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teddyandturtleVancouver - KingswaySince January 3, 201085 Reviews
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Kadoya Japanese Restaurant1184 Denman Street, #202, Vancouver
Decent sushi joint
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:53am [Dine in]

I have to say, this place is at least better than Ebisu. Good sashimi and specialty rolls. But not amazing. We went during a slower period, where the servers constantly bothered us and asked if we were ready to order. We had the dinner for two and ordered one extra specialty roll. We were super full and had to get a lot of the stuff for take out.

Miso soup and salad was okay, nothing special. The sashimi tasted fresh and the cuts were thick. We had two specialty rolls, I remember one was the volcano roll, forgot what the other one was. Really really good though, amazing combination. One of them had a sesame paste. Very different from your generic dynamite rolls and california rolls, definitely worth trying. The beef teriyaki was a little disappointing and I wish we ordered the chicken instead. All in all, good dinner. Will definitely come back for more of their specialty rolls.

Decently price, each of us had to pay 20 something because we ordered so much. Which was only because I really wanted to try the specialty rolls, no regrets! Be back soon for more.

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Nuba207B West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Yummy in my tummy
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:43am [Dine in]

Been here twice. Prior to that, I always walked by the restaurant and thought it looked weird and sketchy. I was very very wrong.

I love this place. Both my visits were very pleasant. Nuba was my first Lebanese food experience. When I came in, I was greeted right away with a smiling face. I was kind of shocked when I first saw the interior, I really love it. It looked so big, clean, modern, and welcoming- super charming. Love the dim lighting too. The servers were very friendly and helpful and explained some of the menu items to us before we ordered.

My first time I had the chicken tawook, which was a dish with salad, rice, hummus, pita, and a chicken leg. It was really delicious, the salad was not your generic salad. They had a slightly sour/tangy dressing, the hummus was just super yummy, and the chicken was well spiced and very juicy. My friend had the sirloin kebabs, which were not so great. They tasted and smelled a little burnt even though the meat wasn't burnt.. if you get what I'm saying. Oh, and they have cucumber water!

The second time, the server was even more helpful and very chatty. She told us the daily specials and we ordered both of them. We had scallops with the roasted vegetables. And the shared dish with prawns and pita. Everything was amazing, especially the scallops. It wasn't overcooked like a lot of places do, it did not smell fishy, it was slightly spiced and just delicious. The vegetables were blackened and a little salted, made the cauliflower really good (even for my vegetable hating friends). Shrimp were good too!

Everything was yummy, except for the sirloin kebabs. And everything was healthy too, there isn't a huge massive portion of grains or too much meat. Everything we ordered was reasonably priced too. They had a long list of wines (not a fan) and a few house special cocktails that I will be sure to try on my next visit.

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Trees Organic Coffee450 Granville St., Vancouver
Better than most but not the best
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:29am [Dine in]

I've only been in here once to get cheesecake. No drinks.

I heard that they had some amazing cheesecake, but you have to know, I'm not a huge cheesecake fan. It's a little over indulgent and too rich sometimes.

I had a slice of their dulce de leche cheesecake, which is caramel. They put it on a massive plate and put on some very flat whipped cream on the side (flat like it's too liquidy and doesn't hold shape). Okay, so far, not so impressed. The cheesecake slice was very big, too big for me to really enjoy cause after halfway through I felt like I was just stuffing my mouth with it. The slice was good, very creamy, very rich (too rich for me), sweet but not too sweet, I was impressed. Maybe if it were presented better than it would've been nicer since you're going to pay almost 7 bucks for a slice of cheesecake.

Since I'm not a fan of cheesecake I probably won't be returning for that, maybe for drinks. I would spend my dessert money elsewhere (like Pacific Culinary Institute).

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Finch's Tea & Coffee House353 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Another hipster joint with great food = crappy service
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:16am [Dine in]

Noticed that usually when a place is run by "hipsters", the service is going to be bad or very mediocre. Same thing applies to this place. They stand around and talk a lot, depending on what time you go in. You may or may not have to wait a million years to get your flippin' sandwich. Once my friend had to wait 45 mins for a sandwich.. you kinda wonder why when you don't need to cook anything, it's just putting it together.

Luckily I didn't have to wait as long when I went with her, only about 10-15 min wait. I had the prosciutto with.. I don't remember. It was an amazing sandwich. They don't cheap out with any of their ingredients, everything looked and tasted fresh. The bread looked like it was fresh bought from the bakery. Just really really good. I remember trying the blackcurrant juice, it was good but too sweet.

The place.. looks like a dump. Maybe it was the look they were trying to go for? Maybe some people find the interior charming? Not me. I think they should maybe get some seats that don't have rips and tables that don't look like they're gonna break down from the weight of a sandwich and walls that don't look like there might be moths waiting to burst out.

Though the sandwich was a little expensive (around 7 or 8 bucks) it was definitely worth it for the quality. With new management, renovation, and longer hours, this place could be amazing.

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Snobby workers.
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:04am [Take-out]

I only got take out from here once, their fish and chips. It was decent, but not the best (a lot better than what I had from the "best fish and chips at Mr.Pickwick's"). Fries were good, fish wasn't overdone, presented decently in the box. It was ten bucks so decent value I suppose.

But what bothered me the most were the workers. When asked a question they just gave me a weird look and completely ignored me cause I asked if they sold bottled water. Anyways, that would probably repel from going back to get food from there, especially since there are so many around the beach.

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Mr. Pickwick's Fish & Chips1007 Denman Street, Vancouver
Awards? Why?
Submitted Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 1:42am [Dine in]

Friend and I came in on a weekday afternoon (well past lunch hour rush) to pick up some food before heading down to the beach, so no we didn't sit in for our meal. I ordered two scallops and two oysters, my friend had the fish and chips with cod and she also ordered some scallops too. Though the server was super friendly, our food took FOREVER to come out. We waited well over half an hour for our food even though there weren't that many people in the restaurant. Sad.

Okay. We ate at the beach. First of all, the scallops weren't good. I don't know exactly what it was, probably because they weren't fresh or something, but they just weren't there. I loved the oysters though, they were big and fresh and yummy. Now for the chips. They were just awful. They were so deep fried to the point where you can't taste potato, it was just.. oil. It looked like they deep fried it at least three times or something, and they were cut so short you can barely dip it in ketchup. Inedible. The worst of our entire meal were the fish. I don't know how they managed to win those awards and stuff, or maybe they just had an off day when we were there. The first piece of fish was just dry. The second piece was so dry, that this was what my friend said, and I quote her exactly:

"Dude, is this a piece of chicken?"

That was how dry it was. The fish was so flaky and dry that she ended up throwing away the whole thing along with the fries. We thought of going back to complain but thought it wasn't worth it. We just won't be returning and won't be recommending it to anyone.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Huge disappointment.
Submitted Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 1:06am [Dine in]

After a recommendation from my coworker, I decided to come out here for lunch on a sunny day. My friend and I were seated out on their covered patio by the window. The view was nice, but that was the only pleasant thing during our meal. To start off with, the servers there are not happy to help you out at all and stand around talking to each other while playing music on the stereo. When they took our orders, they weren't much of a help either. We ended up ordering a calamari to share, fish and chips with cod, and their special seafood grill.

The service was just.. bad. Our server left after finishing her shift (not that she was very good at her job anyways) and then someone else came by to tell us they would be helping us out for the rest of the meal. The entire time he talked to us, he had these ridiculous shades on (rainbow semi-rimless shades that looked like they were from a snowboarder back in the 80's). I found it extremely rude to have shades on while talking to a customer. I know it's sunny, but that's just disrespectful. I don't know what the policy is there, maybe they're allowed to wear them while working on the patio area. He did not come by to ask about our food until 3/4 into our main.

The calamari was terrible. It was tasteless, just warm, and not crunchy. The batter did not stick to the calamari at all. What looked like a lot of herbs on it did not help. They dumped in diced onions too.. don't know why cause it did nothing to add for taste. Definitely not worth the 13 dollars I paid. My friend's fish and chips were decent, but definitely nothing special, they have better fish and chips served in Lonsdale Quay in a little shop over this known restaurant. Not worth 20 dollars for two pieces of fish and fries and salad. Worst of all was my seafood grill which is their "specialty plate". The dish is like 16 or 17 dollars, and I expected my portions since it says grill. Nowhere in the menu does it say skewer, but what I got was a skewer of two bite sized over cooked salmon, one piece of scallop, and one prawn on top of a handful of undercooked veggies. I was appalled and I let the server know when he finally wandered over from talking to his coworkers.

At least the server did the decent thing and took my "grill" off the bill. I will DEFINITELY not be back will not recommend it to anyone else.

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Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts1505 W 2nd Avenue, #101, Vancouver
After two visits.
Submitted Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 12:52am [Dine in]

I've been here once on a weekday for lunch and another time for the spot prawn festival for dinner.

Lunch: I was with a friend for the first time here and we had crab cakes to start, I had grilled halibut for main, she had pork tenderloin, and I had chocolate truffle cake for dessert, she had the panna cotta. The crab cakes were well presented, tasted fairly well but nothing out of the ordinary. My grilled halibut was less than mediocre. Though it was "grilled" (it looked like it was just pan fried) it was on top of a very bland brothy liquid with tasteless pasta on the bottom. The crispiness of the fish was definitely gone because of that. My friend's pork tenderloins were okay, but the side of yam fries (who puts yam fries with pork tenderloin?) were extremely soggy. My chocolate truffle cake was too rich and overly indulgent, I could not finish. The pineapple panna cotta was delicious though, very light with a subtle creamy finish in your mouth. Loved it.

Dinner: I had a special night with the bf here, or so I thought. It was a 5 course dinner. The two middle aged women next to us were rather odd- I think their taste buds must have disappeared cause they thought everything was delicious. Anyways, to start it was jellied spot prawns. I didn't expect what came out.. it was actually 2 little spot prawns stuck in a gelatin cup with a piece of cilantro and cilantro sauce circling the plate. The jelly made the prawns extremely fishy tasting and was disgusting. After that was the shrimp bisque, which was equally gross. It tasted like.. the Lee Kum Kee shrimp sauce with water or something. The intermezzo was a nice change, I forget what it's called, but it's like ice shavings of alcohol in a champagne glass, super refreshing. The main for me were grilled spot prawns, which were okay, the veggies were a bit of a mess though. My boyfriend had the veal wrapped around spot prawns which were pretty good. Dessert was delicious. Something like a strawberry napoleon cake. Scrumptious.

Anyways, I would not come back to dine, but will most definitely come back for desserts from the bakery!

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Ddoo Gau Bee4501 North Road, #203, Burnaby
Super filling food at a budget.
Submitted Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 12:25am [Dine in]

Was here with my Korean bf and I have no idea what he ordered. Whatever it was, it was huge. On one side for both or dishes was the black bean noodle, which was okay. I've definitely had better. The other side was this noodle in spicy soup, which was also okay. His other side was this fried rice covered with a thin fried egg, I found it really oily. Everything was okay, nothing outstanding though. We also had a side of the spicy deep fried dumplings/gyoza maybe? which weren't bad. I would come back and try some of their other dishes cause the entire meal was very inexpensive.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
After second visit
Submitted Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 12:19am [Dine in]

Came here for my friend's 19th birthday dinner. Good times.

For some odd reason.. about half the people ordered a pasta dish, 3 of them were the same. I heard no complaints or compliments. I heard the halibut is absolutely to die for and paired with a glass of white wine. The dragon boat dish (for two) had good squid and ribs, dumplings and spring rolls were mediocre. Two friends ordered the lettuce wrap.. did not look good. I ordered a tuscan flat bread, super delicious, and the margherita pizza. The pizza was super thin crust and loaded with really good cheese, but you could only taste the cheese mainly. Not bad at all though, was yummy anyways. Except both my pizza and flat bread was a little burnt on the edges.

Unfortunately, being a brand new adult, the birthday girl had to take the blowjob drink in between someone's legs.. and the waiter was a pretty good sport about it. He was very nice, very accommodating, and knew his wines. We ordered a couple of drinks, lay it on, tequila shots, blowjob, gin and tonic, light red wine, white wine, etc.

It is a bit more pricey than your regular dinner, but it's expected in these environments. Oddly they didn't give us a window seat looking over the water since we reserved the table a week beforehand.

Recommended. Just don't order the weird Chinese foods on the menu.. go to a Chinese restaurant for those.

Second visit: Great night, lots of food. Tried the dragonboat plate (for 2) again, same problems I think. Had the mussel mania with honey lager and.. some other beer. Something with the word ice in it.. recommended by server, excellent choice. The thai curry flavour is better than the tomato provencia. And the manila clams were delicious too. Will definitely come back for mussels.

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Miku1055 West Hastings Street, #2, Vancouver
Nice way to treat myself.
Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

Came here for the first night of dineout. Unfortunately one of our party was half an hour late for our reservation, and she brought an extra person but our server was happy to accomodate us. Service was great, he made jokes and made appropriate suggestions to our food. Overall, the restaurant was nice, beautiful atmosphere, very open, friendly people. They also do the odd shouting thing at each other (much like Guu apparently, haven't been there myself).

To start off, I ordered a bottle of their Indigo Wind, which is sparkling sake. Can't say much, but I really enjoyed it (my first time having sake). Our appetizers arrived in beautiful presentation. Loved the aburi bincho, which was albacore tuna with masatake on top and veggies. The way it was put together really accented the true flavour of the tuna. The carpaccio was also absolutely delicious. Tiger prawns (ebi fritter) were beer battered and done perfectly, so so good. I was not a fan of the chicken nanban, it seemed a little out of place amongst all my other appetizers.

The main was exceptional, with a variety of their most popular rolls and nigri sushi. None of the sushi needed soya sauce. My favourite was the red wave roll, which was snow crab with avocado and the same masatake sauce on the aburi bincho. The pacific roll (mainly albacore tuna, cucumber, and tamago) was put together in a new way, but I just found okay because the jalapeno really took out a lot of the flavour. The alburi salmon oshi was good, but wish there was less pepper in it. Nigri sushi worth noting is their hotate (scallop) which had a very creamy sauce on top, delicious, and their bincho (albacore tuna) nigri sushi.

Honestly I would say that the dessert was a disappointment, but the appy and main made up for it. Dessert was caramelized apples on top of cobbler, with raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream. As much as it looked nice, it was just mediocre. And I would have expected something more traditionally Japanese.

Overall, I would say that the sushi here is delicious, however, may not be traditionally Japanese. Many of their rolls and nigri sushi are peaked and flavoured with sauces which sometimes overtake the taste of the fish. So I don't know, I'm no expert but I find this to be a little westernized. But, an amazing meal nevertheless. I paid $80 for dinner, $38 for dineout menu (so worth it), $23 for sparkling sake (200mL in case you're wondering), and a nice 20% tip.

I might come back if I'm feeling like I need some high class Japanese cuisine. Happy eating guys.

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Wondering what the fuss is about.
Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 11:53am [Dine in]

Was here two weeks ago with my coworker who also loves food as much as I do. We were greeted and welcomed at the door, our server was really sweet (maybe even a bit too friendly). Unfortunately we were seated at a table that was between two aisles kind of, so that people constantly rushes past us and the place is very.. dated.

We ordered from their lunch special menu, where 2 courses were around 15, and 3 were for 18. We also had oysters, 2 kusshis and another 2 from the west coast oyster menu.. forgot what they're called. I liked the kusshis better, the other ones were a bit grimey for me, but LOVED the oysters. My coworker had the clam chowder, which was very filling for her and was decent. She had the shrimp linguine for her main, she said it was just okay. Though the shrimp were fairly small, it was compensated with quantity. I had the grilled salmon. It was very mediocre for me, especially at a well known restaurant like Joe Fortes. It was a piece of salmon on top of a bed of vegetables. The vegetables were just okay, the salmon was overcooked and dry and not seasoned enough. Squeezing some lemon juice on it just gave it a bit more taste. We shared the creme brulee. It was just mediocre. The sugar on top was burnt, which really affected the taste overall. The bottom was not creamy enough, perhaps the ingredients weren't of high standard. Nice touch with the vanilla beans at the bottom though. And overall, the presentation of the food was nice.

Our bill came up to 50 dollars (both of us), each of us getting a 2 course menu with an additional 4 oysters and tips. I liked that they gave a chance for us to give feedback with the little card that came with the bill. I may or may not come back.. depends.

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Sushigo570 Bute St., Vancouver
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Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 11:29am [Dine in]

I came back to give them another couple of tries to make a better review, plus the owner here is very nice and one of the girls at the counter is very friendly.

From my previous review, I complained about the maki style avocado rolls (which is not what most other sushi joints do), really badly made yam tempura (which is STILL a problem- sticks of yam to batter ratio is like 1:1) and their poorly seasoned rice, which I think is still a problem. Since then, I've changed back to eating meat. So I gave the chopped scallop roll a try. The actual scallop is good, but VERY minimal. It's like, 3/4 rice and 1/4- but my coworker advised me this varies hugely between sushi chefs. Chicken dynamite roll is probably their best I think, it's pretty good- not traditional sushi though, more westernized cause it's flavoured with sauce on top really. The Alaska roll is okay, nothing wrong with ingredients here but I found it too mushy (salmon and avocado). Dynamite roll is just mediocre, same goes for California roll. The yam tempura is still an issue for me though.

The place looks clean with modern furniture, so I'll give them that. If I order anything, it'll be the chicken dynamite roll. The prawn one is okay too. The pricing is expected, considering that it's in the downtown area- around 2.50-3.50 for most rolls.

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Momo Sushi House833 Bidwell Street, Vancouver
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Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 11:12am [Dine in]

I've been a regular here for several months. The food has definitely gone down since they're opening. The food hasn't shrunk too much, it's just the quality of the food has gone down.

I've ordered their lunch boxes, the sashimi was still partially frozen one time. Salmon slice was not even cut to the size of the nigri sushi, it just kept trailing on. My once favourite yam rolls here are now not crunchy, almost always cold, and has 75% batter and 25% yam. Any of their rolls containing crab meat tastes a little off to me. The dynamite roll can sometimes have microscopic sized prawn tempura (oh, and all tempuras used for rolls are premade). They do have a decent chopped scallop roll, but I've been told by my friend that she doesn't like it at all. The rolls aren't well put together (problem since opening), cause it ALWAYS falls apart. The rice isn't very well seasoned with vinegar and can sometimes be a mess on your roll, like weird chunks hanging off a piece of sushi.

With that said, your order DEFINITELY varies from chef to chef. One guy makes the lunchboxes beautifully and tastes great, while the other slops on the food. So really depends on how lucky you are. They still have fairly cheap sushi and great deals, so I guess you're really getting what you paid for now.

The chefs aren't very friendly, but the people working at cash (especially the guy with glasses) is super friendly, which kinda makes up for it. I don't know if I'll continue eating lunch here, may have to find new place.

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Famous Warehouse, The989 Granville Street, Vancouver
Weird rules because of restaurant license.
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 2:15am [Dine in]

This is my second time at El Warehouse, though the first time I went I was just there to see my coworkers, did not drink or eat. But I came here last night for a couple of drinks with coworkers.

First of all, it was Saturday night, the place was packed. We told the server we had a large party but didn't get a big table, we got squished into a tiny little table with about 8 or 9 people.. and some of our friends were forced to wait outside. I guess it made sense to some point, but was annoying because they separated our group.

The service was minimal, our server barely came back to us as she was busy talking to some other group of guys most of the time. The bartender is really nice and funny though. The bouncer was trying to be reasonable and finally got us the big booth to seat everyone.

This place has a lot of restrictions. If you sit at the bar area, you can drink as much as you want. If you sit at a table, you can't drink unless you order food. But not like, one plate to share with like 3 people, EVERY single person has to order food to drink. It was extremely annoying. I think it's cause the place is under a restaurant license, not a bar.

Luckily the food was under 5 bucks. Everyone seemed to like the nachos and stuff, some of the sandwiches I heard were okay. The fries could be better, but whatever. I ordered onion rings, DO NOT ORDER THEM. They look good, but they are so so bland (how that happens, I don't know) and the dip it comes with doesn't make it better. And their mixed cocktails are a no no too. They tasted very watered down and nothing special. I had the Sex On The Beach and Peter Jacobs. Not good.

The place definitely has it's own look and vibe. It's nice.

I would not return unless I was tipsy already and hungry.

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North Garden Restaurant3355 North Road, #286, Burnaby
Doesn't stand out.
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 1:59am [Dine in]

I was here for a birthday dinner for about 12 people. The place looked clean but lacked decor. No surprise though, typical Asian restaurant.

The food here I found decent. We ordered quite a bit, and being a vegetarian I didn't really eat much besides an eggplant hotpot sort of thing. It was good without being oily and large portioned. The rest of the food looked okay and I didn't hear any complaints.

Service I found was even worse than your typical Chinese restaurant; mostly the language barrier. Our group had about 4/5 who didn't speak Cantonese. They gave us odd looks and we had to ask them for things several times (cause they didn't understand or just forgot, not sure) like water, tea, changes on some dishes.

I most likely will not be returning to this restaurant.

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Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe1511 Anderson St, Vancouver
Decent place, could use a bigger place.
Submitted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

Came here for lunch, my first non-vegetarian meal in over two years so it was weird for me.

The location is great, though it doesn't look over the water and stuff, it is located by the entrance of Granville Island making it easy to find.

The menu is definitely limited to burgers, salads, soups, and fish and chips. Which is fine with me. The place is pretty crowded and definitely awkward when sitting next to someone else you don't know, cause you can hear everything they're talking about. They seem to have a lot of regulars too.

My friend ordered their lunch special which was the fish and chips with cod, cole slaw, fries, and clam chowder. I had the fish and chips with salmon, fries, and cole slaw. The special was 10.99 and mine was 8.99 (because of salmon, it's a dollar more). The clam chowder was just okay, nothing special. The cod was.. kind of tasteless? I found my salmon decent, maybe a little fatty.. or maybe it was the oil. The fries were okay, steak cut. The tartar sauce could have been better. The salad was just cole slaw salad, nothing special. Friend could not finish her meal, said the clam chowder to be very filling. And I was stuffed, most likely cause this is my first meal in awhile with meat content and because everything on my plate was deep fried.

I wouldn't especially recommend this place for somewhere like Granville Island, there are many other restaurants nearby to eat at. But then, I haven't had fish and chips for awhile.. so don't take my opinion on this restaurant too seriously.

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Ali Shan Restaurant4500 Kingsway, #1233, Burnaby
Pleasantly surprised.
Submitted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 7:09am [Dine in]

Came here during the weekend to grab a quick lunch with another fellow food blogger and my bf. First time, never knew about this place and it is a bit hard to find.

The look and some of the images can definitely be renewed, but it isn't drastically horrible. Unfortunately, they have this doorway frame with nothing covering it that leads into the kitchen. I sat directly in front of that thing, so it was pretty awkward.

The service was efficient but minimal, as expected. Our meals did come with their teas though, which are kind of similar to a tea for used for bubbletea (no pearls though).

My bf and his friend both ordered the bibimbap and I had the Hawaiian fried rice and we shared a side of their deep fried tofu. The tofu itself was not flavoured (not even salted) so you had to eat it with the kimchi that it came with or this garlic/onion/soy sauce mix that came with it, which isn't too bad. The bibimbap was huge and both the guys seemed to enjoy it though it was quite spicy. My Hawaiian fried rice was decent, it had flavour without meat and was large portioned. I think they could have added a few more veggies though. It was also quite a large portion.

Each dish was less than 7 dollars (before tips). I will definitely go back to try some other dishes, since they have a few vegetarian dishes.

Recommended for a quick bite.

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Anducci's Italian Kitchen9604 Cameron St, Burnaby
Waited an hour just to place an order..
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 11:08am [Dine in]

Was here last night for my boyfriend's birthday dinner. He gave warnings that since they've changed management the past year, the food has definitely gone downhill.

Warning was right. As soon as we entered, I found the place in need of a bit of renovations. The drip looking paint looks kind of odd, the pictures don't have a theme to it, the music doesn't suit the mood, and it's too dimly lit.

The waitress was not happy to work there, took an hour for her to come and take out orders. And then another while for our food. The wait for our food made sense since we had 18 people with us, but an hour just to get our orders? No smiles and a bit of snooty attitude too. They served one calamari dish at our table and one person was eating that for half an hour or something. And the drinks were long done before the food came.

Since the place was known for pasta dishes, that's what most people got. I didn't hear any compliments really. Other than the fact that it's pretty generously portioned. The presentation is definitely lacking. All dishes were served in what looked like a big bowl. I heard complaints about the pizza, think it was the one with Italian sausage. The people who ordered it are also fellow food bloggers, and said that the pizza tasted a lot like a big piece of pita bread (looked like it too) with absolute minimal sauce and sprinkling of meat on top. I ordered the spinach and cheese cannelloni, which looked okay, but was very very bland. No amount of pepper or extra cheese would have saved it. Even though the whole thing was swimming in sauce it still tasted bland.

For 16 dollars or so per pasta dish, it wasn't worth it. The only thing Anducci's got right was the portion size. On top of that, they already did an automatic charge for service fee. This was necessary for a group as big as ours, but astounding that it was over 20% in tips or something. Most places charge about 15% which I am happy to give (or even more depending on food and service) but 20% for food like that and minimal service for a 21st birthday party.. I will definitely not be recommending this restaurant nor will I be returning. It may have scarred me from trying the other Anducci's locations too.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Big table full of just legal adults.
Submitted Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

Came here for my friend's 19th birthday dinner. Good times.

For some odd reason.. about half the people ordered a pasta dish, 3 of them were the same. I heard no complaints or compliments. I heard the halibut is absolutely to die for and paired with a glass of white wine. The dragon boat dish (for two) had good squid and ribs, dumplings and spring rolls were mediocre. Two friends ordered the lettuce wrap.. did not look good. I ordered a tuscan flat bread, super delicious, and the margherita pizza. The pizza was super thin crust and loaded with really good cheese, but you could only taste the cheese mainly. Not bad at all though, was yummy anyways. Except both my pizza and flat bread was a little burnt on the edges.

Unfortunately, being a brand new adult, the birthday girl had to take the blowjob drink in between someone's legs.. and the waiter was a pretty good sport about it. He was very nice, very accommodating, and knew his wines. We ordered a couple of drinks, lay it on, tequila shots, blowjob, gin and tonic, light red wine, white wine, etc.

It is a bit more pricey than your regular dinner, but it's expected in these environments. Oddly they didn't give us a window seat looking over the water since we reserved the table a week beforehand.

Recommended. Just don't order the weird Chinese foods on the menu.. go to a Chinese restaurant for those.

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