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yg1999vancouverSince October 14, 20078 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2 (1.9)
  • Value1.5 (1.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

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Displaying 1 - 8 of 8 Reviews Found
YEW Restaurant + Bar791 West Georgia, Vancouver
Soooo Stingy
Submitted Monday, November 23, 2009 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

This is the second time we went to Yew. The first time was for a rather uninspired but adequate, if not overpriced lunch. This time it was for breakfast. What a joke! We are a regular at a number of hotels for breakfast and brunch and, in comparison to the best in town, Yew clearly took the cake for taking minimalism to a new height. A sad piece of tomato, a few nuggets of potatoes augmented yet again by an uninspired dish of eggs benedict (yes, I do know what it's supposed to look like) was presented all for the amazing price of $16.

There is no question that the decor and overall ambiance cries out "hip" and cool, but the food borders on ludicrous in terms of poor value, lack of creativity, and just sheer stinginess. Don't get sucked in! This is unacceptable bilking.

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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
What's happened to West?
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

West has enjoyed accolades for some time, consistently ranked amongst the top restaurants in Vancouver. I have been one of those who have joined the gourmand crowd in singing its praises and have often made it the first port of call for guests when they are in town. But of late, there have been rumblings that it has fallen from its secure five-star perch. A recent visit confirmed – at least in my mind - just why.

Overpriced and pretentious first course selections, nestled in over-sized plates, lacked substance, quantity and distinctive creativity. A fish tartar comprised of negligible amounts of fish failed to impress. A miniscule bowl of cold zucchini soup was bland and uninspiring. A main course of Tuna, was comprised of three tiny pieces of tuna, one overcooked, on a bed of Asian greens with a piece of turnip: this, all for the unbelievable price of $39. A special-of-the-day bouillabaisse was lauded by the waiter as being out of this world, and overflowing with luscious seafood. In the end, a few pieces of seafood, punctuated with a disconnected bouillabaisse-style sauce was tasty but far from out of this world. For dessert, a custard crepe which sounded like an impressive creation, ended up being a gummy pancake with mango strips that are typically used to adorn mango cakes.

To say that our experience was a disappointment would be an understatement. Service was, arguably, solid but everything else points to a restaurant that is riding on its reputation, quietly bilking its patrons, and destined for a crash unless someone steps in to reclaim it previous grandeur. As my guests and I left, we were not just unhappy, but angry for having paid for overpriced and insignificant food that left us still hungry.

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Marina Restaurant1327 Beach Dr., Victoria
Nice Buffet overshadowed by Immature Service
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

We attended the Sunday buffet, which has become somewhat of a Victoria institution. Food was better and more varied that I last resemember and the place was humming the day we dined. Unfortunately, a young waiter with immature skills made our stay less than perfect. When we requested additional items for our table; a re-fill, sugar, cream; etc, he always smiled and acknowledged our request but consistently failed to deliver. When we finally pinned him down and said we would all like some apple juice, he arrived with one apple juice. A nice guy but smile alone does not cut it. Fighting for what we needed made things laughable rather than enjoyable.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant4920 No. 3 Road, #102, Richmond
Loud and Poorly Serviced
Submitted Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

A recent Dim Sun experience proved to be more dim than sun. While the staple dishes appeared with regularity, they were very mainstream and rather uninspiring compared to the recent crop of dim sun offerings that are emerging at other restaurants these days. However, it was the service that made this less than enjoyable, often characterized by a Cacophony of black-suited minions racing up down the place performing a re-enactment of a Chinese Fire drill. But other than create noise and an unpleasant distraction, this overdose of waiters did nothing to add to any form of personalized service or interest beyond whether we were finished so the next group of paying customers.

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Five Sails Restaurant999 Canada Place, Suite 410, Vancouver
Great food; awful service
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 2:05pm [Dine in]

Our recent meal at the Five Sails came at the tail-end of a number of Dine Out Vancouver stints. When all was said and done, the meal at the Five Sails was clearly the winner of all the other Dine Out Menus we had tried. Food was delicately presented and care had clearly been put into the fabulous sauces. Wine pairings were also on target and not unreasonably priced. Unfortunately, not all was worthy of accolades. In particular, from the moment we changed our reservation to the service we received at the table, personnel seemed impatient bordering on being annoyed. While they executed their duties effectively, there was little interaction and an overall sense of disinterest. Had it not been for the pleasant demeanor of the manager, we were, at one point, ready to bolt as the waiter rolled his eyes because one of us could not give him a menu choice immediately. I'm not sure what's going on here, but it almost appeared like there were underlying labour issues. Would I go back? Yes, for the food. But next time I'll be very vocal if I have to put up with this patronizing behavior again. After all, aren't WE the customers?

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Jang Mo Jib1719 Robson Street, Vancouver
Godd food; everthing else unremarkable
Submitted Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

Good Korean food is overshadowed by an incredibly disinteresed staff, booming music which is clearly meant to get you out as quickly as possible, and an ambience that is one step removed from your grandmother's outdated kitchen. It has its moments but it has so much more potential.

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Shanghai River Restaurant7831 Westminster Hwy., #110, Richmond
Comical service
Submitted Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

Even in China, service is not this bad. When a trolley of dishes kept banging into our table and I commented to the waiter, the response was that 'this is a Chinese restaurant'.

Great food but unless they get control of and train their staff, they are destined for trouble over time. and that's not just me; that's the word on the street!

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Nu1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Pretentious
Submitted Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

Small portions that pretend to be more than they really are are punctuated with a few winners. Overall, though,the food is overpriced and generally lacking in substance. Come back to earth, guys, and offer food that is not so gimicky.

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