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Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Venice Garden Seafood Restuarant2800 East 1, #262, Vancouver
Fast and furious - and RUDE!
By Magoo2u of Lower Mainland (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

Many a Chinese restaurant have been re-hashed at this same location over the years, with Venice Garden being the latest reincarnation. As with its predecessors, food quality and value have always been pretty decent. However, on my last couple of visits within the last few months, service seems to have worsened. It hasn't been the speed of service - they are usually pretty fast and everything is made to order. It is the RUDENESS of the staff which really stands out. On both occasions, we were seated rather promptly, each time at a table which was just cleaned and/or needed place settings.

After we were seated, one of the servers would just come by and hastily SLAM DOWN place settings on the table before rushing off to their next table or order. When the food arrived (usually quite quickly), it wasn't slammed down like the place settings but they didn't waste much time, either. When we asked for the bill, there was no response, just a nod and the bill being slapped on our table a minute later. Guess they live by the "get 'em in, get 'em out" rule.

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India Abroad530 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Not quite it
By Liesl of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 8:52am [Take-out]

In my continuing search to find the best curry take out place in Downtown Vancouver, I decided to try this place as the reviews were quite good. I ordered the Beef Vindalow with naan. The only good thing I can say is that the curry has a nice spicy kick to it. The beef was ground beef and the curry was quite watery. The a naan was chewy and had a chemical taste to it, maybe too much bicarb. I don't see what the hype about this place is. Not worth the $10 it cost me.

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Loved the Lounge
By bj1955 of Point Grey (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2014 - 10:32am [Dine in]

I bought a Groupon for the Izakaya Lounge not long ago, we've been to Kobe for teppanyaki before but never the lounge. The appetizers were great, good sized portions and we enjoyed trying something new! Next time we visit Kobe we plan on having appies in the lounge before moving upstairs.

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Talay Thai Restaurant8369 Granville Street, Vancouver
Glad we tried someplace new.
By yummynotsoyummy of Kerrisdale (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 7:39pm [Take-out]

From recomendedations from our friends who live in the area we tried Talay for the first time. We ordered # 23 with chicken, #25 with prawns, #43-B with no Chinese sausage and a prawn salad roll. 23 was flavorful and had the most amount of chicken in a like dish at other Thai restaurants. # 25 was delisous. The dish included 6 lg. tiger prawns and plentiful green beans. # 43 was good and a great to soak-up the sauces from the other dishes. The salad roll was the best roll I have ever had. The roll included Thai basil that enhanced the flavours. We will be adding this yummy restaurant to our collection of go to places.

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Khunnai Chang Thai Cuisine835 Denman St., Vancouver
My weekly Thai Fix
By urban_diner of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

I have been coming to this little restaurant pretty much since the day it opened, and the Quality of the food has never wavered in its flavors and freshness.The food is always served hot and quick, even when the place is packed.... and amazing feat in any restaurant.
The owner is the also the chef, a charming and friendly Thai lady, who always comes out to say hello and ask about the food, which invariably is scrumptious ! Her serving people are also all Thai which I love, as it just adds to the experience in my view. I have watched her interact with many obvious regular customers, so I know it is popular in the neighbourhood.
I have had everything on the menu many times, and there are no bad choices.... I do however love the Thai basil with Pork, the Curries ( yes... all of them !) and her Pad Thai is Delicious, and very Authentic, made with tamarind sauce, not ketchup like what so many of the other "Thai" places serve. I have seen some reviews say its pricey, But for the Freshness and quality of the food , and the portions are generous, it is GREAT valus for your dollar.
Do I recommend this place ??? Yes. This is Hands down the Best Thai food I have had outside Thailand, and better than a lot of places I ate at there !

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Vij's Rangoli1488 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
enjoyed our first visit. Good food. Vij lives up to his reputation
By suzeque of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

Went there a month ago, food was amazing. Service was good. Ambience nice but felt a bit cramped. I would go again except I wouldn't want to wait in line as others have told me I would have to. The day we went no lines so it was perfect.

Waitress wasn't very friendly but was okay with service. It's worth a visit to try Vij's food and not pay the big bucks at his bigger restaurant next door.

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White Spot1616 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Terrible location....will never go there again.
By suzeque of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

1) they had the soccer game on so loud I got a headache. Mentioned to the waitress and she laughed it off.
2) fried chicken was bland and downright garbage. fries were mediocre, not even browned.
3) Service what service? She came by once quickly then disappeared. Took forever to get our
check and pay our bill. Felt like walking out without paying.
4) prices were higher than the North Vancouver location, that I don't understand. Isn't this a chain?

Was so hungry that I hate this horrible food but if I hadn't been I would have sent it all back.

Will never go there again. North Vancouver locations are 1000x's better than this one.

Save your loot and go elsewhere when in the west end.

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Blue Chip Cookies6138 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver
Really good cookies
By kudagawa of Vancouver, BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

Blue Chip Cookies probably has the best cookies in all of UBC and the area around it. There are many options to choose from, and even the vegan options are good. It’s a great place to enjoy a snack during a busy day (its in the SUB at UBC btw).

The staff is quick and at times, friendly. The only problem is that it is always filled with students and there is a long line waiting to order, especially during the late and early parts of the day when people are going to class.

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Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar2525 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Awesome urban bites!
By TaaPaas of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2014 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

I have come here on numerous occasions and its been fantastic all times! There lettuce wraps are tasty and make for a nice light meal. The quinoa salad is really refreshing. The cheddar ale soup is perfect comfort food. I had the "dirt pie" dessert too which is a coffee-chocolate lovers dreams. A mocha ice cream with chocolate sauce and buried in oreo crumbs-mmmmmm mmm mmm. They have a smaller portion of it as well. A few of my coworkers are vegetarians so they love it that theres quite a few veggie options compared to other restaurants of the type. A must try place!

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White Spot1126 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
Terrible take-out ordering!
By TaaPaas of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2014 - 3:53pm [Take-out]

I have done take-out from this location several times now and not once have they gotten the order right! I said no bacon in the burgers and yes they still put it in, when asked for no ice in the drinks- you will surely find ice cubes in it, and even when I got the Tuscan chicken pasta, they forgot to include the garlic panini that comes with it. It is very clear there is poor communication between the people who take the orders and pack them and the chefs who make the food. Will not ever be doing take out from this location again!

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Vij's Rangoli1488 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Good lunch, skip the appetizers
By pafye of des moines, iowa (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2014 - 12:35pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch the other day in my trip to Vancouver. One of my friends wanted to eat spicy Indian food and so we went to the one that was closest to us: Vij's Rangoli.

Its a nice place to get together and eat. It can get a little crowded thought, but that's with every Indian restaurant in general.

Overall, the food was good. I had the lamb curry and the mango lassi. The lamb was cooked well, and the lassi needed some improvement. It didn't taste like a lassi but more like a smoothie. I didn't like the pakoras that were served - they seemed to be a bit overcooked.

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Ho Yuen Kee6236 Fraser, Vancouver
Poor Service: Unfriendly male waiters and poor order taking
By foxyb of Vancouver (Dunbar) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2014 - 11:24am [Dine in]

One of their tall male waiters was very unfriendly-no smile, no eye contact, and does not wait until we finish ordering and walks off; we had to call him back to make sure he got our order right. Unexpectedly, the food that arrived wasn't what we ordered! We had to send it back and as a result had to wait for a very long time for our food to come.

On another occasion, our noodle dish came lukewarm. We had to send it back to be microwaved. The waitress took it and brought it into the kitchen. We waited for about 15 minutes and eventually found out she had forgotten about it. Lukewarm noodle dishes and sent back food happened a few occasions.

Were it not for my grandmother who tolerated the unfriendly and impatient service but still found the food okay, I would never go back.

I would NOT recommend this restaurant based on the poor service.

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Variety of food, slow service
By pafye of des moines, iowa (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2014 - 9:28am [Dine in]

Nice place, although service was slow. We had to wait a long time to get seated, but when we did, our server greeted us smiling and was polite and warm. Wish I had known how packed the place would be before going. Our food also took quite a bit of time to arrive.

Food was good, it all tasted well. My friends and I tried lots of things, in total we ate: nachos, ceviche, guacamole, grilled cheese and chicken sandwich, spinach pakoras, spinach salad, tomato soup, quinoa, and a salmon sandwich. I would especially recommend the quinoa and sandwiches. Warning: it was not cheap!

What I liked about this place, Burgoo, was that it provides you with all kinds of varieties of food, be it Latin American, North American, or Asian. You will find something you like on its menu. I was surprised by some of the contents myself.

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Congee Noodle House141 E Broadway, Vancouver
Everything is just so so and don't understand where the hype comes from?
By FishHead of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2014 - 9:20am [Dine in]

Tuesday night around 10pm shouldn't be that busy and it was less than half full. Just myself after work and all the waitresses looked tired and unenthusiastic. Took forever to get the menu and a cup of tea simply because I was seated at the far end from the kitchen and near the cashier. I am in restaurant business for over 30 years now and this simple and common beef dish should not be hard to master in a traditional Chinese restaurant. Base on the principles of appearance, aroma and taste I would give it a mediocre. It was luke warm inside and out, the cook was not skillful enough to maintain the heat (wok air in Chinese translation) of the noodle or the dish was sitting on the counter for several minutes before the waitress bothered to take it to my table. There was lot of gravy left over in the plate, an indication of the cook hasn't really mastered the art of portion control (corn starch for thickening the gravy) or simply care less. Nobody care to check back or to re-fill tea and one piece of paper napkin is so bad taste really. $9.50 + tax=$10 exact and sorry no tips since nobody bother to give me the bill. Waiting for my bus outside and 10 minutes passed by I could see the plate was not cleared. Been to this joint many years ago for dim sum and what not but it was going downhill. Sorry won't be returning. You actually get much better service and food at Hon's on Robson at least the cook would ring the bell if the dishes are not being taken to customers in a minute!

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Good Indian food
By kudagawa of Vancouver, BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

Handi is a complete package of an Indian restaurant in the sense that it offers good food AND good service. The prices were a little high for me but then I am not much of a restaurant person.

I ordered the eggplant and the chickpeas with rice (I don't remember their real names). They were quite delicious. What was good was that the chickpeas were spicy enough to satisfy my tastebuds. As for the service, I have no complaints. The people who work there are really nice; they kept on refilling our glasses throughout our dinner.

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Templeton, The1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
Cool '50s restaurant
By joshr of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

I’m not going to lie, the reason why I chose to eat at The Templeton was because of its cool old school theme. Once you step in you feel like you are in the 1950’s (except for the people inside wearing modern clothing and talking on their iPhones)! It almost looked like you were in a movie set. I took several photos.

I ordered fries, quesadilla, soda, and a banana split, all for a good price, and enjoyed every bit of it! I noticed that they have a large variety of burgers, and many vegetarian options. The only downside is that The Templeton is always packed, which takes away from the whole dining experience. I wish the space was bigger.

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Shi Zen Ya985 Hornby Street, Vancouver
I like Japanese food now
By joshr of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

Shizen Ya has really surprised me, it is very healthy (organic with no additives, with gluten-free options) and vegetarian-friendly. So if you are like me and worry about the nutritional value of meals, especially those that are not cooked at home, Shizen Ya is an ideal choice.

I had a quinoa and beans soup, an avocado roll, and spinach curry. It all tasted good, and had a very natural feel to it. Certainly puts the myth that ‘healthy food tastes bad’ to rest!

The venue is quite small (the restaurant probably seats 20 people, tops), but that was not a problem as we were a party of two. Despite its small size, it is nicely decorated and has a comfy feel to it. A word of warning for finding the place: it can be easy to miss, so be careful, you might just walk by it.

I will surely visit Shizen Ya again. It has made me fall in love again with Japanese food.

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Delly6138 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver
Great variety of food close to UBC
By kudagawa of Vancouver, BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 11:15am [Dine in]

The Delly has a little bit of everything, whether it is sandwiches, fruits, chips, or full meals such as curry with rice. There is something for everyone, and for all occasions. It is also cheap, which is perfect for the thousands of students on a budget who stay close by UBC like myself. I buy food from The Delly quite often; the people who work there have always been nice to me and the service has always been quick. My favorite thing to eat from here are the chickpeas with rice, it is VERY delicious.

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Pita Pit, The5717 Dalhousie Rd, Vancouver
Good food, bad service
By kudagawa of Vancouver, BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 10:16am [Take-out]

The Pita Pit is good for students in the sense that it not only tastes good, but it is also cheap, served quickly, and practically located on campus.

I mean, one pita bread with its stuffing is also enough to fill you up. It is also a healthier alternative to other fast food restaurants around such as McDonald’s (which is practically next door to it), A&W, and Triple O’s.

My only complaint about the Pita Pit would be about the service. It really needs to improve. When I went, the guy who was attending did not seem too happy to answer my questions. He kept chatting with his friends when he was supposed to be working.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House430 Robson Street, Vancouver
so. much. BBQ.
By vancouverlex of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

Warning: If you tell the staff you don't want any sides except cole slaw, they will give you a vat of it.

The platters feed more people than they say, we've never gone home without leftovers.

The nicest people anywhere, genuinely happy to see you, family run.

The beef ribs (Fri and Sat) are even more awesome than the pork ribs, which are pretty great.

I've gotten their smoked turkey with cornbread sausage stuffing and sage gravy for the past 2 Xmases, not cheap but so so good and turns Xmas from a hassle for the cook (me) to time to just relax and drink too much wine.

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