I had bought a groupon so thought i would try this place. I must say that the donair were really good. I had the chicken one. The person serving me did not speak english well but he understood what i wanted. It tasted really good. It was not a bad deal. They also had many specials and this would include fries and pop. Not bad for lunch. I will go back and try them again
The Peking Duck was recommended and sure enough, it did not dissappoint. How can anyone fault a well done peking duck? The wrappers had the right thickness, although they are a little small for my liking, while the duck was cut too thick, as though they counted how many people were in the party and just cut enough for one chunk of duck meat for one wrapper each. The dining experience felt somewhat budgeted and skimpy from that moment on. The rest of the food was ok, not memorable at all. I have tasted crabs done better in most other Chinese restaurants.The presentation of the steamed fish was awful, It was a mess put together to resemble a fish. So all in all, the service was allright but the kitchen has to step up on their side of the business.
The XLB was being hand made when we dined there. We were seated right away but the place is full. It is always full whenever I drive by. The consistency, texture and meat filling of the XLB was very good. The rest of the other food we ordered, hmmm, not that great, just ordinary mediocre. But overall, it was not bad at all.
Don’t go there, is a dangerous place, especially if you are young women.
On Saturday March 7, 2015evening, my daughter went out with one of her friends to have dinner at that place. The owner or employee by name John- was rude, verbally aggressive towards her, took her pursue and throw it on the ground.
Save your money and go somewhere else!
I use to like this place for their xiao long dumplings and appetizer dishes a lot instead of venturing to Richmond for Chinese food. I have to say, however, their food and service quality has declined greatly in the past year.
For starters, their food quality has declined. They seem to use MSG like no tomorrow. I've always expected MSG to some degree in Chinese food, but lately you can taste MSG and nothing else.
The main decline would be their service. Their take out service is horrible. I once waited 2.5 hours for them to deliver an order, and I only live 8min drive away. Their delivery drivers are always rude. As for restaurant service, it really turned me away. I once ordered a Szechuan chicken with spicy chili sauce, the cold appetizer. I walked in around 2:40pm and wanted to get it for dinner. As soon as I got in, the waitress had a sour face and said something in Chinese to me, which I don't understand. I quickly learned it was almost their lunch break. I thought I would order a cold dish, so they can just pack it from the fridge. I told the cashier I wanted the COLD Szechuan chicken with spicy chili sauce. She quickly typed it into the register and didn't bother saying a word to me.
I then waited and waited for 10 mins for my take out order, and to my surprise they gave me the stir fry Szechuan chicken lunch special! I told her that was not what I wanted, and she snatched the take out order from my hand and then proceeded to SCOLD at me in CHINESE! I don't speak Chinese! I'm Asian, but I'm not of Chinese ethnicity. Then she muttered under her breath in English saying I said szechuan chicken special. I was really angry at this point and told her I said i wanted the COLD Szechuan chicken, and never said anything about Lunch Specials.
She then kept talking to me in Chinese, even though I told her I don't speak Chinese already, saying I need to make up the difference. I've just about had it with them. They not only mixed up my order, but also don't respect their customers. Just because I'm Asian doesn't mean I'm Chinese. She didn't even apologize for her mistake.
I will definitely never go back to this place again. I ended up throwing out the Cold szechuan chicken because all I can taste was the MSG and no chicken flavour. If they keep this up, they won't last for long. There are other better Chinese restaurants out there. Next time I will go to Richmond and not waste my money at this racist place.
I have no idea why this place has received good reviews. Worse Indian take-out I have ever had.
My husband and I grew up with Indian food, and love it -- BUT this place is just awful. We tried Mirchi because it seemed to have good reviews, but regretted it the moment we opened the containers. The naan were burnt, and the palak/saag paneer was burnt. The curries were swimming in grease. The butter chicken wasn't terrible, but did not taste anything like butter chicken should; also, it was wayyyy too spicy. The chicken vindaloo didn't taste anything like a chicken vindaloo. The butter chicken container was less than half full. When we called the restaurant to say that the dishes didn't seem right -- some were burnt, others kind of empty -- we were cut off and told that is how they make it, good-bye! The service was even worse than the food. Very disappointed. Never again.
Looked at reviews on Yelp and Urbanspoon and decided to give this place a try. This had to be the worst Indian takeout I've had in my life. Ordered the butter chicken and it was gross - congealed tomato sauce and a few bits of chicken. The sauce tasted like it had vinegar which made it sour. Also tried the saag paneer and it was swimming in oil with overlooked and dried paneer pieces. The chicken Vindaloo was from thigh meat and very chewy. The naan were burnt. Paid $40 for this and threw it away after a few bites. Will never go here again.
The food here is absolutely delicious! Flavors are incredible! Its certainly a treat to visit Crackle Crème (pun intended). I also love the way the place has been decorated. The style is sleek, modern, and clean. Although it is not extravagant, it feels a bit sophisticated yet refreshing. The café is small so don’t go with a large crowd, but it’s never too busy so the small space is not a problem even if you go with just one more person.
One of my buddy's been raving about this place for years about how good the pizza is here and has been yappen we should get out there one day. HOLD IT......mind you I have not told him I've been here eons of times .... back in my Britannia High School days. And that day has come after filling out sports action tickets on friday..we decided to make a pit stop over here at 6pm.
Parking is everywhere around commercial.....parking meters to the front and side of the restaurant (just remember no parking on rush hours on commercial weekdays or you get TOWED) or on the side streets were there are free 2 hours spots. Anyways...the place looks the same...time warp back to the mid-1980s even-though this place has been around since 1973 from what I remember...Italian/Greek garden setting....definitely needs a new update. The place was half full and we got seated right away by the waitress.
After checking the menu, I ordered an appy of calamari and my old school favorite...a medium pepperoni plus iced tea. My buddy ordered the large No.15 pepperoni, bacon and mushroom plus a coke. My appy with tzatziki dip arrived in about 10 minutes.....excellent....crispy on the outside and super tender on the inside...plus you get both body and tentacles!! In about another 10 minutes..our pizzas arrived. Verdict....nothing has changed...same great retro style crust ( not thin like the Italian neapo style..more like medium crust) , same zippy sauce, loads of cheese and pepp...just like I remembered it!! I tried one slice of my buddy's No.15. Pretty good as well...but the bacon is more like back bacon then the usually bacon. Anyways...after 4 slices I was stuffed and my buddy had only 3 slice left of his tray!! Holy smokes but then again he's an ex-Saint Mary Huskies Offensive Lineman and I'm not!!
Overall, the food was fine. Leftovers was a must. Service was solid and she checked several times if you wanted anything else...If you wanted ice water...2 cups plus a pitcher of ice water ( got that as well). My cost was about $27 with tip and my buddy's tab was about $23 bucks with tip. Prices are inexpensive as compared to other places around commercial. Will definitely be back to try out more kickin it old school comfort food!!
My girlfriend and I came here a little after 1 pm on a Wednesday and had no trouble getting a seat. We found this place while passing by Broadway and trying to settle on a good place to get some lunch. When we arrived, there were already a couple of tables occupied which was an encouraging sign. We both decided to get the lunch specials: a curry of your choice accompanied by rice, naan and a salad. For $11.00, it is not bad. The fact that we got to choose from a variety of options for lunch was good. I went for the lamb curry and the GF choose the butter chicken. Good choices both. As promised we got the best bang for our buck, and it was so tasty. This is yet another great Indian restaurant with delicious food. I’ll definitely go back for lunch one day and maybe even try more of their dishes later on for dinner.
Went for a coffee and dessert on sunday afternoon. Coffee was good but ordered Tiramisu and it was not good at all. It was frozen and was told by the server to let it warm up on the table for about 5 mins. Waited for 15mins and was still frozen inside. Took it back and she warmed it up in the microwave so now the was not good at all. They would not refund my money. What a waste of $5. Will go for coffe but don't order the dessert.. Better to go to Milano coffee which is just around the corner.
We held a family special occasion here for 15 people. We ordered one of the set menus, in this case
The Don Francesco menu at 95/head (Family style platters).
The good- The service was competent and attentive, very top notch. The mains were fantastic! the platters were
Halibut,rack of lamb and osso bucco (each individual plate had the sides already on when served). The Osso Buco was the best I've ever had! Dark rich and generous! The lamb was equally well executed and the halibut was fine, portions were more than fine. Of the three pastas (Duck sausage,Farfalle with seafood and penne smoked salmon) I would have to give the nod the the smoked salmon pasta. A clear yet creamy sauce complimenting the wonderful smoked salmon. The other pastas were very very good.
Wine list was fairly extensive and fairly average price wise, they had excellent beers on tap (Stella, Peroni etc) so there were options.
The bad- The appy platters were way below the price point and quality of the rest of the meal. It consisted of Cesar salad, Deli stiffed olives and I swear salami and mortadella from what I think was the mixed "Citero" pack from costco! The seafood vol au vonts were decent but not memorable. They did some prosciutto in the platter also but I'm sure it wasn't Parma (the real thing) or enough for that matter. House bread was plentiful and delicious.
The ambiance is nicely done and the place is spacious and quite (until we got there!) they platted a cake for us at no charge and added a raspberry coulis to the cake..classy.
All in all a nice experience, would go back just for the Osso Bucco!
I asked my server about ordering 3 eggs, bacon and toast and was recommended by her to order one of the combos. The one she indicated had only two eggs and included hash-browns. I asked her if I could get three eggs and leave out the hash, after leaving the table briefly to ask about this I presume, she came back and accepted my order.
My food later came (with hash) which I didn't eat. I questioned my server about why there was still potato as I asked for it not be part of my order, her remark was "I just decided to give you them anyway." Well, that has to be the most arrogant thing I have ever heard from a server.
The real problem is her trying to scam me at the end by trying to charge me for a extra egg as well as the hash (was supposed to have been a substitution) which I never ordered and particularly did not want, and that she openly admitted to just "giving" me anyway. Scary. After insisting this should not be on the bill, the server relented and removed the extra charge.
The food (the portion that I did order) was reasonable in taste and quality, but I certainly cannot recommend this place given today's experience.
I had a Groupon coupon for the 9 course meal and decided to give it a try just because one night. I was a little adamant at first because I thought that the food would not be so good but the experience was quite the opposite. Oh and I am not going to lie, the location in the dungeon on West 4th did not give me a very good feeling. Thankfully I got the courage and went! First of all, this is one of the higher end Malay places in town, and has quickly displaced others I held in high regard. The smell as soon as you arrive is enticing and rich. The ambience is nice and cozy and the place itself can be quite easy to miss. Prices are justified with the huge sized portions they serve here. Mango salad stood out as well as the roti canai.
I organized a dinner for my boyfriends 30th birthday at Handis. I had been planning this one for a long time at another famous restaurant but then last minute changes happened and Handi was picked. My boyfriend loves Indian food so I thought it would be a good choice. Although we were not a very large party (of eight) I was still very nervous about how everything was going to turn out. Let's just say I am usually never the one who organizes things. Luckily, I informed the staff of this and they were very supportive and helpful in making sure everything would go by smoothly. Service didn't fail even once! We were a kind of loud and picky group but still the staff managed to make everyone was okay. Oh and the food was yummy and delish, esp the chicken vindaloo and samosas. Thanks guys!
My husband and I decided to try this place for Valentine's Day dinner as it was recommended as a romantic fine dining restaurant. I wish we would have spent our $400 dinner at the Keg, we would have had a much better time and had much better service! I realize that Valentine's night is a very busy night for restaurants but we had a late reservation (8:30) and our server was pushing us to order before we even had a drink in front of us! He informed us that it takes a long time to cook after he tried to get us to order for the third time. I was not told that there would be a time limit on the table and when I asked him if there was another seating after us he said "no".
There was a preset menu for $95 dollars so we already knew we would be spending over a couple hundred $ then adding cocktails and wine on top of that. We ordered our food and our cocktails came out at the same time as our appetizer. When we tried to order some wine the first 3 ones we picked they were out of, our server didn't apologize or try to recommend something different. When he went to check on the fourth bottle he finally brought one over that he recommended, since they were also out of the fourth bottle. He gave us the impression that we were actually bothering him. In fact the entire time we were there our server was very unpleasant to deal with and made us feel that we were inconveniencing him whenever we asked for things that you should just expect in a fine dining experience. The rest of the dinner went smoothly, thanks only to the support staff, until dessert.
He never asked us if we were ready for dessert, he just brought it out, never even asking us if we wanted coffee or tea. My husband stopped him as asked for an English Breakfast tea and a few minutes later our server dumped the tea off and immediately left. The tea was actually Earl Grey but my husband decided to go with it, but had to stopped another server to get some cream. This was the first time ever that we actually even contemplated not tipping a thing, although we still did because the other staff that served us was wonderful and the food was very good.
On the way out I was so upset that we spend so much on such a terrible experience I complained to the hostess on the way out, she promised me a better time and a better server if we give them another try. I believe in second chances but I'm not sure I would actually want to chance or spend the money for such a bad experience again.
When i eat chinese food, i split my judgment and reviews into 2 categories.
cateogry 1 is authentic chinese food.
category 2 is westernized chinese food.
i enjoy both categories, but when it comes to judgment, it's only fair to be specific. for dinesty, i judged it based on its authenticity because it's a restaurant that is reliant on such backgrounds and cookery. when you go to a westernized chinese restaurant, it is very apparent because you will get dishes that are mostly alien or uncommon in authentic chinese places.
anyways, to keep things "short", this place's cooking is solid and some of its dishes were quite good, especially it's small dim-sum style dishes.
for entrees, we were a bit disappointed in them because of lack of flavor and blandness.
we ordered a total of 7 things for lunch, with the bill coming to 60.00 total with tax and tip included. this to me was very reasonably priced. at 2 people for lunch, we ordered many items and had to pack at least 30% of them left over.
as for the dishes, we ordered the following:
- hot, sweet soy milk in a bowl
- chinese donut and pan fried shao bing
- crab flavored tofu
- rice cake with jie chai
- a triplet of shanghai style spring roll
- a peanut sauce, cucumber glass noodle with shredded chicken dish
- a basket of xiao long bao - soup dumplings with shrimp and vegetable stuffing
the soy milk was good and i wasn't too sure if they'd made it in-house or ordered in from central place.
my favorite was the shao-bing. it was just delicious. shao bing is kind of like puff pasty that's pan fried. you dip this in soy milk and it is absolutely scrumptious and heavenly.
crab flavored tofu used to be better during it's earlier debut days in richmond.
rice cake was bland. no flavor, not enough seasoning.
spring rolls were very tasty and well seasoned.
the peanut sauce glass noodle dish was also bland despite the freshness of the ingredients.
xiao long bao was a disappointment. there were no soup consomme in the dumplings, which is what gives the dish its name in the first place. the dumplings were just dry inside - shriveled up poor little things.
overall, i'd eat here as a daily eatery, but to compare this place in terms of taste or mastery of chinese cuisine, it's not the best or one of the best in vancouver. however, when it comes to chinese food, there are only a few places i would consider top and also reasonably priced. however, having said that, this place's value is very strong. you get many choices, well cooked meals at good prices and portions. plus it's a very clean, modern and well serviced restaurant.
when dinesty first opened in richmond, i was one of their earliest patrons (gone there on their first day!) and their food had more taste.
now it's going towards the bland side, but on a positive note - at least that to me is healthy. it never hurts to eat less salt and seasoning but some dishes do require such so i will leave this part to the individual eaters.
my final taste and value verdict is this. it's a place that is solidly flavored in some dishes, fresh in most dishes, light on the salt in most dishes and well valued in all dishes.
First time came here today for their lunch buffet.
This was also the first time i've encountered a middle eastern style buffet.
I was not disappointed with the cooking, but i did hope for just a bit more choice.
the buffet was 11.95 pp for lunch which is a very fair price. i have to say the owner, kerry, was just a sweet and very hospitable owner who made me feel super cozy and welcomed.
dishes that were available included chicken sharwma, lamb mirygu (i don't remember the exact spelling) - which looked to be a kind of lamb sausage with some very tasty spices involved.
greek style lemon potatoes, spiced fragrant Lebanon rice.
you put some of that delicious lamb mirgyu sauce on your rice and that in itself could have been considered a meal.
the appies included homemade hummus, garlic sauce, tzaziki, lebanon salad, greek salad and pita bread.
there were no desserts at the buffet table but kerry did bring me a complimentary Lebanon style dessert tart made of pistachio, rose water and it was absolutely scrumptious. it was made by his wife, which i could feel he adores of her very much. a lovely couple!
for what this place lacked in choice, it more than made up for it in quality of ingredients, cooking mastery and service. but sometimes, a buffet is also about choice so this was the only downside for me. the choices were just a bit too minimal.
i would pay an extra $4-5 on top of the 11.95 for the lunch buffet if kerry would just bring out another extra dish or 2. i'm hungry to try out his other cooking recipes!
come here, give them a try, it's well worth your time.
Our party of 4 had lunch here last week. The inside of the restaurant is very nice. It has a cozy feel to it with its warm paint color, paintings and décor. The service was very basic. There was no effort made by the waitress to engage us in any conversation. I’m not sure whether it’s because there was just 1 man at the table and she felt that she didn’t have to extend herself. In any case it did not make us feel especially welcome.
Between the 4 of us we ordered 4 pasta dishes – pasta with Italian sausage, tagliatelle with duck and forest mushrooms, lasagna and penne arrabiata. My pasta dish the tagliatelle with duck and mushrooms was very disappointing. Since we were with a group I did not want to say anything so I just left the majority of the meal on my plate. What a waste considering the dish was $20.00. The waitress did not ask if there was a problem with my meal. In fact there was no quality check at all. Lunch was served with a very nice baguette. The baguette was in fact the best part of the meal. Most of the pasta dishes at lunch are from $l6.00 to $20.00. For the quality, ambiance and service I feel it was overpriced.
I would definitely not return. Vancouver has too many really good Italian restaurants that offer better food and service at more reasonable prices.
We booked a table for 5 for a birthday dinner at Harambe on Sunday evening. Commercial can be a challenge for parking at night in the pouring rain but we managed to squeeze into a vacant slot close to the restaurant.
We've eaten at a couple of other Ethiopian restaurants in the city before but not the Harambe and one of our party said it was her favorite so we took the recommendation.The Harambe is nicely decorated in African themes with not too loud background music. There were only a handful of people in the restaurant so service was good.
A couple of our table mates had never had Ethiopian food before so the lack of cutlery and the large Chef's combo platter we shared were quite a novelty for them. Everything was delicious and authentic from the various wots to the teff injera bread. There was plenty to eat with leftovers for one of our mates to take home.
We also enjoyed a decanter of their tej honey wine which was a sweet treat to toast our birthday boy with. And the bill for 5 with the wine and a generous tip was only $110.......excellent value. Highly recommended.
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