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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
This is how you should treat your customers
By as_545 of surrey bc (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

This place really deserves 4 stars. Handi is a pretty good restaurant, but lacks a bit in drinks...but that is alright as the service made up for it. The service is good. As soon as we stepped in, the staff greeted us and took us to the bar while we waited for a table. Here is where I found out that drinks aren't their finest point! The service was extremely courteous. Our waiter offered to help at all times and checked on us regularly (not going overboard either, which can be equally annoying). He gave us recommendations of food. We ordered four dishes to share: butter chicken, chicken vindaloo, aloo gobi recommended by our waiter and some lamb. The food tasted authentic, I really liked the way the lamb was seasoned. Surely worth a visit.

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Crepe & Cafe3500 West 41 Ave, Vancouver
Extremely Rude and Overpriced!
By kim67 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2014 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

The French woman at the counter is extremely rude. When I was about to purchase a drink I politely asked how much the bottled apple juice cost as there were no prices listed. She said very rudely that she didn't have time and that she's very busy. She then rung in 5 dollars in the cash register (almost as if she had just made up the price on the spot)! Save yourself the rudeness and overpriced items and stop at the IGA across the street...where juice is 2 dollars. Normally I like to support local cafes but this one is simply not worth it.

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Trocadero Pizza & Steak House2411 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Excellent old school pizza and still an East Van staple
By busterwantstofish of East Van (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

I like my pie. thin crust brick oven its marcello's for me. Old school, thick, delicious, slightly crispy on top ........ then its Troc's for me. I really enjoy the food at this place, and, I have taken more than one well travelled, used-to-good-food client here ( along with friends), and every one has been back or asked that I take them back.
the calamari is great ...especially for deep fried which I dont really like, and i'm dying to try their steak and lobster, as back i the day.... it was pretty damn good.
the place is family owned, slower paced, and downright enjoyable with a group of friends.... and a few pitchers of beer. I may be biased as i'm from the hood, but I do NOT eat crappy food, and this place has got the mojo...
and, if you get a pie, try their special as they've had the damn thing on the menu since I was a kid, but if you dont... its still going to be good.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Still, by far, the best brick oven pizza in town
By busterwantstofish of East Van (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

after 20 +/- years of eating here, and comparing it to others on the drive or elsewhere, I can wholeheartedly say that this still is the best brick oven pizza in town... by a mile....
the reviews here are humorous to say the least, as i do not believe most of them due to my consistently good treatment at this place, and my penchant for fine foods...
the mista or chefs salad? fantastic. their brick oven calamari and prawns? mouthwatering... the various pasta's, of which the clam or mixed seafood is my fave, delicious.
and the pie..... that splendid, thin crust, eat it as soon as it gets out of the oven taste .... to die for.
compared to the new joint on Victoria drive, its still better.... but the the new place has got mojo and I like it cuz its different.
Formosa is not even a contender .....
and yes, their service used to be questionable, but I'm also divorced so I enjoy having women treat me badly on occasion.

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All Star Wings and Ribs808 Bute St, Vancouver
the Best sports bar in vancouver downtown
By bruce chen of Vanvcouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

The service is very awesome and I was very well attended to it's a shame I Could't spend more time with them. I was very impressed with the lay out with the restaurant and it TV layout (lots of TV surround) I would definitely recommend this place to all my friends to go !

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Above Average Place
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (53 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 2:47am [Dine in]

This place was the first time for me tonight. It was my gf's bday so wanted to treat her to something special.

The overall experience was good.

The thing that stood out for me, in particular, was the interior design - very rustic and japanese. The food was also decent, but it felt like a hit and miss on some of the dishes.

We had ordered 6 dishes plus a drink. total came to about 70.00 including tip so it was quite reasonably valued in the end and portions were fair.

- grilled pork cheek
- shrimp salad
- crab rice
- calamari
- dan dan noodle
- agedashi style tofu

overall, i'd say the cooking was solid, although the only ones that stood out in particular was the crab rice and agedashi style tofu.

the ones at the bottom of the barrel were the dan dan noodles and calamari.

calamari was soggy and soaked with grease. we at first thought it was the salsa that had caused the calamari to lose its fried crunch but than eating the ones not in contact with the salsa was still soggy. advice for the chef would be to have the salsa in a separate container.

however, after telling the waitress this, she was kind enough to offer us a replacement dish or to deduct the calamari cost off our tab but we declined because overall it was a good experience and we just wanted to let the chef know.

having eaten so many cuisines, sometimes i second guess myself on what the standards are at a certain place but this calamari was definitely a fail. i hope it was just a consistency error and next time it will come out perfect.

next, the dan dan noodles were not particular memorable or tasty. the overall cooking felt flat and i wasn't sure if it was some fast food dish i was eating or something they had not put heart into. it just felt a bit superficial and something i could get at a food court. banal, mediocre and bland.

the shrimp salad was reasonable, although a little over salty but well seasoned i think.

the pork cheek, i enjoyed greatly but i wished it would have had just maybe that extra 5-15% grill taste to it. it felt overly tenderized and even just below medium done. it was juicy, well seasoned, but texture wise, just uniform - no variety. this may be a personal preference but it's what i think for this dish.

the star of tonight was the crab rice on special in november of this month. full of crab flabor and tiny parcels of real crab meat, seafood and some sort of, i think, very aromatic japanese gratin cheese baked into the rice. it had depth of flavor and the rice was cooked just right.

the crab rice came in a stone bowl, pipping hot.

the cocktail, kingyo cocktail, lacked alcohol taste but flavor was not bad.

our waitress was great, very caring and attentive.

i'd return again, but it would not be a place i'd go often in terms of similarly priced range of izakaya.

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Hitoe Sushi3347 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
I LIKE Hitoe sushi!!
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2014 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

I like Hitoe sushi - it's my Goe-to restaurant whenever I'm in the big city. I head straight there in my car. I don't even feel like I have to be there. They have the freshest bestest sushi in the whole Province. I would not miss an opportunity to stop by. Wenever I 'm near dennam it's my Goe-to restaurant. It's not even cramp.

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Hitoe Sushi3347 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
I won't go here again
By BrianM of West Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 6:28am [Dine in]

Restaurant was small and cramp. Sushi was not fresh and not worth the price I paid. The service was so bad I only left a $2 tip for a group of five. I can tell the patrons are all locals who live in the area who don't have a car that's why they are forced to eat there. There are so many good sushi restaurants on dennam, don't go to Hitoe Sushi

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Bella Gelateria1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
Unexpectedly poor
By EatsFats of Vancouver (322 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

Really loved the gelato from the original location so quite looked forward to the new location, which also serves Napoletana style pizza.

We stayed away in the beginning due to the long line ups, but finally got a chance to go. We ended up at a very non-busy time, maybe only 2 or 3 other tables there.

Service, quite slow. I was really surprised by how long. The pizza should be very quick and especially given the lack of other customers there. They weren't exactly fast to get or order either, the waitress took the order, went away, then came back because she got confused or mixed up about what we ordered.
After the meal, we also ordered some dessert and a gelato on a cone. Not only did it also take a long time, they got the gelato order wrong. Somebody came back to "fix" the order, but the "fix" also took a long time. In a near empty restaurant!!! All told, we spent much more than an hour there for 2 pizzas and an ice cream. In an empty restaurant. There's no way they generate enough turnover to keep the place running.

To add insult, the gelato here (which we have since tried a few times) is not as good as the other location, usually too sweet. The dessert billed as "tiramisu", was nothing like that. It was a biscuit with 3 very, very tiny balls (~ 2cm diameter) of gelato. And it was really expensive.

The pizza was mediocre. You can get just as good from Famoso or any other number of joints around town. Absolutely nothing special, except maybe by being 10-20% more expensive than the competition! Our evaluation of the pizza correlates well with other friends and acquaintances who also tried at other times. "Meh, it was ok" was the general response.

Not recommended. You can get way better Neapolitan style pizza in any number of places around town. For gelato, the original location is better. For the same stuff, walk up a few blocks and get it for less cost and less lineup. For dessert or pizza, head around the corner to Sciue.

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Linh Cafe2836 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Quite the pleasant surprise!
By EatsFats of Vancouver (322 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

French style food from what seems to be a Vietnamese chef. Quite a small place, but very friendly.
The server was pretty good if a bit over the top, I'm not complaining.

Eh, the food? WOW! Yeah, wow! Quelle surprise! A couple of French breakfasts were stupendous. Sure, I've had this level of quality before, but at way more expensive and fancy joints. The actual dishes, well, no, I've not had them before, so it has a double hit of good and unique.
We also had the pho which is quite different from other pho joints in town, but was also quite well done. I rather suspect it is more "authentic" as a breakfast item than the other guys,but I suspect most people will prefer "the usual" style more as a full meal.

Tried some croissants which also got the big thumbs up from the party. The thing was just all good food, surprisingly so.

Definitely worth a return trip. Highly recommended.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Memorable night, because of the service
By yellowcf of Mississauga (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

Eating at Akbars has been a great experience. The waiter that we had was extremely cordial and nice. We never had to call him or remind him of anything, which was good because we could focus on the important part: the meal.

I specially loved the malai kofta with basmati rice. I’ve had Indian food many, many times, and one dish I had never grown to love was the malai kofta. I decided to try it here and was absolutely delighted. By far, the best kofta I’ve ever had! The mango cheese cake is pretty good too.

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Earnest Ice Cream3992 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Exclusive and expensive
By gabaqueen of ottawa (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 31, 2014 - 7:58pm [Take-out]

Open only four days a week and with the prices they charge for an ice cream, this is definitely one of those places that wants to differenciate themselves as high end, upscale food.

Other than that, the ice cream is good. I had the london fog and really liked it, but im not sure I would come back.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Definitely Not the Best, But Not Bad Either
By radsah34 of North Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

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.

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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine4530 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Great Value
By kylewelsofrd of Vancouver BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

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.

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Gyoza Bar + Ramen622 West Pender Street, Vancouver
A different take on Gyoza
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2014 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

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.

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Rangoon1602 Yew Street, Vancouver
Great Authentic Burmese Food
By redfoxpc of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

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.

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Adelitas5178 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
The best in Vancouver
By sunyflower of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2014 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

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!!!!

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IPOH Asian House2128 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Utter Disappointment
By aeis2000 of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2014 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

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.

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Aphrodite's Organic Delights Cafe3598 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Lousy place. Worst server ever!
By cathy m of Ladner , B.C. (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

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.

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Frites & Fries With Benefits1011 Granville St., Vancouver
Excellent Poutine!
By Katarina Speckman of Vancouver (Downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 8:03pm [Dine in]

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.

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