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madddskillzBurnabySince September 26, 200557 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Displaying 21 - 40 of 57 Reviews Found
West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Good, but wasn't wowwed
Submitted Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 3:02am [Dine in]

Made reservations for 8:15, however we had to wait until 8:45 for a table.

The atmosphere at West is very open, and what I would consider to be more "business" than.. "romantic" I guess. Not really my cup of tea. The place did look better as it got darker though.

Once thing I like about the service is that they're accomodating and friendly, but they don't try to suck up to you like many other higher end places do.

Food was great, but didn't quite blow me away. We all had the tasting menu. The first couple of dishes, the Amuse Bouche, Tuna, Foie Gras, and Scallops were all great tasting. World class. But the pink bream and kobe style beef were just okay. And I'm not a big fan as cheese either, so that threw me off a little. Favorite dish was definately the scallops; best I've ever had. Alot of the plates incorporate alot of fruits and sweet flavors, which provided great balance, but didn't suit the palates of my dining party.

The desert was great, but not punch the waiter "damn this cake is good! Why didn't anyone tell me how good this cake is" good

Overall I had a pretty good experience, but West didn't really meet my high expections. In any case, I'd definitely recommend checking this place out if you haven't already.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Awesome
Submitted Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 2:39am [Dine in]

Went here on my birthday and was very very impressed. Quality of the food is awesome and they also have a great selection of Belgian beers. The martinis were great too, very good presentation.

I love the atmosphere, it's cozy yet roomy. And being on the outskirts of downtown, parking is easy to find.

The mussels are to die for... you MUST order a pot. And you can't go wrong with any of the three choices either!

I had the sablefish as the main. Great flavors and everything was cooked just right.

The service was great. However, I noticed it took a long time for them to take our orders and there was noticable wait time when ordering drinks. I won't dock them too much for that though... as we weren't actually waiting for them to take our order.. it was more of a "hey, have u noticed no one has come by yet to take our order? weird. oh well" thing.

Regardless of that, I will definately be coming back. I also had a birthday dinner at West the day before and Chambar was a farrrrr better experience.

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Lumiere2551 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Overpriced: maybe. Great food: definitely
Submitted Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 12:12am [Dine in]

Lumiere is jutt awesome. It's right there with fine dining establishments worldwide. Everything is delicately prepared and tastes just right.

We started off the evening with a nice amuse bousche consisting of a mini tuna tartare and a squash soup. Both were extremely tasty. We chose the a la carte menu, and I began with the Butternut squash ravioli. It's melt in your mouth yummy and everyone in my party agreed it was the best thing on the appetizer list. For my main course, I had the Roasted lamb chops which was very good. Meat was very tender, but not chewy and tasted great. Definitely one of the best I've ever had. For dessert, the warm chocolate fondant is to die for.

The service is pretty much what you'd expect from an "expensive restaurant"; Friendly, accomodating, and overly eager to help. The food does come out slow, but you're never left with the feeling of waiting forever.

The ambiance on the other hand did not meet my expectations. While the space was nicely decorated, it was tiny and seating is pretty cramped. You can't sit back and relax or anything. One person in my party had his head bumped five times by people walking by, and I had my foot kicked a couple of times twice by waiters.

So other than the space issue, this place blew me away. Haha it also blew my wallet away too.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Decent
Submitted Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

While probably not the spot for the most authentic Mexican cuisine, I found this place to be pretty good. It's a nice alternative to other franchise large restaurants. A place I wouldn't feel too weird bringing my family to.

Food is pretty straight forward and simple. Had no problems with the service either. Prices are decent.

There were no line ups when I went on a Tuesday night, so I didn't have any issues with that.

I'll probably be back if I'm in the neighborhood.

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Horizons100 Centennial Way, Burnaby
Alright
Submitted Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

When you goto a restaurant where the place was designed from the ground up with an awesome location first, often the quality of the food isn't up to par.

While I wasn't completely blown away by the food at Horizons, I found it to be pretty decent. Not the best, but not the worst. I could say the same about the service too...

The spot is quite romantic, located on Burnaby Mountain, and I think I would only return for the ambiance rather than the food.

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Wang's Beef Noodle House8390 Granville Street, Vancouver
Worst Service Ever!
Submitted Sunday, March 12, 2006 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

I used to work nights and ended up here alot.. and this place has the worst service ever!! And it's consistantly bad! They don't take your order unless you call someone over... and no one is ever looking.. wrong orders every time (small bowls when larges are ordered, wrong type of noodles...), never refill tea, rude waitresses/waiters, when we asked for one spoon, they brought out three and just tossed them in the bowl... waited 15 minutes for a canned drink.. etc.

I've even brought people here just to demonstate how bad the service is..

Honestly, the food is pretty good, especially at 2am when there's nothing else open, which in turn kept me coming back... but never again. This is the only place that I've been to that I didn't leave a tip.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
hapa is good
Submitted Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - 2:49am [Dine in]

Finally made a visit after hearing alot about this place. It'd be pretty accurate to describe it as an upscale version of Guu. Ambiance is nice and dark inside; it's loud but not crazy loud like guu. Service is very prompt, friendly, and unobtrusive. Food was very good. Portions were noticibly bigger than most other Izakayas, but then so were the prices (not too much tho). Definitely worth checking out.

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Incendio103 Columbia St, Vancouver
A different kinda of slice
Submitted Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 2:02am [Dine in]

Had a casual lunch here. The atmosphere is nice and the food was average. All the pizza here is thin crust style. We only had pizza and the middle of the pizzas were a little too soggy for my tastes. It was decent though, but not outstanding. Everything else was OK. I'd like to come back again to try the other stuff on the menu but I don't intend on going out of my way to get here.

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Monsoon East West Brasserie2526 Main, Vancouver
It's good!
Submitted Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 4:33am [Dine in]

The service was prompt, friendly, and unobtrusive. We started off with some paprika fries, which tasted a little like hickory sticks with some spice. I had the glazed pork belly, which was very delicious. It could use some more veggies though to offset all the meat. Friend ordered the braised beef short ribs which she liked as well.

Downsides to our meal was that it was a little chilly in the restaurant and I wasn't really a fan of the tables, as they were easily displaced and looked like they came out of an elementary school. No biggie though, that's really just me nit-picking.

Overall, it was a great dining experience and I will be returning.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
always a great dining experience
Submitted Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 2:58am [Dine in]

Tip top service, pretty good food. Their Steak is above par, but not overly exceptional. Though to be fair I was trying out someone else's steak which was prepared medium when I prefer rare. Bread and sweet potato fries are great. Portions are pretty big.

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Steamrollers586 Hornby Street, Vancouver
have to disagree...
Submitted Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

A while back one night me and some friends were craving a burrito and immediately thought of this place recalling the amount of traffic we saw at it during the day. Made the trip out only to be disappointed. What I remember is that there wasn't really much flavor to anything we ordered. Nothing really had that really fresh taste either that you get when eating raw veggies.

Gave it another chance after that, but much to the same results.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
not bad...
Submitted Friday, November 11, 2005 - 4:38am [Dine in]

At red door the dishes are pretty pricey for what you get and not too great. The service is friendly though and our server kindly gave us some complimentary flatbread.

Overall it's not bad, but I'd rather go elsewhere.

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Ch'i / Chi Restaurant and Lounge1796 Nanaimo, Vancouver
Great food paired with subpar service
Submitted Friday, November 11, 2005 - 12:12am [Dine in]

This is my second time coming here, first time dining. First time we went on a tuesday to find it completely packed. This time we made reservations for a late dinner at nine and got in with no problem at all.

The food was all really good. Particularily the enoki mushroom spring rolls and the tempura oysters. The tuna carpaccio was also tasty, but it was sliced soooo thin that you couldn't help but think about how far your buck would go at a place like Shabusen.

For desert, the vietnamese coffee cake is perfection. You MUST try it! So chocolaty, yet with no overly chocolaty after taste.

Service was sooooo poor though. There was only ONE waitress and she was in the back most of the time. It took forever to get her attention. The bartender actually took our orders and seated us as well. When we very causually mentioned they forgot a dish there was no apology or anything, just that it would be a couple of minutes. The dish came out about half an hour after we were done with everything else. And when we left there was no goodbye or acknowledgement.

It's a shame that the service is so poor, because the food is great. For a place that's open till 12, it's like they shut down shop before 9

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
I give it a solid B+
Submitted Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

Food was good, but not outstanding. None of the dishes really stood out, but they were all tasty. We split 5 dishes between three people, although Cru isn't really much of a tapas place.. regardless we were all still decently full by the end of the night.

Started off with the caesar, which was pretty standard tasting. The pieces of lettuce were big and had to be cut with a knife, and the croutons were toasted pieces of bread rather than the usual hard store bought ones.

We also ordered the hand-cut frites, which were served with something that looked like and probably was mayo. The plate was pretty big, and the fries were good. They were soft and tasted more potatoey than regular fast food fries.

The Calamari, which was tender and gooddd.

The Beef Short Rib w/mac and cheese. Decent... but kept reminding me of Memphis Blues, which when I think of gives me the feeling of being overly stuffed.

The Lamb Chop. The Lamb was nice. Very pink and nicely spiced. The spätzle it came with... not so great.

Service was slow to start. After we got our drinks and were ready to order, the waiter didn't show up for a while. But when we got his attention everything was smooth after that.

The blue lights make the place seem cheesy when spotting the place while driving by, but beyond that little foyer, the restaurant looks pretty good. It's small and intimate, dim but not dark. Nice place to take a date, although it was a little loud because of the size of the place. Be sure to make reservations before coming.

All the food is kind of on the verge of being really really good, but just falls short a little. I'd like to come back and sample some of the other dishes to see if one really shines.

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Rain Lounge and Grill2831 Bainbridge Ave, Burnaby
I haven't been back in a while..
Submitted Sunday, November 6, 2005 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

I used to come here quite a bit for cheap wings on wednesdays as it's located only a couple of blocks from my home.

The room is very very spacious so you're pretty far from other diners. There is a dancefloor in the middle, though most of the time there tables are there.

The service is quite slow, and when the food finally comes out, more often than not it's cold. On some occasions they had run out of wings on wednesday depite the place never being packed.

I don't plan on coming back anytime soon.

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
average joes
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2005 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

Food was average, service was average, as was the ambiance. However I still had a great time dining here with friends and family so it gets a four in my books.

This place is pretty big so it accommodates larger parties well.

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Nan Chuu8391 Alexandra Road, #1160, Richmond
Authentic Japanese food in Richmond! Wow!!
Submitted Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 11:01am [Dine in]

I was pretty impressed with Nan Chuu after my first visit last night. The decor is really nice, ambiance is fantastic. Food is prepared delicately and is delicious. Service was quick. I will definately be returning.

Be sure to sample the Gyu Tataki!

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Shabusen Yakiniku House2993 Granville Street, Vancouver
Come with an empty stomach
Submitted Wednesday, November 2, 2005 - 12:52am [Dine in]

I've been to the Granville location a couple of times and it has alway been a good experience. Don't look here for fine dining, but just decent food and loads of it. If you're looking for all you can eat cuisine, this place is number 1.

You fill out what you want on a piece of paper and simply give it to the server so there's no confusion. Though it's more impersonal, this method's better for this type of all you can eat as it makes it alot easier for larger parties to sort out what to get.

There's a parking lot with free parking downstairs, so parking's not too much of a problem. There was also a parking guy watching over the small lot while I was there today.

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
meh...
Submitted Tuesday, November 1, 2005 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

Went here a couple of years ago with a group of four and the waitress was quite rude to us. We sat there for a loong time waiting for someone to come and clear our plates after we were done. When we complained the restaurant was very apologetic and offered us a bottle of wine. Sat on the patio which was nice, but it's hard to achieve a good sense of the ambiance this way.

I don't remember much else except that the food was average and not memorable.

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Le Gavroche Restaurant1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver
leave room for dessert!
Submitted Tuesday, November 1, 2005 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

There is only a small number of tables so reservations are neccessary here. The Decor is nice and what you would expect from an expensive place. A romantic place to take a date. Probably not the best place for a large party.

The food here is fantastic and the service is great too. Almost every dish on the menu is prepared in two ways and when you order something you receive it prepared in both ways.

The dessert was reaaally good, and although it took a while to come out, the wait was more than worthwhile!

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