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Adesso Bistro1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Mixed feelings about this place
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:42am [Dine in]

This is definitely a place I can only afford to go to on special occasions. What first impacts you about this restaurant is its ambience. There is an outdoor patio that is lovely and quite romantic. Make sure you have a reservation before coming here because it does get rather busy sometimes, especially for dinner.

Onto the food now…I played it safe and ordered nothing out of the extraordinary. The food was not exceptional; I found the gnocchi to be a little lackluster in taste. The wine list is pretty extensive and if you are not a wine expert like myself, it can be a little overwhelming! The waiter helped me out though. I really liked dessert; I had the cioccolato and it was fabulous. I have a bit of a sweet tooth so I am a little biased in that sense, but even my boyfriend, who isn’t, liked it.

So I'm having mixed feelings about this place. The food never makes me go "wow", especially for its price, but the ambience + dessert + drinks make up for it.

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Amato Gelato Cafe78 East 1st Ave, Vancouver
Good gelato but long wait
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:36am [Dine in]

There's nothing like some good old gelato when its summer. This place has an amazing amount of gelato to chose from: over 70 flavours last time I asked! I always go for an unexpected and crazy flavor, like hedgehog or green tea. While the staff is normally friendly and courteous, the huge line and wait is always a bummer.

Besides that, I wish they would update their whole payment process. They don't take credit cards which can be a pain, as I usually don't carry cash with me. Prices are not cheap, so why make it more difficult to pay?

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Agro Cafe1363 Railspur Alley, Vancouver
Delicious fair trade coffee
By joshr of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Although I have been to better coffee shops, I still make the effort to stop by Agro's every once in a while. They have the right work ethic at this place, which is what I like. They believe in organic food and fair trade practices, something I strongly believe in and advocate. I like knowing where the ingredients of my food is coming from so I will continue to support it with my pennies.

Enough of my rant, the coffee is actually quite good. Although I don't drink much coffee, especially in summer, I go for an iced tea and either a panini or a quinoa wrap. The prices are quite inexpensive for a place like this one. If only they would train and/or change their staff, then the place would be nearly perfect. The service is always quite slow and the orders get mixed up frequently. The attitude of the staff is also something that needs to be worked on.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Reservations Should be Honored
By dinnerguests of vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2014 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

We just had dim sum with the family at this very consistent restaurant.
The food is always consistent; new items are regularly on the menu. The servers are professional.

What we do not expect to pay for, and what is not on the menu is poor treatment by the hostess. This is also a consistent aspect. We checked-in for our reservation with the hostess who was rude from the start: no eye contact, hollering tone of voice, no smile, and no communication to say that our table is or is not ready. While we waited with uncertainty, we noticed several other groups with the same party numbers--no reservations or later reservations, were seated ahead of us because they knew the various managers in black suits. We could understand the interchange among these people.

Suggestions to the owner: send your hostesses for WorldHost training, be fair to all customer reservations--honour their time.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Amazing food...!
By rajesh kumar of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 9:16pm [Dine in]

Some of the best Indian food I've ever had!! All of the dishes were very flavorful and fresh. The service was very attentive and they make you feel like your right at home. This is my new favorite Indian restaurant.Absolutely wonderful. I have always enjoyed Indian food, the kheer variety and the fixed price made it so I could try far more dishes than I normally would. I would recommend this to anyone seeking excellent food for a great price

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Great every time!
By autwrn of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 2:39pm [Take-out]

I usually order take out from Handi, I think I ate here once only? But I vaguely remember, so I can't really opine on that aspect. As far as the take-out goes, its been great so far. My order always comes relatively fast and most important of all, it comes hot!

The curry sauces are really delicious and tasty. I usually get the lamb curry (or something of lamb) or the palak paneer, and accompany it with some Indian rice. The take-out portions are quite generous and can easily fill one up. I usually end up with leftovers when I order from them but I just re-heat the food the next day and its all good.

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Disappointing experience
By dneel of Tulsa, Oklahoma (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 8:02am [Dine in]

Based on the positive reviews I found here, I went to Kobe for some good food. But what a bad dining experience it was. We had made a dinner reservation for 7 pm, but when we arrived, we had to wait for another thirty minutes or so to get seated. Really? Then what was the whole purpose of making a reservation?

The food is overly priced here. And even bland. The hibachi steak I ordered lacked seasoning and was quite bland. I know that in restaurants like these (Benihana, etc) we also pay for the show that is put on by the chefs, but this was simply missing from our chef. Our chef did not put on much of a show and was extremely sloppy. I don't know if it was because he was tired or something, but given that each one of us paid $70+ for our food, it was disappointing.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Delicious Indian food
By hbing of Savannah, Georgia (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 9:51am [Dine in]

We had an unexpected dinner at this restaurant when a friend and I were strolling around downtown. We did not have a reservation so we had to wait a little to get seated, which only made us hungrier as we could smell the food. While we waited for our seats, the waiter suggested we order some drinks and so we went for it.

When we finally got our table, we ordered some calamari and a mixed platter for appetizers. The food was delicious. The shahi paneer was extremely good; the sauce had that thick, creamy characteristic, orangey look that it is supposed to have. As for my friend, she had beef saag. The food was brought promptly and hot, an important detail for any food to taste good. Half the taste goes away if you bring the food cold! Would come back for Indian food if I lived here.

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Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant703 Denman Street, Vancouver
Arrivaderci Ciao Bella
By VJB of abbotsford (156 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2014 - 9:53am [Dine in]

Wow! Last night was so bad compared to our previous experiences that we will not return. They did not have parking in the back as the lot was filled with cars from bicycle rental shop in the same strip mall. The manager – Oriental fellow basically said too bad there is nothing they can do about it. Oh well. Our server – a lovely blonde girl was very good. She was very pleasant the best part of what was a very disappointing evening.
Our waitress explained that in addition to the regular menu and the 3 course special for $28.95 they also had a roast beef special for $18.95 that included lobster bisque or salad and came with Yorkshire pudding and vegetables. I decided to go with the roast beef special and my husband decided to go with the 3 course meal. I told them that I wanted the roast beef rare. They said it might be more than rare but it would be no more than medium rare. I started off with the lobster bisque. It was a bit watery, not the greatest soup but for the price it was acceptable. My husband said his salad was very good. It was a good size and the greens were very fresh. For his entree my husband had the chicken breast with pancetta and penne pasta. He said it was okay, nothing special. My roast beef was not good at all. It had a funny texture to it and I did not enjoy it at all. When our lovely waitress asked how our meals were I told her that my dinner was not very good. She was very gracious, she apologized and asked if I would like to order something else. I replied that I would and she said she would bring me the menu again. The next thing I know the manager or whoever he is was standing by the table. He said that they had told me the beef might not be rare (that was only part of the issue – the main point was that the roast beef was probably one of the worst roast beef dinners that I’ve had). He refused to take the dish back to the kitchen. My husband said that he would change plates with me and offered me his chicken and he took the roast beef. The chicken was also very poorly prepared. My husband said that 1 of the pieces of roast beef was very well done. Dessert was a cheesecake that looked and tasted like it came from a supermarket. Through all this our waitress was so pleasant. I think she was very embarrassed by the way her co-worker had handled the whole situation.
We have gone to Ciao Bella on numerous occasions over the past few years and suggested it to friends as a place for dinner but after last night we will definitely not be going back. The gentleman who was there definitely needs to take some courses on good customer relations. You’ve lost clientele that frequented your restaurant on a regular basis. All this could be resolved by handling the situation the way that our waitress would have handled it. If you want crappy food that they will not allow you to return or compensate you for in any way then you should dine here. The manager will also treat you like you are dirt under his feet. There are too many really good Italian restaurants in Vancouver to be treated with such disrespect to eat crappy food.

The only reason for the 3 on Service is because of our waitress. If I was rating based on the manager I would give it a 1. I split the difference. I would have given her a 4 for service

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Cafe Gloucester3338 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Best in Class
By teri604 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

This is probably the best Hong Kong Style Cafe in Vancouver in terms of food quality, variety, taste and value. Must try are: Hainan chicken, dried pork chop and beef brisket. Everything is tasty, you can't go wrong. Be sure to make reservations, line up could be long during peak meal times.

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Mui Garden Restaurant5797 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Curry still okay
By teri604 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

Food quality and service have gone downhill. Curry (Malaysian style) is the only thing that is still good. We had the 8-person dinner set last night which we regretted ordering due to limited choice of dishes and its portion - not enough for eight. Their claim to fame Hainan Chicken was blend and unappealing. Service was slow and sporadic, I don't recommend this place.

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Gigi's Pizza & Spaghetti House189 West Broadway, Vancouver
Bland!
By Prettyeasygoing of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:53pm [Delivery]

I definitely would never eat there again. Bland , and over priced for what you get....I ordered cheese bread, it was just bland mozza on a hot dog bun, dry ribs had no seasoning, and super dry because they were over cooked and it was 7$ for a hot dog bun with not even any flavor? Rip off....Pizza was par at best.... Ended up throwing most of the order out.

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Mediterranean Grill1152 Denman Street, Vancouver
Not as good as it used to be.
By cigar06 of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

I treated my family to one of our favorite places. 6 of us. Seating is strained and could only find a couple of tables right by the very smelly washroom. People can barely squeeze past you to get in. We ordered our usual favorite chicken shawarma plates and one lamb kebab plate. The usually fabulous rice was now quite oily. The chicken shawarma was not as tasty as before and much more yellow. Tumeric? The lamb kebob was grissly, tough, raw and inedible. WOW!!!!!

Sorry I can't recommend this place any more. It has gone from great to very mediocre. Has the ownership changed?? The very stale faced indifferent woman taking our order was clearly new to us.

If you ignore my review and venture there make sure you get good seating or sit outside. Next door is a great looking place we will go to from now on.

Too bad. We used to really like this place.

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Fish Shack, The1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Fish N chips for lunch
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

The one big complaint I have with the Glowball Restaurants, why do they make their eating locations cramped?Why is everyone so close together, and put a bit of space with ambiance could make a difference with any meal.

I was in here with the lunch crowd, stuck side by side, and decided to try their fish n chip lunch box special. I really like the fish n chips, came out perfectly, crunch and the fries tasted really good. I did like their salad with vinaigrette dressing. As for the coleslaw, awful, think it maybe kimchi, but I didn't even try it after the first bite.
The fish n chips were a great deal for lunch and would go back to have it again, in the future.

The service I felt needed to be worked on, and for the managers in the corner, using their cellphones, laptops, ipads, yelling out across the floors to some trade person, left me wondering don't they have office??? I suggest all of you go in a back room to conduct your daily business, speak to trades, staff and suppliers, which I felt this was the main reason service lack any personal style. Take a look at the managers....

I would come back again for the fish n chips, and hope the service improves for my next visit.

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Brown Dog Cafe4544 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Great Cafe!
By hbing of Savannah, Georgia (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:06am [Dine in]

I am not really acquainted to many places in Vancouver so I looked up some good cafes and found this one. Based on the positive reviews it got, I decided to check it out for myself.

The restaurant is really neatly decorated, but it is a little small. The quality of the food is amazing – fresh and best of all, inexpensive. The pancakes I had were fluffy and delicious, and the scrambled eggs were good as well. Oh, they serve some amazing organic coffee here. I think the whole experience was enhanced because of the staff. They were really warm and friendly at all times, despite being rather busy when I went.

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Subway2079 Dundas Street, Vancouver
Worst customer service ever!
By hbing of Savannah, Georgia (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:26am [Dine in]

This is probably the worst subway joint I have ever been to. The franchisee/owner is extremely rude and will give you an attitude if you ask her any question. She even swore at one of the other customers! Now, I am not from here but where have you seen something like that? It amazes me to see how she is still in business. The only reason why I came here was because it was close (unfortunately) to where I was staying.

As for the food itself the sandwiches weren't good. She doesn't seem to change the ingredients because they didn't taste fresh. And this is coming from someone who is not much of a picky eater. She would put very little of the vegetables I asked for (she literally counts them, one, two, three) and when I told her if she could put more, she yapped back at me saying that it would be an extra cost. Really? Thank God I don't live here but if you do, don't even bother.

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L'Abattoir217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Fine Vancouver dining
By louie of New Jersey, USA (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 9:43am [Dine in]

I would highly L'Abattoir if you are looking for fine dining in Vancouver. Dinner here was amazing to say the least.

The restaurant was quite busy when we arrived (6pm), so we sipped some cocktails while we waited for our table to be ready. Everything is good is this restaurant, even the complimentary bread basket. The steak diane was perfectly cooked, the meat was quite tender and had the right seasoning. The chocolate dessert added the touch of sweetness I needed.

While the meal was nothing cheap, I think it was fairly priced for the quality of food, service and location. I will definitely put this restaurant on my list of places to revisit when I’m in Vancouver.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Tasty Indian food
By dneel of Tulsa, Oklahoma (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

One of the best Indian meals I’ve had here in Canada. Decently priced, the food was extremely tasty and fresh. I had the lamb saag as was blown away by it. The spinach added just the right touch to the dish. The chicken vindaloo was no less; the curry sauce was very creamy and good.

As for the service, it was spot on. The waiter would come just at the right time, either to refill my glass or when either or my friends would want another serving. Prices were fair so I’d come back.

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PiDGiN350 Carrall Street, Vancouver
My favorite Late Night Haunt
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:07am [Dine in]

We've been to Pidgin a few times now, and it's been a great experience each time. Great, innovative drinks with fairly reasonably priced food. If you are not counting calories, a must try is the pork belly rice bowl. Rich, smoky, meaty flavour with the smooth, almost silky texture of the rice makes me think about it each time I'm near Gastown. The oyster shot is also really good.

Ambiance is solid - clean lines and a relaxing place to chat and wind down the night with yummy, yummy food.

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Lily Mae's12 Powell Street, Vancouver
Horrible Management - Do Not Book Events Here
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:23am [Dine in]

I'm not going to mince words in this review. We had a completely disastrous event at Lily Mae's.

Understanding it's a small restaurant, we booked our party two and half weeks ahead of time, confirming with the manager, and even asking if the restaurant preferred that we order from the group menu if it will make it easier on the kitchen. The manager said it didn't matter, but would send a group menu. Time passed by. We were sent the menu only after following up, and received it 2 days before the event, with the stipulation that each guest had to pre-order their meals within 1 day.

When we arrived, the evening started out fine. But then the food didn't come. When it did arrive, only two or three people were served at a time, with long lulls between dishes, and strange overlaps happened, where someone would be finishing their main course, but the person next to them didn't get appetizers yet. Some of the food arrived cold, while others didn't arrive at all and we had to reiterate our order several times to the manager when he kept asking "What's missing now?"

Then things got weird. The manager singled out the birthday girl, brought her into the bathroom and shut the door. He then ranted about the delay in food service being the fault of our reservation being at 7:15pm when we arrived at 7:30pm. This was a complete lie since we even had an email confirmation clearly saying 7:30pm. (Even if that were the case, would starting15 min. later really make a difference?) The birthday girl came back to the table and continued to wait for her appetizer (one hour late at this point) - when the manager came back to ask for a hug from her. She reluctantly hugged him, but it was so surprising, and unprofessional. Then, he tried to hug another person at the table (that person declined, saying he didn't like to be touched).

In general, it was a very odd evening. To be fair, the food that did come hot was solid. French onion soup had a nice broth, and the duck confit was good. The other wait staff were nice, but sadly, the food isn't spectacular enough to make up for incompetent management.

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