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i ate itVancouverSince March 11, 201013 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

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Displaying 1 - 13 of 13 Reviews Found
Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
Never did get my meal.
Submitted Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

My friends took me out for a birthday supper tonight. We sat outside and each ordered a drink and a meal. Tasty drinks and crispy johnny cakes were served. My friends were served their meals, but there was nothing for me. I assumed the waitress would be right back with mine, but she never returned. I had to call her over TWICE to ask about my food. My friends were finishing their meals and I told her that there was no point in being served my meal now. She literally ran away in the middle of talking to her (?), and eventually returned with a second drink that I had never ordered. I was so annoyed!
Although she apologized, saying that it was very busy, when the bill came, they still charged me for my $7 cocktail! Seriously? I had to call her over yet again to say, really? She looked utterly confused.

A NOT so happy birthday to me!
I will not be returning.

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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
Favorite new BBQ place!
Submitted Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 5:43pm [Dine in]

I've been looking for a great BBQ place with messy ribs and delicious sides and I've found it!

3 of us went on a Saturday night and we quickly were seated and started drooling over the dishes coming out of the kitchen (right in the dining area). I had the ribs and pulled pork combo with beans and coleslaw - a decent amount for $16. The ribs were delicious, very little fat and plenty of meat! The pulled pork was heavenly, a big pile that was enough for leftovers. The coleslaw was so good, I ate mine and one of my tablemate's. A very satisfying BBQ meal - one that I look forward to again! We all agreed that this was a good find.

The dining room makes effort at 'Southern style' but it is small and a little drafty. The service was great, food came quickly and I'd love to try the brisket next time. I'm craving it already!

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Poncho's827 Denman St, Vancouver
Not equipped to handle groups
Submitted Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 5:33pm [Dine in]

I went with a group of 10 on a Friday night, arriving on time for our reservation. Our tables hadn't been set up for us in advance, so we had to wait in the doorway while they did that. The servers were friendly enough at first, but became distant as the night wore on.

Our drinks arrived at different times and the appetizers that were ordered were forgotten by the servers. One of our party sent back a pitcher of sangria because it was full of ice and little drink. After an hour, meals finally started arriving, but they came a couple at a time. While my meal sat in front of me getting cold, I waited for my tablemates to receive their meals for a very long time. The servers lazily delivered meals to other tables and didn't seem to notice that half of our table didn't have meals. I finally had to approach the owner to tell her that we were waiting for a long time. She jumped to attention and finally the other meals arrived. I had to have mine reheated.

The food was so-so, no one was really blown away by it and the consensus was that this had been a bad choice for our group meal. When we were paying the bill, I think the owner finally noticed that we weren't thrilled and told us that the next time we returned with a group, we would get a free appetizer or something. Too little, too late. Sorry Poncho's, but I don't think I'll ever come back.

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Arriva Ristorante Italiano1537 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Don't bother..
Submitted Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 7:33pm [Dine in]

I had an early supper here tonight with my mom because we had an entertainment coupon. My first impression was slightly soured by our host/waiter (probably the owner), as he stood there staring at us, instead of greeting us. I finally figured out that he was waiting for me to say "two", as there were two of us waiting to be seated. We were seated and he tossed the menus on the table. Sigh, the customer service was sorely lacking.

We both ordered pennette (one with chicken, one with salmon), and were looked at like backward hicks when we asked what type of pasta pennette was. We considered sharing a salad as an appetizer, but saw that the menu stated that any shared plate would be charged an extra $2! What for?

We were served hard bread with oil and vinegar by the lovely 'assistant' server. I felt sympathy for the young man and woman working with/for the main server. He micromanaged them and I could see the sadness and longing for freedom in their eyes ;P. The food was just ok. My 'smoked salmon' wasn't visible to the naked eye; there were tiny slivers mixed into the sauce. The chicken pennette was so-so as well.

With one meal free, the total was $18. I would never bother to go back.
The owner needs to read a customer service manual. Being pompous and strutting around like a rooster doesn't mean you're a big deal.

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New India Buffet & Restaurant805 W Broadway, #105, Vancouver
Buffet is not worth $16.95.
Submitted Friday, April 1, 2011 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

I went there on a Friday night at around 6pm. The restaurant was tidy, there was always someone removing plates and tending to the buffet. I can't complain about the ambiance, but there was nothing special about it.

I sampled a number of different things from the buffet. The butter chicken was the best, it went nicely with the papadum. The rest went downhill from there. The matar paneer was ok. The yogurt curry had a burnt taste while the spinach didn't have a taste. The naan was a little dense and dried out. The vegtable pakora was formed in little, dense golf sized balls. They committed a crime against samosas by wrapping the filling in springroll wrapper. They tasted like greasy springroll.

For dessert, you could choose from 3 varieties of jell-o (which all tasted the same), rice pudding, and a runny yogurt. I was underwhelmed. My boyfriend discovered what appeared to be a curly nosehair in a cube of orange jell-o. We don't know what it was, but there it was, suspended for all to see in its jiggling orange glory.

We used an entertainment book coupon which incorrectly states, "Buy one dinner entree, get one free (with a value of $11)". The host stated that in fact the coupon was for $11 off. So we ended up paying about $13 each. Not worth it. Certainly not worth the $16.95 each it would have cost us for a regularly priced Friday night. Ouch!

I won't be returning, there is better Indian food to be had in Vancouver.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Quiet and relaxing lunch
Submitted Friday, August 27, 2010 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

Our party of six had lunch at the Sandbar on a Thursday afternoon. We were seated quickly and the restaurant was pleasantly quiet. Our server was was polite and quick. We were served bread and the food arrived quickly. I ordered the clam linguine and requested that cream be added to the white wine sauce. The pasta was delicious. It was a smallish portion for $17, and there were only a few clams in the bowl, but I was pleased with my meal. My friend had the salmon and said it was a little dry.

I had the chocolate mousse/pudding for dessert and it was lovely. Very light texture with whipped cream and pistachio crumbles. Everyone thought that it was quite tasty.

The restaurant is nicely decorated and spacious. It's a nice chance of pace but a little pricey. Give it a try!

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Montgomery's Fish & Chips123 Carrie Cates Court, #143, North Vancouver
Darn tasty fish & chips!
Submitted Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 9:19pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I went for an early supper today, and each ordered the one piece cod and chips and 2 drinks. The bill was less than $20. Three teenage boys were running the shop and made our fish to order. We had to wait a while for our food, but this was due to the volume of customers and freshly frying the fish. I could see the nearby food court vendors sadly watching Montgomery's steady stream of customers.

The fish was light and fried perfectly. We ate every last little fry morsel. Less greasy and heavy than any other fish & chips place I've tried in the lower mainland. Keep up the good work, boys!

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Gigi's Pizza & Spaghetti House189 West Broadway, Vancouver
Fake cheese?
Submitted Friday, August 20, 2010 - 6:19pm [Dine in]

I ordered a pizza tonight for delivery. $24 for a large pepperoni, beef, green pepper and pineapple.

It arrived within half an hour and I didn't have any issues with the delivery person, as other reviewers have. The pizza was piping hot. The crust was crispy, but flopped under the weight of the toppings. I can't say I'd get that topping combination again.

There is plenty of cheese, but it seems too melty and transparent to be real. The more I ate the pizza, the more I kept thinking about fake cheese. It grossed me out and I could only eat 2 pieces.

I would love to hear if other reviewers think that they use fake cheese. For $24, I deserve real cheese! I would never eat a disgusting fake cheese pizza by choice. I won't be ordering from Gigi's again.

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Rosa's Cucina Italiana2331 Clarke Street, Port Moody
Best homemade Italian!
Submitted Friday, July 2, 2010 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

We were the first customers when the restaurant opened at 4pm this past Tuesday. Rosa's brother was our server and he was courteous and knowledgeable about the dishes offered. I ordered the spinach and ricotta manicotti. My dad ordered the baby back ribs with a side of pasta with seafood in a tomato sauce. The server explicitly explained that the ribs are not boiled, but slow cooked for maximum flavor. As we waited, we were served fresh bread (which we polished off). The manicotti was a decent portion and baked with gooey cheese on top. It was so delicious! Fresh ingredients in a delectable sauce. The ribs were so huge that they hung over the edges of the plate and the side of pasta was very generous. The ribs were so soft, they fell of the bone and the pasta had tons of seafood. The tomato sauce was delicious. My picky dad ate every last bite.

By the time we were finished, the tiny restaurant was nearly full. Every patron greeted Rosa (the chef), and seemed to be regulars. The decor looks like someone's granny decorated it, but it's charming. The walls are covered in signed photos of celebrities. Some of the highlights: Ringo Starr, K.D. Lang, and one of the ninja turtles.

Highly recommended!

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Burger King1695 Main Street, Vancouver
I'll leave it for the rats.
Submitted Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

Last night at 1am we decided to go through the drive thru on our way home. First mistake. Second mistake? We were in a cab. Our fare increased about $10 while we waited for the yokel inside to finally be ready to hear our order. The upside? Our cabbie was really entertaining. We ordered 2 whopper combos for about $14. 90% of the time when I've gone through this drivethru at night I see rats running across the parking lot. If you like the kind of food rats dine on, then this place is for you. The burgers were ok (no stale buns this time! wow!), the fries were mushy and tasted of old grease, and the pop was not carbonated at all. It's fast food, how can they screw it up so badly? Don't go there late at night! But I won't argue with you after you've had a few drinks...

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Boathouse Restaurant, The1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
I was quite happy with my birthday dinner!
Submitted Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

I visit this restaurant at least once a year, as it's delicious but too pricey for regular dining. Every time (for the past 8 years) I've been very satisfied, except for one dinner during their 'lobsterfest' last spring when the 4 lobster tails ordered for our table were puny. Besides that, I had my birthday supper at this location this past Tuesday night and had a great experience. It was a busy evening, and although we weren't seated by the window, we still had a fantastic view of English Bay at sunset. Our server was very attentive and pleasant. The shared platter I had wanted to order was no longer on the menu but our server made it happen. We started with the the crab cakes which were small but delicious. They serve warm sourdough bread with herb butter for free, but I didn't want to fill up on bread. The platter consisted of 2 sirloin steaks, an entire lobster split down the middle, 2 alaskan king crab legs, 2 skewers of prawns (6 giant prawns in total), 6 mussels, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and cherry tomatoes. Phew! (They charged us $90 for the platter)

The steak was amazing; it has a spice rub and is possibly marinated. I don't know what they do to it, but it blows my mind! Everything else was great too, my only complaint is that they don't serve clarified butter with the seafood. When butter is not clarified, it is so fatty that it becomes much too rich to enjoy with the seafood. In any case, I was completely stuffed and I had to take half of my meal home. I was served a free slice of ice cream cake for my birthday dessert, complete with a celebratory sparkler and thankfully without an embarrassing staff rendition of 'happy birthday'. My Boathouse dinner made my birthday evening special!

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Pad Thai Cuisine132 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Delicious delivery, great value!
Submitted Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

Tonight I ordered cashew chicken, ginger beef, and a small order of rice for $24. I ordered at 7pm and it only took half an hour. Delicious! They are generous with the meat, and it is good quality. No questionable fatty bits. The order was enough to feed 2 hungry adults and we still have enough for 2 more meals. Great value! I will definitely order delivery from them again.

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Sushi King1431 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Best rolls in Vancouver! Friendly service :)
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 9:04pm [Dine in]

Since last summer, I've visited Sushi King nearly every week. The hostess/cashier is extremely pleasant and polite. The prices are pretty good for the amount of food that you get. The service is quick. The restaurant is clean, but small and cramped so you kind of want to eat and go.

The miso is yummy (I don't eat miso soup anywhere else), and you get complimentary tea. Every time I've waited for my order (whether eat-in or take-out), I've been given free edamame, free miso, sometimes free salad and/or a sample taste of another dish. I don't know if hostess does this for everyone, or just regular customers. In any case, I appreciate it!

The rolls are amazingly delicious. Generous servings, artful presentation and yummy combinations. My favorite is the 'Tiger roll'; a big roll with avacado, tempura yam, tempura tiger prawn, crab, topped with fresh slices of prawn and avacado, and a delicious sauce drizzled on top.

Another yummy roll is the crispy crunch, which has a similar filling, but topped with crunchy tempura bits and a wasabi based sauce.

Deep fried california roll is only like, 3 bucks!

Beef bento box is generous, and the meat isn't all fatty and blubbery.

Wasn't wild about the chicken karage, but I'm picky.

Try it, you'll dig it!

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