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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
Never again!
By Gotmygrooveback of Maple Ridge, B.C (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

I have been to this place a few times - usually ordering the same dish "spicy drunken noodle" which is usually pretty good. I would say this place is a 'hit and miss' kind of establishment for food and service. This time I opted for a coconut milk soup that was really delicious, however, I wasn't able to keep it with me for the 2 block walk back to the office.... Once bitten, twice shy. The friend I was with had Pad Thai and said that it tasted like ketchup...

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Mom's Grilled Cheese TruckHowe & West Georgia, Vancouver
Honestly, I don't see what all the hype is about
By Gotmygrooveback of Maple Ridge, B.C (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 1:12pm [Take-out]

I tried this Mom's Grilled Cheese lunch truck today for the first time after hearing rave reviews since the 'truck' fad started downtown. I don't get it. It was okay - just that. OK. The tomato soup was ok - I prefer a creamier soup without all the tomato bits in it but it was still just OK. I had a sourdough with swiss. I didn't think anything could ever have too much cheese, but I couldn't finish the sandwich - I was actually starting to feel a bit sick. I'm not 100% sure, but the cheese may have been processed - it had that look to it. The chips in the bottom of the cone were stale too. I'm not ready to write this place off just yet, but I think I'll peruse a bit before returning.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Always a fun place to eat
By rivers of Montreal / Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

Every time I am in Vancouver, Las Margaritas is my go-to place. I come here frequently for the really good Mexican food. They offer good prices for healthy, wholesome, richly flavored food. The Chimichanga and the Pollo Loco are by far my favorite dishes. This is not the place to take family or kids, so leave them behind! My friends like to hanging out here for drinks and a little something to eat, like the tortilla chips with the best salsa I’ve ever tried. The ambience is loud and cheerful, and the staff is so welcoming. Highly recommended.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Large group Indian dinner
By rivers of Montreal / Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

Arguably the best Indian food in the area. For a starter, I highly recommend the samosas. All the appetizers are great but in my opinion the samosas are excellent and the best they have. The tandoori fish was great. For dessert, I had the mango cheese cake and enjoyed it fully.

Handi is a place that truly offers authentic Indian food and is true to the cuisine. I went with a large group (11 people) and none of us had any complaints. Even the kids had a great time, who are definitely hard to please. We were all impressed with all the dishes on the table.

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Peninsula Seafood Restaurant650 West 41st Ave, Unit 140, Vancouver
Catered to the Nouveau Riche of China
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (43 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:43am [Dine in]

I eat lots of dim sum. High end, low end, family oriented, fast food, buffet, you name it, I've ate it.

The one thing that is absolutely important with dim sum, and like most other cuisines, is technique plus value in the end.

Do you think you got your money's worth?

No I do not. From food to service to bill, the only thing this place had going for them were utilities, utensils and decor.

Peninsula is a 1 year old restaurant, opened up in Oakridge mall to cater to the wealthy young chinese of vancouver. They have VIP rooms with minimum spending and all of their menu items are 30% higher than Kirin (Very well known and respected same category restaurant in Vancouver)

What is ironic is, the design of this restaurant is heading for modern, high end luxurious dining and yet, they put a huge 9 feet wall LED TV right in the center back of the restaurant. It kills the mood and the ambiance.

Now onto the service. All waiters are young and novice in training. You do not use novice, inexperienced waiters in a restaurant with such pricing caliber - it's an insult to the patrons.

You order something, they forget it - even something as simple as ice water.

The menu had sushi and they weren't even high end - they were sushi you can get in a food court. This should raise alarm bells for you. A sushi menu in a restaurant that is trying representing authentic cantonese / guangdong dim sum etc? I say trying because they even failed at that in terms of their predecessor.

Now onto menu and food. The names of the dishes were not very traditional but you could tell what they were. For good or worse, this wasn't the worst part.

The worst part was the skills execution. We ordered alot and we paid alot. at over 700.00, we ordered a total of 3 dishes (king crab, pork ribs, oysters in shells) and around 10 smaller dim sums.

This sort of ordering would cost only 400.00 or so at Kirin and made much better.

- king crab: was flat in flavor, a big disappointment. it felt like they killed the crab awhile ago than served it when ingredients like this need to be cooked asap the moment they are killed alive.

- pork ribs: was 80% FAT. they should call it fat ribs.

- taro / radish cakes x 2: nothing special, just taro hash and radish combined in 2 halves

- chicken feet x 2: small, flavorless

- tendons: hard, not soft or melting in your mouth

- shrimp dumpling: this was one the only thing decent

- siu mai: small, mediocre

- pork buns: on a sizzling plate with greasy onion beddings? you'd be smart and imagine the buns would soak up all that grease instead of the reverse

- oysters: mediocre and too much black bean sauce on top

- scallop chung fen: NO SAUCE. can you believe they had no sauce for it? you had to ASK.

final verdict is this. if you are young, inexperienced and flushed with daddy's cash, come to this place. it was made for you and your money.

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Babylon Cafe1605 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Horrible Service
By welove food of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:48pm [Take-out]

This one star is not based on the restaurant, but based on the rude worker at the commercial drive location (I would give a 0 star, but 1 star is the lowest possible). Twice the husky bald worker was very rude to us. The first time we went in 30 minutes before closing, and he wouldn't serve us and rudely kicked us out saying he was closed. Today (Dec 14) we arrived at 6:30 and he was sweeping the floor and told us rudely "COME BACK 30 MINS" We asked why and he just pointed at the floor and said he was sweeping. We were surprised since 6:30 is dinner time and he turns away paying customers to sweep the floor. This is not how you run a business and have repeat customers. There is no way a customer would come back since there are so many other food establishments in the area who value their customers. We are very disappointed and will NOT be visiting this location again. The Denman location however is very polite and courteous. I would give the staff at the Denman location a 5 star review and the husky bald man at commercial drive location a big fat ZERO. Its a shame how one person can tarnish and ruin an otherwise fine dining experience.

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Lian Hong Chinese Bakery6400 Fraser Street, Vancouver
EXTRA MEAT: A dead insect in food
By akaaaedu of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 6:31pm [Take-out]

This is about a restaurant in my neighborhood, Lian Hong Chinese Bakery, 6400 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5W 3A4 .

Dec 13, 2014, around 6pm, I ordered rice and two cooked food at the above restaurant. A dead insect, most likely fly, was found attached to a piece of beef, as shown in the enclosed photo. This is not the first incident, though. Only this time I get the chance to take a good picture and bag the dead fly as evidence.

It was astonishing that the owner of the store said: "I don't care. If you have guts then report it to whatever authority, it's up to you."

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Sushiholic836 Denman Street, Vancouver
Our New Go-to Sushi Place
By doublemagnum of Coal Harbour (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2014 - 10:22am [Dine in]

Denman Street, like most of Vancouver, does not lack for small sushi restaurants. They seem to pop up like spring flowers, only to fade and disappear before you know it.
I hope that Sushiholic survives this "blossom and die" phenomenon, because it really deserves to based on quality and value.
Two recent visits have been very impressive.
The menu is apparently the same as their Broadway and Rupert location, and reviewers there have commented on the excellent array of special maki rolls. At only $7.95 their signature Awesome roll (a California roll of sorts topped with baked salmon and mounds of thin crunchy deep fried yam strings and a spiced mayo) is appealing to the eye, mouth and wallet all at the same time.
Other makis are also very well priced and extremely fresh.
Their nigiri choices include all the usual favourites, plus several seared and innovative combos. The majority are priced from $1.00 to $2.00 and the top end is about $3.00
Two of us shared a special maki roll, a regular maki, 6 pairs of nigiri and soup for $30. Great value and presentation. Many places will cover a huge lump of rice with a thin sliver of fish and call that nigiri. Sushiholic seems to go the other route - a relatively small rice ball topped with a very generous portion of fish or shellfish.
The ambiance is OK - this place has seen many restaurants come and go including Roosters Quarters if you remember that far back. There is a main dining area near the sushi bar, and a raised mezzanine area where most of the seating is.
Service is a bit slow at times, and they will need to add a second server if it starts to develop the kind of following that I think it deserves.
Give it a try, and I'll be interested to see if other reviewers opinions match mine.

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Cafe D'Afrique363 East Broadway, Vancouver
Great Ethiopian Food and Service
By artinge3 of vancouver (main) (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2014 - 9:47am [Dine in]

We ate here on a cold and rainy December night. We were welcomed immediately at the door by a nice woman who gave us our choice of seats. We had the vegetarian combo for two and some amazing, really snappy ginger beers. The food was extremely good and in large portions with unlimited bread (injera). The service was fast and the food delicious. The only thing is it was really quite in there, I hope more people discover this place to dine at.

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Bao Chau Vietnamese Restaurant2717 E Hastings, Vancouver
Average meal
By rivers of Montreal / Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

Upon recommendation by a friend I went to eat here. Instead of going by his word, I should have read the reviews beforehand.

My expectations arose as I saw that the place was not empty. And for the location it is in, with many other restaurants that also serve Vietnamese, I thought I was making a good choice.

But I was wrong. I had the spring rolls and the pho, both recommended to me. The food was average - I guess I expexted more? But what really bothered me was the low level of hygiene.

Be aware: this place is cash only.

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Donair Spot8616 Granville Street, Vancouver
Best Ever Donair
By Selective of Kitsilano BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

I had put in capitals, not to Yell as this site said but Excited to let everyone know This is The Best!

So Authentic, the most sauces and selection then any other Falafel, Donair, Shawarma place that exists! I have recommended this location to all my Friends and Family, Dr's, Dentists, etc...lol..YOU TOO! I tell it straight up, you will be 100% satisfied if you need to satisfy that craving, this place has risen the Bar so high for middle eastern food! YUM! Oh and the staff over a decade are simply amazing! Very Humble!

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Donair King1028 Davie Street, Vancouver
So Personable
By Selective of Kitsilano BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

Wow, from a Snob at Falafel King to an extremely Personable, Inviting, Kind, helpful Guy at Donair King!!!
G, ya think I should have checked out the ratings before hand, I'm obviously not the only one who has same response to both places! I've been passing up this place due to the crowds at night that are lined up in and about to satisfy their craving. So Happy I finally ended up there during the daytime and had an opportunity to devour one of the Donairs, warmed and toasted like Panini.. so delicious and I was surprised at the décor, I will definitely recommend this to everyone!!!! Yum!

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Falafel King1105 Davie Street, Vancouver
Snob Owner
By Selective of Kitsilano BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

My 75 yr old California Mom and I walked in to Falafel King at my request as hadn't tried this place yet, and will WARN OTHERS NOT TO AS WELL! Who needs this? All I asked when I observed the pickings were slim, is if he had tzatziki sauce? He was so Rude and didn't even have the courtesy to even look at us when he mumbled something about not knowing about Falafels : / really, buddy, all I can say is you copped an attitude that screams to customers to Stay Away and Not even bother. What a stuffed shirt, for what?

But as they say, another's loss is someone else's gain and now I can't wait to refer everyone who has a Falafel or Donair/Shawarma craving ...GO TO THE DONAIR KING on Davie next to Celebrities It IS KING!
and as usual it has several sauces you can choose from!

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Best Quality Sweets & Restaurant7260 Main St., Vancouver
Best Discovery ~ Best Quality Sweets
By Frankie of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

Best Quality Sweets & Restaurant is worth travelling down a few more blocks from the "main" shopping / restaurant area of Sunset Main St. This was our first experience. We bought a selection of sweets and snacks. All were fresh & flavourful. The service was quick & friendly. The value is fabulous considering the prices seem to be lower than any other place we've been to. The ambiance is not a trendy sit and linger sort in the least sense but it's very clean & casual. We are already talking about how we would like to sit in next time & take sweets to go. There was a steady flow of customers so it looked like they have regulars- this said a lot to us. So are we pleased to say this is our new go to place for sweets? YES. :)

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Mi Mary's Trattoria3188 MacDonald, Vancouver
total disaster
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

There are 2 restaurants here...one that serves brunch food and one that serves Chinese style
Northern dishes. Hence there are two chefs.

We came here on the recommendation from a friend about how good the noodles are.

It was a 40 min. Wait to get our food and the hand pulled noodles are overdone.plus it is served
In a tomato broth Which is strage

The beef roll was better but still too tough.

So much for thinking a bowl of noodles is a quick lunch . One patron left because the wait is
Too long

Needless to say they didn't get a tip.

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Lim Kee Restaurant6943 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Great Place to Dine and Great Food
By gilly23 of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 5, 2014 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

The Chicken Fried Rice and Chicken Wings are a must try. Afterwards, you can treat yourself a BUBBLE WAFFLE for dessert. They now have bubble tea which i have not tried yet. Very friendly service. I realized that they did clean up the place with new painted walls.

My friend tried the noodle soup and it was great. Portions we're very generous.

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I Sushi2568 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
yakisoba?
By mikeqwerty of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 5, 2014 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

I tried the beef yakisoba. First they didn't use the proper type of noodles and the beef was paper thin. Instead of using buckwheat noodles they used ramen. It was served in a casserole dish. It was the worst yakisoba I ever had... It was so greasy and had no taste. I tried adding some soy sauce but it was so greasy even the flavour of the soy sauce could not escape. I would highly recommend you to try this just for the experience. It's like that move Battle Field Earth... Its so bad you have to experience it for yourself.

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Red Chicken Korean Restaurant833 Bute St, Vancouver
Best Chicken in town
By kangkoo of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

I was not a big fan of Korean food.
But this place has real something special..
Marinated fried chicken.. Best pairing for beer!!
Just come and try yourself. It tastes something different from those i tried.
Other foods are decent too. It could be great place for both snack and full meal.
Here is their website for menu:
www.redchickenvancouver.com

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
Guu is amazing
By dreww_ of North Van (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

I love Guu. There is no other place I would recommend for izakayas than Guu. I used to be a regular at their original location on Thurlow but ever since I moved apartments I've had to find a new Guu to go to.

No change of taste between locations. I ordered the okonomiyaki with kimchi and it was delicious. Prices for food are low so it is really tempting to order more! I always have to stop myself. The sake is expensive though (duh) with the exception of the house sake. My favourite is the dassai.

No complaints. Even the service is great. People greet you as soon as you come in and are friendly at all times. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would!

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India Gate616 Robson St, Vancouver
Worst Indian Restaurant in Vancouver - Stay Away
By april659 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 1, 2014 - 9:21am [Dine in]

I was here just about a week ago and I had the butter chicken, naan and fish pakora. The food was stale which resulted in being sick for a few days with food poisoning. I heard from this site the good reviews however they are completely UNTRUE!!

I happen to call the restaurant last week to tell them what had happened to me and how I got sick eating their food. I had spoken to the manager, who while I was trying to tell my story he hung up on me!! Talk about poor customer service skills right there. I was completely shock at his behavior.

I called back later that evening and finally spoke to the owner when I told him about what happen he said there isn't anything he can do for me. I even suggested some sort of compensation and he refused.
I suggest no one go to this place. Very bad service at the restaurant and down right rude employees who work there.

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