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VJBabbotsfordSince December 19, 2006171 Reviews
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Aqua Riva200 Granville Street, Suite 30, Vancouver
Stick with the fish dishes
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 11:27am [Dine in]

We were here for dinner with an out of town guest.

We shared the mushroom pizza between the 3 of us and it was wonderful. It was a nice thin crust pizza and it was a decent size. It had a very generous topping the contained 4 kinds of mushrooms.

For main courses our guest had the salmon and he just raved about it. My husband had the sablefish - it was supposed to come with clams but my husband does not like clams. Our server quickly suggested that she could arrange for mussels to be substituded at no additional charge - very good acknowledgment of a customer's concern on our waitresses part. My husbands sablefish was beautifully cooked. It was so moist and very flavourful. I ordered the rib steak and I have to admit I was somewhat disappointed. It was very well cooked but it was just very bland. It could have used some seasonings or spice to give it more flavour.

With the entertainment coupon - 1 appetizer, 3 entrees and 1/2 a litre of wine the bill was $120.00 before tip.

Overall I feel it was very good value for the money. I would order fish the next time I go.

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Hamburger Mary's Diner1202 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good milkshakes made from yogurt
Submitted Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

We had company that had just arrived and he needed sustanance. We had just finished breakfast so we took him to hamburger Mary's and we shared a milkshake while he had breakfast.

We have had burgers here before and as I recall they were pretty good. Their milkshakes may be over $6.00 but they are huge We both had a large glass plus there was extra in the milk shake container.

Service was decent. We would return

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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Highly disappointing anniversary dinner
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2008 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

We have not been to Hy's Encore for a few years and thought it would be nice to celebrate our anniversary there.

The ambiance is as others have mentioned like an old fashioned steak house (which is what it is). The lighting is very dim, perhaps too dim as I had trouble reading the menu. The prices seem to have gone up considerably since we were last there. I don't think there was an entree under $30.00.

Service was very good and we were well taken care of.

I think I'm generous when I rate the food as decent. When I'm paying $38.00 for a mixed grill my expectation is that the food will be better than what my husband cooks (he is not a cook but his cooking of steaks and lamb chops is far superior to what I had last night). The bill for cheese bread, Caesar salad, mixed grill, Cajun steak, creme brulee and a bottle of wine was $200.00 with tip. It was so not worth it.

It is unlikely that I would go back since we can have a much better meal at home.

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Red Chilli Szechuan Cuisine741 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Outstanding service + good food made for a pleasant evening out
Submitted Monday, June 9, 2008 - 10:57am [Dine in]

We were 4 adults and 1 child. We had made reservations since Red Chilli is a very small restaurant and it gets very busy.

We were greated at the door and we had absolutely exemplary service the whole evening. We ordered a bottle of wine with dinner and the wine was topped up by the staff all evening. We've dined in some high end restaurants that fail to top up our wine for us. The food was very good. We ordered the following dishes 1. Green beans - Szechauan - style. This is a favorite. It is so nice and spicy, it's almost addictive. 2. Ginger beef. This was also very good. 3. Sweet and sour boneless pork. This was a concession for one of our table companions who absolutely has to have sweet and sour. It was very good but I'm not really into Canadianized Chinese food. 4. Pepper Chicken with dried spinach. This was very tasty 5. A spicy fish dish that our waiter recommended. This was perfectly cooked and nice and moist. The total for dinner with 2 large bowls of rice, 5 dishes, a drink for the child and a bottle of wine was $111.00 before tip. With the level of service and the quality of the food that we received, I felt it was extremely good value.

When we left - the owner or manager was at the door, he shook our hands, thanked us for our business and hoped he would see us again. He most definitely will. It was a great evening out.

Highly recommended for good Chinese food in North Vancouver.

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Lougheed Wonton Restaurant2408 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Very good value for the money
Submitted Monday, April 7, 2008 - 12:31pm [Dine in]

I just ordered off the dim sum menu. They have a very good selection of items for $2.50 plus some specialty dim sum items that are a bit more expensive that you order off a menu.

The portions are a very good size. It is all very well cooked and tasty. It's very good value for the money.

Service is decent. The staff works very hard and although it was very busy I was there less than an hour.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you want good dim sum for a reasonable price in the tri-cities area

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Rich Ocean Seafood Restaurant777 West Broadway, 108, Vancouver
Best Dim Sum I've had in ages
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

I agree with all the comments below.

I'm generally not a fan of dim sum ordered off a menu but their food was just outstanding and it was all hot when it came to the table. Absolutely the best egg tarts I've had anywhere. They have a very good secltion of dim sum items for $2.75 if you order before noon. They also have additional items that are a bit pricier that you can order off of the regular dim sum menu.

You can park in the garage below. Just give them your stall number when you arrive.

The only drawback to eating here is that everything comes so quickly that you are done in next to now time, so it's not a relaxing dim sum by any means but we'll return. I can't wait to try more items on their menu. Everything we had was of superior quality.

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Flamingo Chinese Restaurant3469 Fraser Street, Vancouver
It fails to make the grade now
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

Went to the Fraser Flamingo Restaurant a few wweks ago. It was very disappointing this time around. We had to wait an hour and the rice noodle had not come out yet so we requested a BBQ pork rice noodle. There were maybe 2 thin strips of pork in the dish, the rice noodle itself was really glutinous not nice and soft like it should be. On top of that it was cold. Spareribs and sui mai were both tough and lacking in flavour.

We've switched to Rich Ocean Seafood on Broadway and will not return to Flamingo on Fraser. It's too bad.

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La Casa Gelato1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
Not as good as it used to be
Submitted Monday, March 24, 2008 - 10:53am [Dine in]

We came here for a cone because Dolce Amour was closed.

I think that they have let all they hype they have received go to their heads. The ice crea is pretty good but not as good as many other ice cream places (notibly Dolce Amour on Commercial). They are seriously overpriced for the amount of ice cream they give you.

There are way better places for ice cream in Vancouver

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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
What's happened - bland, bland, bland food
Submitted Monday, March 24, 2008 - 10:45am [Dine in]

We've eaten here before but we were really disappointed with our meal yesterday. The best part of the meal was the johnny cake served to start and the Ipanema caparinha I had to drink.

We shared an order of jerk chicken wings. It was a decent size portion. It was nice and moist, the chicken was moderately spicy but it was so lacking in flavour and taste. I had the special of the day - halibut with salsa and a caper and cream sauce. You would think that with salsa it would be fairly spicy but again it was completely lacking in flavour. I had a hard time finding any traces of salsa with the halibut. It was reasonably priced for halibut and the fish itself was nicely cooked but it was just so lacking in taste. My husband had the ribs which although nicely cooked were just so totally lackluster.

We used to really enjoy the Reef but based on our experience last evening I doubt that we'll return.

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Giraffe Restaurant15053 Marine Drive, White Rock
A fabulous evening in White Rock
Submitted Monday, March 3, 2008 - 11:11am [Dine in]

It's been a few years since we've been to Giraffe in White Rock. We've usually tried booking a reservation at the last minute and have been unable to get in as they've been fully booked. This time we booked a few days in advance in got in. They are a very small restaurant so reservations are essential.

We were given a terrific window seat. This restaurant is so nice and cozy. The tables are beautifully set and the rooms have such a nice warm feeling to them. All kinds of giraffe memorabilia. No loud distracting music.

The food is just superb. It's as good as we remember. We shared an appetizer of flippers - minced chicken, cream cheese and cilantro wrapped in won tun wrappers and deep fried. They were just terrific. For entress my husband had the lamb duo consisting of a nice piece of lamb tenderloin and a rack of lamb. The rack of lamb was crusted with mushroom and the lamb tenderloin had a mint demi glaze. I had ginger dusted sea bass. It was so delicious. Perfectly cooked, so moist, it was just heavenly. For dessert we shared a creme brulee duo - pistachio and the standard creme brulee.

Service was decent considering that there was basically one waiter and one bus person handling both rooms and it was busy.

It was nice to have a good selection of wines to choose from that weren't marked up 3 to 4 times what the actual cost of the wine is.

It was such a wonderful evening. We will definitely return and we will be sure to make reservations a few days in advance again. Highly recommended.

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Old Bavaria Haus, The233 6th St, New Westminster
Good German Food in New Westminster
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

We have not been to Old Bavaria House for a few years but we have always enjoyed our dinners there.

The ambiance I've rated as just decent because we were stuck in the upstairs dining room even although we had made reservations. We were told that we should specify in future that we do not want the upstairs dining room. They have a tendency to put their large groups up there and it gets very loud. I really like a more relaxed atmosphere when I'm dining out. WE had to speak very loudly to hear each other and it is just not enjoyable. Because they had a couple of large groups upstairs I felt the the service suffered. No one came to check on us at all during the course of our dinner to see if everything was okay. It was but I still feel someone should have checked to see if we needed anything during our time there.

We both had an appetizer. My husband had a nice spicy goulash soup and I had the Spatzle. For entrees we both had schnitzel - schnitzel Madagascar for my husband and schnitzel cordon bleu for myself. Portions were very generous, food was well prepared and the prices were certainly reasonable for what we had. The schnitzels came with fried potatoes, red cabbage, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli. For dessert we shared a peach melba. It was not a very interesting dessert. The raspberry sauce was totally lacking and flavour. With the entertainment coupon dinner with 1/2 litre of wine and a drink was $82.00. It was very good value.

We would definitely return but we would specifically ask for the downstairs dining room next time.

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Dolce Gelato15045 Marine Drive, White Rock
Great ice cream in White Rock
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 11:34am [Dine in]

This ice cream shop is always busy. They make their own ice cream and the flavours are very intense.

It has a great location, directly across from the Pier in White Rock and they do have a limited number of tables and chairs inside and out on the deck where you can enjoy your ice cream and people watch.

The ice cream is fabulous but they could be a bit more generous with their scoops. One small scoop of ice cream is over $3.00 . I don't mind the price so much but I don't feel it is very good value compared to other ice cream shops.

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Flamingo Chinese Restaurant7510 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Not as good as the Flamingo on Fraser
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

We had dim sum with family here on Saturday.

The dim sum was decent. They do not seem to have as much variety as their restaurant on Fraser. Portions were also smaller.

We asked for more hot water for the tea and after 20 minutes we had to ask what happened to the teapot.

I think they may be a bit more expensive that the restaurant on Fraser as well. We only had 9 dishes and the bill was $37.00 with tax. We did not have any of the more expensive items like rice roll, chicken over rice etc. so the bill seemed a bit on the high side for what we had. After all this is not a fancy restaurant.

I'd rather go to the Fraser Flamingo

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Rare1355 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Solid DOV experience
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 11:53am [Dine in]

We had a lovely evening at Rare last night.

Food was solid. The portions were adequate. We were full when we finished dinner. Like the other diners mentioned we received many little extras, Fennel cake, Cranberry and lime spritzer and almond coconut macaroons. These were really nice touches. Hubby had the roasted garlic and potato soup and I had the mushroom tart. They were both well prepared and very flavourful. Homemade flax and sourdough bread was served with dinner. It was wonderful bread. For the main course we both had the Cornish game hen. The hen itself was terrific. It was nice and moist and with the mole sauce it was nice and spicy. The masa cake it was served with was disappointing - very dry and heavy. For dessert hubby had ginger cake and I had the chocolate many ways. I think the chocolate was the better of the two, again I found his ginger cake to be on the dry side. Wine prices are extremely high - there is nothing under $50.00 on the menu.

Service was very good. Our server came back during each course to see if everything was okay. Our water was continually topped up.

Ambiance was also great. It's a beautiful room. It was very busy when we were there. I don't know what the deal is with taking pictures of your food. We had a table behind us that had 4 people with cameras and they took pictures of every course with 3 or 4 cameras as it was bought to their table. How annoying to have the constant flash of cameras during a nice dinner. It's just about as bad as people who talk on cell phones during your evening out.

Based on our experience I don't know whether we would want to pay the regular prices. There is probably better value out there.

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Mad Greek7260 Westminster Hwy., Richmond
He's not crazy about Greek food, but he likes the Mad Greek
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 11:45am [Dine in]

We were here for dinner on Friday Night.

My husband tolerates most Greek restaurants. He finds them somewhat repetitious and boring (both the ambiance and food).

He really liked the Mad Greek. I'll probably be able to get him out for Greek food more often now. We shared the saganaki as an appetizer (husband said it was the best he's ever had). It was crispy on the outside but the cheese was nicely melted. He had the Greek chicken and I had the Greek ribs. Both dishes were very well prepared, great flavours and everything was very fresh. We split a bourgatsu for dessert. With a bottle of wine the bill with taxes and before tip was $85.00. A few minor quibbles - we only received l/2 slice of pita bread per person and no tatzika (sp)sauce was served with the meal.

We had a great table by the fireplace. It's a beautiful room, with high ceilings and hardwood floors. If they would turn off the televion sets it would make the experience much more enjoyable. If I want to watch TV I'll go to a pub but if I go out for a nice dinner the TV is annoying.

They had a very attractive Belly dancer that came out at 8:00.

We'll be back. Highly recommended if you're looking for good Greek food in Richmond.

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Insadong Korean Restaurant403 North Road, #301, Coquitlam
Very enjoyable, impressive food
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

We went to Insadong for dinner this evening. We went at 6:00 and had a 5 minute wait.

We had read previous reviews on this restaurant so were aware that we had to use the buzzer to summon the wait staff for service. Using the buzzer we had absolutely no problems with service. Staff was at the table very shortly after we used the buzzer and were very helpful when they came to the table.

We ordered an appetizer of the chicken wings. The wings were very crispy and seemed to be coated with a soya and honey glaze. We also ordered bbq short ribs and spicy prawns. The waiter asked if we wanted to cook the short ribs ourselves or have it cooked in the kitchen. We opted to have it cooked in the kitchen. The short ribs and prawns were both absolutely delicious. The prawns were very spicy. The servings are very generous and we had more than enough food. Service was also very good.

I would highly recommend this restaurant. It offers very good value for the money.

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Q4 Ristorante2563 West Broadway, Vancouver
Too noisey and crowded
Submitted Wednesday, December 26, 2007 - 11:52am [Dine in]

We were here for dinner last week. It's probably a bad time of year and going for dinner on a Saturday night just makes it worst.

Service was okay. The waiter didn't seem to be very enthusiastic. We split the Spaghetti Quattro for an appetizer and unlike most restaurants where they will split it in the kitchen and give you two plates here our server just bought one large plate and two small plates. We had to ask for cheese. The spaghetti was nice and spicey.

For main courses my husband had the Cornish Game Hen which was very good. I had the veal which I found to be a bit on the dry side. For the prices that they charge it should be better.

The restaurant was very noisey and It was too crowded with less than 18" between our table and the tables all around us.

It is unlikely that we would return as there is better value to be had elsewhere.

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Pasta Polo2754 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
Good value for the money
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2007 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

We used to frequent Pasta Polo all the time when we lived in Coquitlam. Yesterday we were detained in Coquitlam so rather than fighting the rush hour traffic we decided to go to Pasta Polo for dinner.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The food was as good as remembered. I had the osso buco with linguine carbonara substituted for the pasta that came with for it. I love their carbonara sauce. It's one of the best. Hubby had half a chicken with Caesar salad and the pasta.

Service was decent. Nothing to get to excited about but they were pleasant and took care of us in a timely manner.

We would definitely return.

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Elisabeth's Chalet17785 No. 10 Highway, Surrey
Spelling is Elisabeth's Chalet
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2007 - 10:39am [Dine in]

We had dinner here last night with another couple. I pretty much agree with the comments made by the other diners. It was pretty noisy in there as they had a couple of large groups celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. It is really difficult to have a nice relaxing dinner with everyone singing happy birthday etc.

The food was decent, portions for the schnitzels are generous but the servings for the fish was just adequate. I had to have dessert as I was still hungry after the main course and sharing an appetizer. Dessert was lemon meringue pie and I could make better pie myself.

We would return as there is value for the money.

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Le Gavroche Restaurant1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Wow - C'est Magnifique
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 11:04am [Dine in]

We had not been to Le Gavroche for years. Hubby wanted to try it again.

Ambiance - We were given our choice of a seat by the fireplace or by the window. We chose window. Very romantic.

We opted for the 3 course dining option with wine. This was $75.00. Food was exquisite. They are on entertainment.

Appetizers. Escargots for my husband - very good. Crab and grapefruit for myself - this was wonderful - large amount of crabmeat. A sorbet was presented to cleanse the palate.

Main course. Rib eye for hubby- tender and tasty. Potato-crusted sablefish for myself - wow, nice and moist, great flavour.

Desserts - Grand Marnier souffle - perfect.

The only minor quibble I have is that the wine while complimenting the meal very well was a very meagre serving. Basically we were just given half a glass of each wine.

Shelley our server was just terrific. She was very knowledgeable and efficient.

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