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tazmaniandevilBurnabySince August 9, 20077 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value1.5 (1.3)
  • Ambiance2 (2.1)

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Central Bistro & Lounge1072 Denman Street, Vancouver
Very disappointing
Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

This was the second time we went for dinner at Central Bistro, and it was once again a disappointment.

We started off with some mussels, which were anywhere between raw and grossly undercooked. After we complained about it, the waitress took them back to have them cooked some more. The second time around they were ok.

Both me and my wife had stakes, which were so-so. One would expect better quality meat at these prices.

The desert was just terrible - a so-called New York cheesecake that seemed to be nothing more than a mixture of butter and cream cheese and nothing else. We barely had a taste of it and we left the rest of it untouched, it was that bad.

Perhaps the biggest letdown was the bourbon eggnog, which the waitress cheerfully recommended as the special of the season. I still cannot understand why they call that thing eggnog, because the drink they brought me had nothing in common with what an eggnog should be. Oh, and on top of everything, I ordered it double, and it barely had any alcohol in it at all.

The service was ok, no complaints there, but the food and the drinks were just terrible. We will not return there again.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
This place has gone downhill...
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 3:24am [Dine in]

We had lunch at the Boathouse in English Bay on a quiet Sunday afternoon a couple of months ago. It was more than 2 years since we had been there, and I am disappointed to say that we will not return any time soon. Yes the view is nice, but you can enjoy the same view from the beach for free...
The service was average. Upon arriving there, we were invited to wait for about 10 minutes downstairs in the bar area. I can only assume that the only purpose of that was to entice us to buy some drinks, because otherwise there was no justification for the waiting. When we were finally invited to go upstairs, it turned out that the restaurant was half empty that afternoon, and there were plenty of tables available all over the place.
Unfortunately the restaurant does not compare well with its competitors in this price category. From the paper sheets that were covering the tables instead of tablecloths, to the bunch of teenagers cooking some greasy food in the kitchen, the entire operation had the look and feel of an overpriced fast food joint.
With the exception of the yam fries, (which were yummy, as you would expect), the rest of the food we ordered was very disappointing. Feeling a little health conscious, I opted for the seafood pasta. Big mistake! It turned out that their version of seafood pasta was drowning in an oily, greasy, cheesy sauce that was simply a nightmare. I forget what my wife had ordered, but she was not thrilled with her food either. In the end, we could not wait to get out of there, and we ended up having deserts in a coffee shop nearby.
Let me end by emphasizing that this review is for the Boathouse in English Bay only - I've been to other Boathouse location that were outstanding, and which I would highly recommend. Unfortunately not this one though.

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Le Bistro Chez Michel224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Good food, but otherwise disappointing experience
Submitted Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 11:41am [Dine in]

Ok, it was New Year's eve, so our experience may not necessarily reflect a typical night at Chez Michel... But here it goes anyway, for what it's worth.

My first impression upon entering the restaurant was that this one would be a great candidate for that Restaurant Makeover TV show. It just had an old, tired and worn out kind of feeling, from the old chairs and tables to the bar to everything else. That feeling was greatly intensified later, after visiting the restroom -it could have used a good scrubbing, at the very least!

The service can only be rated as poor. By appearance and manners, our waitress could have easily been mistaken for the cleaning lady. Come to think of it, maybe she really was the cleaning lady, working a second job on New Year's eve, as they needed extra help at the time. Anyway, at one point she spilled a glass on the table, later on she started making us conversation and telling us how she can't wait to get home to celebrate New Year's night with her boyfriend, and so on. At the end, she somehow managed to overcharge us on our bill, despite the fact that it was a fixed menu. The mistake was rectified when we noticed the charges, but it did leave a bad impression.

On the plus side, the food was great. They had fixed menus for the special night, and everything that we had at our table was just as it was supposed to be. From appetizers to desserts, everything was nice and tasty. I don't know who the executive chef was that night, but kudos to him, a job well done!
Unfortunately we had a hard time pairing some wine with the great food, as the wine list was greatly disappointing, particularly so for a French restaurant. We tried a couple of medium-priced red wines, and neither of them was any good.

As a parting remark, if you do choose to go to Chez Michel, you might want to try a night other than New Year's eve... The majority of the other patrons that night were a bizarre assortment of characters who looked like they might have descended straight from the set of an Adam's Family movie. Particularly disturbing were the large number of ladies (I use the term loosely) well past their prime wearing miniskirts and other such outfits that were revealing way more than any men would want to see of a woman in her 60's. When they started dancing, the entire affair started to look more like a late Halloween party... It was entertaining nevertheless, although in a kind of macabre, twisted way.

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Nat's New York Pizzeria1080 Denman St., Vancouver
Best pizza in town!
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 12:53am [Dine in]

If you like real pizza, you’ll love Nat’s New York Pizza. Excellent thin crust with lots of toppings to choose from. I tried most of them so far (on different occasions, obviously :), and they are all good. Plenty of choices, from vegetarian to meatlovers, all fresh and tasty. The place itself is not the most comfortable, but you’ll have plenty of stuff to look at on the walls and the ceiling! Besides, I only go there for the pizza, so I don’t care much about everything else. Last time I had pizza this good was when I used to live in Europe – a long time ago. Anyway, this is what real pizza tastes like. Give it a try, you might like it too!

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Observatory, The6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
AWESOME place, EXCELLENT food
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 12:19am [Dine in]

Celebrated New Years Eve at the Observatory, and it was a memorable experience. The ambiance was great, the service beyond reproach, the view breathtaking, and the food excellent. A true fine dining experience on top of the world. Highly recommended!

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Boston Pizza11662 Steveston Hwy, #2000, Richmond
WORST food in town. Just HORRIBLE. AVOID.
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Went to Boston Pizza on Saturday night because the Old Spaghetti Factory was full. The place looks good, and the service was decent. However, the so called food they serve there is just overpriced garbage. I had what they call “bbq smoked chicken pizza”. It turns out that’s just bread with ketchup and slight traces of cheese. I have to say that was the absolute worst pizza I ever had, and in fact it had nothing in common with a real pizza except maybe the round shape. You can get something way better (and cheaper) at Domino’s. In fact you can probably get one of those frozen boxed pizzas they have at Safeway, and it would still be better that what they gave me at Boston Pizza. My wife had some pasta with sausage, which tasted like a dead rat must probably taste like. Anyway, it was the worst dining experience of the past 5 years, and will never set foot in a Boston Pizza ever again. DO NOT GO THERE!!!

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Olympia Pizza & Pasta Restaurant On Denman998 Denman Street, Vancouver
Disappointing food
Submitted Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:49am [Dine in]

We went there for dinner, my wife and I, as we wanted to try some of the other Greek restaurants in town, besides our usual. De décor certainly was inviting, so we decided to give it a try. We started with the calamari, which were average. Things started to go south at the main course however. My wife had the souvlaki lamb, which turned out to be still raw in the middle. I had the roast lamb, which came with a baked potato, rice and Greek salad. Unfortunately the rice was just about the only decent food on the plate. The baked potato was still far from baked – it needed another good 20min in the oven! The Greek salad was missing the olive oil and vinegar that would actually make it a Greek salad, and the Feta cheese was tasteless. The most disturbing part of the meal however was the lamb itself, which despite its appetizing appearance, had a very disturbing flavor. Neither myself nor my wife could discern the mysterious taste, so we asked the waitress what was the secret ingredient in the lamb. She was very surprised to hear about such thing – there was none! Needless to say, that really worried me! Anyway, we survived, but we certainly were disappointed with the dinner. Compared with other Greek restaurants I’ve tried so far, this one had the worst food.

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