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Morocco West795 Jervis Street, Vancouver
Gone too far west?
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (43 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 12:03am [Dine in]

Morocco West was featured in a local magazine promoting Vancouver's local fare. This place caught my eye, I'm always up for trying new flavours and cuisines. At the end of the meal I was left wanting more, not more food but more gumption.

We went using a social shopper voucher. A pretty good deal. We shared a 'duck' starter, this was cooked well but the sauce didn't gel well in our opinion. I ordered the chicken tagine and MM ordered the recommended lamb cous cous. Both were adequate, nothing you couldn't make at home to be brutally honest. The dishes were lacking distinction in terms of spice and flavours. Nothing stood out. Saying that, however, the dessert helped to redeem our experience. We shared the lavender honey pannacotta - hit the spot nicely.

If we didn't have the voucher and had to pay full price, we would have felt hard done by. The starters and dessert are well priced, the mains were not.

The newly appointed server was great. She was friendly, attentive without being overbearing. It was nice to hear and see management advising/coaching their staff.

Atmosphere is nice (could do with a stronger extractor fan in the kitchen). It was quiet when we went during the week. I'm sure there is a lot more going on at the weekend. They also have happy hour during the week. I may give that a go.

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Bo Laksa King2546 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Great place for laksa and other south east Asian dishes
By Gibbler of Coquitlam, BC (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 11:30am [Dine in]

This was our first time to Laksa King and it was exactly as promised! A hole in the wall with decor that looks like it's left over from the previous tenants; family - run, delicious dishes, inexpensive prices. A great place to get the food you miss from Maylaysia/Singapore.

Roti Canai, small - 1 piece, we shared it. The dipping sauce was okay, my husband liked it. I would have liked the roti to be pulled to be thinner and crispier.
Laksa - a large bowl of flavourful broth, choice of egg noodle or vermicelli. We also shared this and it was delicious. We would order this again for sure.
Eggplant with basil - comes with rice. It's meant for one person but we shared. Good, but not that interesting. We would try something else next time.

Three dishes for two people, tax, tip = $26 (no drinks)

Apparently there is a good Burmese noodle soup dish available only on Sunday (see menu pics). I guess we'll have to come back next time on Sunday!

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Pizza Factory701 Kingsway, #3, Vancouver
good pizza great price
By jim.fisher of burnaby B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 12:09am [Catering]

i had to throw a small party because i had bought a brand new apartment. I called and ordered the party time special which had 5 large pizza's and a bottle of pop. The pizzas were still hot and fresh when they came to my door and the guests loved how much cheese they had put on the pizza. The meats tasted really fresh and the crust was crispy. for all you pizza lovers keep this place in mind.

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Graze3980 Fraser Street, Vancouver
WOW! This vegetarian food surprised me!
By Keepit Green of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

Last week we dined here for the second time. I was so impressed by our first visit that I thought I would be disappointed on my next visit - my expectations were very high! But I was blown away again. The menu had changed since our last visit because the seasonal vegetables had changed, the winter menu was much more exciting than I would have expected. So many items I'd like to try... and I'm not even vegetarian. We came on a Tuesday night to find that they were holding a fundraiser for a non-profit group that educated kids about where our food comes from (or something like that). It turns out that 20% of our bill was donated directly to this charity... and they do this every Tuesday for a different charity! But next time we're going on a Wednesday because it's half price wine night!

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Pink Peppercorn Seafood House1485 Kingsway, Vancouver
Hidden Gem, Incredible Food
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

I was here few years ago and it was alright. It could be because it was the person I was with and what I ordered.

This time around, I'm a brand new person with a positive outlook of life and with a great partner.
It was close to Xmas and I wanted to have a nice, delicious dinner with my man. I decided to give this resto another chance b/c I see great things in this place. Also I was craving for black cod and black cod is almost impossible to find in other resto. Surprisingly I was able to make reso few days before Xmas. The person on the phone was super friendly; I'm assuming it was the owner. When we arrived for dinner on a chilly Saturday evening, we were welcomed and greeted. We sat on our table and our lovely server was awesome throughout the whole night. My partner and I had a great time joking and chatting with him. We received our complimentary bread and lobster oil w/ balsamic vinegar. Yummy. For entres, I ordered smoked black cod, ofcourse. My partner ordered today's special which was a special fish that I've never heard before. But boy was it fresh, tasty and mm mm. My black cod was nicely and lightly smoked, not too strong like smoked salmon. The vegetables and everything surrounding it looked beautifully and edible-ly delightful. We ordered some wine and the server wanted me drunk. Haha he's so funny. We had a very lovely evening at Pink Peppercorn. I would love to go again.

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Tim Hortons756 Davie Street, Vancouver
Quick pee break turned into an extended head ache
By Gillybeans of Maple Ridge, B.C. (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 2:11pm [Take-out]

I work for an undisclosed Canadian delivery service and stopped in to this location for a drink and pee break. There was no "line" but for some reason it took a while for someone to notice me and take me to the till. I have no issues with the server that I had, he was a sweet young kid and I think he was new, HOWEVER......I will be honest and say that I am not a Tim Hortons fan to begin with. I didn't really know what to order because I am usually really dissatisfied with whatever drink I usually get but remembered that my husband got me an English Toffee before and I liked it so thought i would have it again. I ordered it but I don't know if it just off the menu now or they just didn't have what it took to make it, so I had to make another decision. I noticed on all the menu boards there was Pumpkin Spice flavor and I know I love pumpkin spice so went with a pumpkin spice mocha. I was told they don't have pumpkin spice. I am beginning to get annoyed and frazzled as I have no idea what else I will not spit out as usually I find all TH drinks taste like creamy salt water for some reason. Anyways to make a long story short I ended up with a French Vanilla (I think that's what the guy gave me). I also had to use the washroom (which was the main reason I went to this location) and was told there wasn't one available. needless to say I will NEVER go to a TH's again just to save me aggravation. I will stick to my over priced delicious Earl Greg Tea Latte at Starbucks. But I think I need to mention, it was another reason I went to TH's this day, Starbucks for some reason didn't have my drink this day either. Bly me

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Cannibal Cafe, The1818 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
what a burger should be
By mmmmgood of maple ridge BC (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

First time diner at the Cannibal Cafe-so impressed. Loved the decor. Our booth was clean and service was prompt and with a smile. I had an American Classic with salad and my fellow diner a Bacon Bad with onion rings. My burger was great-bun was soft and fresh, burger was great. Nothing in my dining experience made me feel greasy or queasy when I was done as some greasy burger joints can do. the onion rings were huge,little doughy for my liking but not too oily. My dining partner thought the burger was very tasty. Go hungry! Sides are all a la carte,so no obligation to get them-id recommend splitting them if you dont have a killer appetite. I cant wait to return.

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Neighbour's Restaurant & Pizza House6493 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Service sucks
By take out only of South Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2015 - 3:26pm [Take-out]

I recently began to order from this place again - quit once already because of the service - and it has not gotten ANY better. The food is ok, not quite worth the money they charge but they should get some friendlier waitresses, especially perhaps sending the daughter for some hostess classes. Each time I have gone to pick up my order, the waitress has been has been rude. They always consult with the owner's daughter and she is down right rude when she answers. She is very abrasive and needs to remember who pays her wages - it may come from Daddy but ultimately, it comes from the customers.

If there was another pizza place in the area that didn't have curry flavor in the sauce, I would never go back to Neighbors. Who wants to patronize a place where the customer is obviously not appreciated!!!!

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Apollonia1830 Fir Street, Vancouver
Finally a good Greek option
By jonesh19 of East Van (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

One of my friends wanted greek food so we headed for Apollonia. Well, what can I say, it was well worth the visit! It’s clean, quiet and cozy, and we were seated right away. The chef’s platter is great for sharing, as the portions are generous. I especially enjoyed the chicken souvlaki. I was pleasantly surprised by the baclava, it was not overly sweet. Both the menu and wine list are extensive enough to merit a second visit. They also have delivery, in case you feel like eating at home or anyplace else.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Flavour: food and service @ Akbars
By mi7kahn of Buranby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

We had a really nice dinner here the other night with a couple of friends. Our reservation was for 6 o clock, but didn't get seated for another half an hour. Luckily, to spare us of our boredom, the manager came and started talking to us.

Fast forward to the 'meaty' part: the food was really well presented and perfectly seasoned, not to mention it smelled great! The chilli paneer was terrific, and the dal shorba had good flavour. The gulab jamun was rightly sweet. The restaurant was nearly full and many clients were Indian, which always is a good sign of authenticity. So it must taste like home? Service was attentive and friendly too. Our waiter was always giving us suggestions but not to the pushy/annoying point. All in all, dining here was a great experience and I would gladly do a repeat.

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Incendio103 Columbia St, Vancouver
Fool me once.....
By BPaulieB of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 11:45am [Take-out]

I had a very negative experience at Incendios Gastown last night when I picked up my pizza. To make along story short:
I ordered a pizza for pick-up and when I got there I was told the driver had taken it by mistake. I asked for a fresh one and was assured this was no problem I would have a new pizza in 5 minutes. I left the Restuarant for a couple minutes came back and "Voila" was presented with a "under 5 minute, fresh out the oven, can't be fresher" pizza. I was vocally sceptical and assured by the staff it was fresh. Right out the oven.
This has happened to me before at Incendios about 6 months ago. Fool me once... Well you know the rest.
After all was said and done I had to question staff 3 times and argue with the manager to finally learn the truth that they were trying to pawn off a cold meal that I specifically asked and checked to make sure was fresh. And what REALLY gets me going is that this happened before, and I was so furious that I didn't even think to ask for my money back. So no only did I have to argue for what I paid for, but I ended up paying for an experience that was less than enjoyable (on New Years Eve). I have been eating at Incendio for 20 years and have many fond memories there, but after this experience I will never eat there again.
A premium meal should never come with a headache.... Unless it comes with a bottle of wine.

And that's the short version.

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Romano's Pizza902 Granville Street, Vancouver
Late night cheesy satisfaction
By mi7kahn of Buranby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 1:30am [Dine in]

Romano's is always a good option for when you are hungry late at night. Actually, for any time, but when it's past two AM and people are hungry, its best to treat them right and give them something tasty. Great, cheap pizza which is hard to do in a location like Granville. The pizza tastes fresh, not greasy which is a plus for the prices they are charging. Lots of toppings to choose from. I especially love the blue beef cheese with mozzarella and blue cheese.

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Bandidas Taqueria2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Vegan heaven?
By mi7kahn of Buranby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 1:17am [Dine in]

This place is probably vegan heaven. There are lots of cheap and mexican-style places around town but this one is strictly and plainly vegetarian. I wish I had known earlier!

I had the leona gayle burrito this time around (chipotle, cheese, beans, lettuce, tofu, sour cream and God knows what else) which was a good choice. I've never been really inclined towards eating tofu but the way they prepare it here is amazing. Gotta give it to the chefs this time. Perfect spot to eat with your non-meat loving friends.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Best Chicken at an Indian restaurant
By dreww_ of North Van (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

Two words: CHICKEN METHI. I would stop right there, but I don’t think Dinehere would be okay with that.

We came in for an 8 o clock reservation and after a bit of a wait, finally got a seat. It was a not so busy Sunday so the wait was not too long (thankfully). We ordered paneer pakora two times and both times they came out good. Not greasy. The chicken methi stole the show though. To be honest, they were the best I have had.The curry was simply delicious and it was not too spicy but not bland either. We also had the korma and other chicken dish and they were not as great, the latter was kind of soup-like and could have been adorned more with more chicken pieces. i had to remove a star from service because the waiter seemed to be confused at times. But besides that, he was friendly and attentive.

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Apollonia1830 Fir Street, Vancouver
NOT Vegan-Friendly, even if they say they are...
By djoe of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 29, 2014 - 9:14am [Dine in]

After eating here a few times and thinking it was really good, I was informed by our waitress (who was vegetarian and very nice) that in fact, their roasted potatoes, which we loved, we NOT vegan-friendly — even though we had been assured the times before that EVERYTHING we had order used no animal products at all. I think because the waitress was vegetarian she took our request more seriously and found out that the potatoes are cooked in chicken stock. So long Apollonia, it was nice knowing you :-(

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Jang Mo Jib Korean Restaurant1575 Robson St, Vancouver
Appalling experience - avoid this place
By doublemagnum of Coal Harbour (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

I write many reviews of restaurants on this site as well as others. Generally I am an easy going person, understanding of "extraordinary circumstances" and pretty generous in my praise.

Until now.

I have just had the most unforgivably awful experience at Jang Mo Jib on Robson Street near Cardero in Vancouver's West End.

This place has been around for a while and is a favourite haunt of Asian students here to learn English, and a generally younger Korean crowd. I live 2 blocks away, so I've visited before, and while never overly impressed, I was never treated like this. Because I have vowed never to return, I won't give them the chance to repeat this performance.

Let's start with seating. A 15 minute estimated wait on a Sunday evening turned into 45 minutes for our party of three, during which time the host (over our objections) took an empty table of four which had just cleared, split the table in half and seated 2 couples who had arrived long after we did. Not impressed.

Now let's discuss cleanliness. We were seated in a "back room" area where the adjacent table and floor looked like the food fight scene from Animal House. Staff were sweeping food into piles at our feet as they cleared this nauseating mountain of leftovers. As for our table, we arrived to a soaking wet surface reeking of chlorine bleach. How appetizing.

On to service... We ordered three pretty simple items. One arrived fairly soon. The next was much later. The last - well we still don't know what happened to the last one, although the table seated beside us received exactly the same dish even though they had been seated 15 minutes after we arrived. By now we were well over 90 minutes into our dinner.

A server arrived to sheepishly inform us that they had made a mistake and our third dish had been "cancelled".

Enough. I informed the host at the front that in 60 years living in this city I had never had such shoddy service.

And for the first time in my life, I also informed him that we were not going to pay ANY of the bill and he could sue me.

I often browse the "Terrible" or "One Star" ratings people submit, just to see if the reviewer was a one-off crank with an axe to grind. I have dined all over the world in restaurants grand and modest. Let me assure you that this place richly deserves the drubbing I have given them above. They need to smarten up. All the ESL students in the world aren't going to save your business if you lose touch with basic customer service, hygiene and attention to detail. I sincerely hope your experience is superior to mine if you choose to go to this place. Caveat emptor.

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Kedah House1652 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
Defnitely Not Worth It
By jaeqoo of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 5:14am [Dine in]

If poor customer service and contaminated salad bars are your thing, then you've come to the right place. When we walked into the restaurant, we met up with an employee who pointed to a table that was already occupied by another customer's belongings. I have no idea why he made such a bone headed move because that happened to be the only seat in the house that was taken. This absent minded employee was the same guy who, midway through our dinner, took out a broom and dustpan to sweep the floor. I honestly don't know about you but watching people sweep in front of me makes me lose my appetite rather rapidly.

It's not that big of an issue for me because the food wasn't any good to begin with. Having said that I still wish they had labelled the dishes at the buffet table so I know what I am actually consuming. I can tell you this much though...labeling their food wouldn't have been very labor intensive at all because you can literally count the number of dishes available on your fingers. What disgusted me even more than the poor customer service was their salad bar. How would you like to munch on cucumber slices and leaves of lettuce that have been vegged on by fruit flies? I didn't think so, not even if the bill came out to be $10.50.

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Siena1485 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
We did not have a good experience this time around
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 2:27am [Dine in]

I and my family and friends had been to Siena several times in the past, and had always had a good experience, but this time was different. Among 5 dishes ordered, 3 were substandard, with 2 of the 3 being outright rejects. The leek and potato soup was incredibly spicy, even for my wife who loves spicy food, and was only lukewarm when served. It was simply unacceptable. The pan-seared Arctic Char was like seared ahi tuna - completely raw inside, with only the outside slightly seared. When we questioned the server, we were told that it was supposed to be medium rare, and even she admitted that what we got was too raw. She offered to replace it. The replacement ended up being well done, but by then, we had tired of complaining. At least it wasn't raw. The risotto was soft and mushy, like a paste, as far from al dente as you can possibly imagine, but at least the flavor was fine, so we did not reject it. The only acceptable dishes were the two salads (one being the replacement for the soup), something that did not require any cooking, and the chocolate cake dessert. However, at $12, my arugula salad was very small in portion and very simple in composition. It did not seem good value for money. The same can be said for the salad my wife got as a replacement for the soup. The restaurant apologized (but only at the end, upon presentation of the bill), saying that the chef had put way too much pepper into the soup (how is that much overage possible?) and gave us a 15% discount to the overall bill.

Thinking back, the previous few times when we had good experiences, the restaurant was quite empty, whereas, on this most recent visit, it was completely packed due to its being the pre-Christmas season. Perhaps the kitchen could not cope with such a volume of business?

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Adelitas5178 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Yum yum Mexican eats
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

I wouldn't necessarily disagree with one of the prior reviews that said "Best in Vancouver". Could it be better? Absolutely, I've eaten much better Mexican food, but ...

Looks like the greasy joint has been updated, decently clean now though a comforting patina of grease to go around. You know, fits with the place, eh?
Decently varied menu, more than your typical taco & burritos that's for sure. The nachos were surprisingly good. I mean, nachos are nachos, right? Dunno, something different about these. I would order these again. I can't believe I'm saying this...
Tacos are solid, similar to some of the best in town, especially liked the lengua. We had also a stuffed chili with walnut sauce (ha! find that around town!) and very good, if a bit pricey.
Little ones gave a bit thumbs up on the chicken quesadilla which was packed with the goods.

Service is, well, I'm not complaining, looks like a family run joint with only 2 people (one in kitchen and one out front) when we were there so don't be expecting no 5-star service here.

Key thing is, yup, I would like to return and definitely recommend a trip. We ran into an acquaintance there by chance and he said he hits it up every 2 weeks or so and he said most of the time it is filled with Mexicans. Must be somewhat authentic I guess.

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Farmer's Apprentice, The1535 West 6th Ave, Vancouver
Will it survive ...?
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

Okay the place is small, tight and it was immediately packed at lunch. We got the last "table" without enduring a 30+ minute wait. Would it be worth the effort?
The lunch menu is skimpy, very small. Okay, maybe not a big deal.
We started with a soup. Oh yes, very good, but a bit on the small side for the price. Also came with a couple of pieces of toasted bread. It was okay, sourdough base but not the most flavourful bread I've had.
We also had a gnocchi and a steelhead "fondue" with chickpeas. Both were quite tasty, but I felt the chickpeas were not quite soft enough and also not the best chickpeas I've ever had. The "fondue" was mis-represented I felt, it listed octopus as an ingredient in there but we saw none.
The dessert of "poached" raspberry/blackberry with milk sorbet(???) was actually quite good, probably half as much of the milk "sorbet" as it could have used (there was maybe one heaping teaspoon worth). Terrific summer dessert. Oh wait, except it's in the bloody freezing depths of winter!

Execution? Yeah, I think they did pretty good. Creativity? No. There was absolutely nothing unexpected or surprising about the flavours & combinations. I checked their website and looked through their list of suppliers. I'm familiar with all of them, some of them I consider the best in town, but many of them are, while still certainly in the upper tier, far from the best that can be had from local producers. (And I'm looking specifically at you, the vegetable suppliers)!

Service was ok, but for such a small place they had 3 up front and we peeked in and counted 6 in the kitchen. Really? Honestly? How on earth do they pay the bills??? Especially since the food came out quite slowly. We spent about an hour there and we were the fast ones. Most of the tables were there before us and were still there when we left. I also question why it takes so long, with such a small, small menu, everything should be prepared in advance ready for some final cooking. Would you roll the gnocchi to order? Not if it's on 50% of the menu items! The trout "fondue" base of chickpeas must have been made ahead of time which just left the grilling of the trout, which does NOT take that long. I wish them luck, it is good food, but they're not generating enough turnover to survive I suspect.

Price? About $13-18 for the main dishes. And these were SMALL. I mean really small. This doesn't make sense as I could head around the block to the very dependable Salade de Fruits Cafe and get just as good execution, larger portions, a more varied menu and perhaps even more creativity.

Would I return? No. Recommended? Half-heartedly. If you're in the area and it looks not busy, maybe you'll get lucky one day.

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