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spdracersurreySince August 27, 200910 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food4.5 (4.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Omnitsky Kosher Delicatessen5775 Oak Street, Vancouver
Who Knew Moving Was so Expensive?
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2015 - 11:13pm [Take-out]

I am a long time customer of Omnitsky, (over 15 years at least.)

It has always been a great place to enjoy a good quality shaved roast bed sandwich on rye. Service was always pleasant and a great place to chat with the employees or the owner about current events. Before they moved from the Cambie Street location I would give them 4-5 across the board.

Now the bad... As usual I ordered my heated roast beef on rye with dijon without even looking at the menu. My wife was not very hungry so she ordered a small potato salad for take out. When I got to the check out my $8-9 sandwich was now $13... OK I thought to myself Vancouver is getting more expensive to live in.. so I can swallow this 30-40% increase in price because the food is good. But when I looked in the bag the potato salad was not there, (at least I thought.)

As it turns out the thimble of potato salad that was INCLUDED on Cambie now was an extra $3.75! AND no kosher pickle was included anymore. When I brought this to the attention of the staff in the kitchen, (all new by the way,)... all they said rudely is "It's been that way as long as I have worked here." Now certainly I can't be the first person to complain about a 8-9$ sandwich going to almost $20 with tax, so I asked the man at the check out. He was not new to the store and confirmed that many are complaining. He said that it was because the new rent was so expensive. For this rating I have given the Service a 1 and continue to do so despite the fact that this man was sympathetic to my position... and I do so because the women in the kitchen were so rude and uncaring. (They made me feel cheap and like I was bothering them for asking about these changes.)

Before I left, I took the potato salad out of the bag and asked the people in line behind me if this looked like $3.75 worth of food? (The container is about the size of a toonie and maybe 3 cm high.) All of them said that it looked like it was about "$1 worth of food... maybe $1.50 on the outside"

I really like the owner and would like for him to respond to this and change some pricing. I realize that things will get more expensive over time but to raise the price 100% (if you include the potato salad,) and hire staff that are 10% as good as the old staff is a recipe for disaster.

I hope that this is not a trend that we will see in Vancouver restaurants... or our great culinary gems may be a victim of the the overall success of our City's popularity.

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La Brasserie1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
How the Mighty Have Fallen
Submitted Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 1:58am [Dine in]

My family were regulars at this restaurant when it opened... and it was great. Crowded, small, and many times people would bump into the back of you while you were eating... but the great service, food and sense of authenticity were worth it. We dined there at least once a month. As times change our schedule took us to different neighbourhoods and we left La Brasserie for a couple of years. Tonight an unscheduled stop at St Paul's Hospital offered us an opportunity to visit an old friend.

Turns out, our old friend sold to an incompetent new proprietor. The menu was mostly the same but everything tasted like it was well past the best before date. Even the sauces tasted like they were out of a can! Actually, on a rare good note the chicken that I ordered for myself was moist and well cooked but on a bed of limp aged vegetables that with the sauce ruined the dish.

Out of 5 dishes ordered only the Duck was acceptable to my son. When we were asked how the food was I was honest.. thinking that a new chef was filling in on an odd night. During the conversation, with the waiter.. (which I think was the owner,) I learned that the restaurant was sold in August of 2013. The conversation was pleasant enough and I was assured that he would speak to the chef the next day about our experience. The thing that bothered me is that nothing other than that was offered. No opportunity to change dishes or an offer of re-plating new food. No bread or water was even offered.

The two other tables occupied should have tipped me off for a restaurant that was consistently full before.

When the bill came.. nothing was taken off and no apologies. This is the first time in 20 years that I have left without leaving a tip. I worked as a waiter for a time and know how you depend on tips to survive.. but this service was polite, but unapologetic and not attentive to our needs at all.

We left without eating the $100 worth of food that we paid for so we were hungry and went to another french restaurant that we know well. As luck would have it they screwed up a dish as well.. but they made a fresh replacement that was outstanding and refused to let me pay for it even though I insisted.

I hope that the owner of La Brasserie wakes up and learns customer service.. or hires a chef that can deliver. Gordon Ramsey was never so needed in Vancouver! Totally disappointed! Never will go back unless I see a real change in menu and attitude.

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Le Vol Au Vent14959 Marine Drive, White Rock
I Don't Like Mondays
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

I'll tell you why I don'd like Mondays, and it has nothing to do with Sir Geldof.. it is because Le Vol Au Vent is closed on Mondays.

To be honest if this restaurant were in france it would be a 4 star.. but also a Bib Gourmand for excellent value! But for the limited French offerings in the Vancouver area this restaurant is really a five star place.

I have eaten at all the top rated french restaurants in the Vancouver area and as long as you go in with the idea that this is a very quaint, personable, and small bistro you will not be disappointed. If you are looking for a $million dollar wine list with Chateau Petrus available by the glass.. and service with attitude... this is not your restaurant. This has the feel of a nice countryside bistro in a small town in the loire valley.

The owner is the cook and his wife is the server. It is a two person show. So things can take some time here.. but it is worth it! They are both very pleasant and will take the time to get to know you and discuss life.

I have had the Duck and the lamb and both have been done to perfection... and surprisingly large portions. The sauces that are created are not typical bistro fare however and give the impression that this chef was a saucier in france before opening this restaurant. His sauces are superb!

Again... attitude is everything... and if you go in with lots of time, an open mind and an empty stomach you will be blown away by this little gem. If Gordon Ramsey were to redo this place the effort would be spent on expanding the wine list and freshening up the ambiance... but then it just may loose the intimate charm that has been created here. The one thing that he wouldn't change is the menu as it is about as perfect as it gets without cashing in Air France frequent flyer points.

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Bon Sushi1990 152nd Street, Surrey
Great food and service..
Submitted Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

I have always found the service to be great... mind you I have just found this place over the past few months so maybe there has been a change. Situated on a corner where I have seen three restaurants fail in the past five years I really hope that they pull through. The special teas are incredible! The food is always good, fresh, (important when dealing with fish!) and fast. I have never been here when it is busy so maybe the other reviews reflect how the kitchen responds on a busy day??? Overall I give them a solid 4 stars. I hold back a little for clean, nice but uninspired decor, and although the food is great, I have had slightly better. You can tell that it is a family run business and they really seem like nice people. Give them a try and end this bermuda triangle of restaurant locations! For effort they deserve it.

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Endure Bistro14377 64th Avenue, #101, Surrey
Cultural oasis in surrey... good italian coffee too!
Submitted Friday, October 30, 2009 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

My wife and I love this place. The tasteful decor, nice art, comfortable seating makes you feel like you are an an apres ski lounge in Whistler. I give it a five star rating because it really sticks out as having a much higher calibre than similar places in Surrey. If in Vancouver I would give it 4 stars.

The food is made fresh and you can taste the quality of the ingredients. I love their sandwiches and they are always willing to do a little something special for you. The portions are also very good and my wife and I are happy sharing a soup and sandwich. Their cafe americanos are also the best this side of Toscana. The menu is not long but everything is great.

The ladies behind the counter are always fun to talk to. To eat here is like to eat at a friends house, it is casual and always a good opportunity to shoot the breeze.

If you are in this part of surrey it is worth the stop.

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La Charcuterie Delicatessen19080 96 Ave, Surrey
Leave the kids in the car!
Submitted Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

Entering La Charcuterie is like entering the lair of a mad scientist in his sandwich workshop. If you can leave political correctness and any sensitivity whatsoever at the door you will be in for a fun time while your sandwich is created. The owner sizes you up as he makes a custom sandwich for you. Like a taylor from Brioni there is some black magic going on here.

For both my wife and I he made us very different sandwiches and hit our taste buds like a dart to the triple 20. Even if the size of the finished product were not so insanely big the overall taste would still make the trip here worthwhile and a good value. The fact that you can feed a family of three for two days on one sandwich makes the value that much more incredible.

As with any genius there are some quirks and like the title says keep the kids in the car. (I actually think that the guy is very sensitive for all of his gregarious outbursts and think that he would keep it clean for the kids if they were there.) Love him or hate him his sandwiches are five stars!!! I will keep driving a long way out of my way to enjoy these creations.

I give him a five on the service rating... more sensitive people may only give one star. He is over the top, but is also very engaging and thoughtful. Geniuses are often misunderstood people... and it would take a genius to make such unique sandwiches.

I suggest giving him free hands at creating your own personal masterpiece. God gave us one mouth and two ears... this guy can very effectively fill all three in one short visit!

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Prairie Cottage Perogies20771 Langley Bypass, #302B, Langley
Traditional prairie food seasoned with a cup of care
Submitted Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

There are very few choices for russian/ Ukrainian in the lower mainland. Even if there were I am sure that this restaurant would top our list. It really is just a hole in a wall between a gourmet food store and a butcher and does not even have it's own entrance. It is very clean and tastefully decorated... just a little hard to find.

It is worth the search! The food is homemade and you can taste the freshness of the ingredients. I normally don't like cabbage rolls, but theirs are so tender and tasty that I can't resist them. The borsht is so good that it makes you feel more healthy after eating it. Everything is just wonderful.

The service is very informal, but always warm, caring and engaging. You can tell that the people that work there are genuinely nice people.

The portions are great and the value is outstanding. The quality and quantity of food is not represented well by the meagre prices on the menu.

I am glad of the location, otherwise I am sure that the prices would have to be much higher.

I always come hungry and leave full and with a smile.

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Mahek Restaurant9470 120 St., Surrey
Stella and Spice... Oh so nice!!
Submitted Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 12:27am [Dine in]

My family goes to this restaurant at least once every couple of weeks. We do so because the food is superb, the atmosphere is great, everything is clean, and the service for the most part is very good.

My wife likes the butter chicken and I like all of the lamb dishes. Chat is a family favorite and I think one of their best dishes. Lentils with curry is also very nice. All the spices taste so fresh and the sauces are cooked to perfection. I like the thick bold spicy taste of the Lamb Vindaloo, yet it has a delicate... if somewhat warm aftertaste. You could close your eyes and imagine yourself on the orient express enjoying an authentic gourmet Indian dinner on your way to the Taj Mahal.

The service is outstanding... however there are a few disinterested waiters among the group. The people taking the orders are always outstanding, but the people serving the food can sometimes be a little cold. I think it has more to do with new staff learning and feeling insecure more than the aloof feeling that you get from some of the dummies at your poorly run 5 star joints. The service is always fast and attentive however.

Overall I would give it 5 stars across the board, but have to hold some back for new staff. You could easily move this restaurant to south Granville and charge twice what is on the menu and it would still feel like good value.

I would suggest to go with a group, have the server help you with the picks of the menu and order one of the $13 pitchers of Stella to help the spice settle.

One caveat... this is a place with real authentic indian dishes... some are very spicy. There are dishes for those that are not into spice, but dishes like the Vindaloo will keep the flu (and any other living organism..) away. Great dish if you are into spice, but may be too much for the uninitiated.

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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
West... Best????
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

Well we have been to West three times so far. Once with some professional friends, and we had quite a nice time that night. The second was also with some professional friends who were quite well versed in wines. This night the server decided to have an argument with my friend over the proper way to serve wine. It was a very heated argument and very embarrassing for me to witness it. The last time I went there was with my sister from Saskatoon. I guess that she did not fit the mould for West and my perceived take on the situation is that because of her we did not qualify for the service that West is known for. At one point over 20 minutes waiting for a drink!
The food is GREAT and the service can be also... but at this price point I don't care if I pull up in my sisters beater wearing a t shirt and jeans, (Which I never would...) the service should be up to par and geared to make all guests feel comfortable. The food is outstanding but the service can leave an bitter taste.

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New York New York Greek Restaurant6361 152 Street, Suite 301, Surrey
Santorini without the view.
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

We dine at this restaurant quite often as it is close to our home and my wife simply loves greek food. We always find the staff very attentive to our needs, and the food is always excellent. We have tried some great greek joints on Broadway, (Vancouver's Greek town.) and some well recommended restaurants in other areas of the lower mainland, but have found that the lemon potatoes and the freshness of the greek salad keep bringing us back here no matter where we are. The roast lamb and the greek style ribs are my favorites, and my wife loves the home made ek mek, (Please forgive my spelling.) Not a great location, and no view, but if you love greek food this is the real deal.

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