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worfVancouverSince September 15, 20106 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service2 (2.2)
  • Value2 (2.2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Max's Restaurant3546 Kingsway, Vancouver
Disappointed
Submitted Monday, November 19, 2012 - 12:46am [Dine in]

I've been wanting to try Max's since they first opened and finally got the chance.
Now I've been to the *real* Max's in the Philippines so I had to try the chicken and the dessert to see how this place compared.

The family size chicken we ordered looked and tasted like it was missing something. Let me just say, it needed a lot of Banana Ketchup and I don't remember Max's Chicken in the Philippines being that bland.

We also ordered the Chicken Sisig. We were thinking about the Pork Sisig instead but the Chicken was recommended by our waitress. But boy was that mistake! It arrived and looked good, hot and fresh, but tasting it is a different story. Sisig included chicken liver which was hard and like eating rubber. My dad almost choked on it. We complained to the waitress and she said she would tell the kitchen, but we didn't get any discount on our meal.

We were interested in seeing what the -silog meals were like, and ordered the tapsilog (beef tapa, garlic fried rice and egg). The portion was pretty small for the price, but the beef was decent and the egg was cooked just right.

The only thing that saved the meal was the dessert! 2 scoops of ice cream for $2.79! AND the Halo-Halo was huge and delicious, but the ice cream scoop on top was too small (which is why we ordered the extra ice cream).

Everyone that ate there seemed to be 'dressed up'. The restaurant isn't fancy or anything, but maybe they just felt like it was a dress-up kinda place even if it felt more like a fast food place to me. Don't get me wrong, there are some really nice fancy fast food places in Asia, but at least there and especially in the Philippines, the service is outstanding! This place lacks charm and the servers need to be a bit more hospitable. Instead of just placing the dish on the table, maybe they can at least say what it is, or come back to check if we need more water...

Overall, the dishes were a bit pricey, and chicken wasn't worth it. Service needs improvement. Probably best to just go for the dessert!!

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Fleuri845 Burrard St, Vancouver
Use the Wine card for the best value
Submitted Monday, November 19, 2012 - 12:08am [Dine in]

Ok, so the only reason why we decided to try this place was because a friend kept raving about it.
The majority of people don't know, but if you sign up for the Wine card at the Sutton Wine merchant you can use it to get discounts on meals at the Sutton. Note: To sign up for the card, you need to buy a bottle of wine. The discount varies depending on the size of your party.

Now, I've been to many Hotel buffets, and I have to say that for the price (whether or not you have the wine card), I expect MUCH better service and a better selection of main dishes.

Minuses
- When we first arrived, the hostess wasn't very friendly and asked if we had a reservation. We said we didn't but still wanted a table. A few minutes later we were seated and as we walked in, I saw more than one free table. The hostess and her attitude was not appreciated.
- We had to ask several times for tea and even a hot water refill made the waiter annoyed. Think all he was interested in was filling up the juice and coffee which he kept on doing even when the glass was almost full. If we're going to be paying 50 bucks a person for a brunch, can we at least get some friendly service??
- At the buffet, some of the items were missing a serving spoon! How were we supposed to serve ourselves? I noticed other people were using spoons from other items
- Chicken was cold, not to mention dry and very hard to eat.
- Selection needs improvement- included sausage, bacon, pancakes, waffles among other things...something you can find at a free hotel breakfast buffet.
- They gave us the bill without checking if we had the Wine Card, so at first our total did not include the discount. Rude, should have checked with us first.

Plusses
-Cocktail shrimp and smoked salmon are the only items that made the buffet worth it.
- The dessert buffet which offered chocolate fondue, many little cakes and chocolate mousse.

Overall, it's definitely not worth the price if you don't have the Wine Card. But even if you do, only worth it if you really have the money to splurge and don't mind the limited selection.

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Shuraku833 Granville Street, Vancouver
Looking to try good Izakya? Look somewhere else.
Submitted Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

Having a craving for some Japanese tapas, we decided to try out Shuraku but soon regretted it.

First of all, let me say that they put a lot of effort into the presentation of the dish. However, this just makes for lengthy wait times getting orders out to the customer. Our table waited for almost an hour to get our dishes and even my simple dish of spinach gomaae arrived at the very end. I observed other tables in similar situations, one table waiting almost an hour for a small serving of tempura.

The servers did apologize numerous times that our food was taking so long but we still had to request refills on water/tea.

Sure their dishes had nice presentation, but a Gel flame to heat Sukiyaki has to be the worst idea ever. My friend ordered Sukiyaki that came in a hot plate with a gel flame underneath. I'm not sure whether they've had trouble with the gel flame before but on that day, the winds from the open door caused the flame to grow so my friend couldn't even scoop out her food with her fork for fear of burning herself.

We had to yell at the server that their was a fire at our table, before they even noticed.
It was funny watching him try to put out the flame. He thought blowing at the flame was the right thing to do (it just made the flame stronger). They eventually put it out and he apologized again.

The food wasn't anything special. And actually compared to other Izakayas the prices were a lot higher at Shuraku. An order of Tuna Tataki is around $9, but $7 at Guu.

If you're looking to try a good Japanese Izakaya, stick with Guu.

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Hot Oven Pizza and Pasta5620 Hastings street, Burnaby
Was hoping for more...
Submitted Monday, May 2, 2011 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

Heard all these good reviews about Hot Oven Pizza, but after trying it for myself I was sorely disappointed.

The pizza itself was loaded with toppings and cheese, a plus. However, the pizza lacked flavor!!!! I found myself eating just to fill myself instead of enjoying it. The crust was tasteless and a little tough, I expected more after watching them rolling and kneading the dough as we waited for our meal.

Service was mediocre. Maybe they weren't used to having customers eat in, but at least smile when you serve the food, make your customers feel welcome.

We ordered a family meal: garlic bread, salad, pizza and pasta, but definitely not worth the price. The "caesar" salad was served in a large bowl and the lettuce barely covered the bottom. The lasagna was so-so, also lacking in flavor. I've had much better lasagna elsewhere (maybe it was the lack of tomato sauce) and those places actually had a knife to cut it with...

Not sure if it was the pizza, lasagna or both, but after eating at that place, friends of mine complained of upset stomaches the next day.

If you're still intrigued and want to try Hot Oven Pizza, just stick to the pizza. Seems like it's the better value. My mistake was not what I ordered, it was going there in the first place.

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Mezbaan3499 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good Eats at a Good Price
Submitted Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

First time to try the Dinner Buffet (available Sunday to Wednesday), as I usually come in for the awesome lunch.

Similar to the lunch buffet, there is a good variety of items. Aside from the delicious Tandoori Chicken, dinner offers a couple *new* dishes like Lamb Curry and Chicken Masala. As always, Fresh, Hot Naan brought to your table and unlimited Chai tea is included.

Excellent value for the price ($10.95), solid food and service!

Mezbaan is a great local restaurant! Haven't been yet? You should definitely check it out. Easy to get to location too.

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Cheesecake Etc.2141 Granville, Vancouver
Cheesecake seemed to be missing something
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

...maybe it was the crust!

This is a great date spot, nice cozy ambience.
Service could have been better. The server told us the gourmet special that night was the original cheesecake with blueberries. When we were just finishing our cheesecake, the server sat some people at the table next to us and we heard them say the special was cherries! We would have ordered that! Later we confirmed that it was indeed cherries not blueberries.

There were only a few cheesecakes to choose from compared to other dessert places.
Slices were on the small side, but they were delicious. Would have been even better with crust.

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