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peppeBurnabySince January 28, 200732 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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YEW Restaurant + Bar791 West Georgia, Vancouver
Impress your guest
Submitted Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 12:43am [Dine in]

This is a perfect spot to drop your corporate plastic worthy of an average of $50 per head (before wine). I have had the honours to try this place for lunch a couple of times, both times as a guest. Every time I made a mental reminder to bring my top accounts here. The place has high ceiling, and very well decorated and you know they paid attention to the details. The washroom as I know it is outside of the restaurant in the hotel so it's a little out of the way. The food is nicely served and creative but with fine dining portions are small to leave you wanting more. Desert was great and I had a well foamed cappuccino to go with it. Yes, there are other local places with better value, but what's a big account worth to you? Not very many places will give your clients that wow factor.

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Pelican Seafood Restaurant1895 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Great value
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

This place seems cleaner than the other Chinese restaurants I have been to so I had the confidence to invite some guests for lunch. There's usually a long wait at this place even with a reservation so be warned. The good thing is that the four of us (all adults) had a decent dim-sum lunch for $35 (tips included) with a good variety too, and still have leftover to take home. We weren't small eaters either so when the bill came I almost thought that they missed something but it was right. So if you don't feel like spending much for decent dim-sum at a clean place, this may be the right place for you. For the ambiance, do be aware that the usual Chinese restaurant scene still applies - close to next table, noisy, and mostly non-fluent English speaking servers but most are generally helpful.

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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
Long wait and they honestly don't care if you stay
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

This place is nice if you can get there early so you don't have to wait. If you have time to wait in line for over 45 to 60 minutes for a brunch, then try this place. The food is decent but not outstanding as per the other reviews. Service is typical of a busy place with lineup - they don't give a crap if you wait or not. There's a long waiting list on a piece of paper and they don't bother to tell you and don't even seem to want to talk to you. I didn't see any smiles in there. The place is cramped. Pretty soon the hype will die down and there will be the next hot spot and people will move on.

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George1137 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Late Olympics review
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

Went there during the Olympics with my business buddies to catch a game on their big screens. Atmosphere at the place was phenomenal and our party of 4 increased to 10 and we were there for over 5 hours in the afternoon and they were very accommodating and kept the alcohol coming. We tried some appies and they were all unique and very tasty. They have a good selection of beers and wine list.

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St. Regis Bar & Grill608 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Food is below average
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

Been there for lunch and dinner. Both times I had a mediocre experience. Food selection was limited and the soup was a little too salty. The bread was a little dry - maybe a day old. It's a nice hang out place to watch their big screens with your buddies and I wouldn't suggest it if you're looking for good food. Value I rated poor because for what they charge and the quality of the food provided, you're not really paying for the food, you're paying mostly their rent.

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Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe1511 Anderson St, Vancouver
Decent value for good quality oysters
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

This place is a little cramped so we would prefer to go on a weekday evening. If you happen to be there on the weekend you better be early or be prepared to wait. However, their oyster burger and fish and chips are worth the wait. The one server, yes usually just one and it's usually enough for that space, is generally attentive and the nice thing is they're licensed so you can enjoy the food with some beer or wine. Portions are generous especially the fries. If there are 4 or less people in your party and just looking for good oysters/fish and chips, rather than a place to hang, then this place may be right for you.

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Not even good enough for our tourists
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

This is a review for the downstairs restaurant. Been there a few times with the family in the last year to provide a fair review. Every time, the servers seem disengaged. The clam chowder just tasted odd and not fresh (tried it different times), and the menu just seems inconsistent - as if they don't really know what they want to serve, that there is no consistent theme to it. They do have a wonderful location especially if you like patio dining by the water. However, there are many other alternatives in Vancouver if that's what you're into. We see tourists almost every time we go and can't help but think it's a tourist trap. They're probably on some visitors guide but I wouldn't go back, nor would I take any of my out-of-town guests there.

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Sushi Garden4269 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
In-and-out production line type sushi joint
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

Somebody took me there for lunch the other day. It's close by for me and the place seems busy enough to have fresh sushi so I figured it's worth a try. You walk in and it's definitely a newer place that's been recently renovated. Even though it was busy we were seated quickly. Servers were attentive with quick attention to refill your tea. Portions are very generous as they give you big chunks of sushi and sashimi.

All of that seems fine but I don't think I'll go back because maybe I'm spoiled by the other higher-quality Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. When I go to a Japanese restaurant I'm not particularly looking for big portions. I'd prefer quality fish and all that farmed low-grade sashimi just doesn't do it for me.

The other thing is that they have placed the tables are too close together so don't bother if you prefer to have a little more privacy... it is also obvious that they want you in-and-out of there as quick as they could.

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Earls3850 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
How do you screw up 3 times in one sitting?
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

So I took some business clients there to lunch yesterday. Long story short: 1. they brought wrong meals to the table and when we told them we never ordered those items they seemed confused and just walked around like lost duck chasing one another. 2. when they finally figured it out, my soda was served to me and they spilled parts of it on my pants. 3. I picked up the tab, and they didn't give my credit card back. I was so busy talking to my clients that I didn't realize until after.

It's right by my office, and been there many times because the closest alternative (Cactus Club down the street) would have required us to drive. There are other occasions that they led us to a table, and nobody bothered to attend to our table for 10 minutes, until I literally got out of my seat and told somebody. Another occasion, my soup was served cold. By the way, they never do anything about it.

So have I had worse experience? Definitely yes. But have I had that many poor experience at the same restaurant? No.

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Fuji Sushi526B Clarke Rd, Coquitlam
OK sushi, poor service
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2009 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

Been there 2 times recently, both times for dinner. First time I went with a party of 6 so we were shown the back room. The place seems chaotic and disorganized and it took them a while to come take our order.

Second time, went on my own at around 8pm on a Friday evening, they were not that busy as the first round crowd is just about finishing. This time it almost feels like the servers really don't know what they're doing. I waited a while even though they saw me, and was seated at the bar, after I ordered they asked to move over 1 spot (with 2 vacant seats adjacent to me). I complied. Then after my appetizer was served, they wanted to move me again, this time to a table because some VIP guests are coming (3 of them and they wanted to be in front of the chef). I told them I prefer not to move. They didn't push it and shortly after 3 men showed up, talked to the chef in Japanese in front of me. I'm usually not offended by that but I believe they were actually talking about me not moving for them. They ended up sitting at a table close to the chef because there are lots of vacant ones. Probably won't go back. I only went for the second time as there were no other decent Japanese food in the area, but next time I'd rather drive further if that's the service expectation.

In all fairness, the sushi was fresh.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar4308 Main St., 19, Whistler
Still not a fan of chains
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 1:09am [Dine in]

Went there for lunch after unloading our luggages at the Delta Hotel next door. It was a late lunch on a Friday (around 1:30pm). It wasn't very busy. The restaurant is spacious so seating is no problem.

Upon being seated we asked for a high chair for our 2-year old. When the hostess brought the high chair, we asked if we can put it in a spot between me and my wife for easier access (we were sitting across each other), and the request wasn't unreasonable as the table next to us was empty. There were at most 2 other tables occupied at the restaurant.

I was astonished to get a no for an answer. I normally don't say anything but I said to her "well it's not very busy", and her response was "well, in case it gets busy later, placing the high chair there will block access for the other table." Then she walked away.

I would normally take off but didn't as it was a late lunch and everyone was hungry and it was cold out. We finished at around 2:45pm and the place was still near empty.

For a review of food, well, it's milestone's, no surprise there.

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Zocalo2515 Main Street, Vancouver
Refreshing Mexican cuisine
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 12:46am [Dine in]

Was there a few times and had a decent experience every time. I've noticed that they are more busy every time especially on an evening when a live band is playing.

Place is tight and will often have to move for passer-by's and waiting staff. Kind of feel like you're on their way and the table in the middle is not supposed to be there in the first place.

Food is different from the conventional Mexican cuisine, very refreshing.

Servers are accommodating and have positive attitude.

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Shore Club, The688 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Lunch spot for business
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

Been there a few times for business lunch. Nice atmosphere, comfortable seating, good selection of food.

The pan friend oyster is excellent. I'm not a big lunch eater so usually that and a salad (sometimes a lobster bisque) will do. For dessert, their key lime pie is one of the best I've had.

Ambiance is above average, not as noisy as the other chains down the street.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Long time regulars
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

We've been regulars for years at this location. This place gets busier every time.

Food was great, we always have the assorted Oden (broth with assortment of Japanese fish cakes, eggs, radish). Recently, they had Ahi Tuna on the special menu and I have to say it's better than some of the mainstream restaurants. It's cooked just right. The best part was, it was $8 (other restaurants charge more than $20 for the same portion).

If you don't want to wait, go right at 5:30pm when they're open for dinner.

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Rebar50 Bastion Square, Victoria
We go every time we go to Victoria
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

Everytime we go, it's packed. it helps that they have a juice bar such that my 2 year old can get a head start on some fresh fruit juice while we wait.

We go because it's healthy. Everything is average, we've had a decent experience every time.

Their desserts are highly recommended, taste just as good as the "not so healthy" versions.

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
5 bottles of wine and 2,000 bill later...
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

We were recently invited along with 5 other guests.

Food
Oysters' lovers heaven! We had a good selection.
We had a chef's best sashimi selections. It was very well presented, very fresh.

Wine
The host made the choice based on Sommelier's recommendations, all excellent. I'm not a wine expert but even I can taste how good those choices were.

For Entree I had the ‘Kobe Style’ Beef Short Ribs, it was deluxe, hard to describe how good it is. I had a good wine to go with that too.

They presented a good selection of bite size dessert and fruit platter. I even made a special request to have a chocolate fondu dip for the fruit and they gladly accommodated.

Server is very knowledgable, about different kinds of oysters, also made great recommendations.

Place is pricy but in my opinion worth every part of it for the outstanding culinary experience.

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Ten Hachi1125 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Decent choice
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

Been there a number of times now, allowing me to give them a fair assessment.

The food was fantastic, I'm a sushi/sashimi fan, they have fresh sashimi flown in from Japan. It's one of the best in the city, and I consider myself picky when it comes to Japanese food as I have so much of it.

Pricing is reasonable, quality is high. Place is reasonably clean.

Servers try hard to please and are responsive, and a couple of times the owner went around and mingled with customers.

Tenhachi is at a lobby of an extended stay hotel so among other things you'll find burgers and fries on their menu (I never tried).

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Gelarmony1094 Denman Street, Vancouver
Disappointed
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

I normally go to the one on Robson but decided to take the family to the one on Denmen for a change. We have always had a great experience at the Robson one but I have to say that both the service and the gelato at Denmen was less than acceptable.

For the gelato, it was not the same, I echo with GMT in the last review. It wasn't as "fresh", and some were even melty.

Onto the atmosphere, it was dirty and you can feel that some spots were dusty and even though they weren't busy, the staff didn't bother to clean up by wiping the tables, etc.

Service was poor, period.

1. I was about to pay and was made to wait because the manager was too busy giving attitude to the staff, right in front of customers (just my family in the store). No apology given for making me wait.

2. when my family and I were eating the gelato, we had a nice moment with our 2-year-old so I took out the camera to take a quick snap. After I finished taking the picture, I can feel somebody just staring at me in a very unfriendly way. I looked and it was the manager or supervisor (some young girl). Anyways, she stared at me and as soon as we had eye contact she said "Absolutely no picture taking in here", and paraded to the front of the store and pointed to the tiny worn out sign. All that with an "I'm all rightous attitude, if you don't like it just leave" kind of vibe. She read us the sign as if we were retards.

I think it's ok to have store policy, but usually storekeepers or restaurants are nice about it and would put it very nicely if it is an issue. Anyways, we walked down Denmen after we finished and checked out a couple of other ice cream/gelato parlours and noticed that there is no such "no picture policy" there.

We won't ever go back and would encourage others not to. There are many other ice cream/gelato places down the street with better service/atmosphere.

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Spotted Prawn Bistro, The1055 W Hastings, Vancouver
Great Prawns
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 12:40am [Dine in]

We went there for an office lunch, group of 14. The food were good, and the prawns were fresh. However, service was questionable. When our director, who is the one picking up the tab, asked the server to get some missed cuteries, the server responded, "I only have so many hands". And the director wasn't even demanding, it was one of her few requests. Anyways, after the meal, a number of us ordered coffee and some cups actually have coffee grinds in it. So after waiting for the busy server to return, he didn't seem to believe us and had to see it. We showed him and he returned with better coffee. Other than that, the food was great and would recommend it to any prawn or seafood lover.

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Hart House6664 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Great Experience
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 12:28am [Dine in]

We went there a couple of times for dinner. This recent weekend, my wife and I both tried the $35 Table d'Hôte. I had the duck confit for appetizer, the roasted ling cod entree, and finished with a cheesecake and a coffee after. They were all delicious. Our guest had the rack of lamb and portions were generous and he enjoyed it as well. The house is beautiful and have a lot of character. Our server this time is friendly. Last time, the server was a little stiff and serious, no smiles, but service was still professional. Will definitely go back for special occassions.

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