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ViciousVancouverSince August 12, 200610 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Le Bistro Chez Michel224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Decent place for food, view, and service
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Decent looking place, pretty good service and they offered Dine Out for my group a day early before official date.
As for $35 for what they had on the dineout menu wasn't worth to bother with. Here's why, I will describe the food quality.
SHRIMP CAKES RED PEPPERS COULIS:
Had shrimp, red peppers, and a couple more interesting ingredients. However, it wasn't tasty enough. Presentation was fine but quality was just average where I couldn't add anymore to describing it.
SNOW CRAB CLAWS COCKTAIL:
The claws were quite yummy and delicious while dipped in this cocktail. The shrimp underneath was quite basic and nothing special but I suppose it was the cocktail that provided some taste to it. overall, I'd pick this over the shrimp cakes.
WILD BC SALMON AND PRAWNS PROVENCALE:
The salmon was very fishy even after squirting lemon over it. Though, it was quite tender so there was some quality in the cooking. The rice was hard but oh well.. it was expected. It was such a weird combination where they had this sauce that was kind of tomato-ish like a salsa sauce over the salmon. "weird"
VENISON MEDALLIONS WITH BC SUNDRIED BERRIES SAUCE:
The venison tasted like beef almost. Even at medium rare, the meat was not that tender. The BC sundried berries really did a bit of the trick.. quite tasty! They had more mashed potatoes than the venison, which really made me feel disappointed. There was only 3 medallions with some veggies and mashed potatoes...
I would expect to have a bit more meat instead of receiving a entree with half the plate filled with mashed potatoes.
MERINGUE WITH PISTACHIO GELATO AND CHOCOLATE SAUCE:
Very good presentation but tastes as is.. very typical.
ORANGE CREME BRULEE:
Very creamy and rich. All plates were very burning hot, so it maintains the quality of the food. Overall, I would recommend people to give it a try but the price for the Dine Out is certainly a problem.

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Tantra Lounge & Grill123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
A place for a party but not a place for food.
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 1:29am [Dine in]

This place definitely has the scenery only if you get the spot outside. The place pretty much looks old fashioned I guess there wasn't much renovation occuring in the recent years. As for a restaurant, I would be expecting a cloth handkerchief, which they failed to have. For the food, Yam fries were yummy. I must give them credit for that... they're really crispy with a very tender smooth inside. I'd give them 5/5 rating for their Yam fries for appetizer. The BBQ Wings were quite standard but too much sauce. Also, the sauce was a little bit too sweet. I guess it's not the type of wings I would want when it's too saucy and sweet. I'll give a 2/5 for the BBQ Wings. The Salsa and Chips are pretty good.. Salsa are homemade so you won't feel ripped off if they pulled salsa out from a bottle. Salsa's not bad, but it's missing some taste... perhaps they can adjust it a bit more by adding more onions..? I'd give it a 3/5. Now, for the main course, the New York Steak. I asked for medium rare, and the steak came as a medium well. It's not tender, very hard chewy and it takes 3 minutes to chew down each piece I cut. Meanwhile I'm chewing the steak, I can feel how crunchy the burnt areas are.. very burnt all over. I'm sure this steak is definitely cooked... to the part where you can feel the rough texture grinding with my gums and tongue. Very sorry to say but I can make way better steak than this place. I was very disappointed on a $24 New York steak. Perhaps this place it like how I described the title, "not a place for food"? I give this NY Steak a 1/5. As for service, the waitresses weren't smiling, which really disturbs me. As a customer, I would expect them to be smiling regardless of how their day went or if their job was hell. It's all about pleasing your customers. Just every part counts when dining. As a result, I would not recommend this place for anyone if they plan to go there for a decent meal.

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Brave Bull's House of Steaks, The1298 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Come on, 2 people and decent steaks!
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is packed with the feeling of history, back in the 70's or 80's. Take a sniff and you can totally tell by its scent from the ancient times. Ok, back with the food and service. Since it's one server, we all can't ask for too much, as though the old lady had been very entertaining to everyone and talks to people. Definitely, everybody must be wondering why only one person as server?! It's very simple, because their price is at $8.99 for steaks! They have not updated their prices every since 1990, when they added the GST to our service systems. More servers, means that the cheap steaks will increase in price.... This is all legit details, well that's what the old lady told us. As for their steak, eventhough it's served in metal trays and plates, I suppose it was the style back then...? When it comes to the quality of the steak, first bite, it is quite tender and juicy, as requested for medium rare. portion is quite decent in such a way that it will fill you for what you pay for. I have tried their Ham and Pea soup and it taste pretty good, soup is not too thick, and not too watery. They were fresh made on the current day, so you will not be tasting anything from cans or such. I would recommend this place for anyone who wants cheap steaks.. just give it a try and you'll will agree completely.

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Zorro's Pizza4453 Boundary Road, Vancouver
2 Mediums for a price that you can't beat!
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

This place had never failed me.
It's only a small pizza place so it's not quite a restaurant where you can sit and dine. However, their pizzas are great!

For those out there who loves tons and tons of topping, here's the best place!! The owner will pack tons and tons of meat and other toppings (varies) on the pizza. It is advised to eat the pizza within an hour, otherwise you will see a bit of the soggy results from massive toppings. Taste-wise, it's great depending on the flavor, but you can't go wrong when quality and quantity blends in nicely. here's an example of the pricing. $18.95 for 2 mediums..
2 slices will fill you up!! They do serve pasta and salad, but i haven't tried it yet. Ambiance is not an issue since this is a small pizza place.

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Hart House6664 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
The food was not worth the amount paid
Submitted Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 12:05am [Dine in]

My company and I went there for our xmas lunch, which was buffet for $40 inc. tax. Everything was pretty nice until we tried the food and it was not worth the amount we paid. Turkey was nowhere close to tender, no juice was presented when carving it. The gravy was cold so no good either. I went on with the ham, but it made no difference from the turkey. Also dry with no juice at all. The Shrimp was very basic which I swear I could do better. Their pasta was nothing particular either very plan and tasteless. Salad was ok.. but i was just say that I can enjoy my food at earls or cactus club much better. They had 3 different type of salmon.. it was also ok but just wasnt what I expected for the price as well. The desserts did look a little fancy but it was to my expectations. The Cream was not fluffy soft, infact, it seemed like the cakes where there for hours. I would atleast give some satisfaction only if they had some soup during the meal or maybe like some mashed potatoes or turkey stuffings... but guess what?? It totally didn't feel like a xmas meal.... i felt so ripped off. sigh!

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Green Village2462 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
Decent Shanghai pork buns!!!!
Submitted Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

I've been living around the area for many years but have never given any thoughts to going there until my friends mentioned that their Steamed pork buns (xiao long bao) were decently good with lots of juice when you bite into it. Well, today I've given it a shot and it's pretty impressive! The steamed sticky rice with dried pork is also recommended. Here's comes the criticizing part... I hate to do this.. but... oh well. We have ordered a beef noodle... it's kinda spicy.. but not really.. taste plain and for some odd reason.. it's kinda sweet..?! We also ordered a Spicy Peanut Sauce thin noodles (dam dam mein) like the other review mentioned, the peanut sauce was not really authentic... eventhough it did have peanuts but i do realize there was blobs of peanut butter, causing the heavyness of peanut taste. I think we also ordered a Szechuen fried thick noodles and it was not that great either because it looks nice as for the presentation part, but deceiving taste. However, it was very plain and with a sweet taste also..?! why sweet??? no clue.... perhaps they had too much cabbage? or too much sugar added?? who knows? We should interview that chef... Last, we have ordered their house fried noodles. I didn't anything should go wrong with this dish since it's fried noodles... but what do you know? Presentation turned out to be pretty unique looking, but the taste did not turn out good. Again, the taste is kinda messed up. No WOK TASTE, infact, same with the others, why is this fried noodles SWEET? i'm serious that its sweet.. Shanghai or northern cooking style is well knowned for 3 famous things... #1 is oily/greasy, #2 is very spicy hot, and #3 is very freaken salty at times. They qualified for the greasy part, in some dishes it was spicy like it was supposed to be, and not really salty but SWEET infact?!

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Foo Lai Ho Restaurant3048 Kingsway, Vancouver
It has become worse after changing owners?
Submitted Saturday, August 12, 2006 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

It was pretty much the same as the old management, BUT last time we went their for my niece's 1month it was pathetic! Their service was ok.... they served that dish with lettuce wrap with duck meat... the lettuce had bugs in them!!!!! OMG! we asked for them to be cleaned, and the owner came back with so-called clean ones, and before she came to our table, she noticed that it was still unclean and bugs in it... so she said she will give us more,but really went to the back to get it cleaned again. Imagine how embarrassing to invite family and relatives for a dinner like this and there's bugs it in?? The new chef does not prove any better quality food either. I prefered the old chef also.

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Dai Tung1050 Kingsway, #108, Vancouver
waiting 45min kills when it's not worth it
Submitted Saturday, August 12, 2006 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

I say the food is not bad and pretty decent. The wait is the worst part of the whole thing. Hey! That is what happens when a restaurant is over-rated!! What really annoyed me was their service. Yes, they do as we tell them or they give as we ask them PLUS they start putting extra dimsums on your table when we did not ask for it!!! several times they tried to sneak some dimsums on our table when we ask for something like chicken feet they will put it on our table along with beef tendon and try to mark it down.. I was like wtf??? we did not ask for that.. please take it back. Thank YOU! their reply was... "I though you asked for that too." Harsh BS! Presentation on some of the dishes are pretty sloppy!!! I still recomment this place for dimsum but only if you don't mind waiting 45mins for it.

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Congee Noodle House141 E Broadway, Vancouver
this place is over-rated
Submitted Saturday, August 12, 2006 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

This place is definitely over-rated. Food isnt bad... quite decent but just look at the price. Their dimsum dishes cost more than the nice dimsums that your eat at dimsum places! Congee isnt bad but very thick!! that's my personal preference about congee. Too thick is no good. I must give them credit for decent wontons but I wouldnt nominate them for the best wontons though. I strictly rate wontons with high expectations and my rating for theirs is a 3/5. The quality of their soup, noodle and wonton must compromise. Their soup is a bit salty, noodle is fine, but wonton still does not reach that crunchyness when you bite into it and the size is very typical. Their other specialties suchas BBQ meat and fried noodles arent bad though.

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The532 Main, Vancouver
More than 15 years of service
Submitted Saturday, August 12, 2006 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

This place really brings back memories when I was a kid. The Chinatown one is the one I usually goto whenever I go with my mom. Now, it's usually the metrotown location. Perhaps like everyone says, we feel that it's more clean at metrotown. A decent fried rice, fried noodles or fried rice noodles is at $7 compared to the $11-$15 prices at other seafood restaurants that doesn't taste as good. Their beef, no matter what style dish or just steak, is always nicely marinated with tenderness. What really bothers me is dishes with bad presentation, sloppyness or dirty plates. I definitely give them a 4/5 for presentation, not because they have big plates but because their plates are clean to satisfaction. Fried food such as fries or chicken is tasty also.

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