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VJBabbotsfordSince December 19, 2006171 Reviews
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District, The13 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
A disappointing evening at the District
Submitted Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

This is definitely not the place to go if you want to have a conversation with your table companion. As others have mentioned they have a long bench seat and our table was only 6" from the table beside us along the bench. They seemed like nice guys but I really didn't want to listen to their conversation all evening. You really have not choice here. Even if they whispered (and who wants to do that) they could be heard by the occupants at the 2 tables on either side.

We decided to go with the table d'hote. There was a choice from 3 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts and a glass of wine or lager for $45.00. This wouldn't have been bad value if the food was really good but it wasn't. We both had the French onion soup and it was good. The entree - beef short ribs with fettucine was deplorable - overcooked fettucine and small pieces of short ribs that had little flavour. It was actually like a bolognese sauce but not as good. We both had creme brulee for dessert and it was decent - not the best I've had but not as disappointing as the short ribs. It was really overpriced considering the ambiance and quality of the food. For the amount of money spent I could have gone to a really nice restaurant and had a table where I could concentrate of the converstion of my companion and enjoyed really good food in a relaxing atmosphere.

It was mostly a very young crowd when we were there. I think most of the customers had come from work on Friday and just wanted to have a good time.

If you need to use the washroom there is only 1 toilet (ridiculous). It's a unisex washroom and just not enough to handle the crowd. I didn't have to wait but if you have a weak bladder and there is a line up heaven help you.

Would not return. There are better places to spend my money.

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Banana Leaf3005 W Broadway, Vancouver
Pleasantly surprised
Submitted Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

We had dinner at Banana Leaf many years ago and were very disappointed so we had not been back for quite awhile. The restaurant that we were going to go to one evening was closed so we decided to give Banana Leaf another try.

We were very pleasantly surprised. The food was very good, service was also very good and prices were reasonable for the quality.

We would return.

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Rendezvous Restaurant, The3033 Immel Road, #240, Abbotsford
Chef Boy ar Dee seems like gourmet cuisine compared to this
Submitted Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

We had dinner here the other night because we felt like staying close to home. What a mistake. It was pasta night and all the pastas except for the seafood pasta were on special for $6.95. My husband had the baked spaghetti and I had regular spaghetti. We also ordered 2 salads at an additional cost of $2.00 each. The salads were the best part of the meal.

The spaghetti had been cooked for so long that it was almost mush and the sauce didn't even taste as good as some bottled spaghetti sauces that I've bought. I didn't feel it was good value at $6.95 and I would have felt supremely ripped off if I'd paid the regular prices for this mess of a meal. The ambiance is decent and service was acceptable but when I go out to eat my main criteria is that the food has to be good.

Not recommended. Buy a can of spaghetti sauce and cook your own pasta you'll have a way better meal.

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Wings1965 Sumas Way, Abbotsford
.39 cent wings on Sunday
Submitted Monday, October 26, 2009 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

We came for dinner on Sunday and took advantage of their .39 cent wings. You have to order a mininum of 10 wings of 1 flavour but they have a large selection to choose from. We had the not so hot buffalo wings and the cajun wings. Both were very good. I would not want the wings much hotter than they were. My husband said the the cajun wings were his favorite of the ones that we tried. We also shared a starter Caesar salad - bland, bland, bland. It was so boring - absolutely no flavour to it at all. Yam fries were delicious with chipolte mayonnaise to dip them in. We had the apple crisp for dessert. Seriously not recommended unless you can handle super sweet desserts. I could feel tooth decay starting from the first bite. All you could really taste wass the sugar.

Service was decent. They were very busy but we weren't ignored or neglected.

Ambiance is typical of a sports bar restaurant with numerous big screen tvs showing the latest sports event.

Recommended if you want a reasonable decent meal. Just stay away from the Caesar salad and apple crisp.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
Better than I remembered
Submitted Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

We ate here years ago and I was not that impressed. We were on Broadway on Sunday hoping to go for dinner at Rugby Beach Club but they're out of business. The car was parked and we'd plugged the meter already so we decided to find something close by.

We decided to give Banana Leaf another try and I'm glad we did. The food this time was very impressive. We had curry chicken that was nicely seasoned and very good. Mango prawns with basil were terrific. They had some sort of chile spice in the glaze and the prawns were perfectly cooked. Sambal green beans were also very good. We were very impressed with the food this time especially the prawns - must have that again.

Service was not that impressive. The server never checked to see how our meal was and never touched our wine bottle after dropping it off at the table.

Ambiance is okay. It's in keeping with the Malaysian cuisine.

We would definitely return. Our second experience is so much better than the first time we ate here.

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Firehall Bistro, The19237 122A Avenue, #104, Pitt Meadows
Fabulous find in Pitt Meadows
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 11:37am [Dine in]

This restaurant is absolutely amazing. From the moment we walked in the door. We were warmly greated by our waitress for the evening. One of the owners was behind the bar and he smiled warmly at us and welcomed us to his restaurant.

The restaurant is very warm and inviting with fine linens on the table and soft lighting casting a lovely glow. The tables are nicely spaced so you're not listening in on other people's conversation.

The food is absolutely amazing for the prices that are charged. Before we had our appetizer we were given an amuse bouche consisting of crostini - 2 were topped with a cream cheese and olive mixtere and the other 2 were topped with pickled beet root. Both were very good. We started off with one of the appetizer specials - a duo of prawns, jumbo and spot prawns in a lovely garlic butter sauce and served with a hot crusty homemade baguette. This was the most expensive appetizer at $17.99 but it was a very generous serving and very well prepared. Most appetizers seemed to be in the $9.00 - $12.00 range. The most expensive entree was the rib steak at $19.99 (I think that's what it was). For the entrees my husband had tarragon chicken that came with gruyere rissoto and asparagus and I had the oven roasted halibut with braised spinach and potato. Both entrees were very well prepared and they were decent sized servings. We were never rushed. My husband always finishes eating before I do and unlike many restaurants they did not clear his plate off the table until I was finished with my dinner. Kudos for that. Our waitress checked on us throughout and the owner came by also to ensure that everything was okay. The other owner is the chef. For dessert our lovely waitress recommended the pear fritters with homemade cinnamon ice cream. It was amazing.

Definitely recommended. We'll be back

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Matteo's Gelato2615 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
Marvelous gelato
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

This place is great.

We tried it for the first time this summer. As other posters have mentioned the portions are generous, the prices reasonable and the ice cream is amazing. The flavours are just wonderful and the gelato is so creamy.

Highly recommended if you're in the area. They also served baked goods but I've never tried any.

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Tap Restaurant15350 34th Ave, #101, Surrey
Nice cozy restaurant just on the border of Morgan Creek
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

We had walked by this restaurant in the summer and the manager invited us in to have a look. He also gave us a couple of menus to take with us.

We returned on Friday night for dinner. The menu had changed from the menu that we picked up in the summer, sauces and garnishes were different from the menu we had looked at. They have 7 items on the tapas menu, 4 salads and 6 entrees plus a couple of daily specials. Your options are really limited. When we were there the computer system went down and consequently the kitchen was backed up causing a slight delay in the delivery of the meals (really very inconsequential). To start we shared a caesar salad and garlic cheese bread (additional cost for the bread). They were both very good. While we were eating the salads we were told that the entrees were ready and did we want them right away or should they be kept warm. I had ordered a filet with shiitake peppercorn cream and I asked if it would still be rare. I was assured that it would be as it would just be kept warm and wouldn't continue cooking. Not so. When I received the steak it was medium. They were very gracious about providing me with another steak and they even went so far as to comp my meal and give us a free dessert. My husband ordered a bone in rib eye and while it was very good I felt the price of $35.00 was a bit on the high side. The entrees were very good, not exceptional but very good. For dessert we shared a creme brulee.

Our server was very good about returning my entree but he removed my husband's dinner dish when I wasn't even half way through my dinner and in a move that really irked me brought over the dessert menu and began discussing dessert with my husband while I was still eating dinner. HELLO!! The ambiance is very nice. It is not too loud. They were extremely gracious in not charging us for my entree or dessert but one thing I absolutely detest when I'm out for a nice dinner is the feeling that I'm being rushed and having the dessert menu presented and being discussed with my table companion while I'm still eating will definitely makes me feel rushed. As I mentioned they only have 6 entrees on their menu so there are not a lot of options.

I don't know whether I would return or not. If hubby or friends suggested it I would probably go back but I don't think i would suggest it on my own.

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Paliotti's Italian Restaurant33886 Essendene, Abbotsford
Best Italian restaurant in Abbotsford
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

This Paliotti's restaurant is affiliated with the one in Maple Ridge.

Prices are very reasonable for the quality of food served. It is not gourmet cuisine but the ambiance is very nice, prices are reasonable and the food is good. Dinners are accompanied by hot foccacia bread and our waitress was very good about offering to replenish our bread. A huge plate of pasta was $14.95 and we both had enough to require a doggy bag,

If you're in Abbotsford it's the best bet if you have a craving for Italian food.

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Century Restaurant & Bar432 Richards Street, Vancouver
Incredible service and outstanding service makes for a great evening
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 10:10am [Dine in]

The value for your money at this restaurant is incredible. For $100.00 before tax and tip we had 1 dessert, 1 appetizer, 2 entrees and a bottle of wine. The food was exceptional for the money and the portions were a decent size. We shared the mojito prawns as an appetizer. It was nicely presented - 6 good size prawns flamed with white rum and served with a nice lime and basil sauce accompanied by hot crusty bread and 3 kinds of whipped butter. Our server continuously topped up the bread for us. When our entrees arrived Matt (our server) commented that the bread was getting cold as it had been sitting for awhile so he went to the kitchen and brought out a fresh batch. For the entrees my husband and I both had 10 oz rib steak with chipolte sauce. It was absolutely delicious. The sauce was nice and spicy and complimented the steak perfectly. The steak was served with garlic mashed potatoes and nice crispy green beans. We shared the molten lava cake for dessert. This was amazing. It is one of our favorite desserts and for $8.00 it is easily the best one that I've had for the price. Just a perfect ending to the meal.

The service was absolutely amazing. The restaurant not very busy but I've been in restaurants that have not been busy and the server takes that as an opportunity to socialize or make personal calls. Not our server he was absolutely on top of everything. He was attentive and very sociable but not in an obtrusive way. We tipped accordingly.

The ambiance is also very nice. We had a great big circular booth for the two of us so we able to really talk even when people were sitting in the booth next to us. There was music playing but it was not too loud.

It was a really great evening. I would highly recommend Century Restaurant.

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
Dessert is a ripoff
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 11:46am [Dine in]

We had an early dinner here on Saturday evening. Because we were early we were able to get a seat right by the window upstairs. If we did not have a window seat I would have to classifty the ambiance as only decent. The restaurant has been around since 1971. Their lease expires in March of 2010 so they have not put a lot of work into updating the premises.

Service I would only rate as decent. Our waiter checked on us to see that everything was okay as the dinner progressed but he committed 2 major faux pas. He cleared my husbands dishes while I was still eating. I hate when they do this. Dishes should not be cleared until everyone has finished eating. It's uncomfortable eating when you companion is just sitting and waiting for the next course. You would just put down your fork after eating and the dish would be whisked away. After the bill was presented he asked if we would like change. I don't care if I only have an extra nickle with the bill if I do not want change I'll let you know.

We shared the calamari for an appetizer. I enjoyed it but my husband said he did not care for it. It was grilled calamari and came with roasted corn and was slightly spicy. For the entree we both had the special of the day - grilled salmon and halibut with a lobster sauce and tiger prawns. It was very good, a generous serving, very good taste of lobster and the fish and prawns were perfectly cooked. For dessert we decided to share a dessert trio - I think it was called a favorite. Don't bother. It consisted of a 1" square of chocolate hazelnut mousse, a quarter size scoop of ice cream in a pastry shell the size of a mushroom and a blood orange creme brulee that was not carmalized in a cup about half the size of a chinese teacup. It was a total ripoff at $11.00. It's better to go elsewhere for dessert.

It was a decent evening. The entree and appetizer were good but the service and dessert put a definite damper on the evening.

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Horizons100 Centennial Way, Burnaby
Better accoustics needed
Submitted Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

We were a party of 6 on Sunday night. We had reservations. When we were taken to our table it was a long table with the seating arrangement being 3 people on each side of one long table. This would have made it very awkward to talk to everyone. It was also extremely loud in the restaurant and out table was not in a good location. When we entered I noticed tables on the patio and we asked to have a seats outside instead.

The food was decent. It was nothing to get overly excited about. The bread was nice and warm but it was not outstanding. You could probably buy the same bread at your local grocery store. We had 2 orders of short ribs, 2 orders of Alaska Black cod, 1 order of cioppiono and 1 order of salmon. My Alaska black cod was as I mentioned good but not outstanding - it should be better for $29.00. My husband had the salmon and he said that it was nicely sauced but he found the fish somewhat dry. Each couple had separate bills. Our bill was $76.00 for 2 glasses of wine, the black cod, salmon and 1 chocolate mousse cake. Considering the fact that we had an entertainment coupon I felt that the price was a bit high.

It is a beautiful setting on the deck. We received very good service. I might give it another try but there is better value out there.

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Ukrainian Village Restaurant815 Denman Street, Vancouver
Unimpressed with Ukrainian Village
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 11:34am [Dine in]

Perhaps I expected too much after reading all the glowing reviews for Ukrainian Village.

I had a craving for pyrogies so we decided to try Ukrainian Village. It is best if you do stick to the pyrogies if you have dinner here. They were okay, certainly not the best I've had but they were passable. I was hoping that they would have a plate that offered just Ukrainian sausage and pyrogies. A previous review mentioned that they felt the platter with sausage, pyrogies and cabbage roll was overpriced at $19.00 and I tend to agree with this assessment. I had pyrogies with a side of Ukrainian sausage and a side of fried onions (I think it should be included in the price - not a additional cost) and my husband had the chicken paprikash. The chicken came on what looked like steamed slices of bread (not dumpllings) and it had no vegetables with it. My husband said that the chicken was tender and the serving was generous but it had no flavour. My husband commented that my chicken paprikash is far superior. We overheard another dinner ask the manager if the cabbage rolls were authentic. She was used to cabbage rolls with ground beef, rice and onions not dill pickle and carrots. I think she was disappointed.

The bill was $47.00 for 1 beer, 1 cider, 1 order pf pyrogies with a side of Ukrainian sausage + fried onions, 1 salad and 1 order of chicken paprikash. It was decent value but could have been so much better if the food was better.

As far as the ambiance is concerned. There is none. It is just like an old style cafe or coffee shop.

I would not return. We'll have to find somewhere else for Ukrainian food.

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Pelican Seafood Restaurant1895 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good food, surly waiter
Submitted Sunday, May 31, 2009 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

Our favorite dim sum restaurants seem to have gone downhill or have closed. We decided to try Pelican Seafood yesterday. They do not have the carts and you order off the menu.

At 11:00 yesterday it was already very busy and we had to wait 10 minutes for a seat. We had a chance to look at the dim sum menu while we were waiting for our seat and there were a couple of items we wanted that we could not see. When we were seated our waiter Byron came by. We asked him if they had the items that we were unable to find on the menu. He acted like he was doing us a huge favor by pointing out where they were on the menu, I swear he let out a heavy sigh as is to let us know how put upon he felt having to point things out on the menu.

The food itself was very good. The portions are gigantic. We were still full at 7:00 in the evening We had radish cake (this is one of the best I've had), chicken rice hot pot, steamed garlic spareribs, sui mai (Gigantic), deep fried dumplings and egg tarts. We had to take the egg tarts home because the servings were so generous.

It may be just our server, but overall this was the major negative to our dining experience. If the waiter had a better attitude it would have been most enjoyable.

We'd be back and hope for a different server

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Beijing Cuisine Restaurant777 West Broadway, #108, Vancouver
High prices, poor selection, crappy food + indifferent service
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 11:14am [Dine in]

This restaurant is where the Rich Ocean Seafood used to be. Rich Ocean used to be our favorite place for dim sum.

Beijing Cuisine has done away with the $2.95 dim sum menu if you order before 12:00. The selection is very limited. They do not have har gow, egg tarts or numerous other items that we enjoy during dim sum. None of the dishes are less than $3.75 in fact many of the items are +$7.00 and the servings are very small for the price point. Not only are portions small but the food is not good. The sticky rice had a minimal amount of filling, the spring rolls were cold, greasy and heavy, the sui mai was decent but I've certainly had better and paid considerably less. spareribs, not even enough that 4 people could each have 2 spareribs each.

The servers were more interested in talking among themselves than they were in serving customers. On a Saturday when most dim sum restaurants are very busy, Beijing Cuisine only had 6 tables with customers. A few other customers found it necessary to stand up and wave their arms around to get service for the 4 or 5 staff members who were "working"

Definitely do not recommend unless you want to pay high prices for crappy food and bad service.

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Beaches Restaurant & Wine Bar1665 56 Street, Delta
Good value at Beaches
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 11:18am [Dine in]

This is a little gem. We happened to be in the area on Sunday and rather than driving home late in the day we stopped in at Beaches. We were early 4:30 but we didn't feel like ordering off the lounge menu. They graciously opened the main dining room early and allowed us to order off the dining room menu.

They have a Swiss menu right now that offers 3 courses for $29.00. For the price the food was very well prepared and tasty. You have a choice of 2 starters, 3 entrees and a set dessert.

We both started off with French onion soup. This was very good. For the price I was thinking that the soup would just have croutons on top that were sprinkled with a bit of parmesan cheese but surprisingly the soup had real bread on top and cheese melted on top. For our entrees we both had the pork loin. It was beautifully presented, very tasty and came with vegetables and a nice potato coquette. Dessert was a lovely meringue with cream filling and fruit on top of chocolate sauce. It was so good.

Service was very attentive.

The ambiance is fine. It was nice and quiet and very relaxing.

This restaurant is in the Coast Hotel in Tsawwassen and the hotel itself could do with a renovation but the restaurant is very good value.

We took a look at the regular menu as well and prices seem reasonable for what they offer.

Will definitely return.

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
I don't understand - What's all the fuss about?
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

We had breakfast here a couple of weeks ago.

The food is seriously overpriced for what they offer. The hashed brown potatoes served with breakfast looked like leftover potatoes that had been fried up but they were mushy and tasteless. I think my 5 year old nephew could make a better breakfast.

Definitely will not return. There are far better choices in Vancouver

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Seasonal Experience, The20226 Fraser Highway, #118, Langley
Good food but limited menu
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

What we had was very good. They started us off with an amuse bouche of green peas with mint and tarragon. My husband enjoyed it but I felt it was a bit too salty. We shared an appetizer of gnocchi with duck chorizo and roasted red peppers. It was very tasty and well prepared. Our server brought out fresh bread. It tasted like it was homemade - very good. After the appetizer we were offered a spoonful of cranberry and anise sorbet to cleanse the palate. Nice and refreshing.

For the main course we both had the rack of lamb. At $31.95 it was very good value. It was cooked exactly as requested and was absolutely delicious. We shared a lemon panna cotta with fruit coulis for dessert. It was okay but not memorable.

The big drawback to this restaurant for me is the limited menu. We both ended up ordering the same entree because none of the rest of the menu had much appeal to us. The appetizer, salad, soup section had about 6 choices. There is also only 6 options for dinner and dessert is 4 options. One of the options for dessert was leftover white chocolate cheesecake from yesterday (they only had 1 serving left) and we were the 1st customers to order dessert this evening, therefore the waitress acknowledged that it was leftover from the day before when I asked.

Service was just decent. We topped up our wine most of the evening ourselves and the water was not topped up until it was empty and we had to ask for a refill.

It is unlikely that we would return since I prefer more selection on the menu when I'm dining out.

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Ann Maries Cafe33771 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford
A great diner in Abbotsford
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

We've been here a few times for breakfast.

This diner harkens back to another era with 60's music playing in the background and memorabilia from that era decorating the room. It's all very pleasant and the food is truly outstanding for the prices they charge. They usually have about 3 specials for breakfast ranging in price from $6.00 - $9.00. You certainly won't break the bank here and they have a very interesting menu. The other morning my husband and I both had the special omelette - bacon, mushroom, cheese and fresh tomato. It came with fried potatoes and a choice of toast. The fillings in the omelette were very generous. The whole meal was very well prepared. It was a great way to start the day.

This is so much better than going to White Spot for their generic not very interesting food.

Starting May 1 they are going to be open for dinner as well.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Very loud.
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

Came here with hubby and brother-in-law for dinner.

Brother-in-law bought the wine and we bought dinner. We got the better end of the deal. Wine mark ups are very high.

This is a very noisy restaurant. You have to shout at your table companions in order to communicate. Not a pleasant way to spend time with friends and family if you want to visit.

The food was decent. Meat and fish dishes do not come with vegetables or pasta so you have to pay extra if you want vegetables or pasta. The prices are quite reasonable for the entrees though so this is really not a big issue. The food was very tasty and reasonable portion sizes.

I agree with the comment about the fritters. They are very small and I think tim bits are better tasting.

Dinner was $89.00 for 3 before tip.

I would return if I didn't want to talk to my table companions. Otherwise I prefer a more subdued atmosphere.

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