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wilbcEast VanSince September 28, 200722 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 20 of 22 Reviews Found
Topanga Cafe2904 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Taking bad service to another level
Submitted Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

The Topanga Cafe has always been a solid choice for me. I don't go there a ton but when I do the food and service + price level have pretty much hit the mark. I recently went back (Jan 7/11) for a meal and the experience was underwhelming. Food is still a tasty bastardized version of Mexican food. I like it. The salsa they serve with the chips is still fantastic. This all sounds good right? Well the problem is they have now raised there main entree price to 24 bucks which is high for this casual a restaurant. In combination with the new price point the service was absolutely horrible. The two waitresses might be the two worst servers in Vancouver. Only being able to do one thing at a time is a bad trait for a server. They fell into my category of, well we go to University so we are qualified to be waitresses. Uh-no you aren't. At any rate I paid the bill, left no tip and doubt I will be back for a long time.

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Whole Foods Market510 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Dirty and a total rip-off - Zombieland
Submitted Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

Overpriced - check
Poor Quality - check
Dirty - check

If there ever was a place that could make you scratch your head it would be Whole Foods off Cambie St. If you have ever been to a Whole Foods you will know that quite a bit of effort is devoted towards self service buffet/cafeteria eating. Whole Foods off Cambie is no different than any of the other WF locations its just that they execute it so poorly. What defies description is that the Lululemon clad zombies are just eating it up no matter how badly they are being treated for their hard earned buck.

Overpriced - A typical plate of self serve hot food with a portion of salad will cost the average person about 14 bucks. It is quite comical to see a first timer come up to the cashier with a full plate of food and watch as their eyes bulge out of their heads when the bill gets tallied up under $30 bucks for two. You can see the wheels turning in their head thinking how they could have gone somewhere good with service for less. If you eat like a bird then you can keep it under 10 bucks.

Poor Quality - Do you feel good about eating food that looks like it has been out on buffet for 4 or more hours? The food looks absolutely abused, no love has gone into this mass produced crap.

Dirty - The eating area seems to be only cleaned once in a while. You can count on a dirty table. Gross. You have your choice of serving yourself food in a box or a plastic plate. AVOID the plastic plates. I've gone through 7 or 8 plates in a row that had food residue or grease on them. Absolutely ridiculous.

At any rate I'm totally mystified that a place could treat it's customers with such disregard and still be as busy as it is.....signed: just don't get it.

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Fraser Park Restaurant4663 Byrne Road, #103, Burnaby
No Portion Control Here
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

This absolute gem of a diner is located way, way off the beaten path but well worth the effort to get there. I've been meaning to try this place for quite a while but they have very limited hrs so it's been impossible for me to get there. This place is so underground that when I asked a friend of mine that works nearby about it he asked me how the heck I had heard about it and then said...make sure you have the German breakfast.

At any rate this place is all about the food, we went for breakfast and it was outstanding. I had the aformentioned German breakfast and it was excellent. Eggs perfect, bacon perfect, pan fries perfect. They basically load the plate with food until they can't put anymore on it. My GF had the fruit pancakes and they were so loaded with blueberries it was almost as if they were trying to save pancake mix.

My new favorite breakfast in Vancouver.

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Splitz Grill4242 Main Street, Vancouver
Good Burger-Unfriendly Staff-Not Going Back
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2009 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

I've been to Splitz a few times but this time was my last. I just can't spend another cent at a joint with totally pissed off, unfriendly staff. Why would I spend any money to keep them in a job....well the answer is I won't.

The burgers are good, fresh bun, good toppings and a good piece of hamburger meat.

Staff are rude and pissed off, don't have a clue on how to clean a table properly and their overall attitude makes me wonder if they take any care in making sure the food is handled properly.

Just like Veras crappy staff lost them my business so does Splitz.

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Paul's Restaurant4621 Hastings St, Burnaby
Your neighbourhood solid
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

I will echo the previous reviewers take on Pauls. I've been going to this North Burnaby diner since 1983! Yup, I've been eating here for 26 yrs! The current owners are the 2nd family to run this place so it's always been very consistant.

It's your traditional Western Chinese restaurant...you know sweet and sour, fried rice, won ton soup and they do these dishes really quite well. The western food - burgers, veal cutlets, hamburger steaks are great value and really solid stomach fillers.

If you are looking for a solid meal with great value and no ambiance try out Pauls.

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Song Huong Vietnamese Restaurant1613 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Recently Moved
Submitted Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

If you have wondered where this little Vietnamese restaurant has gone, they have moved up Nanaimo just north of E. 1st. The new place is much bigger which is good because it was quite common for the old place to be jam packed. The food has always been honest good tasting Vietnamese cafeteria food. Not outstanding but very good fill your face for under 10 bucks type of food. As an added bonus the staff always seem to be fairly friendly and the place seems decently clean.

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Bert's Restaurant2904 Main St, Vancouver
I like Bert's
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

I'll provide a counterpoint to the previous 2 posters. I've been eating breakfast at Bert's for over 10yrs, it's always been a great breakfast joint, in fact one of my favorites in Vancouver for your basic "Canadian" breakfast. I only make it out on the weekends but it's always jam packed. I've never had an issue with the service, it's always been decent, efficient and friendly enough cafeteria service, if you are a yuppie and expect to be doted on and told how fantastic you look, well it's not going to happen at Bert's.

My vote is for Bert's as possibly one of the best bacon and egg joints in Vancouver and an all around solid joint.

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Spice Islands Indonesian Restaurant3592 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
Update
Submitted Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

When this excellent Indonesian restaurant opened up a few years ago in an obscure location almost as far west as you can go on the west side I privately questioned how long they would be in business. Well it appears that if you have great food and great service you can make it anywhere because this restaurant continues to thrive and is still an absolute favorite of mine.

I definitely have my favorite dishes but when I try new things I've never been disappointed. In addition this restaurant may have the best waiter in Vancouver, his service is understated, professional, attentive and very friendly. Top marks for the service.

If you would like to try something a bit different in the Vancouver restaurant universe give Spice Islands a chance.

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Cambie Vietnamese Restaurant4136 Main Street, Vancouver
Great eats with a bit of wacky
Submitted Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

I've eaten at this restaurant for many years, but only three or four times. The food has always been decent but the last time I went the food was outstanding.

Probably the best shrimp salad roll I've ever had! Pho was great as well as the pork brochette. Won Ton soup was only ok.

The owner is nice and definitely harmless but his high energy act can be a bit exhausting, I didn't mind but my girlfriend found it a bit much.

Overall very enjoyable food and I can't wait until my next visit.

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Gourmet Castle Restaurant2838 E. Hastings St., #109, Vancouver
4 Asian Restaurants in one!
Submitted Monday, June 9, 2008 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

Here is another fine East Van Asian diner, the Gourmet Castle! Most interesting because you can get Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean food in one place. I've never had the balls to have the sushi though. Another odd thing is you can get grilled steaks with spaghetti as well, I've never had the cajones to try these either.

This restaurant is your typical get in, feed your gut and get out Asian diner that seems to be on every block in Vancouver. I like the Terriyaki chicken hot plate, the Vietnamese spring rolls and the spicy Wonton. They have been exactly the same for the last 8yrs that I have been eating here.

All in all I recommend the Gourmet Castle and continue to go there myself.

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Uncle Fatih's Pizza1685 Broadway East, Vancouver
Gut fill
Submitted Monday, June 9, 2008 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

If you are thinking that this might be your next stop on the holy grail of quality pizza in Vancouver, well you probably want to keep driving. This is a 1.50 pizza slice joint and nothing more. It is what it is, they have a high traffic spot with quick and cheap pizza slices ready to go. The superior taste of their product isn't the reason for their success, and yes they are selling a LOT of pizza. Interestingly the pizza is exactly the same as the Pizza Garden on lower Commercial which makes me think one or the other was owned by the same owner at one time.

At any rate I'm not down on this pizza joint, it's a 1.50 pizza slice joint and it does fine for what it is, just don't go expecting the finest pizza in Vancouver.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
I agree
Submitted Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

I've enjoyed Lombardo's for quite some time and my experience mirrors the previous two reviews. Great calamari, very tasty thin crust pizza and friendly yet indifferent service.

It's definitely not a huge restaurant and it can really get busy at times and it is a bit odd being in the corner of a small mall but the bottom line for me is the tasty food. Every time I've had a pizza it's been great, I'm almost (but not quite yet) ready to crown this the best pizza in Vancouver. Calamari is outstanding. Very strangely the pasta dishes I've had have always been rather meh.

Service on the other hand always is a bit odd. The waitresses always seem to be friendly enough but it always seems forced and I can say that I've never had a really attentive or excellent service experience at this restaurant. I've never had "bad" service at Lombardos' either. Ok, I don't know how to express what the service is like, try it out and maybe you will experience what I'm trying to explain.

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Andiamo's Pizza & Pasta20726 Lougheed Hwy, #1, Maple Ridge
I find it much better than Ok.
Submitted Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

I find myself out in Maple Ridge every once in a while and have had take out pizza from Andiamo's probably 5 or 6 times. I really like it, their pies are thick, loaded with toppings and a lot of cheese. Everytime I've had one I've been very happy with the taste. Not much else to report other than it's a quality pizza.

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Han Woo Ri5740 Imperial St., Burnaby
Bul Go Gee - Yes!
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

I have often seen this Korean restaurant on the corner of Imperial and Kingsway but never made the effort to stop. I enjoy Korean food and I'm happy that a friend finally dragged me to this fine restaurant.

Others have mentioned that the food is great but the service is not, well my experience is that the food is indeed very good and the service is a bit scattered but it wasn't a problem for us. I can imagine at peak hours that it might be a bit of a gong show in there but even though it was busy with a waiting list at 9PM at night the service actually was fine.

We had the Shabu Shabu and Bul Go Gee and highly enjoyed both. Both dishes had generous portions, the Shabu Shabu is pricey but they definitely gave enough for the price. I look forward to trying the bbq dishes that you cook at your table. As an aside because you do cook the food at your own table the restaurant smells delicious but if you want to avoid food smells in your clothes this might be a place to avoid. Some prolific reviewers on this board do washroom cleanliness reviews and I'll continue that tradition mainly because I was surprised at how clean the restroom was.

At any rate if you like Korean or looking to try something different give this establishment a go.

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Boonie's BBQ & Soul Food6150 176th Street, Surrey
Memphis Blues Killer
Submitted Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

It's been my experience that here in Vancouverland genuine bbq and soul food are a very rare commodity. Vancouverland people are genuinely starved for bbq, hence the popularity of Memphis Blues (despite it's indifferent staff and basically, basic quality of bbq). Well I'm here to tell you that a genuine soul food shack has opened up in CLOVERDALE in the CURLING RINK of all places!!

The location is in a way hilarious, I had to give it 5 stars because the food is so good that the ambiance just is totally irrelevant. When you walk through the back doors of the curling rink you really wonder if you have found the right place, but soon enough the comforting smokey aroma comes your way and you feel that you are close to heaven.

Deep Fried Chicken wings with a special seasoning salt - awesome.

Plate of ribs, real mac and cheese, beans and rice and cornbread - AWESOME

Did I mention that the above mentioned rib plate was only 10 bucks!

The cornbread is to die for, no one else in town can even come close.

You won't be sorry you tried this place out, clearly the chef has soul food deep in his bones, something no other restaurant in town has.

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Dallas Pizza593 East Broadway, Vancouver
Still Open, Not closed
Submitted Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 1:16am [Dine in]

The previous poster is incorrect, Dallas is still open on Broadway, they closed their other restaurant on Commercial Drive.

I've been going to this little hole in the wall for years for their lamb souvlaki which imho is quite good. I've had quite a good roast lamb dinner from this take out joint as well. Dallas is a small take out place that has a few small tables to sit and down your take out dinner if you can't wait to take it home, their is no ambiance other than being in a slightly colourful part of town but for quick and fairly cheap for what you get I rate their lamb highly.

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Choppers Diner2545 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
Not totally overun by the Bon's crowd
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 12:01pm [Dine in]

I've been meaning to try Choppers for quite a while now, it's located in a spot that has been pure carnage for many a former restaurant owners dreams, in other words it's one of those locations that seems to have a jinx on it. It seems like Choppers is beating the jinx and thriving.

After reading the reviews here I was looking forward to a excellent breakfast, I almost had one. It's been my experience that breakfast reviews seem to be the most subjective, for instance if you read the reviews of Bon's on Broadway on this site you would think that the meals served there were the second coming of Christ but I think the place just serves low quality gut fill. I ordered the Choppers breakfast, eggs over medium, bacon, hash browns and brown toast. Eggs were perfect, bacon was quality but a bit greasy, nice thick pieces of toast (no jam was offered or even on the table which in my books is lame for a breakfast joint) and then we have the hash browns. The hash browns had a nice tasty spice added to them, the trouble was they were totally soggy. Yup, the hash browns killed it for me, I think they should be crisped up on the griddle and they weren't and this ruined the breakfast for me. Sorry to say Choppers but I think Bert's on Main St serves a much better breakfast.

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On Lok Restaurant2010 E Hastings, Vancouver
World Class Unfriendliness
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

If you have ever been to On Lok the one consistent thing is the unbelievable sourness of the lady that works behind the cash register there. I really have never met any one as bitter or pissed off as this person, I would like to suggest to her to stop drinking the vinegar shooters during work. Going in on a rainy day is an excercise in walking on ice as the floors are so greasy it's almost comical . On another note the ladies serving are all quite nice, I've known them for years and they have always been friendly to me. The bottom line is On Lok is the place in my neighbourhood for solid gut fill, it's not the tastiest, cheapest or cleanest place but for quick, relatively cheap and easy it's "one" of the places in East Van to go to.

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Won More Szechuan Cuisine1184 Denman, #201, Vancouver
My favorite for Chinese
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 3:07am [Dine in]

I've been going to the Won More for at least 10yrs, I live on the other side of town but this place is my absolute favorite for Chinese food.

Whenever I go I have the kung pao chicken (outstanding), green beans with garlic and scallion pancakes. I never leave disappointed, as an added bonus the staff have always been friendly which is a rare commodity in most Chinese restaurants in Vancouver.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
How not to treat a customer
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 2:54am [Dine in]

After wanting to try out the HSG for quite some time I finally got the chance on Jul 11. Our server seemed a bit indifferent, but it was a very hot night and like everyone, sometimes it's hard to be at the top of ones game at all times. Little did I suspect how much of an off night he was going to have.

We ordered crab cakes and a gorgonzola fondue as our appetizers, the fondue was quite good, the crab cakes, well not so much. Frankly we took one bite of the crab cake and didn't proceed any further, if something tastes off there is no way I'm going to chance it. Our waiter decided not to ask if there was something wrong with a dish that was barely eaten, good job waiter! After another 45 mins my main course arrived which was suppose to be a rib steak, the waiter walked up and said, "hey our kitchen made a mistake, instead of the regular rib eye, they did a blackened rib eye, will that be OK? If it is I will buy you a drink". I was thinking to myself how about you give me the steak, you know the one you guys screwed up and made me sit here 45 mins for, but by this time I just wanted my meal so I said yes, the steak was good but not what I ordered.

What was suppose to be a fun night out at a restaurant I was looking forward to trying turned into a shambolic event and I won't recommend or return to this establishment. I wrote a similar review on a local blog that the owner of the restaurant read and to his credit he asked me to contact him which I did. Over the phone he listened to what happened and explained his side of the story. He asked me for my address and said he would "do something for me". Well unfortunately he totally dropped the ball and never did anything so basically I'm not even sure why he asked me to call.

What he should have done is invited me down to the restaurant for a couple of on the house steaks and taken care of a customer that spent his hard earned money at his establisment and had a crappy experience.

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