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monkeypieVancouverSince September 9, 200715 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
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Displaying 1 - 15 of 15 Reviews Found
Nirvana Indian Cuisine2313 Main Street, Vancouver
Terrible experience!!!!
Submitted Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

This was the worst dining experience I have had in Vancouver for a LONG time!!!!

Service was sooooo slow...it took about 15 minutes to ask if we wanted a drink despite that there was only 2 other tables! The two staff members were just standing behind the counter, not doing anything.

Next, when we ordered, we were informed they were out of prawns so nothing basically from the entire section we were going to order from. We had an entertainment coupon so asked if we could get one of their thali dishes with it as they were out of prawns which was what we going to order. They said no, those dishes did not work with the coupon. Finally we ordered butter chicken and saag paneer.

The food was so-so at best...smaller portions, the butter chicken was very tomato saucy with 3 pieces of HUGE chicken rather than normal, bite size pieces. The saag paneer was overspiced and the paneer itself was very bland with only a few pieces in the whole dish! The rice was cold and the naam was small and not very fresh tasting.

Next, a homeless gentleman who appeared intoxicated entered the restaurant trying to sell customers flowers. He stopped at a table with two young women and began asking them for money, asking for sips of their wine, made inappropriate comments about their looks, etc. The women were good sports about it but were obviously uncomfortable and wanted to just enjoy their dinner...the staff did NOTHING...this went on for a good FIVE MINUTES STRAIGHT....which doesn't sound like long but if you were there, trust me, it felt very long!

The two staff members just stood behind the desk laughing at the situation rather than doing anything about it. Finally after almost 10 minutes, one of the staff members came over to the man and physically pulled him out of the restaurant in an over aggressive manner (a bit overkill, the staff should have just asked him to leave politely but firmly but like 5-10 minutes earlier!). Of course the man became aggressive as well and pushed the sign over, knocking over a flower pot, spilling dirt everywhere. It was quite a scene and really awkward for everyone. The staff made no effort to apologize to the ladies or the other customers.

We sat at the table for a good 15 minutes with dirty plates before they were cleared despite there was only one other table at this point, had to flag them down to ask for the bill, and then they forgot to apply the coupon to the bill and we had to go to the front and ask. SO ANNOYING!!!

Anyways, will never go back, will never recommend to anyone. AVOID this place, it was anything but a 'Nirvana' experience eating at Nirvana!

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Nuba146 East 3rd, Vancouver
Yummy for cheap!
Submitted Monday, January 17, 2011 - 8:10pm [Dine in]

So three of us decided to check out this location of Nuba on a weeknight.

The place wasn't too busy and the atmosphere was relaxed - definetly more like a cafe than a restaurant.

I got the veggie falafel plate - yummy hummus, and perfect falafel balls! and my friends got lamb specials which they liked as well. Very good prices for the amount and quality of food! This location is perfect for a laid back weeknight dinner or quick bite with better parking than the downtown one. However, for a weekend night out or birthday, etc., I would go with the more upscale atmosphere downtown. Same great food though!

Service was friendly, and unpretentious. Although they did take awhile to take our orders, food came quickly. I just heard another nuba cafe opened in the re-done Waldorf hotel bar, which is exciting! The nice thing about this place is each location is unique and does not feel at all like a 'chain' restaurant.

SO, if you like good Lebanese food - check it out!!!!!

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Tom & Jerry's Restaurant2828 E Hastings St, #101, Vancouver
Worst Dining Experience Had in a Developed Country
Submitted Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

Normally, I wouldn't post a review on this type of restaurant as it is an inexpensive chain diner and what do you expect? fine dining? obviously not, so why complain. However, I am posting this review as I experienced things I have only seen in an underdeveloped country where I was paying about 75 cents for a meal.

First off, the service was awful. We waited 20 minutes before anyone even looked our way. Should have left but hungry and not wanting to look else where. Finally a waitress came over and took our order but had this distracted and inattentive sense about her, that I just know she would get something wrong. Well, SOMETHING is an understatement.

She brought my coke after 15 minutes but forgot his beer altogether. She was politely reminded and went and got it and did not bring a glass with the bottle. She then forgot about our appetizer and brought our entrees. I ordered a chicken sandwich with salad. The salad was bagged salad mix that was totally inedible. It was black and slimy in spots, and wilted. This was covered by a large slice of cucumber that was dry and shriveled on one side as it was the end that should have been cut off and thrown out. There was no salad dressing with it and had to ask. His fries were soggy and the bottle of vinegar on the table had cloudy, murkey floaties in it. We also had an entertainment coupon which we were told was no longer accepted.

As we didn't eat much of our entrees, we asked about our appy that never came. She seemed unphased that she forgot and said "ok" and put the order in. 10 minutes later she brought out the worst calamari I have ever had. I mean, really sick. Batter was not really sticking to the squid and there were bits all over the plate and naked squid rings. It was covered in wilted peppers.

Finally, we asked for our bill and when it came we discovered we were overcharged by $15 (charged for a pitcher of beer instead of a bottle of beer). We overheard two other couples complaining about the food and mistakes as well.

When I got home later on I got stomach pains and felt awful. I will spare you the details.

Altogether, it was the worst experience I have had in a long time, if ever. I have had better service and food on the side of the road in rural Cambodia then at this place.

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Bandidas Taqueria2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Yummy and healthy bang for your buck!
Submitted Friday, March 5, 2010 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

Two friends and I decided to try out this place on a Thursday night. We were impressed by the menu selection (tons to choose from) and prices (super cheap!). The ambiance is laid back and comfortable. We all ordered different types of burritos - when they came they were HUGE and super tasty! I got the Leona Gayle with a side salad and was stuffed! We were happy that the food was pretty healthy and wasn't overkill on the greasy, melted cheese. One friend doesn't like overly spicy and she found her meal perfect (there is hot sauce avail for those like me who like a little kick!).
Overall the bill for 3 people only came to $28 - very cheap considering it was dinner and we were all full beyond comfort! The place was pretty busy for early on a Thursday and I now can see why. Would recommend this place to anyone who likes healthy food to taste good (and good on the wallet!).

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Deacon's Corner101 Main Street, Vancouver
Great place for breakfast!
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 5:48pm [Dine in]

Went here recently with a group of friends for breakfast on the weekend. Overall, very impressed with the food! We all ordered off the breakfast section and were surprised by the HUGE portions for such a low price.

I had the french toast and fruit compote which was great (yummy, big, puffy, golden pieces of french toast served with fresh fruit compote and whipped butter). My friend had the sausage and biscuit breakfast which he said was good.

Other people had pancakes, omeletes, toast/poached eggs/hash, etc. No major complaints. The hash browns are nice and spicy but they are served as like a patty thing (grated potato cooked together), rather than in little pieces, which some people don't like. The coffee was good and bottomless. They make their own homemade sausages and burgers, which is nice to see.

The waitress was a bit bossy and acted slightly irritated when we were ordering and asking for a couple alterations to the breakfasts (i.e. fruit instead of meat, etc.) but overall great experience. WIll certainly go back and try something new. The place was pretty busy but we were able to get a table together.

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Cozy but a little confusing
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

I went here with my boyfriend on one of those dine out Vancouver things. We both actually liked our meals. Strange combinations (fondue, beer, stew, indian curry and banana sundaes??) but everything tasted ok (minus the butter chicken). However...there is something a little confusing about this place........

Comfort food in a cozy cabin/barn/ski lodge atmosphere. Seems ok, but a little confused as to what type of vibe they are going for. On one hand, they serve the type of food you may have at grandmas: big bowls of hearty chunky beef stew with bread and butter, red delicious apple pieces, grapes and chunks of bread dipped in gooey, cheesy fondue...everything is very warm and soft (like good if you have dentures). On the other hand, with their flat screen tuned to hockey, bar, location, and drink menu they are certainly not trying to cater to the grey-haired, sunday-dinner-at-dennies, or even families with kids, type of crowd. They are def. a bit trendy ($18 for a bowl of stew?) and most of the patrons were in their mid 20s- mid 30s.

I don't know about you (or any other mid 20s-30s people out there) but a big comforting and filling bowl of beef stew is not my meal of choice before hitting the bar or going dancing on a saturday night...maybe if I was heading to senior's bingo it would be a different story, but I would probably go to Dennies and get it from the seniors menu for 50% off, not pay $18 amongst 20 something year old trendsters. Although the ambience of this place could be good to take a date to, there is something odd about slurping back stew on a first date.

Anyways, it was all very cozy and comfy and I actually liked the fondue a lot but I think Burgoo is trying to appeal too a little bit toooo wide of an audience. I understand with the economy these days, times are tough and you gotta do what you gotta do to make a few bucks but sometimes you just can't cater to everyone from 0 to 100.

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Grand View Szechuan Restaurant4181 East Fraser St., Vancouver
Good Chinese Food
Submitted Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

I just like this place. No frills, lots of selection, decent service, great taste and large portions. Not gormet, but good all around. The vegetarian won ton soup is awesome, spicy szechaun chicken dishes are good; seafood hot pots and prawn chow mein were great. Usually not too busy...service is not bad, but often have to wave them over to order because they give you lots of time. I haven't ordered anything I don't like here yet.

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Papaya Hut2435 Burrard Street, Vancouver
When youre looking for cheap, fast and good food go here..
Submitted Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

I think it's funny that people are trying to compare this place to more pricey or authentic thai places...obviously, you can't compare it to more fancy schmancy places because that's not the kinda place it is. For a cheap and tasty bite before a movie, this place wins. The lettuce wraps, curries, and pad thai are all big, and good.
Who cares about the ambiance? Why is that even a rating option for places you are just going for some cheap, decent food?
It's a hole in the wall that serves good food for the price. When I want better, more expensive food than I go somewhere else, and so should you.

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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
C gets about a C+
Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

I don't know about you, but I am sick of restaurants with a really trendy, hyped-up reputation and when you finally buy into all the talk and try them, they don't deliver. Well, "C" is no exception to this annoying turn of events.

There is nothing wrong with the food or the service but it is totally overpriced for both. As a couple the bill came to $185 without tip and for that price I better have been super impressed with the food, wine, service and ambiance and really I wasn't with any of it. It was all OK.

We shared the striped shrimp and the shaved tuna for appies. The shrimp was nothing to write home about but tasted ok. The tuna was pretty good but I have much better for half the price. Entrees were trout (me) and halibut (him). He enjoyed his, I found mine a bit overdone and really not all that flavourful. The wine was good but again over-priced (a glass of b.c pinot gris for 15 bucks? the bottle doesnt even cost that - i know because it happens to be my favorite of the cheaper b.c wines)
I overheard the couple at the table next to us complaining to the waiter about their salmon being overcooked.
The service was overall pretty good, but could have been better. They were friendly and knowledgeble about their menu, and were able to suggest more than one wine pairing option. The servers who walk around with bread need a bit more training, either they offered it too many times that it got annoying (after we had almost finished) or not at all.
The ambiance is nice, especially if you sit on the patio on a warm evening like we did.

All in all, the dining experience was nice, but not worth the bill.

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Alibi Room157 Alexander St, Vancouver
Somewhere between mainstream and off the beaten
Submitted Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

Drinks: good selection of beers, good overall drink menu
Food: Appies are good, humous, yam fries, spring rolls, chowder, etc. come early on weekday and they are all only $5, good breakfasts.
Service: decent to good
Ambiance: cool space, lofty, loungey and not overcrowded, not too loud with a slightly older crowd (like over 25) than a lot of other gastown drinking establishments. Causal but nice at the same time. A good place to meet friends for a drink/bite during the week or early on the weekend. Apparently a good place for birthdays but never had one there myself. Sucks the only bathrooms are downstairs.

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Cambie Vietnamese Restaurant4136 Main Street, Vancouver
The friendliest owner you will ever met
Submitted Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

The #1 reason to go to this place is the guy who owns it is by far the most friendly, hilarious dude I have ever met. He calls everyone "my friend, my super-friend or my brother" and sings loudly to the cheesy mixed tape playing. Even though we maybe go to this place every few months he always remembers us and says across the place "hey!!!! my friends!!!! long time no see!!!!!!" (some may find it annoying..especially if you dont like people you dont know calling you their friend, but i think its friggin funny and trust me, he grows on you) He randomly gives out a card for free beers or free pop. I first went to this place when it was a hole in the wall on cambie st. and now its a bit bigger on main st.
The food is cheap and pretty good..I get the veg. combo (salad roll with good peanut sauce, spicy veggie curry and rice, veggie rollups) and my boyfriend gets one with beef bruschette, prawns imperial, vermicelli, and pork rollups. Portions are big, cant ever finish it.
The decor of this place is cheesy - bad music softly playing and tacky decorations but it almost adds to its charm.

You cant help but leave this place with a smile on your face.

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Britannia Sushi1016 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Ok sushi, bad service but what can you expect?
Submitted Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

Reason to go here in one word: cheap.
For 5 bucks for a meal that gets you really full it is literally cheaper than eating at home. The sushi is not that great, not horrible..but what can you really expect for 5 bucks?
Same with the service. It really is terrible as far as manners go but quick... when you are literally giving them the change from your pocket to pay for dinner/lunch do you really think you need to have them smile at you?
I haven't noticed the foodsafe stuff, never there long enough to use the washrooms. I have noticed the kids are always there and it doesn't bother me (although judging from their yawns and sighs I think it may bother them)
When you are hungry, too lazy to cook, not wanting to spend much money and just want to eat and leave, it's perfectly fine. If you want great service and excellent sushi, dont expect to pay 5 bucks on commercial for it.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Nothing to write home to Florence about...
Submitted Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

There is nothing wrong with this place, but not worth waiting in that HUGE lineup for.

Maybe I am spoiled/biased from my grandma's homemade pasta but there is really nothing too special about Anton's pasta. It's not bad..tastes fine, just not worth the hype this place has. It was worth a try, but I won't be a regular. If what you care about is getting stuffed beyond comfort (the portions are ENORMOUS, which is why this place is popular) than this place is where to go.

However, if you are like me and prefer taste and quality over size (anyone can boil a huge pot of noodles) than try somewhere else.

A good place for families trying to save a buck or two (1 plate would feed about 3 kids!) , people with HUGE appetites and less-than picky palates, or if you want to have an eating contest. I wouldn't suggest it for a date, a quiet evening, when you have a time restraint, or when you want some really high quality, authentic italian food.

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Dragon Ball Tea House1007 W King Edward, Vancouver
Best bubbletea in the city!
Submitted Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 9:48am [Dine in]

The bubbletea is incredible and addictive! The bubbles are soft, warm and flavourful. The ingredients taste fresh rather than powdered like some other places. They will take specialty orders. The only problem is how busy and small it is. I think they should def. expand, I'm sure they are making enough for a bigger place!

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Chutney Villa Fine South Indian Cuisine147 East Broadway, Vancouver
Not such a great experience
Submitted Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 9:31am [Dine in]

This experience was not all that great. The food was ok, nothing to write home about and overpriced for what you get, especially with all the competition in the area. The worst part was the service. We waited for about 15 mins before they even came to take our drink order. Then we ordered and the waitress seemed to be inpatient (but they were fairly busy). The food took a really long time (which is fine, as long as it's good). Another waitress brought us someone else's food and started telling us what it was until the owner came up and told her it wasn't ours. They picked it up and brought it to the people who ordered it after it had sat under our noses for a few minutes. They didn't look overly impressed and I'm sure we didn't either.
When the food came, my boyfriend liked his a lot (he got lamb curry) but my chicken curry was WAY too spicy even though I ordered mild and I'm actually not a wimp when it comes to spices. My mouth was on fire the whole time and even though my water glass was empty and placed on the edge of our table no one came to fill it once. If they are going to serve food that spicy then at least make water easily available! The other little dishes that came with the curry were also nothing to write home about but at least one was a yogurt salad that I could dump into my curry to make it edible.
This place has the potential to be good, at least the staff is nice even though service is bad and my boyfriend enjoyed his meal.
However, with all the other great indian places in this city, I won't be back.

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