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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
First time ordering take-out from here
By coopb34 of Buranby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 2:20pm [Take-out]

There are times when I like to go unconventional and go for something completely out of the blue, and then there are days when I settle for a simple, predictable meal. This restaurant falls into the second category. Nothing wrong with that, but in a city like Vancouver where the number of asian/indian restaurants are too many to count, I figured restaurants would want to stray for the norm and stand out. I rarely order take-out, but when my preferred choice for Indian restaurant wasn't available, I ordered take out from here.

Food came rather quickly, I didn't have to wait much after making my order. I have not eaten here, so this is solely my experience from their take-out. For starters I had samosas. Presentation was great. A little big for my taste, but crispy, so great. The chicken tikka was a tad bit spicy for my liking and I had to pass it with naan and the other dish I ordered, palak paneer. Thankfully it was not a spicy second dish.

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Nero Belgian Waffle Bar1703 Robson St, Vancouver
Always a treat
By coopb34 of Buranby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

This place is a treat; I wonder why hardly anyone has reviewed it before. I mean, when I go it always packed, despite its poor service. Yes. The current owners are quite rude people, and one would think that that would be enough to repel customers. But no, they must be doing something right, as people keep on coming. Like myself.

This is only because of their Belgian waffles. I've been to other places where they claim to have belgian waffles but they simply don't come close. There is a variety of waffles you can choose from, and you can then also choose how you would like them made: brussels or liege style. I prefer the brussels as they are more crispy, and with fruit and whipped cream, they are beyond amazing.

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Rangoon1602 Yew Street, Vancouver
First time for Burmese food
By VJB of abbotsford (155 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 9:20am [Dine in]

We wanted to try something different for dinner and so we went to Rangoon for Burmese food. It’s located in Kitsilano. It has a nice outdoor patio. I found the inside of the restaurant to be not very well lit and so for my tastes I found it to be a dull and dreary. It was very quiet on Sunday night when we were there. There was 1 couple that had just finished eating and there was only 1 other table for dinner while we were there. This is a family run restaurant and they had a couple of very young girls bringing candles to the tables and handling minor chores around the restaurant. Service was decent but certainly nothing special. After our meals were brought to the table we did not see our server again until we had finished eating. The food was somewhat disappointing. I’m sure it was well prepared but we both found our dishes lacking as far as flavour was concerned. I decided to try the pork belly with pickled mango. At first I had a hard time finding the mango but when I did find a few chunks of mango they just had a very salty taste to them. There were also large pieces of mango pit still attached. My husband had the spicy butter chicken. It was not really very spicy. Our server gave us a complimentary dish of apples and cantaloupe after our meal. My husband said he would rather have gone out for Thai food.
The prices were not too bad but we found the food to be very basic and lacking any distinctive flavours. The entrees come with grilled vegetables and buttered rice or buttered mashed potatoes.
I have to agree with my husband’s assessment. We should have gone out for Thai food instead. This was our first experience with Burmese food and for us it was not as appealing as other Asian cuisines.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Came here twice: 1) Bachelorette party and 2) Anniversary
By kitsl of surrey (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:50am [Dine in]

I've been here twice. The first time was for a bachelorette party back in May and the second time was Sept 26. Both times have been great. I have had exceptional customer service both visits. The first time, our waiter was also the bartender, and while he was doing two jobs at once, he was very attentive to our group. Additionally, he gave us several shots for free in celebration of my friend's last day as a single woman.

The second visit was for my anniversary with my boyfriend. We had our reservation for 7 and were seated within five minutes. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. Our drinks were brought to us in a timely manner. Our food was brought by another staff member, but as we sat and ate, our waiter, another staff member, and possibly the manager all came out (at different times) to see how our meals were. That may have been a bit too much, but it shows that they care.

I ordered the seafood brochettes with lobster mashed potatoes and their signature brussel sprouts, and my boyfriend got the spaghetti and meatballs. The pasta came with a white sauce with goat cheese and four large meatballs in tomato sauce - I would recommend both of these dishes. For the bachelorette night, I also got the seafood brochettes but some other dishes that stood out was the crab gnocchi and short rib pasta. The only issue I had was that my sangria was more sugary than I expected.

If you are here for a date night, I would recommend it. I've read some stories about large parties and their negative reviews, so it seems like if you are in Glowbal Grill for an intimate night, you'll get taken care of well, but if you're here with a large group, you'd be waiting for hours. I haven't been here with a big group, but I've been to Italian Kitchen (owned by the same company) and the wait was ridiculously long for larger parties.

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Joe's Grill1031 Davie Street, Vancouver
When I go into an establishment for a sit down meal, I expect full service.
By ratedrrockstar of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

My partner and I went to Joe's Grill for a late breakfast a couple of weeks ago. I've never been terribly impressed with the place, but you get big portions for a decent price. The food was okay, but not stellar, and the service (up until the end) was also not bad. I couldn't finish my omelet right then and there, so I thought I would ask to have it packed up to take home with me to have later. The waitress said sure, went away, then came back a minute later and tossed a plastic container on our table, then walked away again! Uhhhh, what?? Now, I'm not sure if restaurants nowadays have changed policies on this, but when a customer asks for a meal to be packed up to go, someone EMPLOYED BY THE RESTAURANT does this, NOT the customer. I was so put off by it and the lack of customer service, I decided to just leave it behind. The food and ambiance isn't good enough for me to ever want to go back to this place.

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Savoy Pub258 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Karaoke, yummy drinks and good people
By Melantha R of Vancouver BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

Do not leave East Hastings without having visited Savoy Pub! I have never received a warmer welcome. Right away, it felt like I was hanging out with old friends who knew how to have a good time. LOVED the cheap beer...After 5 of those i don't remember much. I do know that it was a great night....karaoke, yummy drinks and good people. So much fun!!!!!

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Sushi King House5333 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Our Go-To Fave!
By Kymess of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:01am [Dine in]

We might have champagne tastes, but when beer budgets rule, this mini franchise (they're connected to the one in Marpole, and have a spot in Surrey, too) is where we head.
We often did dine-in, but mostly we were take-away regulars on a weekly basis. My daughter often went independently several times a week, with the kids she nannied.
We moved away from Kerrisdale 7 years ago, but we still go to this Sushi King because we find its hard to beat the value they offer. The fish is fresh, humongous as has been stated many times, decently prepared. Plus, they still remember us!! We're always greeted by a very friendly team (and sometimes they would bring us little 'extras' while we'd wait for our to-go order, like mini seafood salad, lychees, kumquats!)
These guys are our all-time favourite non-Japanese-run Go-To sushi place!

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Pizzeria Barbarella654 E Broadway Street, Vancouver
Pizza crawl third stop
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (57 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:32am [Dine in]

So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl of three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Nicli and Campagnolo). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
Nice room in east van...very handy. Great selection of craft brews and friendly staff AND th best prices of the three by far! The Margherita was cooking in a gas fired domed oven.....so not really pizza napolitana here. That being said...it was delicious albeit smothered in waaaay too much cheese! te purist n me scowled but everyone else loved it. The second pizza bear mention, it was a "in bianco" (no sauce) creation of pancetta and Brussels sprout leaves and it was the best pizza of the night! 100% will be back. IMHO this place is one of the better values around however for REAL pizza none of these three (except maybe Nicli) can match Tevere or even Bibos.

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
Pizza crawl...second stop
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (57 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:24am [Dine in]

So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl f three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Nicli Antics and Barbarella). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
To be fair, this isn't strictly a pizza place, there pastas looked amazing! good thing to....I don't know how this was voted one of "the best" as the oven is a conventional one you'd find at any pizza joint!
The Margherita wasn't up to par...they uses tomato sauce instead of fresh...the cheese was almost nonexistent and almost no basil! The second was a fennel sausage and arugula. Better but really, the sausage was almost non existant. I steer clear of this place for pizza but I il be back to try their pasta!

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria62 East Cordova, Vancouver
Pizza crawl...first stop
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (57 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:15am [Dine in]

So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl of three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Campagnolo and Barbarella). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
The margherita was SPOT ON!! WOW! perfect crust from a wood oven, the right mozzarella fresh tomatoes and basil. The other was a pesto bacon affair memorable only because of the house smoked bacon but great anyhow. This was the most expensive of the three places for beer/wine and pizza. beautiful room in a funky hood. Service was adequate. IMHO it rates as tied for first on this trip with Barbarella. I still prefer Tevere pizza overall, too bad we were too full to visit that night!

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Slow and spicy
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

Someone recommended me this place for good Indian food, so I expected it to be top-notch, at the least. First of all, I had to wait an excruciating amount of time to get a table. And to make matters worse, we were only two people waiting for a table.
When we finally got a table, we ordered out appetizers and drinks. Then, it was another wait…for our actual food. When I told the waiter he made a face like if he had forgotten or something. The meal starts to get expensive when you start to order sides and drinks. The lamb vindaloo was too spicy for me. I had ordered medium, so I don’t know why it was so hot. The prawns were okay in terms of taste and size. The matter paneer was too much sauce for me and so I had to give it to my friend to finish. In their defense, their breads were really good (naans).

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49th Parallel Coffee Roasters Cafe2902 Main Street, Vancouver
And I don’t even like coffee
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

I do not consider myself much of a coffee person but I loved the coffee and service offered here in 49th. Their Venezuelan coffee was fresh and didn’t taste anything fabricated, like in many other coffee shops popping up here and there. The baristas know their stuff, which made me fall over for a cup. Their lattes also looked pretty good. I also indulged in some donuts (peanut butter and jelly in case you were wondering), on insistence of a friend, and found them delicious. Making the line was worth it! Before leaving I even bought an extra pair Lucky donuts to take home. Caution though, they were a bit expensive! But worth trying.

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Junsei River Japanese Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
Do not eat here ever!
By JODEEN of Squamish B.c. (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:12am [Dine in]

The worst sushi and customer service! My 1st time eating here....order the veggie combo. When it came to my table it looked like it had been sitting on the plate for days. The veggies were dark. Ate 3 rolls and sent it back. Could not believe they even served it. They should be ashamed serving sushi like that! Told them I was not going to eat it and did not want anything else. Felt sick. The waitress came back and told me the manager said I still had to pay for my meal. Was shocked. I never complain at restaurant so for this to happen was terrible. Everyone beware of this place. They treat their customer like shit. The worst experience I have had at a restaurant and I travel all over the world.

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Gyoza Bar + Ramen622 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Opening night...anyone else want to chime in?
By ravingfoodie of downtown, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

It's been a while since I've done a review but needed to get this out there for my fellow Gyoza and Ramen aficionados.

Went to opening night and was prepared to deal with the hiccups but was also expecting to be blown away because of the hype of great Gyoza and Ramen! DISAPPOINTED!

I understand the chef and owners are so proud of their hand crafted noodles but I really don't think the noodles match the broth, especially with the heavier Tonkotsu base. Traditionally, it should be served with a thinner noodle to offset the thicker soup. The noodles is probably more suited for "Yakisoba" I also sampled their signature Kaisen Tomato Ramen. Sorry GB+R, this was only "meh". Again, noodles were a bit on the thick side it can be more simply described as a bouillabaisse with noodles. $17.00!

Teppan Gyoza was basically flavorless and definitely lacking some seasoning I brought this to the attention of one of the hosts. They, too, admitted the filling needed some work and GB+R would be looking at adding more pork fat and other seasoning to perfect to their mixture.

I am all into being creative but their dipping sauces , I believe, need some work. Perhaps , including a dipping sauce with rice vinegar?

Hopefully, it was just a case of "opening" night jitters.

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RO Sushi678 West Broadway, Vancouver
oh so ....ordinary
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (94 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 8:25am [Dine in]

I've gotten take-out from here many times because it's convenient. But nothing special to report here. It's the same as the hundreds of other so-called sushi places in Vancouver. If you're a sushi expert, you should try Ajisai, Kilala, Kibune, or the other authentic ones. If you're not too concerned about quality and want quantity at good price, than the Sushi Special might be for you - $6 for 18 pieces.

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Slocan Restaurant2715 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good spot for a bite when you are in the area
By Yukon Cornelius of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 15, 2014 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

Good spot for burgers, sandwiches and beers. Portions are good. The food is fresh and doesnt come with any pretenses. The hot and cold sandwich options are where I always end up at but the menu is pretty extensive and they do a pretty good brunch menu that goes along great with a caesar.

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Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant2991 East Broadway, Vancouver
Good authentic Mexican food!
By Yukon Cornelius of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

This place is in my neighbourhood and it has never failed to impress. A first visit might make you think that the wait time is a bit long but I have learned time and time again that the reason for the wait? They make FRESH food everytime. For instance... most Mexican restaurants scoop tortilla chips out of a bag. At this place the make them fresh! What a great idea! The tortilla soup is a great dish. chicken stock and fresh tortillas all seasoned perfectly. They use the real Mexican style cheese not shredded mozza out of a bag. The nachos are priced for 1 person but enough for 2 people. Its not a big place and sometimes the TV is playing Mexican soap operas a little too loud... but wow do they ever do wonders in that kitchen. Muy bien!

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Old Ginger514 W Broadway, Vancouver
Over priced for mostly greasy noodles.
By dogsbreakfast of Vancouver (Dunbar) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

They don't care! The location is the only thing that keeps this place in operation. If it weren't for the fact that it's near a Sky train station, theere would be another coffee shop there. I wanted veggies.lots of veggies.if I wanted noodles and meat with too much oil, I would have made a point of ordering oily meat and noodles. I made a point of LOTS OF VEGGIES! And for the price of a meal for two, that feed only me, I got ripped off.
They had to bring me some veggies as a side dish to make up for the lack of them in my meal. And what they brought was just oily baby boo choy.
With the ten other places near by that had far more customers inside, I messed up.
Screw the Old Ginger.

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NSCS Discovery1515 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Breakfast at the Jericho hostel
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (54 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 6:53am [Dine in]

We popped into the Discovery Café downstairs at the Jericho Youth Hostel for breakfast while scootering around the area on a sunny Saturday morning. Ordered the corn beef hash for me and the others got Chuckwagon breakfasts. Coffees was rich and we enjoyed a couple cups while we waited about 40 minutes for meals. There were only a couple other tables occupied so I don't know why it took so long but we weren't in any rush.

The corned beef hash was excellent...real corned beef (texture like pulled pork) with roast potatoes, onions and red peppers seared up with two soft poached eggs and hollandaise on top. The Chuckwagons were scrambled eggs, sausage patties, bacon, hash brown potatoes and a dish of baked beans. Each breakfast came with an enormous wedge biscuit with butter and jam. Lots of delicious food. Bill for three people was $42 including a tip. We'd definitely come back for breakfast and now we're wondering what lunch/dinner would be like.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Came in not really expecting much...
By jsmoore of Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

I have only been here once but I already LOVED this place. The restaurant doesn’t look like anything special from the outside, but when you try the food, you will realize it’s good.

Thankfully, we had a reservation so did not have to wait (Tip #1: get a reservation!). Once we were seated, at first I was undecided on whether I should order samosas or pakoras, as I am a huge fan of both, so the waiter suggested I try the Mixed Platter. It came with samosas and pakoras together, and could serve two people for a price of $10. I also had dal turka (dark lentils) with rice pulao. Lastly, I had yogurt called raita and a crispy cracker called pappadum for $2 each. Was impressed with everything I ate! The food was amazing and SOO GOOD. Seriously, Akbar’s must have some of the best Indian food in town, if not THE best!

All the restaurant workers that we interacted with were very polite and well mannered. Our waiter was very thoughtful, making sure we were comfortable and giving us good suggestions when asked.

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