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MonkeySmileVancouverSince August 3, 20095 Reviews
Average Rating
2 (1.8)
  • Food1.5 (1.6)
  • Service2 (1.8)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2 (1.8)

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Kaplan's Star Deli5775 Oak Street, Vancouver
Beware of Server
Submitted Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 10:40am [Dine in]

My first experience at Kaplan's was very pleasant. I had intended to just buy a loaf of their rye, which is one of the best in Vancouver, but the cashier was so nice that my friend and I decided to stay for early lunch.
Food: We ordered the Montreal Smoked ham sandwich, which came with a small coleslaw and a pickle. The meat was tasty and had a nice sweet undertone. We enjoyed this simple sandwich that we decided to come back the following week (Sunday). On that day, the restaurant opened ten minutes later and the server was REALLY RUDE. We decided to buy bread before we dined, since the server was just starting to set up anyway. However, she gave us a funny look and said "the bread isn't going to go anywhere, buy it later." It was really a strange comment to make to patrons. Don't you want business? It all went downhill from there, she was so rude. No eye contact. Impatient as soon as we sat down. We cancelled our food order as a result, but not before she charged us for untouched coffee at $5.oo. We complained to the waitress, but it was not very satisfying. It turns out this incredibly rude waitress is the owner;s daughter and in the words of the cashier, she is treated differently from other workers. What a shame. kaplan's lost repeat customers. We will only go there for bread.

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Red Onion2028 41st Avenue West, Vancouver
Consistently Tasty Burger, but fries are a miss some times
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

The Red Onion satisfies my bi-monthly cravings for a burger and fries.
Food: My friend and I usually order the Red Onion burger and a basket of fries (the menu reads 1 pound of fries) and two soft drinks (refills given). The burger is cooked well done with simple toppings of fried onion, tomato, pickle, and lettuce, and comes on a plain bun. It is very tasty. The fries are also tasty, but their quality is inconsistent. I noticed on several occasions that the fries are really small in length, which makes their texture dry and tasteless.
Service: is quite casual and laid-back. The servers are generally nice, but some give a feeling of indifference.
Value: The food is reasonable. Two burgers, a basket of fries, and two drinks cost $24 before tips.
If you are ever in the Kerrisdale area, give them a try.

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Dai Tung1050 Kingsway, #108, Vancouver
Oily Dim Sum
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

Food rating: My parents and | ordered pork buns, various steamed shrimp dumplings, steamed radish, steamed pork bundles, and rice wrapped in banana leaf. Each dim sum item was not appetizing. They were all so greasy, which was the first time that I have eaten oily dim sum. The bowls had a good layer of oil at the bottom. Items did not taste freshly made and most were not hot--these are some of the qualities of going for dim sum! We did not finish most of the items.
Service: We went there at noon, which is a busy time. We had to wait for 20 mins for a table. Servers were overwhelmed, which did not make for a pleasurable dining experience.
Value: Strictly from a financial POV-it was cheap (under 20 dollars), but not worth it. I will not go back there. I felt bad because my parents were visiting Vancouver for the first time, and we had better dim sum in Toronto.
Ambiance: It was very busy and crowded. It felt like eating at a huge mess hall.
I will not go back there. Can anyone recommend some delicious dim sum places in the Vancouver and Richmond area that are not too expensive?

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Sushi Q4385 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Sub-Par Sushi
Submitted Friday, August 7, 2009 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

This restaurant located on Dunbar Street is quite popular for take-out sushi. I went there recently just out of curiosity and ordered some standard rolls (california roll, avocado) and a combo meal with one dynamite roll and one avocado with kappa roll. I was not impressed.
Food: was poor quality. I did not have high expectations of this place and the food certainly met them. The rice was already coming loose and the rolls did not even look appetizing. The shrimp in the dynamite roll tasted stale and really old. The shrimp was fried to death and It left a REALLY bad after taste. The other rolls are so simple to execute, but they were also not tasty. Food is fast food. (One sign when I walked in is that the "chef" was making the rolls from a "conveyer-belt" type machine.
Service: Poor, given that I was one of the first customers in there, yet with having one waitress taking orders and packing up take-out, I had to wait quite a while. The waitress looked quite frazzled. I also question the cleanliness of the whole operation, given that the waitress was handling money AND handling people's orders at the same time.
Value: Poor. The combo was 6.95 and the individual rolls cost between 2.50 and 3.00; prices are about average or slightly higher than other places, but they are not worth the money.
Ambiance: Poor. The place is mostly a take-out place, with a couple of tables and chairs. The have some menus, but they also have a board on the wall with different items listed. It looks really messy. The place looks tired.
I will not be going back.

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Dave's Fish & Chips3460 Moncton St., Richmond
Mediocre Fish and Chips
Submitted Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 6:57pm [Dine in]

My friend and I ordered take-out of two halibut pieces, two large fries, and two drinks, after a fun stroll through the Steveston Farmer's Market. There isn't much of an ambiance, as we sat at the picnic tables directly outside the pick-up station.
The fish was fresh and filling. It was a nice golden brown, but it was too greasy. Oil would squirt out at each cut of the fish. The tartar sauce was passable, but given that it is a staple of fish and chips, shouldn't the cook try to make it delicious?
The fries were the most disappointing. They tasted as if old leftover fries were mixed in with a few new fries. The bulk of the fries were cold; they tasted dry, and stale. I used at least 8 packets of ketchup to give them some semblance of flavour. Perhaps the owners are taking the customers for granted; the restaurant draws crowds, because of the great location, which is enough for them to make food with no taste or pride.

The dinner cost 21.00 including drinks. I will not go there again.

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