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infinitimeVancouverSince August 20, 200723 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.4)
  • Value2 (1.9)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Tang Thai1779 Robson Street, Vancouver
A mixed bag, both in terms of food and service
Submitted Friday, February 11, 2011 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

We decided to try this place, after watching the construction of the interior for the last year or so...
We went in on a quiet weekday afternoon. The restaurant was empty except for ourselves.

We ordered pretty standard fare, and waited in anticipation. Our appetizers arrived, and to my shock the deep friend "prawn" was little more than KFC-style popcorn shrimp... Actually, that is not entirely true, as KFC portions are tastier and less oily. Next came the squid, which was clearly made with the same batter.

Not exactly impressed at this point, given that the price-to-value ratio was off the chart for these items... basically, this is the type of stuff I expect at the mall food court...

Next came the entrees, being a curry duck dish and a tipila fish dish... both were quite well made and favourful - more than adequate to offset the disappointing appetizers. However, these portions were small, and I mean truly small, even by downtown standards. I wouldn't complain as much, but for the fact that i had basically the same dishes at SalaThai just weeks earlier, and at 1/2 the price, the portions were double the size.

Our server was reasonably attentive, but was clearly defensive when I ignored his queries about how the food was. At his persistence, I diplomatically stated that the food was not what we had expected. His response was "What did you expect?"? No more questions after that.

I was tempted to tell them that prawns and shrimps were not one and the same, and that had I wanted popcorn shrimp, I would have gone to KFC, but again, my silly notions of social ettiquette reined my in.

On the note of ambiance, I echo the other reviewer's comments about the baby... for some inexplcable reason, there was the sound of a baby crying from the kitchen. All jokes about child-labourers aside, I don't think it is entirely safe to have a baby in a busy kitchen!

Finally, when presented with our bill, our server was all too quick to remind us that his tips should be caculated on the pre-coupon figure... just in case I forgot... very classy indeed.

In sum, a generally mediocre experience, which may be saved by the one or two good (albeit small) dishes.

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Samurai Sushi House5888 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Bad idea...very bad idea
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

We ordered take out... while waiting for our food, I couldn't help but notice that the three "chefs" were talking and chatting loudly OVER OUR FOOD as it is being prepared..yuck!!! I am not a germ freak, but am also not keen on eating other people's spit.

Sadly, it was too late to cancel our order. Took the stuff home, nuked it, and had cooked sushi for lunch. It tasted gross, but still preferable than the alternative. Who knows, might have been decent tasting, but I certainly wasn't keen on finding out....

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Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe1511 Anderson St, Vancouver
Mediocrity is the Theme, One time tourist visit is the plot...
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

After we ordered our food to go, we waiting outside the restaurant. Watched as numerous tourists are drawn to restaurant by the signage. Many go it.... certainly, the decor is interesting and very much a tourist magnet. When our food arrived, we found it to be over-battered, with small portions of fish... considerably smaller portion than the "other" place just five minutes away (see my other reviews if you are curious). We vowed not to go there again.

One interesting bit though, we met Tony as we were waiting for our food... seems like a nice enough guy, but that alone isn't enough to justify eating here.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
Quality of food inversely proportional to quality of service...
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

We love the food at this place... In fact, we love it so much that we are prepared to put up with the inattentive, crass, and sometimes plainly rude servers. Needless to say, the food would have to pretty decent... I guess it is the same principle which kept the Seinfeld "Soup Nazi" in business. Now don't get me wrong, these are not Fish Nazis, but they certainly give you the impression that they are doing you a favour by serving you.

Your experience begins with a long wait of anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes (less on rainy days), you are given the privilege of reviewing stained, albeit laminated menus. Upon arriving at the counter, you are greeted by a stern looking woman, who remind me of a Polish customs officer. You solemnly place your order and leave your name. Then the waiting begins.

If you are lucky, you would be able to stake out a table or chair on their deck, if not, you join the masses standing in what is essentially a parking lot. You wait with baited breath as those before you are called... Pay attention! Should your order consists more than one type fish, you are left to your own devices in figuring out which item is under the mystery batter. One patron made the mistake of asking which is cod and which is halibut, but was quickly rebuffed... Again, it is the customer's fault for not paying closer attention.

Finally, when YOUR food arrives, you find yourself confronted with what may arguably be the best fish and chips in Vancouver. Any complaints you may have had about the service is quickly forgotten, as you savour the perfectly battered creations. I am told that the scalop sandwiches are divine, but my one exposure left me lusting for the fish instead... the coleslaw and chips are subpar, but again, it is about the fish.

As you finish your order, you genuinely contemplate waiting again in line to place another order of the fish. Then the thought of waiting another hour for your food puts you off the notion, but just barely.

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Choon Ha Choo Dong36 East Broadway, Vancouver
Waiting for Godot...
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

Like Samuel Beckett's play, where the two main characters wait around for the non-appearing Godot, our experience with this restaurant is filled with expectation and disappointment. In the end, Godot (or in this case, the food) does not appear and leave us wonder what was the point of the whole exercise...

Firstly, some background information. This used to be one of our favorite Korean restaurants. The food was decent, and the price was reasonable. However, over the course of the last several visits, we have noticed a significant decline in service quality. Due to a combined mixture of combining black market labour (usually international students who are working under the table) and an owner who is too cheap to properly staff her restaurant, we find ourselves waiting for close to an hour for our food.

Last week, we decided to get some take out instead. We called the restaurant at 5:45pm, and placed our order. We were advised that it would taken 20 minutes. At 6:15pm, we arrived at the restaurant, and was told that it would be another 15 minutes. Sure, why not. We waited. At 6:30pm, we inquired again as to the status of our order, only to learn that the kitchen has yet to start preparing it. We were told that MAYBE it would be another 20 minutes.

Needless to say, we were less than impressed. Adding insult to injury, the owner/chef didn't even bother to communicate this to us directly. Instead, or hapless server was forced to act as the intermediary, going back to forth from the kitchen to get updates for us. I felt sorry for him, as he was clearly trying to do his job, but was given the run-around by the kitchen. Throughout this whole escaped, the owner sad cooly behind the exposed kitchen counter, and continue to make her dumplings. The restaurant was practically empty, but by god, if the owner wants customers to wait for their food, that was what were were suppose to do!

We ultimately left the restaurant empty-handed, so fed up with the Godot-like food which never appeared. In the end, this is a place where the food is decent, but the manner by which the owner treats her customers leaves a bad taste in one's mouth.

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Pacifico Pizzeria & Ristorante970 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Best Pizzas I've tasted in Vancouver!
Submitted Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

This used to be Lombardo's. The food is quite good, and service has been consistently good. Of the half-a-dozen times I've been there, the staff was always courteous and the food was also consistent in quality. The only thing is that you should expect to wait for your order, as most of it is prepared fresh, including the wood oven baked pizzas. So if you are looking for a quick bite at lunch, this might not be the place.

Of all the times we've been there, they only messed up once, when their computer system crashed and lost our order. Given that they GAVE US OUR MEAL for FREE, I have little to complain about for that little mishap.

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Bishop's Restaurant2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Decent food, but that's it, just decent
Submitted Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 11:53am [Dine in]

Went there with my better half to celebrate our anniversary. What can I say, the food was decent, albeit a bit overpriced. The quality was comparable to Earl's on a good day, and certainly not "heads above" as some have suggested. The staff were courteous if a bit overdone at times. Though 2/3 of the restaurant was empty on the night that we were there, I couldn't help but feel that they were following the unspoken rule of trying to get us out of there within the hour. Oh well, I guess a $160 meal is not enough to take up more than one hour of their time.

Okay, but really not likely to be enough to impress.

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Shanghai River Restaurant7831 Westminster Hwy., #110, Richmond
Good quality Shanghainese food, efficient service
Submitted Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 11:50am [Dine in]

There are tons of Shanghainese restaurants in town, so why this one? Simple, the food is authentic and consistently good, the service is above-average, and the place operates with a level of precision that is clearly better than most Chinese restaurants.

Case in point, instead of reservations which are often not honoured at other Chinese restaurants, Shanghai River ensures that your wait is minimal if you booked in advance. When you book a reservation for $1:00pm, you can reasonably be expected to be seated at 1:00pm, not 1:45pm. When they can't accomodate your reservations, they honestly tell you on the phone that it is not do-able, rather than agreeing and making you wait when you show up.

The kitchen is a "open format" layout, with the chef working behind a glass partition. No surprises in terms of what's going on in the kitchen! What you see is an assembly line of clean and efficient kitchen staff, turning out fresh Shanghainese style pastries right before your eyes!

As for the food, it is consistently quite good. I've been there a total of about a dozen times, and I would say that on only one occasion, was the food a bit off. (i.e. pastries not made in the same day). Their Chinese donuts are always fresh, as is the Soya Bean milk, which they grind themselves (both a Shanghai speciality).

In sum, a very good choice, as long as you remember to call in advance to make reservations.

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Fortune House Seafood Restaurant4700 Kingsway, #2199A, Burnaby
Can't believe it still in business
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

Went there with the family for dim sum... This is basically food you get at Hon's, but at double the price and in a nicer venue. Service is decent, and the staff seem attentive, but really that is not enough to justify the warmed-over food they pass off as being Cantonese cuisine. Frankly, if eating at Fortune House is my first encounter with Cantonese cuisine, I would certainly not be impressed. I suspect that this restaurant will do great, if it was situated in Saskatoon, but in Vancouver, the Mecca of Chinese cuisine in North America, it is surprising that this place is still in business.

I would venture to say that even in the mall in which it is located, better Chinese food can be had at the food court.

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Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant8100 Ackroyd Rd, #120, Richmond
Top Shanghai? Hardly...
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

Do you miss the feel of eating in a cafeteria in a communist country? Then a trip to "Top Shanghai" is a must. You visit with start with being ignored by a surely hostess, who adverts your glance while walking by you four times. After finally getting their attention, you are placed on a waiting list, with wait-time time estimates that varies, depending if one of the "regular" customers should walk in before you are seated. Should this occur, you are mysteriously bumped down the list, on some false pretense of an "earlier" phantom reservation. The food is decent, when you are ultimately seated, but you can never shake the feeling that the staff feel like they are doing you a favor by serving you. There are NUMEROUS Shanghaiese restaurants in Richmond, and frankly, the food's comparable in most. My bet would be for a visit to "Shanghai River" on Westminster and No. 3 Road, where the service is MUCH more in line with expectations. "Top" Shanghai? Only Tops in the Bizzaro world.

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Wimaan Thai Restaurant1063 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Disappointing
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

We drive by this place all the time, and the storefront looked really impressive. It never seems too busy and got me curious. Finally went last week, and now I understand why it is not more busy. The food tasted mediocre, which lacked proper seasoning. Odd for a Thai restaurant, it did NOT serve top tier Thai rice, but Chinese rice instead (take it from someone who eats rice every day, there is a clear difference!) The service wasn't bad, but certainly wasn't great either. There were bits of dried food stuck on the utensils (yuck!), and everything tasted like it was made the night before. We are now wondering how long it will be before this place shuts down for good. Disappointing really, as the decor is actually quite nice.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar5951 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Disappointing to say the least
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

We went to Milestone's in Richmond over the weekend... figure we would sit outside and enjoy a casual dinner. Firstly, the place was clearly understaffed, the poor waitress (who was incidently about six months pregnant) was the ONLY person for the entire patio, which consisted about 15 tables. We ordered a beer, which came somewhat stale and flat. The waitress was gracious enough to offer an exchange, but forgot about it entirely once we placed the order. When the food arrived, the pork chop was much too dry and clearly overcooked. Adding insult to injury, we say the somewhat loud chef chatting with his buddies on the patio... seems more concerned with the conversation than actually cooking. Of all the Milestones Restaurants we've frequented in the past, this is clearly the worst one. (The one on West 4th has always been stellar, both in terms of service and quality of food). Needless to say, we will not be returning.

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Papaya Hut2435 Burrard Street, Vancouver
As authentically Thai as a Chinese panda
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

Here's the qualifier... I am Chinese and speak mandarin. We went to this restaurant expecting Thai food... on my, that was a mistake. The food was terrible, and I would venture to guess that no self-respecting Thai would recognize the "cuisine" as being Thai. Throughout the whole dining experience, I overheard Mandarin being spoken in the kitchen, with a decidedly Beijingese accent. The food tasted like something from one of those make-believe "Chinese-Canadian" restaurants found in small towns on the praries. The peppery pork dish was dry, and tasted nothing like anything remotely Thai. The black-bean prawns was as salty as can be, with large chunck of coarse salts, with the cosistency of the road-salt I apply on the driveway in the winter.

In sum, I would say the "Thai salad" at Earl's would offer a more authentic Thai experience. Definitely a "no go".

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Angel Cafe5995 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Mediocre food coupled with terrible service
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 8:29pm [Dine in]

We used to go to this restaurant regularly for lunch. However, on a recent visit, we encountered some of the worse service envisionable...

Having waited through their usual line-up session of 15 minutes, we were seated by a rather grumpy looking man, who decided that it would be appropriate for us to endure another half an hour without service.

Despite repeated requests that they take our order for food, we were met with an attitude that can only be described as mildly-veiled contempt by the staff. To say that our server was rude would be a gross understatemnet.

Adding insult to injury, we were given the wrong menus twice, and only upon our insistence, were we given the "usual" lunch menu on the third try.

At the end, the annoyance of dealing with the staff was simply not worth the experience. We left without eating, and gladly went to a much better establishment down the street... namely McDonald's.

It is a sad state of affairs when the minimum-wage earning McDonald's workers are a welcomed improvement over the staff at Angel Cafe.

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Chao Phraya Thai Restaurant2325 Cambie Street, Vancouver
They served us leftovers!
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

We ordered the curry duck, and was alarmed that we were given a bowl of very liquidy curry, with three small pieces of duck.... the really scary bit was that there were quite a few pieces of fat skins from the duck, which led us to believe that the meat went to another dish, and we were given just the skins. Either that or this was sourced from leftovers. When asked about this, the waitress/owner simply said that it wasn't the right season for duck?!? What the heck?! Overall, a poor excuse for a restaurant.

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
Feels like the restaurants I've visited in Beijing
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

For some inexplicable reason, this place feels like many of the restaurants i frequently in Beijing, right down to the tourism video on the big screen. The food is northern Chinese style, and of a very good quality. The service is prompt and efficient. The prices are very reasonable, and the staff is often very helpful in suggesting "speciality" dishes. Overall, a very positive experience.

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Vana Vietnamese Cuisine555 W Hastings, Vancouver
Cuisine? That's a rather optimistic labelling
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

This is a fast-food vendor in the food court, which I would certainly not call a cuisine. The food is mediocre on a good day, and a quick peek through the entrance-way into the kitchen makes you wonder about how sanitary this place is. I often see the server handling cash, then using the same unwashed hand to handled cooked food?!?! Hardly confidence inspiring.

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Dai Tung1050 Kingsway, #108, Vancouver
Good authentic Cantonese food at a decent price
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

This is a regular haunt for us, and I have to say, the food has consistently been of a high quality. There is nothing fancy or ornate about this place. It is basically the run-of-the-mill Chinese seafood restaurant, of which there are literallys dozens in Vancouver. The thing that separate this one from the rest however, is that due to high turnover, their ingredients are very fresh. That coupled with what I would consider rather consistent quality in the food, it is a safe bet.

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Tropika2975 Cambie Street, Vancouver
One of our favorites!
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 1:00pm [Dine in]

We've been to Tropika on over a dozen occasions. The food has consistently been of a high quality, and the staff have always been courteous and efficient. Our favorite remains the Pomfret in dried shrimp past, which I've yet to find a better example in Vancouver. The only quibble I have about this place is that they don't really adhere to their reservations. Often, a 7:00pm reservation would translate into a 7:30 seating, even when we arrived at 6:55pm. That being the exception, it is a good restaurant. Prices are a bit on the high side, but in my view well worth it!

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Thai House Restaurant1766 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Good Thai Restaurant - even if the portions are on the small side
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

The food is of good quality, even if the portions seem MUCH smaller than before. The price is reasonable, and generally the staff are very friendly. It is a popular spot for those on their way to the movies, and is a overall positive experience. I would definitely go back.

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