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The-Food-ExpertsVancouver, Burnaby, SidneySince April 9, 200711 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Bon Bistro and Bar611 Courtney St, Victoria
Just a cute place
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

After reading a few of the reviews and looking at the menu online, I anticipated that this would be a great place to take my family out for a father's day dinner. Boy was I hugely disappointed. The decor and ambiance of the restaurant is very cute and french. Our server was decent (made sure to quality check on us, but didn't do anything else except bring us the bill). We had to ask her twice to bring us ground pepper (first for appetizers & then entree). Being in the industry, a server should know better to always ask the customer, "is there anything else I can get for you?"

For appetizers, we ordered: escargot pastry (it was fine), bouillabaisse (a little on the fishy side), and the oysters au gratin (fine)

Entrees: HALIBUT MEUNIER (fish was cooked fine, but the celery & pea puree was to be least desired b/c I had to spit parts of the celery out as it was inedible), BURGER (delicious, especially the chorizo in it), and the LAMB SHANK (was hugely disappointing...it's apparently roasted for 7-8 hours so the meat is tender, however the flavour and the roasted vegetables tasted like stew that you would find out of a can).

I don't know whether the chef that evening was some 20 something year old but this evening was a huge disappointment. I was hoping that Bon Rouge would be similar in taste and value as L'Ecole Brasserie...but it definitely fell short. Save your money and eat some place else!

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Mekong House Vietnamese and Thai Cuisine850 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
This is not a proper viet/thai place
Submitted Monday, April 14, 2008 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

That's interesting how they deleted my previous review.

Food rating: Ordered the phad thai-Horrible, horrible. Although the phad thai gave huge proportions the noodles were not soft enough and there was not enough sauce/proper seasoning to it. I thought I was selecting a safe meal that usually can't go wrong...My partner ordered the Vietnamese "lamb" stew....First of all, word of caution to many of you....the Vietnamese cuisine usually does not use lamb in most of their ingredients...i should have mentioned it to my partner, but he wanted lamb...so when it arrived we were 99% sure that it was beef, b/c lamb has a certain texture and smell to it...and when confronting the server, he replied that the kitchen uses a beef seasoning flavour to the lamb...WHAT? We didn't buy that, and he was smart enough to give my partner a different choice of meal.

-Ordered the sizzling bangkok hot plate with chicken. This was probably the best dish, I would rate it decent.

Service rating: it was fine, server didn't check on us, b/c he was probably afraid that we'd discover something else that was wrong with our meal.

Ambiance: poorly ventilated, once we came in, we were smothered by a smokey room, very dim, and dirty furnished chairs (let's just say I would feel uncomfortable wearing shorts to this establishment).

This is definetely not a place where you should go if you are looking for authentic Vietnamese/thai food-you will surely be disappointed.

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Splitz Grill4369 Main St., Whistler
Decent burgers if you're craving for one
Submitted Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 12:57am [Dine in]

I had been to the Splitz grill before in Whistler and thought it was okay...so when I was wandering on main street and saw Splitz again, I thought I'd try something else on the menu-the italian sausage burger. The burger wasn't by far the most amazing burger i've ever eaten, better than White spot and Vera's burger for sure. You pick your own toppings, and if you pick the splitz sauce, you can't go wrong. I was pleasantly surprised that the italian sausage was really nice. For $7.88 (extra cheese cost $1 (including tax) you get a burger that would fill you up....this does not include fries/drinks. Service is fine, the cooks seem friendly enough, you have to understand that this is a casual place, you order your food and pick it up yourself. It's not cheap, but if you want a good solid burger, then this is a great place to go to.

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Mahony & Sons Public House5990 University Blvd, Vancouver
Clueless staff, it's just a university pub-don't expect much
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

I went here over a year ago...but I had to give in my 2 cents about this place. This is probably one of my top 3 worst pub places to go to. Generally I don't expect that much from a pub, but it had opened up recently and it looked nice from the outside, so we thought we would catch a burger while catching part of the hockey game. It was pretty dead when we got in. A few tables, it took forever for them to acknowledge us, and we quickly made our minds to get a burger and some dry ribs. Dry ribs were like cardboard, the burger was dry and tasteless. Once once were our waters refilled (remember, there were plenty of staff, and not many customers, yet our server was just too interested in watching the game on TV) and didn't ask us how things were. During our meal, the girl asked "i'm sorry to make this awkward, but I have to leave now, can I give you the bill now?" Totally rude, you never do that, well you could do it, but you don't ask a question like that. Of course we said, we'll get it later. Anyways, not impressed at all. Hopefully management has been hiring students who have more customer experience than the person we had.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Superb experience: 5 stars across the board
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

In response to the review below...well, i would have laughed if someone asked if it was in the DOV. Le Crocodile isn't going to be like the other "high-end" places that will give very limited food choices and risk people complaining that the DOV wasn't very good...(b/c "you get what you pay for"

I made reservations a a month in advance (which probably wasn't necessary) for a special b-day dinner, but i think it is worth requesting for a certain table. It is more intimate & special if you ask to have a table off to the side (as opposed to being in the middle of the room, where many people are walking by. The maitre'd was very attentive in a good way. Our waiter was extremely pleasent, very professional and knowledgeable about the dishes. We started with the bone marrow (very fatty) & split an entree: grilled tiger prawns & sea scallops served over angel pasta (it was creamy, but very nice) and while you wait for the entree, you get these thinly sliced deep fried potatoes (similar to the 'hickory sticks'), so it's nice to snack on. As for the entree: Roasted rack of lamb & 1 1/2 pound atlantic lobster. Okay, the lamb was was excellent, the atlantic lobster was nice as well (very creamy and rich)...although the lobster was amazing, I would probably try something else next time (definitely go for it if you are craving for it, but make sure you're not lactose intolerant! It hit me a few hours after). Dessert was delightful, since it was his birthday, they wrote his name on the dessert plate, and we ordered I believe the chocolate crepe (they don't post desserts on the internet, but i think it had an orange sorbet of some kind, soooo good!). Oh and I forgot to mention at the beginning before we even started, the chef sent around these mini quiches that were complimentary and very savoury! Over all we were extremely full & very satisfied all across the board!

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L'Artista Ristorante Italiano3891 E. Hasting Street, Burnaby
A nice italian place, worth checking out
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

We went on Valentine's day just on a whim, because many places were closed/had no more reservations at the time we could arrive. It's a nice intimate place, with dim lighting, and some soft elevator/romantic music (it was cheesy, in a cute way). They gave us some nice complimentary bread (so hot, and so fresh!) and we ordered 2 appy's: garlic butter prawns (about 6) and breaded oysters. The garlic prawns were nice, especially if you used the hot bread to dip into the sauce (so delicious!), and the bread oysters were okay (my bf wasn't a huge fan)..there were 3 big pieces with a nice mayonnaise sauce). Nothing to rave about...although a table near us got the mussels, and those looked really good. For the entree, we got the mustard rack of lamb, which came with seasoned vegetables (nice potato wedges, deep fried cauliflower, carrots & broccoli)and the special: beef tenderloin with the vegetables....well I loved the lamb, it was soooo good, maybe a little bit too mustardy, but the way the lamb was cooked, I enjoyed it a lot (and i usually don't like the taste of lamb)...the beef tenderloin was fine, but i wouldn't order it again, in the sense that my grandma could cook the same meal. We were stuffed so there was no room for dessert...but I wouldn't mind going there again, maybe at lunch time and try to some pasta. It's definitely a place one should consider if they're in the hastings/burnaby area.

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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
Loud place w/decent food & great service
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

The person I took w/ me had been here before and had nothing but great reviews. On the other hand, my bf had gone with a group before christmas and said the food was crap....I felt like something caribbean so I was looking forward to some jerk chicken/some other meat. Arrived there and it was really dark...the lights are really dim and there's a fire place, so it was great on a cold rainy day...however, this type of atmosphere isn't a great place for conversation, unless you have a nice loud voice and don't mind yelling across the table to talk to your friend. The service is really attentive and they seem really friendly.
-Started w/ the caribbean calarmi for $9. It was excellent, but for the amount you pay for, wow, it's so little! Go to earls/greek places, you're guaranteed for a nice portion...it's a nice appy, but not enough to share. I ordered the pork jamaican jerk pork (recommended by the server) and my friend ordered the Maracas Bay Mahi Mahi (which the server raved on and on about how it was the best thing ever). We got our meals, I tried a bit of hers, and she tried a bit of mine..and it was okay. I don't think I was a fan of the coleslaw...from what i can remember it was huge slices of cabbage that was worse than the pre-bought kind, and the rice was normal. The pork was a bit on the spicey side, which was fine, but nothing to rave about...was I disappointed? A little...I tried my friends mahi mahi was a good portion, and her coconut rice was really good...maybe if I got her dish, I would consider my rating a 4...but would i go again? Nah...I had to text my bf and tell him he was right, this place isn't worth going to again.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Food was decent, service-not so much
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

I was excited to go to here since I heard great food reviews from co-workers (one of them is even related to the owners), so I thought it would be a great opportunity to check this place out. I ordered the combo plate to share (so I picked pulled pork & the brisket) which was more than enough to share between 2 people, and it's only $20! It comes with a generous portion of fries, coleslaw, and a piece of corn bread. You order, pay, pick up ur drink/cutlery/plates...so it's like cafeteria style, which is fine if you know this in advance. I did, so I waited patiently for my food. I waited, not knowing how long it would take for my order, they said, just wait until you hear your name. Once I noticed everyone in the room who had arrived after me, got their orders, I know that something was wrong...so I had to ask politely "when will my order be ready?". It was then they realized that they had forgotten my order. I was pretty mad/disappointed. Instead the cook person said "sorry, this usually doesn't happen, so what did you order?" at this point I had waited for 45 minutes (not exaggerating) and I repeated my order and asked for it "to go" immediately. Yes, accidents happen, but no effort of compensation was suggested (even "i'll throw in some extra fries for you, or can I offer you a free soda?) and by adding "Cheers" when I repeated my orders, doesn't cut it. So, that ruined my experience (my 1st, but not my last i'm sure). So, my advice is, if you haven't gotten your order within i don't know, 10 minutes, start harassing them...or better yet, just order take out, they seem like they're always top priority anyways. Now if my co-worker (who's related to the owners) ask me if i've been, i'll just say the food was great, and not comment on the lack of common courtesy from their employees. To be fair, the overall rating was affected based on their error, where they could have made unhappy customer not so unhappy...but the food was pretty good.

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Daimasu4680 Kingsway, #106, Burnaby
Crappy service + mediocre food = Not impressive
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

My previous posting for Daimasu (at the Burnaby location) got deleted, so I guess I'll try to revamp my review one more time. I have been here more than 3 times, and the first time I thought it was okay, and the following times I was disappointed...which will be explained...

In terms of food: their combination meals (i.e. similar to bento box) is decent. Nothing horrible, nothing special. Their shrimp/vegetable tempura is not too bad. The rice with chicken teryaki is fine as well. You could go to other Japanese places and get this similar meal for an even better price. I have gone for the late night deals (maybe call a head and ask when it starts, and when their kitchen closes)...I ordered a bunch of items and I vividly remember seeing the tuna roll look grey, and smell bad-i think i'll avoid the raw stuff here.

Service rating: I am stickler for good service, and this place deserves an F in this department. The host/servers are not friendly, barely crack a smile and take forever to give you your refill on your tea. I remember getting up and having to find a server just to ask for my tea...(since I asked more than once).

Ambiance: It's fine, if you happened to wander in to this place, your first impression wouldn't be so bad. It's cutely decorated, lot's of japanese decor...typical japanese restaurant.

Anyways, this place isn't worth going to. Unless....you are absolutely starving and crave japanese food, and can stand poor service. I'm for sure not going to go here again, unless for some miracle, the owner/manager hires employees that know a little thing or two on good quality service. Therefore, I give this place 2 thumbs down!

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Buu Dien Vietnamese Restaurant1800 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
If you want great food come here, if you're picky with ambiance, well order it to go!
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 9:22pm [Dine in]

The food here is very good. Compared to other Vietnamese places (i'm talking about the real vietnamese food, not the ones that make it more 'westernized') it's a clean facility with friendly and efficient service. I have dined here, ordered take out ever since they opened, and have been a satisfied customer. I think their Buon tet Chai Gio (I think it spelt it wrong....it's the noodles with meat & spring rolls)....ohmygod, it is soooo good! they honestly give you generous proportions and I usually end up taking the rest to go (or if i'm really hungry, i can finish it all)! They even give you discounts during specific times (i think 3-5pm), so it's easy to grab a sub and just ask them not to heat it up. Their beef ball soup is never a disappointment, and their special dessert drinks are awesome on a hot sunny day. Anyways, I like this place and I have been there when they have shown payperview hockey games on the projector! So, maybe i've been lucky, but it's a Vietnamese restaurant worth checking out, if you haven't already done so.

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
A cozy little place tucked on mainstreet
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

I went to this place with positive expectations, since my bf went with his family for dinner at Crave a week/2 weeks before. We went around 3pm, so it was just our table and some other man eating a burger by himself. I ordered the shredded pork bun (it was really good, the meat was tender and really tasty, i'd give it a 4.5/5). The coleslaw was a nice touch inside the bun, but it was too wet and it made the bun fall apart. My bf had the burger and asked for cheddar cheese (they gave us swiss cheese, but we didn't complain...it was still good)....but i'd give the burger a 3/5 rating. It was really basic, the patty wasn't very moist and didn't have much flavour (I'd say a DQ burger would taste much better than this one). Fries were awesome, make sure you order their fries, they season it so it's got this lemony salty taste...mmm, i'm hungry just thinking about it :) Anyways, service was not really good, she wasn't a rude person, but totally unattentive. There was only 3 people in the place, you'd think our waters would be filled (my bf's was empty for most of the time) and she didn't even bother asking how the food was. But, i think i'd definetely go again, maybe it would be better when there's more people, that way the waitresses will feel the need to work for a harder tip.

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