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semipickyVancouverSince December 13, 200742 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.4)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
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Ningtu2130 Kingsway St., Vancouver
not how it used to be
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

My family (and relatives) and I have been regular customers for over a decade. This restaurant has been here for a long time too. We've eaten many times here for lunch and dinner. After the last 3 times of eating here (dinner, dinner and lunch) (last saturday for lunch being the most recent), I have to give this place a lower rating reflecting their current food quality.

Since November 2012, (and most recently last week), their very popular and previously excellent hot&sour soup has gone downhill. So bad. You can tell it's not prepared with the same effort or "heart", the flavour is really basic-literally SOUR oh boy and SPICY oh hot. No more in between flavours. The consistency is too watery. There's no more colour to it. It's like they've diluted a concoction made only once a week....(you get what i'm saying) price is the same, still killer cheap, but it's not even worth ordering anymore....I hope this comes back. ($7)

Meh what is there to say. Everything is so mediocre and below average now.
Previously, I have given Ningtu 4-5 stars on dinehere and urban spoon, because they bring decent quality for the price, good value, and hearty food. The service is kind and always smiling. The owner is a kind, hard working lady.

I've tried many many of their entrees and small dishes. The crab with lin goh is vastly overrated. I'm happy they won award(s) for it but I don't understand why.

Two things that are still consistent:
I love their deep fried doughnut. It is EXCELLENT and special here. Almost always. If you appreciate a good DFD, you'll know what I mean. (Shanghai style though, not hong kong.) $2.80 for an order.
Also, my beloved dessert balls. I don't remember what they call them. You have to order a dozen each time. $15 for a dozen of bliss. Deep fried egg white puffs with pink sugar sprinkled over them. With red bean filling ($13) $2 extra to add fresh sliced banana to the filling.

p.s. don't ever order XLB. never was a fan. gross unless you like thick skin and mushy, pink pork (aka baking soda)

I've had many good memories eating here, and recommended this place to many people, and introduced their (previously excellent hot/sour soup) to many...I hope this place stays, but that their previous standards return.

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Amato Gelato Cafe78 East 1st Ave, Vancouver
People are just not picky enough
Submitted Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 10:00am [Dine in]

Haven't been back since I was a kid in my 8/9/10 years of age. Damn well won't return if it's up to me. Worst gelato ever. Tried red bean, and then black sesame for kicks with my asian palette, and ew. Picked pistachio fudge for my single scoop for #3.75 in a cup. Very small scoop, tastes like cheap ice cream. Unlike gelato, honest. All 3 held non gelato standards consistencies. Goodbye Amato

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
I'm backkkk
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 11:42am [Dine in]

After eating at this restaurant, and coming back to ruminating about it for the next few days (evoking feelings that are how you say "ripped-off") I just HAD to return to my nostalgic dinehere account and revive all the bad reviews I'm been suppressing! ;) (I have both a yelp and urbanspoon account but dinehere will always be the 'pickiest' :p hehe) SO basically, this restaurant sucks. XLB are quite bad, they're a small, smalll step up from Ningtu's BUT Peaceful's XLB skin is still thicker than any I've had! The soup broth is alright, half fat, half soup (i prefer full on soup) and finally, the pork is only a little bit grainy. Could be worse. Value is average because you get 8 for $7? Also ordered the onion crepe beef wrap and whoa this is pricey. Quite mediocre and with no cucumbers. Semi bland and mediocre beef with sauce slabbed on. 4 medium large portions for $7.50? Finally, also ordered General Tsao's chicken because my co-eater requested it. Wow on bad scale porportions because it is a whooping $13 for 10 ping pong sized dark meat chicken deep fried with too much batter. The sauce is nothing special and it is just the worst value in terms of a Mandarin dish. all this for $34 (incl tx&tips) was upsetting. Do you know for the same price you could feed 4 hungry people and possibly have a little take out box from Ningtu? And that really, even ningtu's XLB is better depending on your XLB demands. Only had the knife cut noodles once and it looked just as atrocious on others' tables as it did a decade ago. Why do people line up (and line up) to eat here?

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Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodle House4887 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
this place is just bad
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

With the recommendation from chowtimes and many other food blog's recommendations....my family and I drove further than usual for our daily Sunday lunch. My god, it was bad. The layout of the tables were ridiculous, the servers were really pushy and rushed, aside from service....the food is where it's at (where it's supposed to be at!!!!) Well, the noodles were soggy and not al dente/chewy at all. the soup is GET THIS: SOY SAUCE BASE ughhh. there is a thin film of oil at the surface of the soup. TheRE ARE NO CONDIMENTS. you have to pay 50cents for "spicy mustard" is this a joke? I looked to the next table and their dumplings looked disgusting (true we didn't try it ...but I have a good judgement when it comes to these things). We ordered 2 small and 1 large bowl of their SPECIALTY (beef flank with regular "handmade" noodles)

i'm getting depressed you guys...is it just I with terrible taste or ironically and tragically the food bloggers. what in the hell....

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Phu Quy3980 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Decent pho BUT
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 2:03am [Dine in]

head over couple stores from this restaurant to Pho Quyen (the similarities in the name is uncanny)

the beef Pho stock is pretty tasty and not laden with msg. The portion of the noodles are average, not too little, not generous either. The condiments are skimpy, not enough thai basil, bean sprouts is alright, but I don't like how if we are eating with a table of 4 with 4 orders of Pho, we get the same portion of condiments compared to a single customer ordering a single order of Pho.

Haven't tried their spring rolls or anything other than the pho. The beef isn't very tasty and a bit chewy. I give this 3 stars because not too bad though nothing special

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Kimono Japanese Restaurant869 Hornby Street, Vancouver
There's Better sushi out there
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 1:59am [Dine in]

Only good thing about this place:
-bound to have seats (no wait); this restaurant is HUGE. i highly doubt they're ever filled to capacity though.
-tempura, yam tempura was CHEAP CHEAP. 3.50 for huge plate. it had at least 6 large pieces. ALTHOUGH IT WASN'T VERY TASTY. it wasn't oily and crunchy yes, but very bland and the potato was of the white sweet variety not the orange.

The combos are not good. Sashimi and sushi portions are half of momo's (head there instead, it's near waterfront and double the portions for half the cost) The terriyaki chicken wasn't fried or crispy enough. it had a LOT Of fat > meat. It wasn't tasty either. Sushi was bland.

Service was less than average. For every single thing, we had to ask. (Except for the menu) Tea, napkins, refill, questions, bill,...i mean cmon, why are you deliberately ignoring us. If the tips really are shared....it would make more sense to be more hospitable instead of a big poop.

Overall, I'm never coming again, I rather eat take out sushi. (which obviously i woudln't prefer)

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Reef, The1018 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
I sympathize with the other reviews
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 12:11am [Dine in]

We ordered quite a bit of drinks and a minimal amount of food. On the side we ordered yam fries. I think it was 5/6 dollars for badly "fried" fries. I think they were probably baked, not crispy at all. Almost black! They were soft and the skin was chewy .........a very small portion as well. This order took almost 30 mins after main dishes arrived and at first, one of the hosts brought us a wrong dish, leaves it on the table for a minute, promptly comes back and takes it back WITHOUT an apology or at least a friendly comment. Maybe this didn't include "johnny cakes" but we ordered a curry entree ($16) it was TERRIBLE. was it because it's curry and didnd't feature any of the "jerk" sauce? It was SO bland. I can make better instant curry from a packaged bag that costs a dollar. I wouldn't skimp on dollar a can coconut milk either. It was just horrible. A small plate that consisted of three parts, rice, a tasteless chopped coleslaw, and a small dish of curry (we ordered chicken) barely any. Overall, I wouldn't ever come back, I'll give the main street location a try and make sure I order something with the "jerk" sauce.

Service sucked. Waitress made a special note after we placed our order couple minutes later than we coudln't order a pitcher if only one person was drinking...hello? so what, it wasn't explicitly stated. We had to explain for a whole minute that hey, although others ordered highballs, doesn't mean we can't still share a pitcher. when we wanted to pay, (and we were seated 2 feet away from the cashier!) we waited a good 10 mins, eyeing which soon turned into glaring down someone to get the bill for us. finally we gave up, went to pay, what was outrageous was the 2 people behind the counter were having a [chat], my friend deliberately stared at them and waited to see how long it'd take. afterwards, no apology, nothing.

it's so friggen dark in there as well. I do like the washrooms though.

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Yogen Fruz4700 Kingsway, #1213, Burnaby
I would give 4* for food but it is just yogurt...
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 2:29am [Dine in]

I've been enjoying Yogen Fruz ever since I was a wee toddler. Only 2 times can I remember it wasn't as good or 'filled up to the top' satisfactory :) Good for them, their frozen yogurt is delicious! I noticed their new look now on the cup, and the new renovation at Metrotown. I don't mind the location, to those who complain there's no where to sit, it's not the freaking food court duh. I love how Purdy's is a few metres away, competition in your face as you line up contemplating, ahhhh which one which one? I'll help you out. If you want a bigger portion of dessert including a fresh waffle cone for your buck, go to Purdy's. If you feel like a tangy dessert with yogurty flavour (blueberry's the besT) go to Yogen Fruz. I haven't bothered to check how much their menu is now, they had better not increased the price, it was already so price last time I went. It's probably around $4! for a regular sized regular yogurt (yogurt (non fat or no sugar too) goes through this machine mixed with your choice of fruit) and is then "blendeD" and delicious. I definitely would choose yogen fruz over purdys anytime IF I could afford it.

I for one do not like their new look nor renovations. It looks like they're trying to pull of being pinkberry, actually I saw several ppl eating a pinkberry lookalike in the mall, lame....it's just yogurt with fruit toppings (not blended). Their new "bright, white, modern" look like they're trying too hard. Bring back the gloomy blue setup!

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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
Worst Cream Puff
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 2:04am [Dine in]

I hate hype. I especially dislike food hype. the line ups here are ridiculous, I hate their pompous sign of "only 2 dozen max per person" I tried their original,chocolate and something else. When I took my first bite, I was grossed out by their amount of "cream" filling. It had such a custard texture and taste, very gelantineous, not a traditional milk cream taste. Sure, to some that is "creamy" but I discarded over half of the filling just so it woudln't seem like I was eating cream and no pastry. Ah the pastry.....it wasn't light and flaky, but instead hard and tasteless. Very oily taste.
I give this 2 for food because it is fresh.

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Momo Sushi375 Water Street, #6, Vancouver
I like this place
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 2:01am [Dine in]

The value is so good, I love how most combos include the vermicelli in rice vinegar salad (ebi something). The terriyaki (and tempuras) are excellent, their deep fried stuff is really good for price. No oily oil aftertaste, very crisy. It's like they deep fry their terriyaki chicken. The sashimi is always very fresh (I've eaten here at least 6 times), the size of the pieces isn't consistent though. Sometimes the pieces are huge, sometimes quite meager looking but nonetheless I am stuffed after a 6.95 combo. the $7 combo includes 3 pieces of cali roll (only bad thing, their sushi! heh) The sushi rice is less than satisfactory. It also comes with miso soup and a fresh tasty salad. I think 3/4 pieces of sashimi, bowl of rice, and something else. For $10, you can eat for 2! Once I also ordered their philadelphia roll ($4.50 for 6) It wasn't very good

Thus 3 stars for food because other than the cheap decent deals and their sashimi, I wouldn't come here for sushi

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Kat's Bubble Tea House6519 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Slightly better than Teaworks
Submitted Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

Again like the Teaworks review, I'll admit I give them props for staying a business for as long as they have. It's been...probably almost 6 years since they were opened. Again, it's probably high school students who provide the most business and it helps that this place is massively air conditioned (it's freezing in the summer but hey, i'm not complaining) and it opens late (till 2am if i recall) good for get togethers.

What's not good is their food, I can't believe I actually ordered their noodles once. Drenched in msg and salt! It was so salty, the egg waffle balls snacky thingy I've had them twice. they were alright but I would question the safety of the egg ingredients because they tend to leave it out.
The fish balls are atrocious, once they were too chewy aka stale, another flavourless and too soft. My bad for ordering they aren't a restaurant. A friend told me she ordered fried chicken wings once and they were still raw!

BBT is bad here, OVERPRICED. again they charge you extra for bubbles and milk AND ice. geez. you could pay over $5 for a mediocre drink. the bubbles are not tasty and are mushy. The shaved ice they have here is better than most places but it's really just ice and canned evaporated milk.

The employees they hire here are laughable but then again the owner is freaking rude. I never go here anymore

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Tea Works5695 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
I don't like this place
Submitted Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

Everytime I drive past this place, I always think to myself "can't believe they're still not out of business". The food's not THAT bad but it's moreso the challenge of upholding a casual restaurant business that's right in the intersection of victoria and 41st. There is barely any parking, the parking lot nearby is for the complex....I'm guessing most of their business comes from nearby students (elementary/highschool) I've had their bbt takeout twice and ate in once. The service is mediocre, they are young and look good what can I say. The bbt tea to eat in is a major ripoff, the sizes shrink by more than half. The bubbles themselves are not sweet, tasteless and the texture is not chewy enough, almost mushy. I hate the new trend of bbt houses charging for blended ice! 50cent extra are you kidding me. you already got to pay 50 cents extra for "milk"

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Green Village2462 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
Pretty good for dimsum
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

Had dim sum here for lunch (on new year's day too) They were packed and service was efficient. Ordered 8 dishes, the price is above average but luckily the quality is above average as well. The spring rolls are very crispy and doesn't have an oily aftertaste, the steamed shrimp rolls (ha gao) are good, siu mai (steamed pork balls) are delicious. Only thing was they seated the four of us at an extremely small square table, I basically sat on the edge outside. Service is minimal as expected but they get things done.

BECAREFUL about which orders have been served from your order list, after I paid, I found out they didn't serve a medium priced dish (that's over $4 value) they could have told me or I could have gotten it take out. They didn't remind me or mention it or anything.

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
Sure fooled me
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 4:58am [Dine in]

Okay, excellent decor you really get some feel to thai luxury. Mannerable hostess and servers.
Value is not good value. Ordered pad thai, pork curry and rice. Pad thai was good, portion was alright but for the price, not great value. I understand it's a downtown restaurant with a hostess....and nice ambiance but the food here is just average midrange quality. The pork curry was terrible! It wasn't spicy at the least and we ordered spicy....we added in at least 2additional spoonfuls of the curry spice they provided on the side. The pork wasn't marinated so it wasn't tasty and it was quite chewy. The curry had this gross thick film of oil (curry oil? red oil) over the small bowl of curry. I despise small bowls of curry like it's a delicacy or something. It lacked spices and everything. The rice was whatever...it's rice. Not fragrant though if that's what you like.

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Honolulu Cafe4288 Main, Vancouver
it's so bad!
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 4:50am [Dine in]

i hear about this place all the time still, it's so popular with youngsters, i never understand why! why are cantonese hk style cafes constantly serving gross food. This place is particularly unappealing, the baked rice/spaghetti dishes are bland and nothing special. The chow mein is too starchy and soggy. Ate here for dinner, wasted $60 for party of 5. Hate the atmosphere too. (btw cantonese reviewer)

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Bombay Restaurant, The2748 Lougheed Hwy, #205, Port Coquitlam
If only I lived closer
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 4:02am [Dine in]

I live an hour away from here, but it's worth the trip driving here. The buffet area is surprisingly small but they refill it often so it's definitely fresh. Around $13.50 a person, it's a little pricier than average but the quality of the food makes up for it. The pakoras here are excellent. They have these wonderful delicious sweet potato types? sort of like yam fries but better, dipped in spices and all. Tandoori chicken is juicy, butter chicken mmm!!!!! Yogurt here is great, perfectly tangy and cool. Whenever they refill the dishes, people rush up so you have to keep an eye out. One time, we were the only ones eating there near closing time (3 of us) we asked if they were going to make any more pakoras, and they made more just for us!! Only bad thing was that their galab jamun is not always made, and the only time I had it there, it was stale therefore quite disgusting. At least the rice pudding is good. Went there once when it was quite busy and the owner (british lady) provided a basket of naan to each table and refilled it accordingly

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New India Buffet & Restaurant805 W Broadway, #105, Vancouver
What is up with all the negative posts?
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 3:55am [Dine in]

Lunchtime buffet is good value ($12) dinnertime ($~16) Go for lunch instead, they have a "promotional" spiced tea at that time. Only differences I saw in their dinner buffet was that they replaced the chili chicken with tandoori chicken (both are just okay) What's impressive about this restaurant/buffet, is the ambiance, very spacious, roomy and has a great view. (outside sitting area too) Mango lassis are overpriced and nothing special;no spices or anything ($4 for small glass). Buffet selection is excellent, there really are over 40 items to choose from. Starting from the appetizers, there are a lot of cold salads to choose from, chutneys and yogurt. The cold salads are actually pretty good for an india buffet. The naan is alright, it's usually burned but at least it's thin and chewy. I love the meat in the curries, the chicken is tender and not overcooked, the lamb is succulent and tasty. The "samosas" or tiny triangular spring rolls are fresh and really crispy and not as oily as you'd expect. Yogurt curry, butter chicken, saag paneer are really good. My favourite dish is the gulab jamun (dessert balls), there is so many but they are always so fresh. Rich and creamy!

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Megabite Pizza2440 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Depends what you like
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 3:47am [Dine in]

What a dilemma, choosing uncle fatih's or megabites...I find megabite's dough is softer/soggier which means when you hold the pizza, it's gonna bend whereas uncle fatih's dough is sturdier and stays flat (it's a little drier) Megabite's cheese looks more white...which affects the flavour how? Maybe it's just in my head, but megabite's cheese seems to be just a little more flavourful than uncle fatih's. The texture is a bit chewier. For the crust, they do have sesame seeds but lack of herbs. I like uncle fatih's crust better it's crispier, in other words less doughy.
If I'm craving for a meatball/pesto slice, I'll go to uncle fatih's. For megabites, I love their vegetarian one with the whole mushrooms, uncle faith's doesn't have that kind.

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Uncle Fatih's Pizza1685 Broadway East, Vancouver
Pretty good
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 3:41am [Dine in]

I hate you hygiene reviewers! Seriously these things are better left unsaid! Anyways, for 1.75 (recent price increase since last year i suppose; understandable, do you know how much cheese costs!?) what more can you ask for? There is a very generous amount of cheese, sprinkled to the rim, the crust still pleases your tastebuds with an herb induced aroma, the toppings are fresh and because of the lineups, pizza is usually fresh, sometimes right out of the oven. And boy, when you eat it right out of the oven, it is piping hot and that is when you can revel in the joy of stringing cheese and pleasing your childhood self. The ranch sauce is decent :) I personally hate the potato slice, once ordered it by mistake, it is soggy, not as flavourful and oily! The greek pizza is also a no-no. Take out XL is silly becuase it costs more than buying individual slices.

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Best Falafel2013 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Liars!
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 3:35am [Dine in]

Obviously anytime someone says they're the best, they're liars, especially when it comes to food. Friends said shwarma platter was really good here, ummmmm sure. So I ordered the beef shwarma platter, way to go, meatloaf! Salt laden, soggy meatloaf...........? Cold pita from a plastic bag. I even ordered 2 of the grapeleaf rice wrap, ugh, disgusting!!!! Rice was so soggy, the flavour was gagworthy. To make things worse, this terrible dish cost me almost $9! A slice of pizza would bring more flavour (and warmth-literally) to the plate than this. Their falafels didn't look too appealing either,definitely not going back to try it.

Hey...I make the best falafels too if you wanna check out my trophy

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