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straw_hutVancouver (downtown)Since December 12, 200922 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
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Ramies Restaurant4287 Kingsway, #9, Burnaby
OK. But had better food at other Greek Restaurants
Submitted Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

Saturday Evening Experience

I ended up taking the gf here and we had a coupon for 50% the 2nd entrée. Upon entering, the place is clean, tidy w/well spaced tables for privacy. Most importantly, it was quiet inside.

The waitresses were attentive as we had our water refilled often. We had very fresh and delicious bread to start out with. Upon putting in our order for the beef and shish kabob souvlaki, I noticed a tad bit longer than usual to get our food - about 15 minutes. When it came, the food looked fresh.

However, the Tzatzhi sauce was not used to what I am getting at other restaurants. The texture was different and it had less taste. Perhaps it was healthier with this version? Also, the meat in both of our dishes was not as delicious and tender as other greek restaurants.

Overall I am not complaining as it was a fine meal.

Oh, washrooms were clean too. Not as one point did I cringe like how I do when I enter a Chinese restaurant.

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No. 1 Beef Noodle House4741 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Nice and comfy inside. Great lighting and wall decor. Less than average rating for BBTEA.
Submitted Monday, May 12, 2014 - 11:51am [Dine in]

My two buddies and I came here on a Sunday night for some takeout bbtea.

It looks great inside! Clean, quiet and great use of mood lighting. The waiter also was attentive to us. The menu sported a big selection of drinks. Our bbtea was made quickly but the guy gave it to us with the straws not having wrapping on them (eww).

After we got home and started on the drinks, I found my Taro bbtea to be full of ice and lacking in flavor. My buddies mentioned the same thing. For $4.50 per drink, this is a little on the expensive side. I will not be coming back for drinks. Perhaps I will try the food here next time and do a follow-up review.

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Tropika2975 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Nice atmosphere and good food. A bit noisy inside
Submitted Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

So I ended up at this place on the weekend and used a -$14 off coupon for dinner.

Made reservations 6 hours earlier so no trouble getting a seat. Right when we walked in, I mentioned our reservation and we were promptly seated. Waiter came and took our order - we ordered combo's A and D so that my gf and I could share. Food was great! Nothing to complain about.

The waiter came back a few times to make sure we were ok and also refilled my water..and when we were done, we paid and left. No fuss. I'm not sure why other reviewers here complained about poor service. There were a ton of staff walking around and they were nice and polite.

Only thing bad here is that it is noisy. I had a hard time hearing my GF speak and she had a hard time hearing me. I could see this being a problem if this place was chosen as a "first date" dinner place.

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Herons West Coast Kitchen900 Canada Place, Vancouver
VERY small portions
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 8:02pm [Dine in]

I've passed by this restaurant many times and always wondering how nice it would be to dine in a restaurant with huge windows by the beautiful waterfront. You can see Canada place across the street, plus, the Olympic flame + convention center are just around the corner.

So I finally I came here on the weekend with the other half; and although the place was quite empty on a Saturday night, the hostess did not give us a wonderful seat by the window. No big deal though...the place had huge ceilings, the furnishings were pleasant and the lighting was spot on perfect. I was admiring what a wonderful job a designer did on this place since it was newly renovated (now called ARC) Also had relaxing jazz music so we were excited about the food after seeing the environment.

I ordered the AAA steak and the other half got the duck breast. When the plates arrived, I couldn't believe how small the portions were. Ladies and gentleman, I been doing dine out for almost a decade now and places have always been a hit and miss...but at least they got us full. This portions were probably wouldn't even get a 7 year old full..

Of course you could argue that one comes here for the view or experience but still, I could not believe how small our food portions were (see the two pictures I've uploaded). Service was decent with smiling friendly staff but we did not get a refill on the water.

Anyhow, we ate and left. Although I could have probably still gotten a bowl of pho, we decided to call it a night.

I would recommending eating here just for the sights and only IF you had a coupon. Otherwise, paying 90 upwards for two to dine here is a total ripoff.

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Cramped and Very Smokey inside
Submitted Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

Went here for Valentines dinner with the signicant other....

We ended up being 30 min. late but they held our spot. Upon arriving, I immediately found out this place is cramped! If you are clausterphobic, you better go elsewhere. The dining area is on level 2 and 3 but the washroom is on level 1.

After sitting down on our table on the 3rd floor, I had to use the men's room so went all the way back down to the 1st floor. Unfortunately, some waitress spilled a bottle of beer right in front of me and drenched my nice shoes and lower part of the jeans. All the staff apologized and we got free sake.

When we were about to order, I double checked with another waitress about using the entertainment coupon good for 38$ off. She said we could not use it even though when I made reservations a week ago, a lady said it would be honored. We argued so we got $20 off our bill.

Despite these two shortcomings, the food was good and it wasn't terribly noisy inside so at least we could chat. We had to share a table with probably about 10 others as this is usually the case with Teppanyaki places. Also, our clothes and hair smelled heavily like oil and soya sauce right afterwards. Nothing more romantic than that! However, I'm not complaining since it will be like this for all places that cook in front of you.

Overall, it is a very pricey experience so I'd go here only if I could use the coupon. I'd rank this place one notch above Osaka teppanyaki.. Food and service was good, plus, there are a lot of hot waitresses and genuine Japanese workers. I gave Ambiance 2 stars because of it being cramped, oily and smokey inside.

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Shikisai9040 Blundell Road, #150, Richmond
Pleasantly Surprised
Submitted Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

The GF and I were originally looking for Malone's Bar and Grill but since that place was shut down for renovations, we came into a strip mall and decided on this restaurant.

It's a cramped place but there is good space between tables for privacy and has the typical minimalist Japanese décor. I gave the ambiance and 4/5 rating because the place looked slightly outdated inside. However, the workers were genuine Japanese (not Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese chefs) and their spoken words were heard throughout the food service. This is not a bad thing and their language is pleasant and polite sounding. This added more authenticity to the whole experience.

The food took about 10 minutes to arrive but my gosh! I everything was uber fresh. The tempura and salad were crisp, chicken meat in the teriyaki bento box was fresh and not rubbery like some places. The rolls were fresh but their shape could have been better - they were not perfectly round but this is by far not a deal breaker at all since it is the taste and freshness that is more important. The whole dinner for two costed under 18 bucks and we were super full too.

The staff were friendly and thanked us for coming when we got ready to leave.

I might add that this place was packed with customers and we got to eat and leave without any fuss..

The only other negative thing is that our table was right next to the entrance so we felt the 0 degree winter weather everytime someone came in. Try to get a seat away from the entrance if you do come here.

Happy Eating!

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Green Lemongrass1086 Kingsway, Vancouver
Stumbled here by accident. Very fortunate I did.
Submitted Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

So the honey and I went looking for a place to eat lunch. A few places we entered had lineups (not to mention it was impossible to find parking in those places) so we ended up going to this small strip mall in Kingsway to look for any signs of Vietnamese food. The name caught my attention and as a bonus, there was plenty of parking in the back and front

Unlike the typical Vietnamese place, this place was pretty darn clean inside. The tables were small and you were pretty close to strangers sitting next to you but even with a full house, it was remarkable quiet inside. It was busy but we waved down our server and ordered. The wait was short before the goods arrived. I had chicken satay w/spring rolls and the other half had another chicken and rice dish.

The food was INCREDIBLY fresh. I also loved that for just 8 bucks, my dish came with TWO skewers and TWO spring rolls. Most places just give you one of each for that price.

You don't get any sort of view by the window but the place is clean, food is awesome, portions are generous and the price is decent. Seems like most restaurants can't get nail these 4 things.

Definitely coming back next time to try the pho.

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Cardero's1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
Below average to so-so.
Submitted Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 8:25pm [Dine in]

On a Saturday night, I came here with the other half for a dine-out experience. It was 8pm and the place was super packed and super loud inside. I knew it was not going to be a good evening date because in order to talk across your private table to the other person, you're going to have to shout. My nostrils flare when I shout so I decided to not talk throughout the full hour of dinner. Meanwhile around us, there were just people left and right laughing, yelling and all intoxicated + having fun. Nothing wrong with having fun but the loud restaurant or bar scene is not my thing.

The good thing of course is the ambience of the restaurant (dimly lit w/ west coast architecture, cedar wood ceilings etc) + large windows with a great view of coal harbor. The bad thing other than the crazy amount of noise is that the kitchen is open to the dining area so your clothes will smell like bbq and grease at the end of the night.

The food was nothing special. I orderd the squid wok appetizer, chicken as main entrée and for dessert, there was just one option - carrot cake. After finishing all 3, I did not really have a "let's come back next time" feeling. The food was just average at best. Actually to tell you the truth, I had better tasting food at Crystal Mall or Aberdeen's food court.

If you do decide that you want to get ripped off, come here during M-Thur only. The weekends are too loud.

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Nirvana Indian Cuisine2313 Main Street, Vancouver
Inexpensive food, but small portions
Submitted Monday, January 6, 2014 - 12:26am [Dine in]

So I arrived tonight with the intention of using my entertainment coupon for $14 off.

I love the atmosphere. Even though it is located on a busy street, you could not hear the traffic inside the restaurant. It was dimly lit, and each table had a candle. I was initially happy; we sat down and there were only 2 other couples in the business. We were ready to order in a bit but it seems as though the waitresses were not attentive enough to look up once in a while and notice our stares - after 5 minutes, I had to yell out "excuse me" before someone acknowledged that we were alive.

The order was put in for butter chicken and along with another entrée that had chicken and vegetables but the actual name escapes my mind at the moment..

After a decent 10 minute wait, our food arrives. I could not believe the small portions. It was just a plate with very little rice, along with a small bowl of curry. No free bread, no vegetables on the side. I guess I am being a little picky with Indian food and should expect this since all the Indian places I have eaten serve it this way (I am used to having meat, vegetables and pasta / rice when I eat).

Anyways, back to the meat of my entry - the food I have to admit was good.which is why I gave it a "solid" rating. The curry and rice were perfect.

So we polish off the food and I am probably ready to go to Mcd's for another burger. However, it took forever to get the bill since again, the waitress didn't seem to remember we were there. Also our water was not refilled near the end of the meal.

Overall, the food was good but could have been in bigger portions. And the service could have been better.

I still have a 15% tip though since we got a large chunk of the bill reduced by the coupon.

Good to try, but would not return for a 2nd time.

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Athene's3618 West Broadway, Vancouver
Decent but there are better ones out there.
Submitted Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 12:12am [Dine in]

So I visited this place New Years Eve with the GF for dinner w/ our $13 discount from the coupon book.

Arriving at 6pm, the place looks very Mediterranean inside - 2 thumbs up! It was dimly lit, clean and quiet. We were attended to right away by the waiter. It seems like just him and the owner were handling everything up front which was no big deal - our service was decent because the restaurant was quite empty. I could see that in about an hour when it fills up, they will have problems being short-staffed.

So I ordered the kalamari dinner and the gf ordered the chicken souvlaki. Good thing was the food came within 10 minutes. However, the chicken was just a tad bit overcooked, the kalamari was decent but the oil that it was fried in seemed like it was not changed in the deep fryer for a very long time.

Another gripe was that the waiter promised us some free fresh bread to start out first before our entrees came but we didn't get any.. Also, we never got a water refill for the entire hour we were at the restaurant.

These things aren't a deal breaker and overall we paid just $16 including tax and tip for the two meals so I'm not complainig. However, just as we were leaving, a huge party of 15 ppl arrived. They'd be lucky if they got the mediocre service we received.

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Soho Tea Room3466 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Not Coming Back
Submitted Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

So there was mention of a place in the lower mainland with alcoholic bbtea. It was a strange idea to me and so the other half wanted to try this place out.

Outside, the place looks impeccable - Inside even better. Its warm, cozy and the mood lighting makes it seem like this place was very well thought and designed by professionals like Gordon Ramsey or Nigella Lawson. That's where all the good news ends.

The food here...well let's just say it's so-so. In a city where there's so much competition for value, service and deliciousness, there is a ton of places that fair a lot better than his. I'm embarrassed to say - I would rather eat at Hon's or Congee Noodle house than this establishment.

One of the noodle dishes we ordered was supposed to have meat in it. It came with a ton of onions, and a lot of green peppers. The small amounts of meat it did come with were cold as in temperature-wise. The rice noodle and beef I ordered; a Chinese classic tasted ok but was full of grease.

We didn't try the alcoholic bbtea but I'm glad we didn't. Who knows what surprises waits for us there.

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Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge151 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
Best kept secret in Mt. Pleasant area!
Submitted Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

Came here for brunch on Sunday.

I'm just going to keep this short, the food was just awesome. I got the smoked salmon pizza and my other half got a roast beef sub w/ salad.

I can't remember a time a restaurant had such delicious food.

The only bad thing to say is that the restaurant's tables are not well spaced out. I can see that it would get really loud here on a Friday / sat night.

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Angel Cafe5995 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Favorite for the past 5 years and counting!!!
Submitted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

My best buddy and I go here at least once a month for catching up.

The service, food and store itself has always been outstanding and we actually give more than 15% tip to show our appreciation. The only thing that bugs me is that near closing time, the A/C seems to be turned on at full blast (perhaps this gets rid of customers so they can close down the kitchen??). Also the forks and knives that come out of the dishwasher are very loud when they sort them. This clink clink clanking sounds very irritating.

Other than that, this place is one of the best hits in the lower mainland for food. I'm going to say it's the best kept secret in South Vancouver.

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Pho Cilantro4197 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Clean, modern w/decent food
Submitted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

I came here during the end of summer and the place was super hot inside. A big fan was perched by the front entrance door ventilating the place.

It's nice inside for a Vietnamese establishment...Looks like it has been recently renovated. Although there were only two other couples in the restaurant during dinner time, I wasn't bothered by it - at least it's quieter!

The pho was good but as usual with most places, the noodle and meat proportions seem to be declining more and more. It's no different here.

Nothing to rave about but if you want a cleaner place to eat pho, definitely give this a try.

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Samurai Sushi on Fraser6428 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Well Done
Submitted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:19pm [Take-out]

I had no clue a 2nd location opened and it has been more than 5 years since I've ordered from the location on Cambie St.

First of all, parking will be extremely difficult for food pick up so my suggestion is to park at the bank on 49th and Fraser, then quickly run in!

I ordered the a tray that costed between $25 and $30. It had a good mix of everything. The rolls are enormous! Food was fresh tasting and there are no complaints.

I suggest you order at least 2 hours ahead for 5% discount or even better yet, a day ahead gets you 10% discount.

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Cloud Nine1400 Robson Street, Vancouver
Always a favorite when you have a coupon
Submitted Friday, December 6, 2013 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

My significant other and I visited this place on a weekday evening. It was our 2nd time here and just like the first, we liked it.

Our dishes were warm, food was great and the place was clean and dimly lit - great atmosphere for a date. Most importantly, the place was clean.

We recently dined at Salmon house in West Van and we found that the food in Cloud nine was WAAAYY better, and less expensive.

I would defintely come back again.

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Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
Came here for my hunni's birthday
Submitted Monday, October 14, 2013 - 10:01am [Dine in]

Make no mistake of it, this place is beautiful, dimly lit and has probably the best view in the lower mainland. When nightfall comes around, the sight of burrard inlet is breathtaking (make sure you arrive after sunset so you can see the beautiful lights).

All staff were friendly, and the place is not super loud like most restaurants. I noticed that most of the customers looked like the sem-retired rich type of people. Us being in our early thirties sort of felt out of place but that didn't matter...on with what is important, the food...

So since if was the gf's birthday, I let her decide what to order. She picked the seafood tower (for 2) which costed $75 but included a little bit of everything...After a relatively short wait time, it arrived - 3 plates stacked on top of each other - the top was the appetizer cold plate that had raw oysters, salmon, shrimp and canned salmon. The oysters tasted really fishy. Everything else was ok. not something I'd rave about.

The 2nd plate had mussels, clams, shrimp, salmon in a curry-like broth + 2 garlic sticks. It was such a small serving that you could almost consider it to be an appetizer. The curry soup base seemed very watered down.

The final plate had grilled salmon, grilled shrimp and asparagus. It was the most delicious plate but the salmon did not seem to be of high quality and was a bit dry. Also the grilled shrimp was on a kabob of 3 pieces. If this seafood tower is for 2 people to share, why would you put in only 3 shrimps on a kabob?

Overall, the food was not that fresh or tasty and the biggest thing was that we were still hungry after our 100$ bill arrived. Save your money and go to the keg or another place.

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Osaka Teppanyaki1788 W Broadway, #103, Vancouver
Dirty restaurant
Submitted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

I came here on the anniversary dinner with the gf. the place is dimly lit, all the floors are carpeted and the seats / tables had a film of stickyness on them. However, the food was delicious and it was great to see the talented filipino chef cook everything in front of us.

We only came to this place because we had a coupon. Even with the coupon, the bill came out to 50$. Without the coupon, it would have been something like $80. For that price, it is in the high end territory of steak / seafood house. The place definitely is not high end.

We had to share a table with two other couples; one dude kept coughing frequently.

If you want privacy, quietness, a clean restaurant or bigger portions, go elsewhere.

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Our favorite all you can eat.
Submitted Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

My buddies and I have frequented almost all the all-u-can-eat sushi places in richmond in the last 10 years. Restaurants have opened, experienced their growth with decent food and ultimately declined into oblivion. This place has been our favorite for the past 2 years. Great sushi rolls, consistently awesome food + fast service and as long as you make reservations ahead of time, you'll get a table in a reasonable amount of wait for late-night.

Host / Hostess is always friendly and the staff look really tired but are never mean or make you feel unwelcome.

Hope this place does not decline like all the others in Richmond. It does get noisy in here and the place usually fills up fast with college kids. Not the ideal place to go for a date but it is good when you want great food.

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Wok Box400 Capilano Road, Unit 6, Port Moody
Nice Place, Aweful food
Submitted Monday, August 16, 2010 - 12:46am [Dine in]

I passed by the Langley location on my lunch break. First of all, the menu was super confusing to look at on the board after I walked in.

I decided on the indian butter chicken. It was a huge mistake. The rice it came with was all mushy and wet! Even amateurs know how to cook rice properly so I was wondering what the heck was going on. The butter chicken sauce had no flavor and the chicken itself was in strips. What an embarrasment to the Indians themselves. If i was a King in India and was served this dish, I probably would have sliced off the cook's head.

Washroom, eating area and restaurant itself was nice and clean tho.

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