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VanguyverVancouverSince December 6, 20093 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance2 (2)


Displaying 1 - 3 of 3 Reviews Found
Mediterranean Grill1152 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great chicken shawarma
Submitted Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

Have been to MedGrill loads of times, and haven't been disappointed. I have tried the shawarmas elsewhere, but have to say the best I've some across is right here - wrap or plate - equally good. Everytime I say that I should try something else, but that chicken shawarma is too damn tempting! Solid value, and my first port of call when I'm in the Mediterranean mood.

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Red Robin803 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Good honest-to-goodness value
Submitted Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

Burger craving? Taking a break from that no-carb nonsense? You've come to the right place at RR! Although having said that, they do offer low carb alternatives - but come on. Went a couple of weeks ago for a lunch burger - I always pass and never walked in, and one day I said "What the hell?" I had the Peppercorn Burger and fries with a cuppa joe.

Food was great - unpretentious and good value. And don't ever change the fries - this is the only place I've come across that has hand-cut fries done just right.

Service was great - some restaurants in Van should bring their waitstaff to see how the more experienced RR servers interact with customers. If nothing else, it would remind them that they are in the SERVICE industry, and if they can't serve, then they have no business being in this business. But I digress.

Solid value.

Usual Americana ambience - nothing to get too excited about.

Will be going back next time I get a burger craving.

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Samosa Garden Restaurant3502 Kingsway, Vancouver
Astonishingly Absolutely Awful
Submitted Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

Well, a Triple-A rating in a sense. On recommendation of someone that visited a couple of years ago, we were looking foward to a good Indian meal. Finally went today for a late lunch, and I can't recall ever having been more disappointed with a dining experience.

Against better judgement (and I wish I had read the recent reviews first), I was talked into the buffet. There was a function being held in the private room, and maybe it was just bad timing, but all we got was cold leftovers after the queue was done. Servers tend not to refill the food until it is completely empty first - so that means if you're behind the person that has just finished the chicken or naan, you're outta luck. Whatever we did get (gravy and rice and a piece of chicken) was cold and completely flavourless. I can't recall a worse Indian meal - and I know my Indian food!

Service was basically non-existant - my experience (or lack thereof) was pretty similar to many recent reviews.

Value-for-money was the worst I have ever experienced - even for an overpriced city like Van. $35 for 2 lunch buffets and a chai?! Generally, my experience represented incredibly poor value. Curse mental conditioning, but I wished I didn't leave a generous tip - it didn't even occur to me not to leave one. But I could've kicked myself later for leaving one, and I have never felt that way about any other establishment before. Put it this way: even if the prices were halved (I took a look at the menu as well), it would still represent amazingly poor value-for-money. Seriously, you are much better off getting a President's Choice box dinner and then setting fire to the change - at least you would be reasonably well-fed and entertained.

Ambience can be summed up in one word: tacky. How tacky? Try plastic on the fabric seats of otherwise battered patio chairs. Why would anyone even think of holding a function here? Complete mystery to me. I would rather starve than return. Generally, I wish I could give this place no stars, but 1 star seems to be the lowest it goes.

One miniscule saving grace: the chai was good, not great... just good.

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