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PurpleThumbSurreySince January 22, 20097 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
Service really spoils the whole experience
Submitted Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

On this visit, some friends suggested that we go to try the special "Spice Market of NY" menu.
Now this is where it gets ridiculous. We were told by our very COLD, STUCK-UP waiter that if we wanted to do the special tasting menu that everyone must do it. What if someone in the party had an allergy ...too bad. As I didn't want to disappoint my friends we decided to do it.

Tasting menu ($68) 6 courses. Yes, it truly is a "Tasting" menu meaning bite size portions for all 6 courses.

Bread was not served, instead it was individual servings of pappadums served w/red curry dip (very creative)
1st Shaved Tuna - very creative, flavors worked well together BEST COURSE
2nd Chicken Samosa - 1 very small pc = 2 bites, solid chicken throughout, cilantro yoghurt dip was bland
3rd Black-pepper shrimp - 3 pcs, salty and peppery
4th Vietnamese Chicken Curry - leg and thigh w/bone-in, very salty and difficult to eat as it was served in clay-pot
5th Cod - presentation = 0 as the filet was broken and pieced together, the veg underneath was extremely salty
6th Ovaltine Kulfi - 2nd best course. The chocolate ganache was very smooth and creamy. It was a nice way to finish a mediocre SALTY dinner

Back to the service. Salty food means more water please!! With multiple staff (food runner, busser, server) serving us (party of 8), not 1 noticed empty water glasses for 2 courses until i finally said something. Even the empty cocktail glasses didn't get noticed for 20 mins. Lack of service does not justify the 18% AUTO GRAT at the end of our $800 cheque. Guaranteed grats should still be earned. Head server was quiet rude. Interrupting our conversations w/o a "pardon me" multiple times.

Value - Tasting menu was as expected for this type of restaurant. Small! There were also a lack of vegetables. Service was cold, uncomfortable and lacking. Auto-grat for parties of 6 or more does not mean they don't give us service.

As I am not one to hold my tongue when I have a bad experience...I decided to bite it as I did not want to embarrass my friends but I rather make this my 3rd and final visit here. There are so many better restaurants (for service and value) in Vancouver.

Now off to a good Pho Noodle restaurant as I was still hungry after my $100 per person meal and to take the salty flavors off my palate.

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YEW Restaurant + Bar791 West Georgia, Vancouver
$35 tasting menu
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 1:14am [Dine in]

Came here on a Sunday and enjoyed the Start Smart menu for $35 3 courses. Calamari (big portion for 1 person), Veal Cheek pasta (lots of flavor), and Brownie w/ homemade ice cream (OMG it was huge). Talk about value for food. This is definitely the best deal for what you get in a high end restaurant. Wine list is huge and decent. Nothing under $9 a glass tho. Server recommended wine with food. The best thing was that he was not snobby about it. He asked us what we usually drink and brought over a couple of wines for us to taste before making a decision. We didn't even ask him to bring those wines over but he just knew...Wow!! Service was very good, attentive without it being too overbearing. Really nice decor. We will return.

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Northern Delicacy4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 2788, Richmond
Really tasty food!!
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 12:59am [Dine in]

The food here is really tasty!! All that was ordered had good flavor and cooked to perfection. Must try items are the Shanghai dumplings, broccoli w/egg white and seafood, dan dan noodles, braised pork hock, and seafood sauce with crispy rice. We will definetly return and try everything else. Service was alright but like most Asian restaurants you must wave your hand to get anyone's attention. If your not shy, then wave till your heart's content, someone will notice. Just don't snap your fingers.

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Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant1128 West Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Its just ok...
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 12:40am [Dine in]

Nothing special for this all you can eat sushi restaurant. The only thing that keeps me returning is the salmon sashimi, unagi, ikura and prawn tempera.
Hopefully the washroom's cleanliness doesn't mirror the kitchen's cleanliness. Like most typical Asian restaurants it is not a strong point. Just disgusting.

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Tawara Sushi15153 Highway 10, #103, Surrey
Best Sushi in the Burbs!!
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

Food is of incredible quality. The Chef/Owner is very creative. We have been dining here at least twice a month. The owner has gotten to know us and when we come in when its busy we often get a nice little freebee (usually grilled salmon collar) from the chef while we wait for food. I would agree that service is a bit lacking but as most asian restaurants usually go you have to be aggressive and wave your hand in the air before they notice you. To bad it doesn't do any justice to the great food that comes out of the kitchen. Thinks to try: Rainbow Roll, Crunch Roll and Tuna tataki salad.

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Beecher Street Cafe12302 Beecher Street, White Rock
Used to be good...not so much now.
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

Not sure where to start. Dined here twice previously and enjoy great meals at decent prices. This time around was the worst I've seen in a restaurant of this calibre. Service was non existent. Lack of stock of wine. Ordered a glass of pinot noir but they were out. Decided to order a bottle of something else and server couldn't find it. Finally decided on a wine by the glass that was just ok (definitely opened for a few days). We were the only table in there and when 3 other tables walked in we didn't see our server again for over 45 minutes. He was the only server in the restaurant with a young girl as an assistant. Waited for someone to clear our appetizers which we had finished 25 minutes earlier, finally when the girl (not the server) came to clear she then offered the dessert menu. I said we didn't even get our entrees yet. Next thing we get a rubber duck which was cooked all the way through (requested medium) and a very thick piece of DRY halibut (sitting under a warmer WAITING for the server to pick up the food) delivered by the girl (not the server). Finally when the girl (not the server) decided to come back she asked how everything was the food was picked though and we were done I told her that it was overcooked and dry. She then went to tell the server and the server finally arrived to apologize for not serving us because he had 3 other tables (can't imagine what he'd be like with 5 tables) and apologized in a soft voice about the food. There was no attempt to rectify this poor experience, so I then asked for the check since we were not wanting to try dessert after that performance. Level of service can usually be determined by how long empty water glasses sit on the table before they are refilled. 2 times the girl came to the table the glasses sat empty, it wasn't until I waved her down after choking on the dry piece of halibut that we would like some of the FREE water. This restaurant has a WOW factor. Wow, can't believe how horrible it was.

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Wok Box805 Boyd Street, Unit T115, New Westminster
What box?
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

I should have just trust my instinct when we walked in...i was thinking something isn't right. Should have just walked right back out when I saw an empty place and non-oriental guys behind the stove just didn't feel right. It was quite hilarious actually because while i was waiting for food, the cook was being trained on how to cook by another guy. Sauces were way too salty and way over done. I think he did 5 squeezes of his premade, cyrovac sauce out of a bottle instead of the 3 like "the 20 page franchise book says" (i'm probably not far from the truth). These guys need a lesson from Koya or buy from the same supplier as they do cause at least their stuff tastes better. Knock off of Noodle Box in Kits but doesn't even come close. I don't think this franchise will last a year in a city that has far superior asian cuisine in every community.

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