Wow, this place sucked
We walked down this way because we thought there was an Earls here, it's safe to say all four of us wish we had just kept on walking. Entering here was my partially my mistake, as I should have checked reviews on my iPhone before we just headed in, as I usually would have done.
The restaurant was only about 20% full, this should have been red flag #1 to turn around. After sitting down, there was no drink menu, just a table card type wine list. Don’t get me wrong, I like wine, but I was in the mood for a beer. I didn’t want to be a jerk and have the waitress list off every beer they had, so I just picked the first one she named (which was actually good). Red flag #2, no beer or specialty mixed drink list. One of us asked what kind of rye they had. The waitress went to ask the bartender and he had to turn around and stare at the wall of bottles (which are actually just a whole bunch of a few different brands), before yelling out Crown or Crown Black. There are two rye choices and the bartender didn’t know that? Red Flag #3, staff don’t even know what they have to serve you. We still had time to get out, but didn’t……Big mistake. We were all starving so we just kept ignoring the red flags.
My wife wanted a glass water, but the waitress disappeared for a while so she went up to the bar to get one. The bartender was visually and verbally unhappy about this. This kind of behavior is contagious and it has obviously spread throughout this entire place.
After our drinks finally arrived, we were all ready to order. Once our food arrived, things started geting really funky.
My Cajun salmon burger with “Louis Sauce” had lettuce and tomato only. No sauce. I asked the waitress and she said the chef just forgot the sauce. Really, they forgot the sauce? There is supposed to be 3 things on it and they forgot 1 of them. That’s 33% of the toppings.
My wife’s Seafood Nicoise salad had a cold chunk of Salmon and a couple ice cold prawns. There were no olives or no green beans as the menu had said. So basically she got lettuce and a couple chunks of seafood from the fridge. The salad was also topped with a sweet vinaigrette sauce (which it did not say in the menu) and my wife is allergic to raspberries. She asked if there was raspberry in it. The waitress checked with the kitchen and they confirmed that they could taste something sweet, but they could not confirm it was or was not raspberry. The head chef apparently makes the dressings, but he had left for the day, so no one knew what was in the vinaigrette. The salad was returned and a new one came back with a regular dressing on the side. BUT, the same ice cold salmon was pieced back together (yes they actually pieced it back together) and a prawn with a bite out of it came back on this salad! COME ON! Are you kidding? She’s allergic to raspberry, the salmon and prawn was on the raspberry salad!!!!!!!!! Take a new piece of salmon and two new prawns out of the fridge and put them on the new salad and throw the old one out!!!!!!! What a joke. She was done. The waitress didn’t even seem to care.
My father in-law had a steak that was cooked right, just that it a little chilly as well, and was on a bed of cold mashed potatoes. Too hungry to complain anymore, he took one for the Speakeasy team and ate it.
My mother in-law had yorkies and drunken prawns that were edible.
Let’s summarize Speakeasy. We have staff that don’t know what they have to server you, a kitchen that does not know what is in their food and a whole team that collectively doesn’t seem to give a **** about their customers.
I look forward to seeing what’s open here when I am in the neighbourhood next time.
4 of us dined here on a thursday night. The place is in a great location and is a beautiful restaurant. We had a warm welcome at the front door. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients, top marks for him. Basically everything was excellent here.. Now for the most important part, the food.
Appetizer: I had the $33 BC Tasting for Two
dungeness crab salad, scallop ceviche, albacore tuna tartare, smoked sockeye salmon terrine - 16.50 per person (minimum for 2)
All 4 of the items were 'good' but not more then that, it seems like they held back in flavors.
Entree: I had the $33.50 Qualicum Bay Scallops
caramelized belgian endives, wild rice griddle cake, candied ginger and citrus sauce
Once again a 'good' dish, nothing more.
Dessert: I had the $12.50 Warm Dark Cuban Chocolate Cake
brandy truffle center, vanilla bean ice cream
Another 'good' dessert but not great. I am a chocolate lover and would never leave any leftovers but I didn't really care to finish this dessert.
Add a couple of drinks and for the 4 of us the meal comes to $373 before tip.
Overall everything was excellent here except for the food. The food was all 'good' but nothing more then that. Nothing popped in my mouth, nothing stood out. There were no amazing or memorable bites. All of the items were 'good' but at a high end restaurant with high prices I was expecting great/excellent. With the small portions and high prices I was expecting more.
It has taken me awhile to try this little bubble tea shop, but I realize now it's one of the best.
The place is tiny, not the cleanest but acceptable, and with a constant line-up of customers getting in each other's way while they try to order or find a space to wait - it really is more of a take-out place.
Their bubble teas are ridiculously good - perfect consistency for the pearls. I've stuck to my favorite - fresh apple slush. I'm going to try some of the other fresh flavors recommended here such as mango and pear - it's not much more for fresh vs powdered, and the taste is so much better. For food, my friend tried the milk toast once and enjoyed it - it looked similar to other bbt places.
Wait time is reasonable. Service is efficient and friendly enough.
I was feeling the pinch from paying upwards of $15 for my favorite burgers at other places, and decided to give Wally’s a try as I’ve heard good things.
It was under $10 for a combo which I thought was a good deal, the space was cute and clean in a retro-A&W kind of way. But the burger was sorely lacking – it was small, so covered in a dripping sauce I couldn’t taste the ingredients, and the fries were overcooked. I now know why I shell out the extra $5 for a large, juicy patty and higher-quality ingredients at other burger places that pay attention to the details. You can really tell the difference.
But for a high school crowd that's close by and just wants to have a cheap meal that’s not McDonald’s or Burger King, this place is not that bad.
Our journey took us to the Rumpus room today. Mostly cause they had 2 things I had on my bucket list.
This being, Deep fried bacon and deep fried avocado. They did not disappoint. The avocado was cripy on the outside and soft in the inside and NOT greasy. Bacon was perfect. The dipping sauces that came with them were also great. We both loved this appy! Check those off my bucket list.
For the main I had the breakfast poutine, all of which I loved, although i felt the gavy needed more flavour.
Rainbow crab tried the burger, of course,,, she said it was ok. The atmosphere was very kitchy which we loved, We went when it was not too busy. I can see this place being squishy when it get's busy.
Service was excellent. Very nice friendly young people. We look forward to going back. Next on my list to try is their deep fried pickles.
Went with a group of family and friends on their opening week...and cannot say enough about the menu, and great vibe. Starters you must have are the Albondigas, and the Crispy Egg and Bacon. Entrees to die for were the Pork 2 Ways and the Faux Lamb Tagine...TUC salad was also amazing! Next time we're trying the Parsnip Smashed Potato Fries. Hats off to the friendly staff and the culinary team...what a great way to spend an evening in Gastown...we will be back!
Carefully made sushi! I love their combos and the nigiri is really really awesome as well.
Extremely friendly service! The waitress always has a big smile on her face.
Excellent value - which is sometimes difficult to find in Kitsilano! Miso soup and tea are complimentary.
Nothing fancy, but clean.
I can't wait to return!
I highly recommend skipping this dinner. This place has crappy service. We have been to this establishment a couple of times and each time the service was sub-par, the food is nothing special, the drinks are expensive and the seating is cramped and uncomfortable. Many better choices to dine in in Vancouver.
The seafood linguine was amazing, the west coast salmon plate we order was simple great as well, with great food, great music!! and great company, my wife is very picky with food and anywhere we go, so for her to like this place is a HUGE plus! We were left wanting to come back for more... :-)
I've been twice. First visit was mixed, but I saw potential I liked. Second visit, new menu, prices up by 30 to 40%. They are trying to do a quality job here, but it just didn't work. Too many weird things and ends up one of the most expensive breakfasts in Vancouver.
First time, I had brunch and I did enjoy it, but left feeling that it wasn't quite right. Let's be clear though, the quality of the food here is very good. I love the homemade ketchup, hot sauce and jam. That's classy and appreciated. Good, strong coffee too. And the room is lovely. We sat at a booth that is nice and spacey and has really cushy benches. Service is very friendly and attentive too.
So I ordered the corned beef hash. I love a hash and with home made corned beef, that just sounded awesome. It was very good, but at the same time, not how I would have preferred it. It came with a good portion of sauerkraut which was under the eggs. I get it, corned beef and sauerkraut are meant to go together, but here it made the eggs taste very vinegary and I didn't like that. Easy option, ask for it on the side, but it's just a bad idea in the first place.
The other thing was that the corned beef was a big pile separate to the rest. For a hash, I expected it to be chopped up and fried with the potatoes and probably some onions too. On the side meant that really, it was a case of putting the hash together on your plate. Missing was the kind of cooked hash experience that I love. It's also served in a bowl, which I didn't prefer.
This sounds like a lot of complaints, but the ingredients and the the cooking were still very good. I wouldn't hesitate to come back here, but would try something else, and so I did...
So second time. Turns out, they changed the menu recently. They no longer have bacon and eggs. No bacon at all, which is a little odd for a place with a pig sign outside, but whatever. Prices are much higher now. All breakfasts used to be $11, which to be fair, was pretty reasonable. Now they are around $14 or $15. On top of that, you don't get toast with most options, so buying toast is another $5. That makes a $14 breakfast $19. Wow! That is one expensive breakfast!
We ordered the the short rib with sous vide eggs. What the heck is "sous vide eggs"? Well, it's eggs poached in a slightly different way that had them delivered near raw and all slimy. Really horrible. Appreciated that they swapped them for us, but really, these pretentiously named eggs are just a bad idea.
The warm kale breakfast was unusual and very nicely prepared. If you like vege for breakfast, this was a winner, but again, no toast. I had pork belly and eggs (no bacon!) The pork belly was really tasty though. Eggs were over easy and were overcooked. Almost hard. The idea is that they are flipped over for a second and served. These were cooked on the other side. Cooking easy over eggs is pretty basic stuff for a brunch place.
As I said earlier, great room and nice service, but sadly, this is now a miss for me. Way too expensive and feels like the chef is just trying too hard to impress. Sad about that as I was kind of in love with the place the first time.
We've been to Patrons a few times now.. each time we've gone the service hasn't been great, (not super friendly nor speedy) but the food is not bad and the pricing is reasonable... so we've been a few times... HOWEVER I WILL NEVER GO TO THIS RESTAURANT EVER AGAIN. Upon our last visit to Patrons we called ahead to see if they would be playing Canelo/Trout boxing fight. They said they would however they weren't going to show it live, it would be played at 10pm. We agreed that was acceptable and showed up early to have dinner/drinks. We got there around 7:30 so we spent 2.5 hours spending money in their restaurant with the expectation of seeing the fight at 10 oclock. When 10 rolled around and still no fight we immediately asked what was going on. The server replied, "oh... well, the fight is at 11:30 and we close in an hour."
We were FURIOUS. We asked to see the manager and he offered nothing but a weak insincere apology. We spent time and money for the purpose of watching the fight. Had we known they were not going to play it we would have rather been at home so at least we would have been able to watch it there. The manager offered us nothing, he didn't care that we missed our fight, only that we spent money at his restaurant.
As I've said the service has never been great, but this was way past unacceptable. I have no desire to ever spend money here again.
Reserved a table for 10 the day before. Arrived on time for no table reserved in my name. Restaurant wasn't full so they joined an odd shaped table to form a table for us. After we ordered starters the complimentary papad arrived - they were stale so after pointing this out a new batch came out - they weren't even cooked ie:raw.
Sent these back - third set did not arrive ......fortunately!
Half the starters arrived. Very poor to say the least and tiny tiny portions. The mushroom starter for example consisted of about 6 mushrooms which for about $15 is $2.50 for a button mushroom.....no they weren't portobello mushroom size! Samosas were oily and worse than the 50cent ones you get in surrey hole in the walls.
We upped and left. Manager was fine. He apologized and didn't make us pay but really disappointing when you have a big group and had expected more. Lord knows how there are any good reviews for this place. Our friends who are local and have visited before several times did tell us this was particularly poor and they are better when they are busy for their buffets.
I would describe myself as an experienced Indian restaurant goer having been to many here in BC and moreso back in the UK where the standard is way higher but this was amongst the worst experiences ever. Maybe this was a one off bad day for the restaurant - I can't comment on that but I wouldn't return for sure.
I don't usually write reviews for places that I go to but my experience today was awful enough to warrant one.
My wife and I were there with my parents for dim sum today. Arrived around 11:30am. Ordered our food and waited. Food came like any other Chinese restaurant. Nothing fantastic or anything. But its cheap so its not bad.
All our food came by around noon. We slowed down our eating but there were still food on the table. We clearly were still working at it. AND IT'S A CHINESE RESTAURANT. We were there to enjoy our tea and conversation as well. At this time the waiters/ waitresses came by at 1 minute intervals to check that all our items had arrived. We got the impression that they were trying to get us to leave so they could have the table to seat others. We have been there for a total of 45 minutes at this time. My mother straight up asked them if they were trying to hurry us out. The older waiter there said, "Yes. We have people waiting." When I told him that we have been there for only 45 minutes and that we were still slowly eating and enjoying our food, he told us that "Maybe we should have gone to a cafe."
Even though we hadn't asked for the bill yet, they came back with it and left a take out box on the table for us to pack the rest of our food ourselves.
They said that they don't mind people sitting around if it wasn't busy but if it's busy, you need to eat and go. I do understand this if we were there for a long time. But 45 minutes while waiting for your items to arrive is not long.
So bottom line is that if you are not actively ordering more items, you will be asked to leave. Once all your items have arrived, you better finish it and leave.
Needless to say, we will not be eating there again.
TL;DR: Kicked us out to serve other guest when we were still eating because we had stopped ordering.
We had 6 people and each paid a $20 bill. We counted the money twice before giving to the waitress. The cashier machine had a little girl watching show on an iPad. After minutes or so, waitress came back and said we were missing $20. How is that possible... We checked the floor and else where for that bill and we couldn't find it. At the end, just gave her an extra $20 with reasonable 10% tip and leave the restaurant.
This is my fourth visit in the last 2 years and it will be my last.
Also, sushi didn't taste as good as before after changing the chief.
Had a groupon that expired, but I had to use it for the meal it was originally based on. Ended up spending an extra $20 on the meal that wasn't worth it...... I wish I could've just avoided it, and saved that money, or atleast spent it on something I actually wanted to eat... the service was meh, had to keep going back inside and asking for more tea and the such. Prices were cheap, but just the overall service was pretty jippy..
Everything about this place was awful. It somehow took 20 minutes for the staff to assemble the worst little undercooked, stale bread, chicken sandwich imaginable. And the fries were no better. I choked down two of the 10 or so included in my meal.
Really, really bad. I felt anxious for the health of the two kids i saw ordering with their mom. This place deserves to go under.
We popped in after seeing it from Locus the weekend before. We ordered the beef tataki, the ebi mayo, chicken karaage and the Japanese-style caesar salad.
The beef was tender and delicious, and amazingly plated. It came with small cubes of salty-sweet consume that were a whole lot of fun to eat with chopstick. The sweet-spicy mayo on the crispy ebi was amazing, and the rice crispie-wasabi coating was deliciously crunchy. The karaage was what it should be- crisply deep-fried dark meat deliciousness. The salad was really interesting- nothing at all like a standard caesar, but with great little details like crispy tapioca balls. So good!
We'd absolutely go back, and look forward to trying more on the menu.
I have mentioned in my past reviews that I generally dislike shopping malls. I also generally dislike the food in shopping malls - as I find mall offerings overpriced and uninspiring. Togo Sushi was no exception.
I ordered a plate with 2 salmon sushi, 2 tune sushi, a dynamite roll and a California roll. The total cost was around $14.00.
Like others have mentioned - the wait was long. It was not a busy time of day.
Finally, my order number was called. The portion size was quite small. The dynamite roll did not have a crispness to the prawn tempura - it was cold, dense and a little soggy on the outside. The california roll was okay - I liked the crab that they used. The sushi portions were adequate - but nothing to write home about.
The ambiance is where Oakridge mall in general is lacking in all their eateries. Togo Sushi had all the checkpoints: No artwork/design - check. Noisy - check. Uncomfortable seating - check.
I sometimes wonder if the mall simply charges too much in rent so that an eatery cannot offer good food at reasonable prices.
In any event - this will not be a "togo" place for me.
I actually prefer my little neighbourhood sushi place in Champlain Square (Sushi Go) over this. Better decor, better service, better product and better prices.
Good burgers. The portions are fairly large as they serve both fries and salad with your burgers. There are many choices. The burgers are not cheap and but they are good quality. Service was good. Milkshakes are good also. Did not like music as it's a head banger music. The place was not busy as we went for an early dinner but it did get busy after. I would go back when i feel like having a burger. I had the American Classic was good.
I had the buffet the other week and nothing to write home about. The food was pretty bland, its one of those restaurants that use the cheapest spices and food.
The chicken was kind of hard in the butter chicken and they were out of a lot of sauces, I asked to get some more mango chutney and he said its coming and it never did......
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