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mrsjorgevancouverSince June 17, 200913 Reviews
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2.5 (2.7)
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Two Chefs and a Table305 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Rude service accompanied with mediocre food
Submitted Friday, February 24, 2012 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

This is a review of their brunch food and service. So there was myself and 2 girlfriends and my 1.5 year old baby. It was a rainy weekend and the place was busy, but we had heard such great review, that our group with bambino decided to wait. I dropped off my friends to park the car and when I got to the restaurant, was told that the server had rudely told my gf's, "you have to wait outside!! It's raining, yes, but everyone can't just loiter inside". That should have been a harbinger right there, but a friend who blogs about food swore that the food was outstanding. So with baby in tow, we waited and got seated about half an hour later. However, as we were getting seated, the server advised me that they had no highchairs or "anything" for my baby, with a certain look that implied that I must have been crazy to bring some stinking rotting BABY onto their premise. Okay.........it's a restaurant that serves breakfast and brunch.....do no families come for brunch?!!! So I had to go outside and because I didn't have the booster seat that one would normally strap onto a chair, I grabbed my baby's stroller and marched it into the restaurant so that she could safely sit in something. As the commercial from Mastercard has popularized, the look on the server's face--priceless. Well, what could I do? Would they not serve me because I have a child?

Things don't get any better as the food we were served, was mediocre tasting at best and lukewarm. We ordered the Big Lou's breakfast, Monsieur Andre, and the Apple French Toast. I'll give it to them that they were busy, but by the time we got our food, it wasn't busy at all. The best part was, we ordered tea and coffee for drinks and was asked by our server if we wanted milk with our drinks, to which we said no. But just because one does not add milk does not mean that one cannot add sugar to one's drink, so we had to ask for spoons to accompany our hot bevvies. When asked for spoons, the server snapped at us and said that we should have told her to bring them in the first place. Really??? She didn't even come around with spoons until about 5-10 mins later, but we had already used one of the knives to stir our drinks. The rude service isn't just with the female server we had, when one of the gentleman (and I think he was one of the proprietors) came to take away the plates and my gf asked for a re-fill of hot water for her tea, he replied with: "what? Sorry I can't hear you since you're speaking with your hand in front of your mouth", which my gf did of course as she had just started coughing. So, extremely poor service with better food that can be found at several other places with a better price and less attitude, left an extremely sour taste in my mouth. I would have complained to management, but I don't' think it would have done any good. Really too bad, considering that others have had better experiences, but wouldn't be back even if they comped a meal.

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Kura Japanese Restaurant4300 Kingsway, #2, Burnaby
server's thumb was in our soup....
Submitted Monday, October 4, 2010 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

Unfortunately, I have to give a poor review not based on the food, which was actually quite good--but based on the poor service. Along with some other reviewers here, I can't say that the good food is worth it. When the server brought over our miso soup, all three of us saw her thumb in the soup. It was not fully submerged, but hubby did not want to drink his soup knowing that a digit had been in it. He asked for a new soup right away, and the server asked why. He was a bit embarrassed to say it, but mumbled that he saw her thumb in his soup and would like a new one. The waitress told us that her finger was not in the soup, that we must have seen the wrong thing and refused to bring him a new soup! It was sort of funny yet left us perplexed in a bad way. Miso soup is a buck a bowl, if the customer asks for a new bowl of soup, I would have thought nothing of replacing it, but the server just stood there and said "no". She wasn't completely rude about it, but just kept saying her thumb wasn't in the soup. Not wanting to find more "condiments" in my food, I just asked the server to take the soup away and that we didn't want it.

With such an auspicious beginning, it was hard to enjoy the rest of the meal, as our server was not exactly great after that, and our party of 3 adults and 1 child did not want to just get up and leave as we had already ordered. In hindsight, I should have just asked to speak to the manager (if they had one) or the chef....but I just wanted to eat and get out of there. Will not be going back as good Japanese food can be had in many other places. A pity though as the food was quite good.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
good first time experience
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

My friend and I have wanted to go to Chambar for a long time. In fact, one of her co-workers tease us that we always say we're going to go, but still haven't managed to for the last 1.5 years. Finally, with the hubby and son not with me, we were off to Beatty St to try the much touted Chambar.

We did not have reservations, as the on-line "Opentable" reservations option was not working for me the day before. We were told that if we try to get there when it opens for 6pm, we still should be able to get in. That Saturday, we forgot that there was a concert at GM Place so it was a bit busy downtown, and the parking lots had "event parking" prices. So we had to drive around a bit before we found parking. By the time we got to Chambar, it was closer to 7pm and it was quite busy. Because it was just 2 of us though, there were seating options still available by the bar or "kitchen seating" ,where they had these tall bar stools and tables right in front of the chef area, so we could see all the action going on. We chose the latter.

As I've already mentioned in some previous reviews, sometimes having your eggo being preggo limits your cuisine choices, Chambar was no exception, but I was mainly super excited for the mussels and frites anyways. Our server was kind enough to mention all the things that I should be aware of, such as the raw egg in the aioli for the fries, and the unpasteurized cheeses and other foods that I wouldn't be able to touch when I pointed to the big belly. So we settled for the "Les tomatoes artisanales" appy--Artisan tomatoes, spiced honey vinaigrette, arugula almond pesto & feta spring rolls to start, and the Congolaise Mussels and frites-- cooked with a tomato coconut cream and smoked chili and lime sauce with fresh cilantro. We got our mussels with a side of the bread to dip into the sauce.

Before we started to eat, I already asked for the dessert menu, as I thought we would have more than enough room to share a dessert. Much to my chagrin, my eyes were bigger than my stomach. The appy was quite good, although for me the star was the not springrolls themselves, but the sweet and fresh tomatoes that came in the salad-yummo.

The serving of mussels was huge, a big steaming pot full of them in a savoury broth. It wasn't too spicy, which was fine by me, and the flavours all went together beautifully. With the bread to dip into our sauce, I was a happy camper to plug away at the pot. My girl friend was too nice to me, she kept spooning the mussels into my bowl first, not realizing that she was giving me the largest mussels, and she was saying that the mussels were good but she noticed that they were too small. So I had thought that the Blue Fig Martini was not only making her face the horrible red that Asians get drinking, but also making her vision slightly off, not realizing that she was just giving me the biggest ones :) It wasn't until I stopped munching and she got to finish the pot that she realized that there were some much bigger suckers in the pot! We had originally asked for our frites to be "poutined", but our server kindly pointed out that the poutine had blue cheese, which baby and I couldn't eat. So we had the normal frites, and to my chagrin and most likely the server's, I wanted ketchup for "dip" since I couldn't eat the aoili, and instead of telling me what an epicurean faux pas I was making, the server just whispered that they didn't have ketchup, and that I would find dipping my frites into the mussel sauce would probably give me that "zing" I was looking for.

All in all, good food with good service. You get what you pay for, we enjoyed ourselves, and my half of the bill as I didn't have any alcohol, including tax and tip-- came to $23. My friend's was higher because of the martini, which she said was exceptional. So for $23, I could handle going back there again, maybe after baby is born so that we can try the duck and beef tartare.

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Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant8380 Lansdowne Road, #110, Richmond
pretty good
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 11:40am [Dine in]

So my girlfriend and I had a "girls day" planned for this Saturday, which meant we were going to try at least one restaurant that we have wanted to go to but haven't had the chance. One of these eaterieswe have wanted to try wa Shanghai Wonderful, for the pretty consistent good ratings on dinehere, and from word of mouth. The only thing was that we were worried about was the wait, as we noted that many people seem to say if you don't get there before 11:30am, you'll be stuck waiting for a bit.

We got there at about 11:45am, luckily my gf went there first to get a table, as when I showed up, the small tables were pretty much all taken. We ordered a sticky rice, which is stuffed with Chinese donut, pork floss, and preserved veggies, with a hot soy milk (sweet) to start. The sticky rice was a good size, the rice was a bit too hard for me but my friend loved it as she likes her rice like most Asians, "grain by grain", whereas I like mine softer. The only complaint was that we though there should have been a bit more preserved veggies to offset the donut and pork floss. The soy milk was the standard.
Next we had the Schezuan beef noodle soup, this got 2 thumbs up from us. The noodles were nice and al dente and chewy, and the soup base was spicy and not overloaded with MSG. The dish had lots of beef that was cooked well, with not too much fat, it's just too bad that my gf doesn't like to eat too much meat, and my baby belly hasn't had too much fun with meat lately with indigestion. We ate all the noodles and the spinach and the soup and didn't finish the meat.
The final thing we ordered were the Xiao Long Bau's--these were the best. The skin was thin and tender, and the buns were loaded with juice, like they're supposed to be. Believe me, my friend and I get these Xiao Long Bau cravings every once in a while, and these definitely hit the spot! 6 per order, so we had 3 each. They were so juicy that one exploded over my gf's shirt, ha ha, she was trying to eat it with such pain-staking precision as not to burn herself with the juice but not have any overspill off the spoon with breakage, that she made a mess!

We were both stuffed afterwards, and it only set us back $19 with tax and tip! Service was ok, typical of a busy Richmond restaurant, but we got extra napkins promptly and our tea refilled promptly, so no complaints.

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Woody's on Brunette Pub935 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
A bit pricey for pub food
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 10:35am [Dine in]

Hubby and I decided to check out Woody's as it's in our area, and I had a hankering for a good burger. We sat ourselves and our server was there pretty much right away to take our drink order.

I ordered their prime rib burger, hubby had the meatball sub, each of us had a pop, no alcoholic bevies. My burger was really good, except I did ask for a dry bun, no condiments and it came fully loaded. My server was not the one who brought the food and noticed right away and asked if I wanted it re-done, but it was ok after I scraped all the mayo and stuff off. I had subbed for poutine instead of fries. Hubby's meatball sub was pretty good, he had it with side salad, which was good but a really small side salad.

It was the Sunday long weekend and apparently they have entertainment of sorts at night, but it was still early enough that the music was not blaring so loud that I couldn't hear myself speak. The "talent", as hubby refers the servers, was easy on the eyes, and our server I thought was especially on the ball.

The bill just for meal and drinks was $33, so a bit pricey to me for pub fare, my burger was the same price as the surf and turf special that night. Would I go again, yes, but most likely for their lunches or wings, as for the price and tip, we could have gone elsewhere besides a pub.

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Sun Yee Cafe Restuarant2128 East Hastings, Vancouver
new Chinese-syle cafe
Submitted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 11:54am [Dine in]

Ok, so I'm just guessing this cafe is new because the last time I was here at this location a few months ago, I went with my parents to have dim sum, and it had a different name. Now this is a typical "Honolulu-Oscar" style HK cafe, with the booths and the specials on the white boards on the wall. It's on Hastings, across from the Dairy Queen on the same side as the 7-11 strip area.

What I like best is that they have a "tea-time menu" but instead of only having it from the typical times of 2:30pm-5:30pm, this place offers this menu from 11am-6pm, and then after 9pm-close. They have a good variety of the "westernized" dishes such as the baked rices, spaghettis, and sandwiches, but also the "Asian" dishes such as the chow-funs and the noodles in soup and brisket, tripe, etc.

It was myself, hubby, and my brother who went there at about 2ish for a late lunch. We had the baked rice cod with spinach and cheese in a cream sauce, a Thai style chicken fried rice, and the stewed ox tongue with spaghetti. The portions were a good deal, especially the baked rice dish as the rice was actually pan fried first with egg, and the dish looked like it was one of the normal baked dishes rather than the "mini-set" size. I say it 's a good deal because it was only $5.95/dish with a drink whereas at the other typical cafes that are in Vancouver, it's normally $6.95 and up. They did charge 0.50 cents extra for making your drink a cold one, but that's standard at most other places except Kam Do in Richmond.

Anyways, the bill came to about $23 including tax and tip, and we had leftovers. I was impressed. Hopefully, the taste and portions will remain the norm rather than a pleasant surprise.

I wanted to write a review because I know that this place has changed hands quite often, and I'm hoping that this one gets to stay in business, but it's not exactly in the best part of town

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Paul's Restaurant4621 Hastings St, Burnaby
family run chinese-canadian restuarant
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

we will often get take out from Paul's because hubby used to work in the area, and liked their "canadian-style" chinese food. i used to laugh at him, as we normally go to the ethnic chinese restuarants, but lately with the eggo beign preggo, i have had cravings like you wouldn't believe for soft chow mein noodles and honey garlic ribs!

And you can't really beat the value at Paul's, the food is always fresh, and portions huge. we normally get a dinner for 2, or order 2 " custom order combos for 1 person" if we want more variety. we always get tons of food, and the flavours are pretty good. we will have lots of left overs for lunch, and the bill is under $21! of course, there are some dishes that i think are better than the rest, like their dry garlic sparibs and their honey garlic ribs. hubby likes their soft chow mein noodles, but you can get the crispy ones as well.

We have also eaten their as well, but it's a small hole in the wall place and not that clean. but the food is good and their burgers and sandwiches are goood and you can't beat the prices. i think the wife is the server and the hubby is the cook, service is always quick and attentive.

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Huku-Ya9626 Cameron Street, Burnaby
want to try their lunch
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 12:01pm [Dine in]

with the crazy hot spell this week, i haven't wanted to cook for hubby and junior at all. so we decided to go for sushi for dinner, something light, and something cool for hubby, but warm cooked food for junior.

we weren't that hungry because of the heat, so didn't order as much as we would have normally for dinner. the server was warm and welcoming, and best of all, there was A/C on full blast!

We had california roll, house roll and the chicken donburi. hubby said the house roll was quite good, and the california roll was very fresh. junior liked the chicken donburi as well, overall the food was quite solid, the prices for the cooked food were a bit higher than what we normally pay, but not extrememly so. the roll prices were the average price, but i noticed that their "special rolls" were significantly more.

Overall, we would come again, but we are still on the hunt in for a fantastic sushi place in our neighbourhood.

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Lucky Gate1139 Austin Ave, #2, Coquitlam
pleasantly surprised
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 10:40am [Dine in]

So hubby and i have been trying to find a good "ethnic" shanghai/mandarin restaurant in the area rather than driving all the way to Richmond to eat, and i think that Lucky Gate is pretty darn good for the it's location. It's just this small restaurant on Austin, about 2 doors down from the MacDonalds there. It was just the 2 of us for dinner on a Sunday night, the restaurant had 2 other tables there at 5:30pm, when it opened. There were several more tables when we left.

Ambience is the typical Chinese restaurant, small but with 5 large tables for larger parties and a row of booths and some smaller tables. We ordered a small hot and sour soup, the xia long bau (steamed pork buns), pot stickers, and a Shanghai style pan fried rice cake noodles (chow lien-go).

The soup was quite flavourful, but not that spicy--if we ordered it again, we would ask to have it spicier. The steamed buns were quite good, ample size and full of pork, and the best part was the juice that overflowed in the buns--yummo! it was hard not to accidently break the wrapper with our chopsticks and have all that flavourful juice leak out, even though they steamed the buns on little pieces of carrot to try to have it not stick to the steamer bottom, but the buns were bigger than the carrot slices. The pot stickers were smaller than the ones we normally see at restaurants, but really good and not greasy. They tasted really fresh and was the last dish to come out, so were piping hot. Both the steamed buns and potstickers came in an order of 8, $5.99 and $4.99, respectively, which I thought was the average price for some pretty darn good dumplings!

The Shanghai rice noodles were also very good, lots of good flavour, good ratio of meat to veggies. The only comment is that the dish was pricier, and not that huge a plate for $10.99. Still, hubby and i liked the fact that this dish, and all the rest of them actually, did not have much MSG, so we didn't get that yucky feeling on our tongues that we would normally when we frequent the chinese restaurants. The bill came to $31 with tax and tip.

All in all, it was a good experience. We didn't order specific "dinner items" like a table of 10 did who came in after us, but next time when we have more people we will surely try more dishes. Oh yeah, I speak Cantonese but had to order in English as the servers only spoke Mandarin, which is actually quite funny because hubby speaks Mandarin but never feels comfy ordering the food, as I guess i'm a bit of a food nazi!

Good food, will be back.

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Chop10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond
not too shabby
Submitted Saturday, June 27, 2009 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

my friend and I have been meaning to try Chop for some time, and managed to get there finally this Friday. The hostesses were very friendly and we were off to a good start when we didn't have to wait even though we didn't have reservations. Because I'm pregnant, my choices with some foods are limited due to soft cheeses, raw seafood, etc. but we started with the Coconut Lime Mussels for the appy to share. Unfortunately, my first mussel I managed to have a sliver of shell in the meat that I didn't notice that jarred against my teeth, and my second mussel was full of sand. I didn't want anymore after that but my girlfriend did not seem to get the same "lucky mussels" as I did from the batch, and was able to finish them and she quite enjoyed it. A funny aside, we got complimentary "winnipeg rye bread", complimentary meaning one piece per person, maybe it's just me but I'm used to getting those bread baskets at the Keg or Boathouse which is pretty much a small loaf. No big deal though ,as the bread didn't exactly float our boats anyways.
For the mains my gf had the Ahi Tuna Tataki salad, which she quite enjoyed but I stayed away from because of the raw fish ban for the preggo eggo. So I had the Angus Beef Top Sirloin Burger with the hand cut fries. Burger was stellar, fries were pretty good as well. The service from our server was quite good, I was happy that he went to the kitchen to make sure that the cheese they used for the burger was pasteurized, after I had some questions. I gave an "outstanding" because one of the managers of the restaurant came around to ask how the food and service were, despite that they were busy on a Friday night.
We really wanted to try the 24 layer chocolate cake (ok, it was mainly me!) but unfortunately even though I asked, they could do half slices and make it a "12 layer cake"---i tried! so we went for the Raspberry Creme Brulee instead, which was good, but not outstanding.
Overall dining experience was good, we will be back--hopefully with more people next time so that we can try the chocolate cake!!

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True Confections866 Denman, Vancouver
just not the same anymore
Submitted Saturday, June 27, 2009 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

ok, so it has been a while since I've been downtown for a slive of my favourite Devil's Food Cake, maybe 2 years. what a difference 2 yearw makes, and not in a good way! Hubby and I had taken our son to Stanley Park for the afternoon and as a special treat, we went to get a piece of the much talked about DF cake take out for after dinner. I was surprised that the cake now was $11.41 after taxes, I seemed to have remembered it being cheaper, but I do acknowledge that the prices everywhere for food has gone up. The server taking my order was ok, not especially friendly, but not downright rude as some others seem to have experienced. What killed me though, was that when we got home and decided to open the box of expected chilled deliciousness, was that the once ample slice of cake you would get was now about 1.5-2cms thick only, and there was only 3 layers of cake whereas it uses to be more. It just wasn't worth close to $12 for such a piece of cake! the taste was still good, but not worth it!! I have decided to just try to make my own now, on my way to finding the ULTIMATE recipe. Other than that, might as well buy a WHOLE small DF cake for $50, which they say can serve up to 12 people, and it would work out to be the price of about 4 slices of cake if you bought individually!! yikes~

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Deer Garden Restaurant3610 Westwood Street, Port Coquitlam
consistently solid food
Submitted Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

I've been reading the reviews on dinehere for many years and have always meant to do my own reviews. I didn't actually get around to doing it until I had a hankering for the food at Deer Garden and really wanted to write a review after eating there.

This is the typical Chinese restaurant, wave the servers down, dinners come with free soup, rice and dessert. What makes the value "outstanding" to me are the food portions, and the fact that every dish we've tried is consistently good. Our family favourites are the sweet and sour pork ( to the chagrin of my very Asian parents :) the eggs and prawns, and of course their curry beef brisket. In fact, there is a funny story that I can recall about a year ago, this older Chinese lady came into the restaurant with her ceramic casserole dish and lid, told the server she wanted the dish filled with curry beef brisket as she was going to a pot luck, and she was going to tell people that she made the dish at home herself! Hubby kept on whispering to me that she was "cheating", as I tried to ssshh him lest she give him the "dim mak" aka death look, that all older Asian ladies have perfected!

Compared to the other authentic places such as Kirin, I think Deer Garden has pretty good value and food.

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Sunrise Pizza949 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
had greater expectations
Submitted Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

went here based on the reviews and because some colleagues who live on the drive swear by the food here. Granted, their recommendations are the lasagne and pizza and I had something different, so maybe I should have ordered the lasagne.

We were a party of 3, hubby had the house special pizza, which he gave 2 thumbs up. I tried a slice and the dough was nice and crispy, and there was a good balance of toppings. My brother had the roast lamb, the cut of the meat was quite fatty and the rice was hard. I had the chicken souvakli and it wasn't that flavourful, and ditto about the hard rice. So 1 out of 3 of the dishes were good.

I would have given an overall higher rating, but the service was really slow as well. The person who seated us was quick and efficient, but our server was slow and only came by once after we waved her down for water refills. There were 2 servers that night and about 5 tables inside and 3 tables out on the patio. So overall, disappointing, but I did notice that a table of 3 young guys were enjoying their free appys with their pitcher of beer.

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