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Ironchef88Downtown, VancouverSince October 20, 20099 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Old Vines Restaurant3303 Boucherie Road, Kelowna
A must for visitors to Kelowna!
Submitted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 10:59am [Dine in]

One of the best dining experience! Food was fresh and quality was amazing. The seafood linguine was superb. Great balance of flavors, adequate portion and plating, all ingredients were complementary. The beef tenderloin penne was to die for. The masterful way of masking the beef with red wine gave it a slightly earthy taste that combines well with the sweet caramelized onion flavor. The penne was also tasty as it was cooked in with the sauce.

The view from the patio was amazing as it overlooks the vineyard, the lake and the mountains. The service was prompt and the staff was friendly! Looking forward to visit again! Perfect lunch!

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Mekong Restaurant1030 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
This restuarant tops my list
Submitted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 10:36am [Dine in]

...of the worst food a place has to offer.

Ambiance:
Nothing special. You can tell from the decor that it was once a western restaurant and the owners did not bother renovating.

Food:
Let me start out by saying that I've had some bad Chinese food before, but this one tops the list. We ordered beef chow mien and sweet and sour chicken. The beef chow mien was unbearably salty, even for me who enjoys salty dishes. It was prepared as if left overs were just thrown into one plate since there was an uneven proportion of noodles and meat. We returned the dish after barely touching it. That was the first time in my life I returned a dish back since I usually I just "deal" with it.

The sweet and sour sauce and pineapple tasted bland, the meat was as tough as rubber that I literally had jaw pains the next morning. Obviously it was frozen meat. Even the rice was tough and "dirty" looking as if they did not wash it before cooking (or microwaving as we heard one beep).

Service:
The only semi-positive thing about this whole ordeal was the service. The waitress was polite and accommodating.

Value:
The bill came to a total of $16 with tip, which amounts to just the barely edible sweet and sour chicken and rice. Worst $16 I have ever spent. I should have listened to my instincts and went for mall food which would have tasted a lot better.

Pros: The waitress waived the bill for the chow mein
Cons: everything else. I can also imagine how their kitchen (nightmares) looks like

If you venture out to Kelowna, stay away from this place. I was almost tempted to tell the owner to be ashamed of themselves for passing their food as Chinese! 1030 Harvey will be forever embedded in my mind.

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Favorite French Bistro
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

I have visited Trafalgars a number of times for the past three years.

Ambiance: Ambient lighting, comfortable seating and tastefully decorated dining area. Street parking is ample and neighborhood is quiet.

Food: Duck confit with risotto is tasty and beautifully seasoned and prepared. Great selection of both wines and dessert wines. The desserts they offer are delectable and the portions are just right.

Value: Decent price for the food quality and service Service: Professional service expected from a French bistro

Pros: French food done right, ambiance, amazing service, location, dessert and wine selection
Cons: I couldn't think of any besides it being closed for Sunday dinner.

Highly recommended for anyone who is looking for a good French bistro at decent prices without being overly pretentious.

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Sunflower Cafe7569C Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby
My favorite neighborhood BBT place
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

I have regularly been going to Sunflower since I've moved to Burnaby over three years ago, and the food, service and ambiance have remained consistently favorable.

Ambiance:
Newly renovated, lively, rich colors that are pleasing to the eye and over all feel. Usual Asian-pop music played in the background adds to the authenticity of being in a BBT place in Taiwan. Small parking lot but I have always gotten lucky to find a spot.

Food:
Their Korean barbecue over rice dish is to die for, and of course the chicken nuggets. Savory flavors and not too overpowering. Their mixed drinks and bubble tea drinks are decently prepared. Just remember to ask for no or little sugar if you are sensitive to sweetness since they do put quite a lot.

Service:
Excellent service at most times. The owner/proprietor when around always greets us and chats with us whenever she is around. Otherwise, the student servers do their tasks efficiently considering the volume of drinks they have to prepare. I have experienced some long wait times though once or twice.

Value:
Great prices and huge servings. For roughly $5 or $6 you can have a delicious dinner and drink.

Pros: Service, food, value, friendly
Cons: Parking

I would recommend this place to anyone who needs a bubble tea fix without the over-rated feel of Estea and the likes.

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
This restuarant should close down, or else hire Gordon Ramsey
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

I went here once for a friend's birthday dinner, and I have never gone back. Judging from the other reviews, I am not alone.

Ambiance:
Decent well lit ambiance, nothing special. great location, nice views and ample parking space. It does get a bit smokey in there when everyone is cooking their own meat.

Food:
I've had better food (and quantity) at the sample stands at Costco. For the expensive price you pay, they give you a small slab of meat that you have to cook yourself in heated stones, only to find out that you have either overcooked or undercooked your meat that leaves it inedible. Taste is bland due to improper seasoning. Heated slabs are not consistent enough to sear and cook the meat properly.

Service:
The servers did not seem like they wanted to be there. Maybe due to the fact that they are ridiculously embarrassed by the quality of food their establishment serves.

Value:
Extremely high prices that ranged from $35 - $50 with a mandatory 15% tip as indicated on the menu. NO THANKS!

Pros: Location
Cons: Service, food, value

I would strongly recommend for anyone NOT to go to this restaurant.

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Pho Hong5975 Kingsway, Burnaby
Best Pho fix, that's about it.
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

This is my neighborhood pho place that I go to, which by far serves the best soup base for pho.

Ambiance:
If you are looking to impress a date, this is not the place to visit. Besides the busy and less desirable Kingsway location, the restaurant itself is fashionably decorated in a tacky 1970s Italian Restaurant theme. I guess the owners did not bother redecorating or renovating when they first bought the place since they draw crowds anyway. The place is always busy at any time of the day.

Food:
Best pho soup base in Vancouver. Love their spring rolls, very tasty, packed with flavor and their rice dishes definitely hits the spot. My usual order is #3 Special which consists of a pho with meatballs and rare lean meat with a side of spring roll with fish sauce

Service:
We all know how Asian restaurants are known for poor customer service, and this one is no exception. Although we are always seated quickly, expect to flag down a server (if you're lucky) if you need something. Service is somewhat cold, rarely see a smile or a hello.

Value:
$8.50 plus tip for a #3 special, not really the best value in town. But since it is close by and I love the taste and it saved me from starvation once or twice when I had no time to cook at home, I guess I can't complain.

Pros: Food, location
Cons: Service, ambiance

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Simply Thai1211 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Great food, but it will cost you!
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

I have visited Simply Thai for a total of 7 or 8 times for the past three years, only because of one thing ---- Yellow Curry Chicken. Read on...

Ambiance:
Comfortable and nicely decorated restaurant, typical of most Yaletown establishments. Parking can be a nightmare, but then again it is in Yaletown. Seating is a bit crowded and may lack some privacy.

Food:
I keep coming back to the place for three years only because of one dish, their yellow curry chicken. It is by far the best tasting curry chicken I have had so far, comparable to Authentic thai cuisine in Asia. Their other dishes are also decent, like the spring rolls with Thai sweet chili sauce.

Service:
Service was friendly, but a bit slow even on non-busy days. Nothing too special that stands right out.

Value:
If you seek a good value, this is not the place for you. Although the food is good, you pay for it. At $16 for a yellow curry chicken dish and $10 for four pieces of small spring roll, you get the picture. After all, they do have to pay the expensive Yaletown rent somehow.

Pros: Food taste, well decorated
Cons: Expensive, poor parking

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
Over rated?
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

I have visited Sala Thai for a total of three times now for the last three years, all equally comparable experience.

Ambiance:
Traditional Thai design but in a "touristy" kind of way with over emphasized ethnic artifacts. Lighting was just right and although the restaurant was crowded and busy, my date and I still were seated comfortably

Food:
We ordered the $25 set menu which included an appetizer, three main courses and dessert. The tom yum gum soup was my favorite out of the three. The soup was rich in flavor with an ample serving of shrimp. For the main course, we ordered a stir fry vegetable with shrimp, pad thai, and chicken curry. Nothing special with the three and I've had better curry and pad thai at other establishments like Simply Thai in Yaletown. The dessert was a huge disappointment. We were expecting a serving of fried banana and ice cream, but instead we just received two very small scoops (about 2 full tablespoon round) of coconut ice cream that had a freezer burn taste and feel.

Service:
Decent service. Servers were proper and attentive even during busy hours.

Value:
Not a great value for what you get. If you want a quick Thai food fix , you pay for it. Kind of like an overpriced late night convenience store.

Pros: location, service
Cons: mediocre thai food compared to the price

I would recommend Simply Thai in Yaletown instead.

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Harbour House12233 Beecher St., #101, Surrey
It is worth the drive!
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

(new Japanese Restaurant)

The drive is definitely worth it for me at Harbour House in South Surrey. Both of my visits have been exceptional. The food and service was consistent each time.

Ambiance:
Very clean and comfortable seating and surroundings. Architecture is somewhat western and cottage-like which contrasts the mostly Japanese-themed cuisine. Parking is a bit challenging specially during peak hours. The area boasts a beautiful walking-distance beach and ocean view.

Food:
Beautifully crafted and garnished dishes, parallel to presentations I've had in upscale restaurants at a fraction of the cost. I ordered their house special salad to start out with and I must say it is one of my favorite dish they have. Their fish are fresh (I ordered the Saba sashimi) the serving is generous, contrary to other reviews on here. Flavor is unique and well-balanced, not overpowering like comparable restaurants.

Service:
Excellent service from the staff, very prompt, friendly and courteous. Although some are noticeably new to the trade, they are compensated by their warm smiles and welcoming service.

Value:
A dinner for 2 complete with 2 appetizers, 4 main dishes, dessert and wine comes to about $45 including taxes and tip. A agreat bang for your buck!

Pros: Service, food, value
Cons: Parking, far location (for me)

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who ventures to the area.

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