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kennydoc1999VancouverSince October 1, 200740 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Sister to Italian Kitchen & Black and Blue
Submitted Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

We went on a Sunday here a couple of weeks ago and when you first see the restaurant from street level you see about a dozen tables outside with propane heaters to keep diners toasty. Walk past the outside tables and in the middle of the room is a large circular bar/cold appetizer/steamed hot shellfish station. To the right and the left and behind the bar/food station were more tables, there was also a mezzanine area to the back of the restaurant. Several single diners sat around the bar/food station which reminded me of Japanese restaurants where diners can eat and watch sushi chefs. Surprisingly there were at least three other tables that I could see that had small children eating, it seemed more of an adult like atmosphere for dining upon entering and not an establishment that you'd bring kids to.

Our server was very prompt in her service, offering water ( carbonated in what seemed like an inhouse operation cost $3 per person ) first, drinks, and food choices. She was very knowledgable about the food items, answering our questions with a calm friendly demeanour. There was a also a food runner who cheerily brought the courses in a timely fashion. Conversation was bright, friendly, and unobtrusive with the server(s).

First we were given a complimentary small cold fish tar-tar plate, surrounding the juicy very tiny fish was a dab of caviar and under neath was a light crispy shell. This was somewhat tastless even with caviar but the meat was sashimi-like in texture. We choose two appetizer: (1) the smoked salmon flatbread a real winner, red onions, nice light sauce, crispy light oven baked bread, much like a semi-sweet Italian oven baked pizza crust. (2) Steamed clams and mussels in a chardonay garlic sauce. The clams and mussels smelled somewhat "fishy" not overpowering, but for those that don't want any of that fish smell whatsoever in their food you might have sent this back. We split a main, the White Sturgeon with a side of crispy brussel sprouts. The flesh of this fish was very moist and juicy, accenting the plate were white beans in a light cream sauce. The brussel sprouts were deep fried, seasoned with light chili flakes and sprinkled on top with parmesan cheese, frankly not done with much subtley but more of a pub-like style.

With a glass of wine the bill for the two of us, before tipping, came to $101. To be sure we weren't disappointed with the dining experience regarding the service and the atmosphere, but frankly the food needs some bumping up to be inline with everything else.

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
This was enjoyable
Submitted Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 6:09am [Dine in]

We went in on a Sunday night luckily just before the dinner rush. They don't accept reservations and by 6:15 there was a small lineup, about 6-7 people deep, by the front door which continued until we left. There's free parking in front of the restaurant and given it was Sunday the adjoining businesses were closed so no one would object if you parked more than 1 hour.

Inside there's two t.v.s' on opposite sides on the wall with lots of bright lighting. The people making the sushi are right in the middle, you can cosily sit at the available seats around the sushi makers, with tables around its perimeter. It makes for a small, warm, casual, intimate, eating atmoshere. Being so small inside the servers are able to tend to your needs very quickly and efficiently. Water and tea topped up consistently, dirty plates and the like taken away promptly. Nice.

The food was very good, not extremely large portions but enough and done well. We had Gomaae, deep fried tofu, tuna & salmon sashimi, California Rolls made with real crab, a salad and it was the perfect amount for two. After tip the bill was just over $41.

It's a fun, intimate, casual spot for sushi. Definitely worth a stop!

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Milestone's Grill and Bar2425 Cambie, Vancouver
Nothing to complain about at this chain
Submitted Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

There's certain casual type chains that always deliver consistant food and service and this is one of them.

I met a friend on SuperBowl Sunday here and this is what I encountered and thought:

-I got a happy and courteous welcome from the hostess as I made it to the top of the stairs.

-The room feels spacious, the bar is to your right and the dining booths are on the left. Farther to the left stil is the kitchen. You can sort of make out what the kitchen staff are doing.

-The server was prompt offering drinks, checking to see if we were ready to order food, checking to see if anything else was needed. Very efficient, very pleasant in her demeanour.

-We ordered Wild Pacific Coho Salmon & a Grilled Seafood Salad. The seafood was not overcooked, the shrimp was done more on the medium well side which was fine. Everything was fine; although if the seafood was a bit more spiced up in its preparation that would have made the food a bit more enjoyable.

-Because the game was on it made for quite a noisy atmosphere, but the noise was not to the point where our conversation could not go on without shouting.

-The room itself was your typical dark woody feel, the bar and kitchen areas conveys a brighter contrast.

This restaurant will not disappoint you for a casual get-together for food or just drinks.

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Cactus Club Cafe588 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Consistency should be this chain's middle name
Submitted Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 6:22am [Dine in]

I've walked by this Cactus Club many times since it first opened and had the pleasure of going in the other night with a couple of friends.

Because it was nighttime candles were lit it made for intimate dining, the large screen t.v.'s gave the feel of a upscale sports bar. Great for a couple of guys just chilling and hanging! The place was full on a Sunday night and we had to wait 10 minutes before getting seated @ 8p.m. You know there's a reason why a restaurant is full that late at night.

We only had a couple of appetizers: yam fries & chicken wings. That's why the mediocre rating. The food was fine, the restaurant didn't botch them ( how could you? ) but there lacked any type of garnishing on the plate. No color or style, no added sauces except for one small dip on the yam fries. Next time we'll try heartier fare and I'm sure the rating will go up.

The male server we had was the reincarnation of Speedy Gonzales, man did he motor around his section of tables. He was obviously busy but he never left our drink glasses empty or our plates sitting dirty for very long.

Cactus C. has done a great job over the years in perfecting their restaurant formula. You always get what you expect and this one delivers very well. Stop by for food or drinks, you won't be disappointed.

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Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
Strong in some aspects and weak in others
Submitted Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

I went in with a couple of friends on a Sunday night. Walking in the place had a nice vibe upstairs ( dark coloured wood surrounds you with the voices of many people having a good time ), quite a few people around the bar area and many of the tables were occupied.

We were sent downstairs by one of the hostesses and to our right were pool tables, in front of us was the bar, and to our left was the kitchen area. A couple of t.v.'s were showing sports throughout our time there, the music playing in the background was mostly 90's/2000 stuff that couldn't offend anyone. Again you see lots of dark wood from the flooring to the walls to the tables.

The server was very prompt and competent, he answered all our questions well about their beer and he suggested what he thought we might enjoy. Good job.

What I was impressed was their selection of beers, whether it be their seasonal varieties or what they have on tap. Great place to hang with people and enjoy a few pints.

The food was the only thing that didn't impress: the burgers we had were okay, but not exceptional. They were your standard-find-it-anywhere-from-Red-Robin-White-Spot-type. The one dish that was quite a disappointment was the crab&spinach dip. Nicely presented with many dipping bread wafers and melted cheese on top, but so sorely missing any umph in taste. It was extremely bland even with the melted cheese.

For a group of four with food and two pitchers of beer our bill before tip was just over $110. By all means stop by Steamworks for drinks, just don't expect to be wowed by the food though.

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
If I wanted to eat in 38c temperatures I would've...
Submitted Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

had a sandwich while working out at Bikram's Yoga. I'll explain later but first let's touch upon the positives, shall we?

On a Sunday a few weeks ago we were a group of 15 who first had drinks in the bar side and then we were ushered into the dining room. The bar side was a great, warm, dark, lively spot. The server was handling us, and others around us, with warmth and ease never missing a need or want. Nice job!

The bar is on your right as you enter and if I was with just a buddy or two I would've enjoyed saddling up to the bar and sampling various scotches that are on the shelves. It's a brick sided room that makes for a great place to have a few drinks and a bite.

Onto the dining, this started out well after we moved from the bar area to the dining room. We were all seated at a communal table with various other small groups on our left and right. A host introduced our servers, the chef that night, and the beer brewer ( whom also ate dinner with us ) who spoke briefly about the pints placed in front of us. A nice warm atmosphere was set.

The food arrived and our menu was pre-set, we all had the turkey w/mashed potato, stuffing and cranberry sauce. The turkey was amazing, very moist, nicely seasoned. The mashed potatoes were smoothly whipped and a nice, simple contast to the stuffing--also done very well. My two minor quibbles with the food were:
(1) The cranberry sauce was too over-powering for the dish and it was heaped on too heavily on the plate.
(2) They ran out of dessert for me to try, but the others said the cheesecake served was tasty.
Small problems easy to overlook.

The servers on the dining side were fast and efficient, given that you're at a long rectangular table with many others in the small room the volume rises where you have to speak very loud to be heard, so the servers don't engage in much banter.

Lastly about my title, the only reason I gave The I.H. a 1 for ambiance is because of the unbearable heat while we were eating. No kidding, the temperature in the room was at least in the high 30's! Sweat was literally dripping off my forehead, I looked around to see if others were affected by this and the Brewmeister's face was beet-red and not because of the alcohol he was drinking: cold beer.

Summing this up I'd definitely go to drink & eat in the bar side, but the dining room would be a no-no unless they bring temps down significantly.

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
This is not quality Chinese food this is...
Submitted Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 8:25am [Dine in]

Chinese food for the Cantonese lower working class. Or if you're someone who likes food court quality Cantonese food this is for you.

We walked in just after 2 p.m. so there weren't many diners ( perhaps that was why the female server was able to fill our water & tea consistently?) You notice upon entry that it's a big dining area with a high ceiling, there's a lot of tables but the restaurant lacks any warmth or proper dining ambiance. Imagine either what a beer hall looked like in the 70's or better yet picture the tables arranged in a food court. You can hear the owners saying " Get people in and let them stuff their faces, who cares about fancy surroundings?"

The main kitchen is in the back and there's windows where you can see a cook doing his job to your right. It sort of adds to the grimy overall feel to the restaurant, you have the heat/grease coming from the cooking stations which seems to coat: the sauce bottles on the table, the tables and the chairs, the plastic cups you're given to drink out of and the cheap plates and bowls. Needless to say you feel oily and grimy in here.

We ordered three dishes a seafood hot pot, some rice noodles, and a vegetable dish. The Chinese food was ( again ) very reminiscent of a food court. Not bad, not great, just okay.

I didn't pay but I believe the bill came to under $40 so you do get full for not much money spent but you don't feel that you ate quality Chinese at all. I guess being on Robson they must have at least one gritty, street-level type restaurant. If you can't have people cooking and selling their food on the sidewalks/streets like in Asia this is the next best thing.

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Cardero's1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
On the patio
Submitted Monday, July 4, 2011 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

I went with a friend to Cardero's and while we were primarily interested in drinking, we ordered a couple of appetizer's as well.

From the outside you see the outdoor patio on your left and the entrance to the restaurant in front of you. It's in a great spot, if you're walking along the path to or from Stanley Park, in between boats that are docked on either side of you. So you hear the birds, see people getting on and off their boats, see lots of people walking on the pathway. Lots of movement.

We wanted to sit on the patio ( nicer to drink in the sun ) because inside it's a little dark even with the many windows. The open kitchen is to your immediate left upon entering, it really adds to the action, and it's always entertaining to watch your food being prepared, if you decide to eat inside. The bar is to your right once in the door, it's your standard dark wood type bar. It strikes me that the owner(s) of this place probably haven't renovated in quite some time, as the dark woody features inside seem to hide the actual age of the furniture and the establishment.

The servers are in jeans, white shirts & don white aprons. The girl who tended us was efficient, but not chatty nor particularly friendly. She brought us what we wanted without any smiles nor pleasant banter. No exemplary service that day, and no complaints either. Very banal.

The appetizers were quite good, a Wok Broccolini dish and Wok Squid. Both were done well, the broccoli wasn't over cooked and was in a semi-sweet sauce while the Squid was not chewy cooked in its batter. Nice. The menu had a few Asian items to go along with the burgers/pizzas and seafood items.

I'd stop here again if I was in the area and next time I'll try one of the main dishes.

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Bob Likes Thai Food3755 Main Street, Vancouver
If Bob likes it then why shouldn't I?
Submitted Monday, May 30, 2011 - 5:51am [Dine in]

My dining companion and I stopped in here Sunday night. Once we entered we noticed a small waiting area immediately to your right, interestingly what looks like a bathroom sink is just in front of the waiting area. The sink works! I've never seen a restaurant that lets its guests wash their hands literally in the dining room. There's about 10 small tables, the off-white walls are sparsely adorned with matching fork portraits on opposite walls, a wood cabinet(?) and large light are at the back area just in front of the kitchen, write-ups about the restaurant are plastered on the front window. All tables except one were taken around 6:30 p.m. and three tables had kids, nice to see young families dining on Thai. Everyone was dressed very casually, this isn't a place where you have to put on the formal attire at all.

The two girls servicing us were constantly filling our, and others, water glasses constantly. Plates were quickly taken away, and smiles were aplenty. There was no friendly banter exchange whatsoever, but that's fine as you get what you want expeditiously within the servers' pleasant nonverbal demeanour.

The sauces for three dishes that we ordered were phenomenal! We ordered Penang Beef, an eggplant dish, and a chicken green bean dish. The Penang Beef had a very nice smooth texture, a slight spicy bite to it, excellent eaten over rice. The chicken and green bean was slightly sweet within a very mild ( we asked for mild spicy for all dishes ) spicy flavour, quite discernible and unique taste from the Penang Beef. The eggplant was the mildest of the dishes, a sweeter dish with a little black-bean aftertaste. The final dish was a salad, tomato cucumber & beef. A sprinkle of a wheat-like substance was mixed in. I didn't try this dish but my dining partner hardily ate it all.

My only small complaint in eating here might be that the meat in both the Penang Beef and the chicken on the green bean dish were not as moist and succulent as I expected. The meats were too chewy and tough, a shame as the dishes would have really excelled if the meats were more tender and moist. Still the food was very good.

We paid $48 before tipping and while it wasn't dirt cheap for the size and quality of food received, we did feel stuffed with good food and we felt we got good value for money spent.

Really recommend that you try Bob's!

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Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar601 West Cordova, Vancouver
Inside Waterfront Station
Submitted Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 8:18pm [Dine in]

I caught the Canucks game here on a Sunday night and was immediately impressed with the high ceilings, decor, large windows ( in the dining room ) and just natural beauty that Rogue is housed within Waterfront Station. Add in 3 big screens, and a projection screen behind the brightly lit bar and it's a hockey fans' dream. We were seated in an enclave just off the main bar area, and while there was a massive screen and a 40 (?) inch screen the sound was only audible for us from the screens by the bar. The fans were well-behaved, in a good mood, and in general nicely dressed and casually upscale. Ambiance = cool

We ordered calamari, natchos, and a halibut dinner item. You really can't screw-up calamari or natchos but you can make them outstanding, unfortunately they were both ordinary and typical bar standard. The halibut was described to me as tastless, but the curry sauce around it made it a bit more palatable. Food = boring

The server we had was great! She was very pleasant, smiling often, always around checking if we needed top ups on our drinks, more food. She handled a busy section with fantastic competence. Service = great

They've got 20 beers on tap so go here for the drinks and the Canucks' games, but you can definitely do better for dinner.

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Taiko on Denman689 Denman Street, Vancouver
Solid in some respects, weak in others
Submitted Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

Three of us went in on a Monday night, the place was very quiet given the amount of empty tables and chairs occupying the rather big restaurant. The row of 15 chairs ( or so ) facing the sushi chefs were vacant the whole time we were eating. When we left at 7 p.m. there were only 4 tables eating so there was not much in terms of energy in the room at all that night. The decor gives off a somewhat spartan devoid feeling: lots of tables, flat screen t.v.'s behind the sushi chefs, surrounded by windows. A trumped-up eating hall. Not much to look at inside, but good for looking out towards Stanley Park and the corner of Georgia & Denman though.

Let's get down to the food shall we? The sashimi was very good, sockeye salmon, tuna tako, hokkigai et al. The rolls and cones were fine; although some of them fell too easily apart. What made a difference was the seaweed used in the rolls and cones here, there was a fine crunch and texture, if you've ever eaten sushi with chewy seaweed you know what I mean.

The hot food was a definite miss in terms of taste and quality. I won't go into detail as we tried just about all there is listed on the hot item menu, let me sum it up by saying the only thing that was good was the BBQ chicken wings. Everything else is the same as all the other AYCE sushi places in Vancouver. Quite a disappointment. Maybe if they focused in on creating a few tasty, innovative, items rather than featuring a vast number of tasteless boring hot food I would have been happier.

The manager who started serving us was very good, he timed items so we had appetizers first rather than just dumping everything off at once. The Japanese girls who arrived to serve us shortly after 6 p.m. were just as nice, very pleasant in their conversation and decidely Japanese in their manner ( polite, cheerful, energetic ) :) As a side note the sushi was made by Chinese guys, if that matters at all to you.

You'd probably be better off stopping here for fast lunch as there's no use in spending extra $$$ for the hot items that you could skip entirely.

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Sawasdee Thai Restaurant4250 Main St, Vancouver
A Thai Restaurant That Doesn't Disappoint
Submitted Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

We came here Wednesday night around 6:30 and there were about half a dozen tables already occupied, throughout the night the tables were taken mostly by small families like ours with a few couples thrown in. The room was quite darkly lit and the candles on the tables offered an intimate feel when first entering through the front door. There's a large mirror on the back wall separating the kitchen area from the dining tables giving the room a larger feel, there's about 16-20 tables in the restaurant.

You're greeted warmly when you go in, and they give you a warm farewell as you exit. Nice.

The staff are very efficient when it comes to taking, serving and packing-up your food. The food came out very hot and fresh, the water glasses were never empty for very long, and the plates were changed for clean ones right after our appetizers were done. Nicely done.

The food was very nice, the presentation had nice touches of contrasting colours e.g. we had the Thai Springrolls and the Cho Muang. The springrolls had a nut sauce, which discreetly gave it a different flavour, and carrot flower to brighten up the plate. The Cho Muang by itself was a purple coloured flower dumpling with simple orange slices to make for a more visually appetizing platter. Add in Pad Thai and a Green Chicken Curry and I think we had all the colours of the food rainbow covered. Seriously the Pad Thai was very good ( about 5-6 prawns in the dish ) , the noodles weren't overcooked and the spiciness was just right ( for us anyways ), the curry had a nice abundance of crispiness because of the bamboo shoots, a smidge of green peppers and a smoothness to the palate from the coconut milk. Simple food made very well.

If you like Thai food, you'll like Sawasdee.

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QQ Sushi1640 West Broadway, Vancouver
QQ Sushi= No Queues Here
Submitted Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 2:12am [Take-out]

I've walked by this place several times and thought I'd do a quick take-out given that I finished the last of my X-Mas shopping at Chapter's.

There's really not much positive to say about my experience here. The food was sooooooo much like the multitude of other Asian ( Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese ) sushi places, there was nothing terribly wrong with the food, and nothing incredibly right about it either. I ordered their sushi special and I was struck by how mediocre the taste and presentation was, it could have been just another food court processed meal. Ho-hum.

The staff are Chinese, the so-called-kitchen is completely open so you can see one guy dressed sort of in a short order cook's beanie hat in whites toiling around the deep fryer,one guy in street clothes rolling your sushi, and on this day two waitresses taking orders from tables, working the till and helping to fill the take out orders. Efficiently run with in a very pedestrian sort of way, there's no happening/edgy/unique atmosphere, there are about eight tables closely grouped by the front half of the restaurant, the plastic menus are laid out on the tables, the walls are painted a muted orange, the open kitchen/sushi station/till are in the behind the tables. The music you hear is from a FM station. So pedestrian.

Would I tell you to pass on eating here? No. But I wouldn't say "you have to try this place, it's great" either. Ho-hum on this pre-Ho!-Ho!-Ho! day

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Ming's Restaurant1321 Quadra St., Victoria
How does one spell Mediocre Western Style Chinese food? M-I-N-G-'S
Submitted Monday, December 13, 2010 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

Man does this place remind me of a restaurant I once worked at...Like 22 years ago! The waiters wear goofy looking jackets, the stars on the ceiling look like something my kids would put on their walls, the layout with the live fishtank and tables scattered about the restaurant without proper division is quite quaint. Quaint as in quaint in the 80's.

Moving onto the food. Hmmm, authentic Chinese? Not quite, not bad but really white-washed. This place wouldn't cut-it in Vancouver, in Victoria with all the Caucasian patrons that were in there on a Friday night it'll survive ( but for how long I wonder?).

The waiter cracked a few jokes, he filled our tea and waters regularly, offered food suggestions, delivered and cleared dishes quickly, there's no complaints here.

I can't recommend you eating here, there must be better Chinese places in Chinatown?

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Dai Tung1050 Kingsway, #108, Vancouver
For a dim sum first-timer eating here it was...
Submitted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:48pm [Dine in]

"pretty good." At least that was how my buddy put it. How would I rate this restaurant? I would say that of all the four main rating categories on DineHere the only weak point was the ambiance. It's not dirty ( I didn't visit the bathroom,a good telltale sign of an establishment's overall cleanliness ) but there's a t.v. and I've always disliked t.v.'s in restaurants unless it was a bar/pub. Am I too picky on this point? Lastly, there's just no real eye-catching, warm feeling vibe in the room; nothing very off-putting, just a rather bland interior.

We had all the usual items that you'd find at dim sum and the majority of the food was hot. There were a few lukewarm items, but that was because the servers carried them on large cookie sheet trays offering them to tables rather than peddling the food on steaming carts.

The food tasted quite good, nothing was amiss.

For two guys we were completely stuffed for only $32, so the value was solid.

Everyone we dealt with spoke English and the food items were described well, we got our tea refilled quickly and used plates were taken away expeditiously as well. In the case of warm server-customer banter there's none of it here, but there's usually none at any Chinese Restaurant unless you're a regular or they know you for some reason.

There's free parking out front and on the street, unless it's between 3p.m.-6p.m.

No doubt that if you're in the mood for inexpensive, good tasting dim sum a stop here would be a safe trip.

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La Casa Gelato1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
First time customer, but not the last time?
Submitted Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 1:23pm [Dine in]

We went in here the other day, no doubt there's a lot of people who love this place as there's a lot of in and out traffic. This place will never run out of customers.

Their product was just okay, not a taste which really made one think: " This gelato is the best I've ever tasted!" It's just so mediocre, granted there's lots of flavors but you have to think just how old and long has the product been in their freezers?

The guys who serve you aren't particularly cheery, you pay, get what you want and leave.

Poor value, one small scoop for $5? So not worth it!

No chairs or tables inside to sit on, you have to cross the street and eat outside for a seat.

We might come back here, but no way will we go out of our way if we're looking for fantastic gelato/ice cream.

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Dream Sushi4401 Main St, Vancouver
Not quite a beautiful dream nor a nightmare
Submitted Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 9:59am [Dine in]

I stopped in for an afternoon takeout the other day, the restaurant was empty and staff were vacuuming around the tables getting ready for the evening diners.

It's a small Cantonese-sushi run place, they have a hand-written sign advertising Peking Duck roll - no joke! The walls are adorned with scotch taped multi-coloured handwritten comments by past customers commenting about their dining experience here. Nice idea but it sort of makes the place look messy and convoluted in style.
There's about 8 tables to eat at with a dark wood look to the room, I'm sure the lighting that they have set in the ceiling makes the enviroment look more appetizing at night than in the day.

The female waitress was very sweet with a nice welcoming attitude, I'm sure if we were eating in that she would have done a great job serving us.

The food itself was fine, the rice in the sushi was a little softer than I prefer although the seaweed was good not the real cheapy chewy kind.

If I'm looking to eat some sushi in the hood I'd stop here again, nothing in this restaurant raises serious red flags not to.

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Paragon Pizza6942 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Obviously sanitary concerns aren't part of this place
Submitted Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

We've ordered pizza from this particular Round Table ( and other locations around the Lower Mainland ) and always been very satisfied by the taste and price charged for pies, $25 for two large pizzas and other similar great deals.

Having said that when you actually see where and how your pizza was made it makes you lose a lot of your appetite for Round Table pizzas. The girl who took our order uttered only minimal words, no smile nor emotion emitted, took our payment and went about making the pizzas. Wow, I guess washing hands after touching money or before preparing food isn't practiced nor preached during training.

It's also a good idea not to look around at the surroundings when you're waiting for your food to be ready either. The window counter had trash on it as well as the floor beneath, the counter itself looked really sticky and greasy. Paint peeling off the walls, dirty windows, everything in this place looked old, dirty, chipped and haggard.

The delivery guy came in and he was uttering the weirdest come-on to the girl who worked in the store. What a slimy grease-ball, not someone who you'd ever want touching your food. Weirdo.

So I'm kind of in a conundrum: I like the pizza but I can't do take out or eat-in without seeing the scummy restaurant and dirty cooking practices, I could have it delivered but I'd have to deal slimy-greasy-weirdo-guy.

Will I ever get a pizza from here again, or better yet should I ever order from here after what I've said above?

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Nancy Wonton House5257 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
Nancy needs to spend more time in the restaurant
Submitted Monday, May 10, 2010 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

getting the food/ambiance/service up to better levels; although given the amount of people eating here I'm sure she (he?) is happy enough collecting the money from all those customers.

What's the reason for all the customers? The food is okay, not good not great, just okay. You can find the same quality in many of the other Chinese places which dot Victoria Drive.

Onto the service, the waitress asked "how many?" when we walked in "ready to order?" and "plate or bowl?" those were the only words spoken to us. Actually we got what we needed, and the food came out fast and hot. Just no friendly banter.

The interior looks like Chinese Auntie Nancy has not updated the place since 1977. Booth seating by the window, well used wooden chairs & tables, larger round tables, glass window ( you can see the guys cooking in the back -no one wears proper cooks' clothing or hair nets/hats everyone is in streetwear- ) separating the kitchen from the dining room.

You could eat in a lot of other places which are worse ( and better for that matter ), this restaurant is good for what it is.I can't recommend eating here, nor can I discourage you not to.

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Prestons Restaurant1177 West Pender Street, Vancouver
If you weren't already staying in the hotel, you probably shouldn't go out of your way to eat here
Submitted Monday, April 19, 2010 - 7:58pm [Dine in]

You find with restaurants that exist in hotels there usually isn't anything that really makes you want to eat there over-and-over again. This for sure can be said of Prestons.

While there's nothing really wrong with the service, the food, and heck even the ambiance ( there a very small bar area off to the side and an equally small area where you could just have a coffee next to it ), the place just lacks a real "wow" factor ( picture how the chains look i.e. Milestones, Cactus, White Spot et. al. ) You go and eat, and then you leave. No lasting impression is made in your mind. There's not a thrilling food/service/ambiance experience to be had here. Just okay.

Would I go here to eat with people again? Sure, if we're staying with friends in the hotel again. No if I'm looking for something to really enjoy.

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