I'm not going to lie, I have to admit this was not my first choice... Vij's was. But the +1 wait time put us off so while driving off we decided to take our date to Akbars. I have found the food to be pretty good nothing "WOW" or exceptional though. But a safe choice I guess.
And bam, when we arrived we had to wait around here as well. It was late and we were w/o a reservation, so what choice did we have?
We had the rogan rosh, vegetable korma, butter chicken, rice and naan. The lamb was okay, a little unseasoned in my opinion, but the vegetable korma was delicious and kind of made up for the lack of taste of the other. My boyfriend did find the butter chicken good. For about $13 for a main, prices are not bad. Service was alright, the server was attentive but not too the point of being annoying or clingy.
Great food for little money. Service is pretty good. If you want a cheep place to eat this is really a good spot! I loved the spring roles and the soups. The restaurant is quite run down, but it adds to the ambiance. There all also TV's that show sports. Overall, love this restaurant.
Went here last week with 4 friends. The building is old but they did a great job on renovating and making it hip and comfortable. Greeted by a nice young lady and server. Lots of interesting dishes on the menu. We ordered one of the Gyoza dishes which comes in a pan and stuck together. They were tasty and not like the usual gyozas which can be bitter sometimes. Also had the brussel sprouts which were fantastic! I still prefer Gyoza King (Robson) for gyozas but I will come back to Gyoza Bar again to try everything else on the menu.
Having just arrive to Vancouver from Burma it is hard to find a Burmese restaurant anywhere in Vancouver. I was amaze that I found one in Kitsilano. My first impression that this restaurant ran by a Vietnamese family their food might not be authentic. For first time tasting as this restaurant I tried the seafood salad and the Mohinga. However to my amazement the salad and soup is great and as authentic as how they would taste like in Burma. They also have a Vietnamese menu, however I haven't try any Vietnamese dishes but I can only assume that it is as good as the Burmese menu.
It is a bit quiet in this restaurant but I didn't come at dinner time so I don't know if it would be busy then. There was only one server on shift, however the level of service was outstanding. I would definitely come back and would refer my friends to come. Thank you Rangoon.
I love this places, everything so fresh, homemade, extremely taste. They have a big menu but also they do different dishes for special of the day..I just can say Incredible taste...like in vacations in Mexico.
Try it the tacos so yummy, Enchiladas ask for the one in green sauce with melted cheese and come with fresh guacamole, beans and rices....They make my days HAPPY Thanks ADELITAS!!!!
This is not what south east asian food taste like.
I had the Char Kway Teow which tasted just like any ordinary stir fried rice noodles which you can get any any HK cafe.
Wife had the KL Noodles which tasted equally bad.
I grew up in singapore and malaysia so i know what it should taste like.
This place is just using all the names of the south east asian favourites and doing it their way.
Had lunch at Aphrodites earlier this week. Ordered the large bowl of turkey vegetable soup.
When the server arrived, the soup had spilt over into the plate, onto the bread, into the little butter container and was all over the spoon including the handle.
The server explained that he had "almost tripped" with the soup.
He wanted to know if i "cared" stating that "some people wouldn't care".
I told him i cared and he took the soup away.
He returned with the same bowl of soup complete with spill marks, same soggy bread and same butter but now on a new plate with a clean spoon. The bowl made ring marks on the plate and had cooled down.
Anyways i ate what was left of the soup-it was quite thin and not a lot of veggies and hardly any turkey.
For this they charged $7.95
My friend paid the bill and i don't know if a tip was left or not. I wouldn't have left him a dime.
I emailed in a complaint but never heard back.
A miserable experience-will never go back.
After briefly noting the existence of this new mini restaurant on Granville's busy downtown strip, I decided to stop in to evaluate the competition.
After a long and inclusive search, I have tried many of the city's variations on poutine, the classic french-canadian dish so beloved by many. Where would this little fast-food gem fall on the spectrum that included La Belle Patate and Mean Poutine?
The Frites poutine did not disappoint. Major points for the thick, soft fries, flavourful gravy, and authentic squeaky cheese curds. It's a simple but delicious take on the original.
As a bonus, the staff were friendly and pleasant, and the meal was super affordable-- $5 for a regular poutine.
I would love to try their waffles and fries with the myriad of sauces that they offer for dipping.
I have been visiting Vancouver for the longest of time, mainly for leisure but lately for business. A couple I was doing business with decided to take me out to dinner here. I know of other Indian restaurants but let them lead as they are locals. I shouldn't have. We arrived for our reservation on time at 6 pm only to find a couple-filled restaurant. The restaurant is more set up for couples and families, NOT business! In fact, we were one of the only tables that was not a couple. Skipping that part though, food was good. Prices are about $15 a dish, which is okay for dinner. I went for the mixed platter and then onto a chicken methi with rice. The timing was perfect, my main arrived as soon as I was taking my last bite off of the pakora. I felt that the chicken was good, but it could have been a bit more spicy. The coconut curry seemed really good, but I didnt try it. I will consider this restaurant for indian food when I come back for non-business related issues.
Whenever I am in Vancouver, I try to go somewhere different each time. Compared to Victoria, they have tons of restaurants with different food options to go for. I have been a countless number of times to Vancouver for a number of reasons but never ate here. Looking for a place to eat breakfast at 2 pm, you know your options will be quite limited.
Serving breakfast ALL DAY, 9th avenue was the answer to my prayers. There was a huge variety of things to choose from. Not feeling very explorative, I went for the 9th Ave Benny Special, a bagel and some coffee. How creative of me, I know. The hollandaise sauce was delicious and took away the sour feeling I had of ordering the most expensive one on the list AND waiting for it for a long time. Another thing that lifted my mood from the slow service and expensive meal was to know that my coffee was organic and fairtrade.
Meat and Bread is very close to where I sometimes work and I've grabbed a sandwich from there 4 or 5 times so far. Several times, I've had amazing sandwiches and a couple times the bread has been dry or too chewy to eat easily. The corned beef and curried chicken were my favorites; the vegetarian was my least favorite. I don't expect gourmet for those prices so overall it's a good price for a quick bite that satisfies and that's all you really need for a working lunch.
It was my old man's 80th birthday...my mom decided on dinner at this restaurant which I have heard of but never been to. Reservations for 5 at 6:30pm were made several days before this big weekday event.
The parking was a bit scattered...you can park on Kingsway if its after rush hours or at the back of the restaurant as there are roughly 8 parking stalls. However on that day...both the Kingsway side and the back were full so I ended up parking on a side street just next to Norquay Park. Anyways, upon entering the establishment... nice modern chic oriental decor and the restaurant was semi full already. We got seated promptly and checkout the menu. We ending up ordering 8 dishes...no typo...omg!!!
1) Beijing Duck aka Peking duck...this was a 2 course meal. First came the duck skin, hot thin tortilla size crepes and the hoisin sauce plus scallions. The crepe was big enough to fold into a pocket... no leakage. Taste was crispy and not grease. Very nice start. The other half was the lettuce wraps or aka Chinese tacos where the duck meat is diced and stir fried with diced water chestnuts, carrots, celery, shiitake mushrooms and other goodies. Basically, hot filling for the lettuce with a touch of hoisin sauce. This was also very good.
2) West Lake Beef and Egg swirl soup..pretty good with a touch of firm mung bean noodles.
3) Prawn and Scallop with XO sauce (type of satay sauce:salty,mild heat and strong fish taste like the use of anchovies in Italian cooking) The seafood was tender and cooked perfectly. The snow peas were crisp and sweet.
4) Sweet and Sour spareribs....these were super tender and the sauce was not overly sweet or sour..just mild to the taste buds....not bad. I think my sister enjoyed this the most as she thought it was balanced.
5) Beef with Gai-Lan (aka Chinese broccoli)....super big crunchy veggie and tender slices of beef. Standard stuff.
6) Stir Fry Pea shoots with garlic...........tender shoots....very good.
7) Yeung Chow Fried Rice....big pieces of shrimp, diced bbq pork, diced carrots, threaded egg and wonderful wok flavor/smell. My favorite dish.
8) Pan fried Chinese Mushrooms with Yee Mein....... I ran out of room. My brother's favorite dish. He said it was very good.
I have to mention the service was excellent. They refilled our tea several time and replaced our dirty dishes several time in the course of the meal. I also have to mention the dish size was quite large..which is a good thing. We ended up skipping dessert. The tab came to $150 with a $20 tip to boot. I believe we had 6 containers to take home. All in all...very good food, friendly service and my dad loves leftovers. Thanks for reading..time to pass out.
I recently had honey garlic wings at this pizza store on kingsway and fraser which tasted really delicious, they were crispy and perfectly cooked. The pizza i had was the taco pizza which also tasted really good. They were generous on the cheese which reminds me of how my mother used to cook pizzas. The man working in the front had great customer service, the wait for the food wasn't that long either.
Went on a Saturday morning and were seated right away, but after we ordered, we waited 25-35 mins for the meal and noticed that the tables seated before/after us waited a long time as well. The tables were full and the restaurant was loud.
The crab cake benedict was good and we would recommend it.
However, the huevos rancheros was disappointing. It came with a large serving of plain white rice and a piece of corn bread which I was looking forward too, but it was a large slice of slightly dry corn pancake broken in two. The best part of the plate was the salsa.
At other tables, we saw huge servings of pancakes which just looked unappetizing. The customer ate about a quarter of the portion.
We were looking forward to trying a new breakfast place, unfortunately, I don't think we will be returning to this one. Even though the crab cake benedict was good...
Found this hidden gem by mistake one Sunday afternoon when walking with a friend around the neighborhood. We walked in and looked at the menu and noticed they were serving Arepas (a very typical Colombian and Venezuelan dish) at first I hesitated on trying any of them as they were $7,50 and to be honest I can easily make them at home for just a fraction of the cost. But the waitress (who I must say was impressively attentive) found out I am Venezuelan and offered me to try one of the Arepas for free, as she really wanted my opinion on how authentic they are. Well I order the Shrimp Arepa and oh boy was I impressed!!! simply delicious!!! they took a very traditional dish and knock it up a notch!!! very TASTY and innovative like the rest of the dishes we tried. this place is a must go if you are in the mood for innovative Latin American food.
Came here through Groupon with a group of friends. I wouldn't say its the most expensive Indian restaurant in the city, because that would be plain right lying, but it is not cheap either.
The food was actually not bad. For appies, I had the calamari. Everyone else went boring and ordered samosas/pakoras. But I liked my choice. The drink menu had some local and indian beers, which I found to be pretty neat in fact. For main dishes, we had many things, but what definitely stood out was the garlic naan and lamb saag. The lamb was tender and with the right amount of spice - not overly spiced, but not underspiced either. Each dish was normally around 15 dollars (not on Groupon), so it is definitely not up my alley in terms of price. Besides that, I would recommend it. Service was good, and so was the food.
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.
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.
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.
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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