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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Not the place for a business dinner
By jbgirl21 of Victoria (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

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.

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9th Avenue Grill1822 West Broadway St., Vancouver
2pm breakfast
By jbgirl21 of Victoria (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

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.

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Meat & Bread1033 West Pender St, Vancouver
Sometimes great, sometimes just okay
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 7:23pm [Take-out]

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.

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Come Along Seafood Restaurant2550 Kingsway, Vancouver
Came and left stuffed!!
By richie_rich of vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2014 - 4:18am [Dine in]

Hello there,

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.

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Pizza Factory701 Kingsway, #3, Vancouver
wings and pizza
By adamH of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

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.

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Jethro's Fine Grub3455 Fraser St, Vancouver
Long wait for an average meal
By Gibbler of Coquitlam, BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

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...

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El Camino's3250 Main Street, Vancouver
Arepas to die for
By Ruben of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

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.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
If it were not with Groupon, I would say it's pricey
By nhvangurl of Kitsilano (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 1:09am [Dine in]

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.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
First time ordering take-out from here
By coopb34 of Buranby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 2:20pm [Take-out]

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.

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Nero Belgian Waffle Bar1703 Robson St, Vancouver
Always a treat
By coopb34 of Buranby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

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.

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Rangoon1602 Yew Street, Vancouver
First time for Burmese food
By VJB of abbotsford (156 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 9:20am [Dine in]

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.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Came here twice: 1) Bachelorette party and 2) Anniversary
By kitsl of surrey (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:50am [Dine in]

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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Joe's Grill1031 Davie Street, Vancouver
When I go into an establishment for a sit down meal, I expect full service.
By ratedrrockstar of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

My partner and I went to Joe's Grill for a late breakfast a couple of weeks ago. I've never been terribly impressed with the place, but you get big portions for a decent price. The food was okay, but not stellar, and the service (up until the end) was also not bad. I couldn't finish my omelet right then and there, so I thought I would ask to have it packed up to take home with me to have later. The waitress said sure, went away, then came back a minute later and tossed a plastic container on our table, then walked away again! Uhhhh, what?? Now, I'm not sure if restaurants nowadays have changed policies on this, but when a customer asks for a meal to be packed up to go, someone EMPLOYED BY THE RESTAURANT does this, NOT the customer. I was so put off by it and the lack of customer service, I decided to just leave it behind. The food and ambiance isn't good enough for me to ever want to go back to this place.

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Savoy Pub258 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Karaoke, yummy drinks and good people
By Melantha R of Vancouver BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

Do not leave East Hastings without having visited Savoy Pub! I have never received a warmer welcome. Right away, it felt like I was hanging out with old friends who knew how to have a good time. LOVED the cheap beer...After 5 of those i don't remember much. I do know that it was a great night....karaoke, yummy drinks and good people. So much fun!!!!!

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Sushi King House5333 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Our Go-To Fave!
By Kymess of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:01am [Dine in]

We might have champagne tastes, but when beer budgets rule, this mini franchise (they're connected to the one in Marpole, and have a spot in Surrey, too) is where we head.
We often did dine-in, but mostly we were take-away regulars on a weekly basis. My daughter often went independently several times a week, with the kids she nannied.
We moved away from Kerrisdale 7 years ago, but we still go to this Sushi King because we find its hard to beat the value they offer. The fish is fresh, humongous as has been stated many times, decently prepared. Plus, they still remember us!! We're always greeted by a very friendly team (and sometimes they would bring us little 'extras' while we'd wait for our to-go order, like mini seafood salad, lychees, kumquats!)
These guys are our all-time favourite non-Japanese-run Go-To sushi place!

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Pizzeria Barbarella654 E Broadway Street, Vancouver
Pizza crawl third stop
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (58 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:32am [Dine in]

So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl of three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Nicli and Campagnolo). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
Nice room in east van...very handy. Great selection of craft brews and friendly staff AND th best prices of the three by far! The Margherita was cooking in a gas fired domed oven.....so not really pizza napolitana here. That being said...it was delicious albeit smothered in waaaay too much cheese! te purist n me scowled but everyone else loved it. The second pizza bear mention, it was a "in bianco" (no sauce) creation of pancetta and Brussels sprout leaves and it was the best pizza of the night! 100% will be back. IMHO this place is one of the better values around however for REAL pizza none of these three (except maybe Nicli) can match Tevere or even Bibos.

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
Pizza crawl...second stop
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (58 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:24am [Dine in]

So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl f three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Nicli Antics and Barbarella). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
To be fair, this isn't strictly a pizza place, there pastas looked amazing! good thing to....I don't know how this was voted one of "the best" as the oven is a conventional one you'd find at any pizza joint!
The Margherita wasn't up to par...they uses tomato sauce instead of fresh...the cheese was almost nonexistent and almost no basil! The second was a fennel sausage and arugula. Better but really, the sausage was almost non existant. I steer clear of this place for pizza but I il be back to try their pasta!

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria62 East Cordova, Vancouver
Pizza crawl...first stop
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (58 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:15am [Dine in]

So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl of three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Campagnolo and Barbarella). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
The margherita was SPOT ON!! WOW! perfect crust from a wood oven, the right mozzarella fresh tomatoes and basil. The other was a pesto bacon affair memorable only because of the house smoked bacon but great anyhow. This was the most expensive of the three places for beer/wine and pizza. beautiful room in a funky hood. Service was adequate. IMHO it rates as tied for first on this trip with Barbarella. I still prefer Tevere pizza overall, too bad we were too full to visit that night!

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Slow and spicy
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

Someone recommended me this place for good Indian food, so I expected it to be top-notch, at the least. First of all, I had to wait an excruciating amount of time to get a table. And to make matters worse, we were only two people waiting for a table.
When we finally got a table, we ordered out appetizers and drinks. Then, it was another wait…for our actual food. When I told the waiter he made a face like if he had forgotten or something. The meal starts to get expensive when you start to order sides and drinks. The lamb vindaloo was too spicy for me. I had ordered medium, so I don’t know why it was so hot. The prawns were okay in terms of taste and size. The matter paneer was too much sauce for me and so I had to give it to my friend to finish. In their defense, their breads were really good (naans).

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49th Parallel Coffee Roasters Cafe2902 Main Street, Vancouver
And I don’t even like coffee
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

I do not consider myself much of a coffee person but I loved the coffee and service offered here in 49th. Their Venezuelan coffee was fresh and didn’t taste anything fabricated, like in many other coffee shops popping up here and there. The baristas know their stuff, which made me fall over for a cup. Their lattes also looked pretty good. I also indulged in some donuts (peanut butter and jelly in case you were wondering), on insistence of a friend, and found them delicious. Making the line was worth it! Before leaving I even bought an extra pair Lucky donuts to take home. Caution though, they were a bit expensive! But worth trying.

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