of vegatable dishes though.

The ambiance is nothing special, but it's clean and comfortable, that's all I need if the food is good.

Banana Leaf is great, as others here have commented, but I go to Singapore Restaurant far more often because I know I won't have to wait in line, they are less expensive, and I know I'll get good food.

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Fets Whisky Kitchen1230 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great breakfast for world cup final
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

I went with some friends for the world cup soccer final. I was very very impressed with their organization for this special event. There was a line of people all the way up the block before they even opened their doors. A guy came out and took names of everyone and party size. He made sure you were actually standing in line before allocating a seat for you. Then he arranged all the seats and tables and grouped up smaller parties so that all seats were filled. He did this very fairly.

Beyond that, the omlette breakfast I ordered was outstanding. I was very happy with it. The server however was missing in action. Granted, they had to process an entire restaurant of people as soon as the doors opened, but it took 1.5 hours for me to actually get my food! Lucky I was there for 3 hours and didn't mind too much. But there was no customer turn over in that 3 hours (everyone was there for the game), so you'd expect to get some decent service after the primary rush. Nope. I saw the server twice in the entire 3 hours I was there.

Anyway, I have to respect them for how they handled the event, they didn't pressure people to leave or even to order more (not like I could have if I wanted to), and the food was quite good. I'll definitely go back to try them on a regular day.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Inconsistent food, overpriced
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

I went with some friends for dinner... I was hungry... big mistake. We all had beer and shared food. The beer selection is quite good. The food was fairly tasty. The service was very slow. The bill was extreme.

One of our party said she had been there a few times and sometimes the food is horrible. I guess I was lucky I at least had decent food for the price I paid.

The server was almost non-existent, plus we ordered a few sets of dishes, a few people wanted this dish while others wanted this other dish. All the dishes I was sharing in, came very very late (I was hungry). We asked a few times about them, and a server even came and asked if we were the table that order this and that. Even after that we had to wait a long time.

It's probably an ok place to hang out for a long time having beer, talking, and the occasional dish, but don't go expecting to have a meal.

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Lhy Thai7357 Edmonds St., Burnaby
Some of the best Thai food around
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

This is a nice little Thai restaurant with great authentic food. It's run by a husband/wife team with helpers, who are all very friendly. The problem with good places like this is that they can get very crowded.

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