In my honest opinion, this place felt like a high class cafeteria. I know that's like saying a good American car but boy is it loud in there. Everything echoes. Food is ok, like every else you get the "free range" chicken and confit and such... nothing special. I would suggest other places like Bishops.
Save your money and time, not saying this place is terrible but was a major disappointment for my mom on mothers day...
The food is good, wish I could order here often but my bank account and intelligence won't let me... I am trying really hard to understand why it costs so much. I know the ingredients are far better than anywhere else but I still can't justify it. I guess now we know why they have it in that specific location...
I suggest Topanga on West 4th sometime.
I believe this is very rich soup, the noodles... do they use enriched wheat flour, canola oil and or other poor ingredients? I know I know... it's cheap but still. After doing research on ramen, not sure if I can go back...
Staff are nice, like the greetings they give :)
Portions are good.
Love their soups, seem to be good quality all around.
The appetizers are disappointing, they're good but wayyyy overpriced! Soups are decently priced but seems like they maybe using smaller bowls?? Not sure, sandwiches are nice and their other entrees are good too. Very cozy place and have been a regular customer for a couple years now. I just don't order their appetizers.
This place... I have no regrets eating here, The ingredients they use is finally what I have been looking for in a lunch and dessert shop. I am very happy this place exists and hope they expand to other locations as well.
Pies are fantastic! They use real ingredients, but if you're the type of person that thinks Safeway has great quality pies then you won't understand nor appreciate the taste and workmanship into these pies.
Only issue I had was our server (her name is June) was very slow and didn't seem to care much except for her red lips ad fingernails. Other than that the rest of the staff were very nice!
I highly recommend this place!
This pizza is good if you think Pizza Hut and Dominos have superb quality pizzas. I guess if you're drunk anything is good, especially grease on top of enriched wheat flour they use...
Not much different than the other poor North American quality pizzas we were used to in the 80's and 90's.
I ordered take out a couple times and also dined in 3 times past 5 years or so. Doesn't seem to have changed much, food is ok and the price is good. But then again a Mustang is cheap compared to a Porsche for a reason... not sure how good the quality of meats are or if the vegetables are ridden with pesticides from USA.
Service can be decent to poor. Side dips are outrageously overpriced, yes you have to pay for them. Greek salad sides are also too expensive for the poor vegetables and don't ask for a side greek salad with out the rice with your meal... they charge more... silly.
WASHROOMS ARE TERRIBLE, like a third world country.
I will never order Pizza from this establishment again.Spent 55.dollars Friday night on 2 pizza's and a salad,I received two cold pizza's and one that was basically cooked on top and uncooked underneath.Called to basically complain and 45 minutes later a replacement arrives that was cold and and just as un cooked.I had to start my oven to finish cooking the pizza.I will never again buy pizza from this joke of a restaurant and I advise people to stay away,the food is gross.w.Dinner ruined !!
Great value but the meat can be salty. The beef i tried the 2nd time was probably the last. Too salty.
Chicken was good. The fried noodle was ok.
The fried rice was too dry. Last time they did a better job.
Big dishes and good price. The place has ok service.
I would come back for select dishes. I have been to other chinese restaurants with the same price but consistant taste and a bit better quality.
We left another restaurant so we didn't have to wait so long. We decided to try this place. We waited here for less than 6 minutes and they told us the table will be available shortly. Sure, it was, to a customer that they recognize who just walked right in and took our table.
We asked the boss why they got the table without reservations and they answered something different.
WE WALKED OUT AND LEFT.
Keep your old customers.
You won't get any new ones.
I came here with my girlfriend for my birthday dinner and we dined on their Vancouver Dine out set menu.
It was a first time for me ever to have southern style indian cuisine and, being a lover of indian food, i was quite pleasantly surprised and enjoyed my meal immensely. the taste was very good, less buttery and oily but a little more salty than northern indian cuisine.
I do not remember the exact names for the dishes, but we both basically had a dosa and fish hash of some sort for appy. for mains we had the fish curry and vegetable curry. for dessert, it was a mango ice cream and sweet rice.
my only complaint are the portions and pricing.
this place, for what it makes, is on the pricier end even though i felt the restaurant should not have commanded such high pricing due to it's projected customer base.
at $18-25 a dish in its main menu, that is near 2.5 to 3 star pricing and on par with some of the higher end restaurants in downtown and we were just sitting on main and broadway intersection.
i've eaten indian food that is half that price with double the portions and executed with the same skill and taste.
of course, that was if we didn't dine on the set menu and good thing was, the only thing available was the set menu.
the set menu was 18.00 pp. we also ordered a glass of wine and side roti and this brought our total to just over 50.00.
we came with a half full stomach and left full, but if we came with an empty stomach, we would have left half hungry still and 50.00 short.
i just feel, in conclusion, but what this restaurant is trying to be, it needs to keep in perspective it's pricing potential and structure.
i would return again, not because i find them too pricey, but because southern indian cuisine is not too common in vancouver - hence maybe why they can charge a higher price.
Took the girlfriend out here for dinner the other night. To set the scenario: Saturday night, it had been a long day at work and I decided I wanted to treat myself to a grand dinner. I didn’t want to cook, or drive too far so we decided upon Akbar’s. I called before to save us a spot so that we would not have to wait too much to get something in our stomachs. Luckily there was some space for us when we arrived.
Food was a little slow, I tend to be an impatient human being, so for me 15 minutes felt like a stretch. There was a aloo gobi, chicken methi, naan and rogan josh, and some cheese cake at the end which gave it a nice touch. What I liked was that there was some real complex flavours which tasted like what Indian food should taste like. There usually is a problem differentiating the spiced up and spicy food when it comes to Indian food and luckily we had no problem. I actually ended up taking some of the naan home.
Dinner came out to be $14 a dish which was up to par for the quality of food and atmosphere, so if you are not in the mood to splurge on other spots…
I'm not much of a pie person, especially when it comes to eating it by hand. I mean, a pie without a fork or a spoon, and from a food truck?? Go figure! This Australian food truck was all that I needed. Now, I've never been to Australia but this pie is sure good. Discovered it a while back and now it's my staple sweet indulgence every week or so. $8 might be a bit much for the pie, but on the flip side, if you consider all the qualities it has (healthy, well-made with fresh and organic ingredients), it's alright. Lots of ingredients to choose from, but my personal favourite is shane's pie.
My previous visit to this restaurant, before my most recent visit a few days ago, was many years ago. At that time, the food was OK but not great, which was the reason I had not gone back for quite a while. However, recently, I heard a lot of good comments about this restaurant from foodie friends of mine, so I decided to give it another try, especially with the very enticing $28 Dine Out Vancouver menu.
I and my wife went for the DOV menu, but each picked different appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Everything was delicious, beautifully presented, and portions were normal (unlike with some other restaurants where the portions were noticeably smaller with the DOV menu). I could tell that the cooking was quite different from that of my previous visit many years ago, so probably the kitchen staff had changed in the interim. The decor of the place also seemed different, and I later learned from the waiter that they had indeed changed the tables and chairs just within the last year or so. I think, other than that, the place may well have been renovated since my previous visit. Service was excellent, and we got seated at a table by the window, with a fabulous harbor view. The way the restaurant is set up, most tables can enjoy very good views.
DOV is over now, so the menu is no longer available, but I am curious to try the many appetizing dishes on their regular menu.
Free parking is an added bonus. I will definitely return.
Discovered this little gem while strolling around Robson one day. Although it seems very hole-in-the-wall kind of place, it is incredibly clean and organized inside. It's friendly service and great value has made it one of my favourite Chinese places in town. My favourite dishes have to be the orange peel chicken and lemon chicken. Service is very different when you order from when you eat in. Ordering is more of a hit and miss, and can be slow, so I tend to come in here. Food comes incredibly fast otherwise.
If it weren't for the fact that its so close to UBC I doubt I would even be stepping foot in here. Sure, its all you can eat, but if you are leaving still feeling hungry, the name kind of defeats the purpose, amirite?
The occasion for coming here was after school lunch. I don't remember the quality of the food being so bad. The sushi is very low quality and I don't even have very high standards when it comes to an AYCE place. My salmon roll was badly done and had way too much rice for my liking, just to fill you up I suspect. The nigiri was an even bigger disappointment.
Not so sure I should continue compromising quality over quantity, just for the sake of my wallet. Health comes first?
I never really ordered takeout from here until today. My roomie and I were hungry but had the usual dilemma of "too lazy to cook and too lazy to go eat out, just wanna chill".
So after what must have been 40 minutes of discussing how much we hated chem and needed some food to feed our brains, we called up Akbars for some delivery. It was my roomie's choice and was not going to argue there. She is Indian and has grown up with that food so I took her better judgement.
We ordered just a couple of things, aloo gobi and chicken tikka. I have eaten here once or twice before and found these two dishes to be safe bets. Everything good until then but the delivery took so long to arrive. Maybe it was because we ordered so late, Friday around 5 pm. The food was sloppily arranged and a little cold but still managed to taste good after heating, esp chicken tikka. Delicious. Thank God we were at our apartment because they forgot to include eating utensils! 3 stars because I thought they could've done better.
Tried it out first in dine out two years ago and loved it. This is one of Vancouver's high-end Italian restaurants. The ambience is to die for, great architecture and very Italian. I must admit it makes for a great romantic dinner setting, or some other type of celebration.
We made a reservation here last week. It was a bit packed when we arrived so we waited at the bar. In what seemed like 20 minutes, we were directed to a room with our table. This is one of those places in where you want to have a good meal but don't. We had the caesar and calamari, followed by the spaghettini and scaloppini. I found the food to be a little lacking, and felt like I didn't get my money's worth. And the fact that the wine list is nothing cheap didn't help.
Bin is one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver. Ever since I discovered this little restaurant tucked away in downtown I haven't stopped coming - it's going to be three years now. Whenever I come to this city, I like to stop at least once, even if it means having to go by myself. The food is exquisite (love the braised short ribs and pomme frites) and contrary to popular belief, their tapas are quite large, almost entree or main course size.
This time around though, I didn't really enjoy myself as much. I went with a party of three on a Wednesday nearing 7 pm and so seating was not a problem. The prices of the food and drinks had increased as expected, but the noise was unbearable. The music was extremely loud and very clubby, which did not make me and my friends happy. We could barely hear each other and felt like we were at some club and not here for dinner.
I go to Carderos six or eight times a year, their patio and sangria in the summer are fantastic. A friend and I went for Dine Out this past week (we went last year and it was wonderful). Right from the start something was off, the blonde hostess who seated us was very short and a bit rude. We knew we were coming for the Dine Out menu, we let the server know that's what we'd be doing. We did order a bottle of wine (Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc - a very nice white) with our meal, the bred basket came with a bare scraping of butter, hardly enough for two slices let alone a basket full. The wok fried squid was prepared differently this year, it was a good portion but the garnish had nowhere near the flavour of last year and the chili sauce offered on the side was straight up thai sweet chili sauce with a blob of tartar sauce, heavy, greasy and didn't go particularly well with the squid. The mains were okay, not the outstanding plates that I would expect from Carderos. The fried onions garnishing the beef medallions were a big soggy mess, disgusting. The chicken forno was nice but not up to par. We were very rushed throughout the meal, the desserts were brought out and not even offered coffee. As soon as the last bite was taken they whisked the plates away and delivered the bill. We still had wine left in the bottle. I know they expect to sit a few seatings in a night but this was ridiculous, we were rushed in and out in less than an hour and a half. Three courses and wine in less than 90 minutes was not particularly pleasant. Quite honestly, I'll think twice about going back any time.
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