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msemVancouverSince July 23, 20088 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Pho 888 Restaurant2474 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good Solid Pho
Submitted Monday, April 12, 2010 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

This part of East Hastings has an abundance of Vietnamese restaurants but this is always the one I go to. It's bigger than the other ones and very clean. The people here are friendlier too and greet you when you come in (though don't expect service like you'd get from a big downtown restaurant).

The food is good and cheap. I really like the pho, the broth is light and doesn't have an overpowering taste of MSG. The bean sprouts and the leaves are very fresh. I also like their spring rolls. I often do takeout and when I get the combo (grilled pork with noodles, salad, spring roll and pop - I think it was $8.50 before taxes) I didn't want a drink as I don't drink pop and have water at home. They offered an extra spring roll instead of the pop which I thought was a nice gesture as I wasn't expecting it.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Needs Better Organization
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 11:17am [Dine in]

Went to Ebisu with a larger sized party so I understand that it might be more hectic and slow. The service itself was good enough, they got us what we wanted, there when we needed and were nice. However, we were getting items we never ordered (and they insisted we did when we told them otherwise) and some items we did order we never received even though we reminded them. At the end the billing was also a mess it was split into two different bills but the orders weren't organized by the two different tables. We also got billed for the items we didn't get. I think the problem was that we had way too many servers taking orders it was hard to get it organized.

What really bugged me was that my boyfriend paid for our portion of the bill and we left we shortly got a call from a friend who said the server insisted that he didn't pay. So we had to walk back to the restaurant and luckily he paid by debit and not cash so we had proof that we paid but nonetheless it was unnecessary.

I was pleased with the food but I'm not sure if I would go back.

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Earls905 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Ageism at Play
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

I haven't been here in three years just because I was so unimpressed with the service I had here. I was 18 three years ago and my friends and I were celebrating a 19th birthday. She was the first of us to turn 19 thus the only one who could order alcohol which meant the server was not going to get a high bill (thus higher tip) and a high cheque average out of us. I guess this is why she turned all her attention to her other tables. For us, she took our orders, gave it to us, never checked up on our food and gave the bill when we asked. She also spilled water on our table and walked away. We asked another server if they had a cloth or something so we could wipe it up, she set some paper napkins on the table without a word and left. The only friendly person all night was the waitress at the end of the night who offered to take a group picture of us and made sure it was a good one.

We weren't being rude to them at all and we weren't louder than most of the other tables. I definitely witnessed a difference in treatment between us and the other customers. I think they must've also thought we didn't know how to tip (and yes, as a server, I can say it is quite common) but I have been taught how much to give. After the service, we gave them what they expected out of us. Food was good, but I'm not going to this location ever again.

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Thai Basil1215 Thurlow St, Vancouver
A Favorite
Submitted Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

I work just blocks away from here and with their lunch menu and cuisine, I come here very often. I haven't been disappointed with any dishes I have gotten, my favorites are the Japanese eggplant (with beef), the pad see iw and the chicken satay. I especially recommend the lunch specials if you can make it, it's a very good value and great food (especially in comparison to the other Asian restaurants).

The service is very friendly. They are always pleasant and very patient. It's not a very big place at all, it's more of a take-out place but it looks well put and clean.

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Montri's3629 West Broadway, Vancouver
Watch out if you're not a fan of spicy food
Submitted Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

Went here after my sister read the good reviews. The restaurant wasn't very full when we came in and was starting to get busy when we left. Service was consistent, quick and very friendly. Food was great! I know Thai is spicy food and not a huge fan of it, I usually ask for 'mildly spicy' and it comes out with a little kick. When I asked for it here, it came out quite spicy as with my sister who asked for the same thing so watch out if you're not a fan of spicy food, just ask for it not spicy.

We parked in the back of the restaurant and had to walk through the kitchen, it was clean and all the kitchen people looked up to say hi and bye, really amazing!

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Dae Bak Bon Ga1323 Robson Street, #201, Vancouver
Go When it's Not Busy
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 11:32pm [Dine in]

Love the barbecue here. Convenient location, I like that it's bigger than the other Korean restaurants in the area. I would suggest coming here when it's not as busy, the servers cook the barbecue and cut it up for you and they're good with refills, both drinks and side dishes.

On busy nights however, service goes downward. That may have been our server from last time though - we never had her before and she only came twice the whole night and forgot the rice and soup until well over half way into our meal. Other servers came by though and helped cook the meat here and here but my boyfriend and I mostly had tot take care of it ourselves. They were the usual servers that my boyfriend and I were used to. Understandable that we can't get the same service on busy hours obviously, but the difference is enough to not make me go there on weekend at 7pm. Even when it's not busy though, don't expect the service to be like what it would be at a chain restaurant - you'll have to flag the server down by raising your hand or making eye contact.

I find the price of the food is pricier than other Korean restaurants. Probably because for the size and location of the place. I go here because it's convenient and don't mind paying for the extra.

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Very good experience
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 12:14am [Dine in]

Very different in a good way from the standard cafeteria style Filipino restaurant. I loved the decor and the soft music in the background. Staff was unexperienced but they were all friendly, a nice change to the unsmiling service that you'd usually get from the small restaurants (and most of the places in the Philippines for that matter; I think that smiling, friendly almost subservient service is a western standard).

Food was delicious. Plating and some of the flavours in the food is definitely geared to a more Western taste but it still said 'Filipino' to me. I actually liked that, because if I'm going to eat out, I'd rather be not thinking it's something my mom cooks for me on a daily basis. It was my friend's first taste for Filipino food and she really liked it; she's been asking when we could go together again.

Going through the menu actually made me a bit homesick! I'll definitely be back.

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Tokyo Miyako630 Davie St., Vancouver
Too complicated to splt a bill in half
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

I can't say much for the ambiance as it was a take out order, but it was pretty much your standard small sushi restaurant - you don't come for the ambiance.

I was attracted to the place because they had lunch specials on the bento boxes and it was close to work so I ordered a take out one day and my co-worker asked if she could include an order in there. Ordering was no problem, it was paying for it. I was wanting to pay by debit and my co-worker gave me cash so I wanted it split so I could give her the proper change but the girl refused to split it and insist I pay it all either on debit or cash. She eventually got the manager who said splitting it would be too complicated nor would they break my co-workers bill so I gave up and paid on debit. I was astounded by this. It was TWO food orders, no alcohol and there was only one table in the restaurant and the kitchen wasn't making meals. If this was something I asked say, on a rush hour and it had been a table of ten who didn't notify of split cheques then yeah I would understand that but seriously, one $5 order and one $8 and adding 6% to both is too complicated?

The food itself was alright, nothing that would make me tell my friends about it. My co-workers avocado and salmon rolls looked good and she said it was very well made and well priced at $5. My bento had very little teriyaki and rice though it was solid. The gyoza were deep fried, I was a little disappointed as I expected and would have preferred pan fried but it wasn't a deal breaker. I would probably order from here again if I was really wanting some cheap Japanese on a budget but definitely a solo order.

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