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Pam_DimVancouverSince June 25, 201015 Reviews
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3 (3.1)
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Displaying 1 - 15 of 15 Reviews Found
Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
The Only Place I'll Order Pizza From
Submitted Monday, November 4, 2013 - 12:13pm [Take-out]

Big fan of pizza places on the drive. This is by far the best. I've never eaten at the restaurant, only ever ordered take-out pizza. I usually tip about $1.50 so my total for the pizza is about $17 which is a little steep for a medium six slice pizza. But Lombardo's quickly redeems themselves with their flavour. And they usually have my pizza ready in 15-20 min. I order from them about once a week and would recommend them to anyone. AND, I was walking by the mini-mall they are in and they now have a store front space that sells to-go food, looks like pasta and pizza by the slice. I've yet to hit it up.

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Tobys Pub and Grill2733 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
They lost six long standing customers
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

Been going to Toby's for years, some of the waitresses recognize my friends and I when we arrive. Not because we went often, but bc we had been going there for so long. The service was pretty awesome, there is usually a good crowd, sometimes there's live bands which are usually good and fun. So it was a game night last week my friends and I met up to watch some good ol' hockey. Our server was friendly, and even though she seemed pretty busy she stayed on top of things at our table. We squared up with her before moving to the pool table area and we tipped her very well (about ten dollars on my twenty dollar bill). We then ordered drinks at the bar, we got our bill from him right away and he seemed annoyed when we asked him to break it up. He wasn't friendly and continued to be short with us. One of my friends even attempted to make conversation with him and he replied in his language with the equivalent to "I'm fine, you owe me $28". He was rude. We didn't make a deal out of it and remained respectful. After a while two of us decided to complain to the manager downstairs. When we told him what happened, even saying we understand maybe he is having a bad night but that he shouldn't take it out on us, that we love coming here, etc etc. The manager seemed indifferent. He said he'd talk to him, but didn't offer any apology. Later on we went to order a drink from that manager and he went on to say that his staff "as a collective" decided they weren't going to serve our group anymore. That we weren't friendly to any of the staff. Which was in no way true. I explained to him that the service up until we had to deal with that particular bartender was great, that I tipped our waitress well, and even though the bartender was rude I tipped him too. It was early in the night so we took our business else where. They lost out on that business with six people who had been going there for years, all because bartender and manager are buddies and neither of them wanted to do their jobs.

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Hastings House Dining Room160 Upper Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island
Cooked Perfectly, Lacked Flavour
Submitted Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 8:15pm [Dine in]

Went for dinner with a few friends, good laughs and conversation but have since forgotten the food.
I ordered Pan Roasted Free Range Cowichan Chicken Breast, Green Peppercorn and Spinach Risotto,
Marsala Jus. Fancy names for plain food. The chicken was tender, cooked to perfection but altogether bland. The risotto was the same, cooked perfectly and nice, but I had forgotten all about it the next day. My wife got Filet of Alberta Beef,Wild Mushroom Duxelle and Foie Gras, Parsnip and New Potato Puree, Wilted Swiss Chard, Merlot Reduction. It was basically steak and potatoes. The steak was delicious, it actually melted in your mouth it was so tender. The meal was nice, but that's all it was. And for over $600 on our bill, we wanted to be blown away.

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St. Augustines Restaurant and Lounge2360 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great Waitress, Poor Food, Awful Bill
Submitted Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 3:29am [Dine in]

Checked out St Augustine's with some friends after I got off work, wanted to grab a few beers and some food. When we arrived at about 11pm they told us they were closing the kitchen and we would have to order something now if we wanted food, so we did. Our server what great, very kind, polite, funny, but definitely over worked. It took us a long time to get service, and it wasn't the girl's fault. A lot of people were trying to get their orders in or get their servers attention, we weren't the only ones. Our food came right at the "customer cut-off" - not fast, but just long enough for us to have looked at our watches once. The nachos we ordered first looked good from afar but lacked in character. Beans strewn about here and there and chopped up tomatoes with a few peppers and not enough cheese. We waited. We waited. We waited. No salsa!? Sour cream!? Guac!? I know I had eaten there once before and gotten it. So I went and asked our charming server, and she asked what looked like the front of house manager. I waited a bit more and then she came back to let me know, that the salsa was on top of the nachos. The tomatoes? Really? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love authentic salsa. But dicing tomatoes on top of nachos just doesn't cut it. Apparently, I would have to order sour cream and guac (even though the menu said it came with), so I did. That took another ten minutes, and by then our food was cold. The guacamole tasted like someone took avocados and put it in a blender, absolutely no flavour. Sour cream was okay though. Ok, no big deal. Our pizza came and it was tasty, everyone enjoyed although it failed to be a highlight. The most annoying part was, they charged us when they shouldn't have. 3 dollars for the guac and 2 bucks for the sour cream. Side note, you can buy an entire tub of sour cream and 4 avocados for five dollars. Our waitress didn't think we should be charged either, but the managers reply was 'the price is the price.' so my friend's let her know 'the review is the review.'

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Best Hole In the Wall
Submitted Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

Hawkers is by far the best dive we've ever encountered. Vege Fritters, two for about $1.25 - insane. And they're soo tasty! My wife and I are in love with it, so we always get some fritters to start. Never order the spring rolls, they're greasy and not enough veggies inside, probably the only short coming for Hawkers. I always order the Mee Goreng, I ordered it once 'spicy' and it was almost unbearable to eat even though I love spicy food. So now I get it 'medium' and it's perfect-an abundance of noodles and vegetables (tomatoes, celery, peppers, potatoes). My wife orders Laksah, a coconut broth with noodles, eggs, tofu, shrimp, shrimp paste and vegetables. Sounds like everything but the kitchen sink minus beef or poultry, but my wife could live off it. The experience is always great, ordering at the counter (very cafeteria style) and getting your meal in under ten minutes! The sounds coming from the kitchen, of amazing cooking going on in the next room.... something everyone needs to experience...

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Havana Restaurant1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Nothing Cuban about it
Submitted Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

My wife and I live off the Drive, and have been to Havana's for brunch many times, always getting our needs met with no hassles. Tonight we decided to go for a winter ale beer and appies. The beer was fantastic, the food we regretted. We ordered guacamole with tortilla chips and corn salsa, as well as short ribs. The guacamole was flavourless, very bland. The corn salsa was just that, corn and a bit of cilantro. I could've pulled out a can of corn and threw cilantro on it myself, waste of seven bucks! The short ribs tasted like Korean BBQ flavor, but very heavy on the salt. It was like someone dumped a bucket of salt on it. And the amount we were given was pretty small for thirteen dollars. The service was good, and the beer was great (who doesn't love winter ale?), but we will only be back again if we're going for brunch. Or mojitos. Or both.

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Blue Eyed Marys433 Bowen Trunk Road, Bowen Island
Some of the Best Food I've Ever Ate
Submitted Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

My wife and I just came back from BEMs. We came to Bowen for our anniversary, and we couldn't of picked a more perfect place to dine. We got the booth in the corner by the kitchen, so we had privacy as well as the luxury of smelling all the aromas. The service was great, and the staff were very friendly. My wife and I ordered a soup starter that was like liquid heaven, came with homemade bread that was on par with my grandmothers. The wine selection was fair, featuring all local BC wines, and our server (I have a suspicion he was the owner) knew a lot about each of them. My wife ordered bison flank steak with homemade gnocchi. The gnocchi melted in your mouth, and the bison was cooked perfectly-nice and tender. I ordered the roast chicken with homemade tortilla strips. The chicken was so juicy and flavourful! It took first place, knocking out the chicken we ate in Cuba. Lastly, we ordered a sticky toffee pudding with chai ice cream. It was the best dessert I've ever eaten. Our bill was a hundred bucks even, which is a fair price for the quality of food. All local and fresh! We will definitely be returning :) A night and a meal to remember.

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Biercraft Bistro3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver
The Beer was the Highlight
Submitted Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

Last night my wife and her parents and brother went out to dinner at formerly Stellas, now re-named BierCraft, and have to say I was pretty disappointed. We went to Stellas on the Drive a couple months ago and enjoyed their large selection of beers and tapas. Last night we had a less delightful experience. The service wasn't bad but definitely not great. My wife and I ordered mussels and a main dish, chicken pot pie. The mussels were delish according to my wife. The chicken pot pie we had, was way too salty and had very little chicken in it. And it was priced at just under twenty dollars! For the quality I would expect it to be around twelve bucks. My mother-in-law ordered a chicken dish. the chicken thighs were undercooked, one was practically raw. We sent it back, and ordered mussels instead, unfortunately it came when the rest of our table was already done eating. The waiter was gracious and took the chicken (of course) and mussels off the bill, as well as threw in a free dessert for my mother-in-law. I recommend going to BierCraft if you want to indulge in some beer tasting, but don't bother with the food menu!

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Sunrise Pizza949 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Quality Food, Great Prices
Submitted Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

Been a sunrise fan for a few years now. Their pizza is amazing! Fresh toppings, lots of cheese, wonderful crisp crust. Prices are great too, although I hear people complain about the prices being raised, they're still a lot lower than most places. The decor is out-dated, but so are half my friend's living rooms. isn't that what all the hipsters call, vintage?
Last night my wife and I ordered the Calamari dinner. It hit the spot. The calamari was heavily breaded but tasted great. Fresh greek salad. pita. tzaziki. rice. None of it was fancy but all of it tasted great. We shared the plate and still had a lot of leftovers. Awesome price point.
Oh on another note, don't order their long island iced tea. It basically tasted like rum and coke.
All in all, i'll always be a sunrise customer.
PS they deliver local (for free of course), and i've never had to wait longer than 30 minutes for my order to be at my door. Thanks Sunrise!

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Slocan Restaurant2715 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Simple and Delish
Submitted Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

My wife and I hit up Slocan at least once a month. The service is fast and the waitress' are friendly. More often than not the owner is there chatting with customers. The breakfast is simple. Nothing fancy. But everything is always done perfectly. I always get the same thing, two scrambled eggs with hashbrowns toast and bacon. Four slices of bacon? Gotta love that. My wife gets the same thing, over-easy no butter on the toast. They never forget the details. Oh and they pretty much have thee best home-made milkshakes in town. No word of a lie, they're delish. The prices are reasonable. We heart Slocan!

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Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant2149 Commercial Street, Vancouver
Worst Dining Experience
Submitted Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

The food was pretty good. Nothing really stuck out but I didn't leave hungry.
The service was horrible. The woman who was cooking as well as serving was very rude to my wife and I. It took us up to twenty minutes just to get water, and our food took over an hour. No one came to check up on us. And the woman running the restaurant had a friend whom she was visiting with, which normally I wouldn't care if we hadn't been completely ignored. Definately won't be recommending this place to anyone!

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Gojo Little Africa Ethiopian Cafe2838 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Best Ethiopian In the City
Submitted Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch in the late afternoon. The lunch specials we're already done, but the server let my wife order a special anyways. The server was friendly, service was snappy, and they didn't hover around us asking us a million times if everything was okay (sometimes too much service can be quite annoying).
The food was incredible. Flavorful and fresh. I've had Ethiopian food on the drive before, and the service was horrible (not going to name names) and the food mediocre. But Gojo is by far the best! I will definately be going back :)

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Mui Ngo Gai2408 Nanimo Street, Vancouver
Homey Little Restraunt is #1 for Pho
Submitted Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaraunt about a dozen times, and every time i've satisfied. Being the total 'foodies' that my wife and I are, we like to give props to the family owned and run establishments in our area. This place uses fresh ingredients, and always give plenty of what you ask for. Now we haven't ordered anything but Pho from this place, so we can't give much opinion on anything but ..but we can tell you: They are fast, reasonable priced, fresh and tastey. We plan to be loyal customers :)

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Casa Verde3532 Commercial, Vancouver
Two Hours Waiting and Still Left Hungry
Submitted Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

after an hour of waiting for the water we asked for upon arrival (however we were served the wine we ordered) our appetizer soup arrived. The soup was extremely hot, but tasty nonetheless. Nothing over-the-top. A nice, simple, creamy kale soup. About half an hour later the steak with homemade chips and side salad arrived. The chips were oily. The medium steak we ordered was served to us rare. And the salad was just iceberg lettuce with a dressing! Unfortunately our bill was just shy of fifty dollars, for what I could have made at home - ten times better.

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Stix Noodle & Grill903 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Not The Best 'Noodle Soup' In Town
Submitted Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

Went to Stix after walking by it a million times. the service was snappy, but I was quite disappointed with the food. For the last year or so I have been in search of the perfect spring roll-Stix is not the maker of this. Their spring rolls had very little vegetables in it, and tasted like it was cooked in old oil. The 'noodle soup' (which is essentially another way of saying Pho) I ordered was loaded with green onions and bean sprouts, but no veggies otherwise. When I approached a staff to ask for a side order to go into my soup, I was informed that they only had broccoli (Wth?). We won't be ordering a second round of Stix.

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