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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Second time is the charm?
By yellowcf of Mississauga (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 22, 2016 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

Had delivery from them once in my last visit and found their food to be decent in terms of sauce and taste. Not too over the top, but not flavourless and/or watered down either.

This time around, we checked out their locale for lunch. There was a buffet going on and we decided to give it a try. The restaurant looked clean and the number of people inside already ahead of us gave us confidence that the buffet would be good. Would have liked to have been the first ones in to get the food when it was freshly made.

Overall, the buffet was decent – flavours and sauces were really well balanced. I did find some taste lacking in the vegan/vegetarian dishes, but I my eyes were all in the chicken. Chicken tikka masala was wonderful and not overcooked to the point of being dry, which was a plus. Prices were fine for Vancouver standards.

I would give this place a 4/5

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Chewie's Steam & Oyster Bar1055 West Hastings St, #110, Vancouver
Great Food, Could Have Stayed All Night
By mitchipoo of Westend (21 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 22, 2016 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

We did the Dine Out menu at Chewies last week. It was not at all what I expected, for the location I thought it might be a bit stuffy, but it was absolutely not. The atmosphere is relaxed and very comfortable. The staff was super friendly (even though we went in the wrong door) and really knowledgeable about the food and wine. This is my best Dine Out experience so far this year, can't wait to come back.

We both started with the pork crackling which was so good, might as well call it pork crack, it was perfect. My friend had the Chicken and waffles and I went with the gumbo, both were so good. He raved about the honey butter drizzled over the fried chicken. My gumbo was so smooth and rich and smoky, it was delicious. Desserts were the potted red velvet cake and cheesecake with mulled wine poached pears, so good, not too sweet, all delicious.

There is a nice wine list, something for every palate, and very reasonably priced. We'll be back for sure, one of my new favourites.

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Slice of Chicago5812 Fraser Street, Vancouver
US attempt at pizza
By gellerso8 of Toronto (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 18, 2016 - 8:50pm [Delivery]

Lemme just start off by saying I never really got the appeal of Chicago pizza. Seems a little...meh. It always felt like something on people in the US, or not even that, Chicago would like. So anyways, lead to another and I ended up ordering from here. 1 medium Hawaiian it was for the nite. Delivery took a little longer than expected, called to confirm my address later on. Pizza was okay and I forgot to tell them no deep dish so it came anyway. The taste was okay but I couldn't finish it because it was so big. Eating it by hand was a hassle as everything was spilling so I had to use an excessive number of napkins to pick it up.

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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine3320 Kingsway, Vancouver
Full is not always good
By gellerso8 of Toronto (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

I always thought Asian food, especially Cantonese/Vietnamese would be a safe choice in this city. With the number of family run, authentic joints Vancouver has, I thought one could not go wrong?

WRONG. It was nearing 11pm and nothing much was open (or, everything was closing) and because of all the hush-hush, our stomachs were rumbling for dinner. In our quest to satisfy our hunger, we found this place. We decided to stop here because a) it was open 24/7 b) it was not empty, which made us think it was a safe bet and c) they had pho. I mean, who can say no to pho?

I would consider it to be substandard even for a place that is always open. Not only was it too stuffy and crowded to move around, but we must have been there for a good 15 minutes before we even got out - barely put together - menu. The thing was falling apart. Should have taken it as a foreshadowing, because the food and service was no better. Phos would arrive randomly, mine must have come 20 minutes after everyone else's and asking the server for anything would get you an eyeroll and an attitude. I can understand working late in the night is not the best, but I think we can all agree to put on our best behaviour.

I'll give this one a pass next time.

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Chewie's Steam & Oyster Bar1055 West Hastings St, #110, Vancouver
I had worms in my food. Shouldn't be called an Oyster Bar.
By hpratvfrk of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 3:01am [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I have heard great things about Chewie's, so we decided to give it a try tonight for Happy Hour. The selection was great and the atmosphere was top notch.

The drinks and oysters came quick as well. However, we were appalled to find a worm on one of the oysters' shells. It was the last one we ate, so we were definitely not at ease when we thought of the 9 other ones we had already ingested. We alerted one of the waiters immediately, who brushed it off saying "oh yeah, we get those some times!". Although it was in a joking manner, I don't think this is really an acceptable situation.

Staying on the topic of oysters, we ordered the Rockefeller oyster appy, and I was welcomed with a mouth full of sand. I could individually pick out the pieces of sand and even tiny rocks.

All oysters aside, the crab cakes were incredibly mediocre and with no taste, even with the complimentary sauce. Never have I had an experience like this at a restaurant, and it'll no doubt influence my decision in visiting a Chewie's again.

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Miura Waffle Milk Bar2521 Main Street, Vancouver
Trendy Waffle place
By petemaneats of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 15, 2016 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

Miura gives exactly what it offers: good, clean waffles in a good, clean and trendy environment. I've been coming here since college and have been hooked since then. The style is that you come in, order up front and pay and then sit down to eat. Very laid back, yet organized. I am a sweet tooth so I usually come for the waffles as they are warm soft, and super light but there are also sandwiches. Try the CFC and the bulgogi sando.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Used to be so much better
By nguyenp of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 15, 2016 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

As the biggest dimsum fan ever, I am a little sad to write about this place. Sun sui used to be the place to get quality dim sum at a fair price in a lovely location. Unfortunately, as my last two visits have gone to demonstrate, the place has slowly been taking a nose dive. What used to be the epitome of dimsum and the standard for it across the city has taken a turn for the worst. We came for a lunch reservation only to find the whole thing subar. The food, from the duck to the shrimp and daikon cakes left a lot to be desired, and the service was very slow. There are place in Vancouver with better prices and service.

This cantonese family style restaurant with banquet like meals has so much potential, and I know they can do better than this.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Friday night take out
By nguyenp of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 10:01pm [Delivery]

Heard the rave about this place before and had never tried it out, some of my Indian friends said the buffet was really good so with a good word on it I took a leap of faith. Seemed like a safe Indian place and it had been a while since I had spicy hot food so I said "why not?" After my Friday night shift I decided to call in and order and just watch a movie to relax.

The person on the phone took my order rather quickly and even gave me suggestions. Not that I needed because I am all for the chicken tikka. I also got the chana chickpeas with rice to have some food for the next day. If only the delivery came as fast as the order.

The chicken tikka was alright but a little too unspicy, I must admit I was expecting more but maybe I should have ordered an extra level. Dunno if they make difference between the restaurant food and the one they deliver but I think a bit of taste was missing from the food.

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Pronto3473 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Good but precooked, overcooked pasta is not acceptable in an italian restaurant.
By Foodcriticbc of vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 11:14am [Dine in]

I went there a couple days ago for lunch. I have been there before and had their porchetta sandwich which is very good (meat and bread is still better). I had there pasta once (gnocchi) which I wasn't overly impressed. The place is cute reminds me of a typical osteria you see in Italy. I was there with a friend and I ordered the soup and my friend ordered rigatoni pasta with a cream mushroom sauce. The soup was very filling and good but the pasta was average at best. You could tell that the pasta was precooked and overcooked. This in my opinion is unacceptable in an Italian restaurant or maybe I am spoiled. The sauce in the pasta was good but with overcooked pasta it took away from an otherwise good experience. Campinolos Roma on Hasting still my favorite. I saw a pizza come out of the oven and it look good. I will be back but only for the sandwiches and to try to pizza. The place was busy and the service was good.

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Biercraft Restaurant Wesbrook3340 Shrum Lane, Vancouver
It should have been a better experience.
By yummynotsoyummy of Kerrisdale (25 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

We have been longtime customers of the other 2 Biercraft locations. Since the UBC location opened we've been there twice, the most recent time was last night. We had friends come-in to Vancouver and we're looking for a place to go for dinner and drinks.

When we arrived the host table was empty so my husband went to locate a person to assist us. When the host came to the door she asked our name though the restaurant only seemed 1/2 full. She then went to see if there was a table ready for us and we were seated. After 10 min. we had a server approach our table, leave glasses of water and say nothing. After 10 more minutes the host that greeted us at the door and seated us came to the table to ask us if a server had taken our drink orders. When we told her that our drink orders hadn't been taken she stated that she was going to take them since our server was MIA. Once the drink orders were in, a different server came to let us know that she was also going to be a server for our table. We placed our food orders with her ordering; wings, calmari, baked Brie, fish tacos and beet salad. We also orders ribs thought they were not in stock on a Saturday night at 7:45pm. All the food arrived in timely manner after it was ordered and was of good quality ( as it should given the price.)

After our food dishes we clear we orders another round of drinks. Once they were finished the focus around us seemed to be on cleaning. We were not asked if we wanted another round. We sat waiting for 20 min. With the server not coming back to the table my husband went back to the original woman who sat us (she was now behind the bar) to let her know that we would like our bill since we had been sitting with empty glasses and we wanted to settle our bill and move onto the next place. My husband let her know of our displeasure with the serve. She acknowledged what he had said by saying "ok" though didn't ask if we wanted another round.

This place has potential to be so much better. We are not students and are professionals out for the night. The next place got the money from us the Biercraft could have. Improving customer service could go a long way.

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Malt and Marrow1269 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Less than average
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

The whole experience here was very disappointing. The ambiance is okay. They had music playing but they had absolutely no customers other than my husband and I on a Friday evening so it just seemed weird. I did not care for the music and it seemed very loud since it was just the 2 of us. We were there for 1 ½ hours and we did not see any other customers while all the other restaurants on Hamilton were bustling. There were a couple of other people that came in later on in the evening but I think that they must have been friends of the owner because they were sitting at the bar and they were eating with the staff. When we arrived we said that we wanted to have happy hour as it was 5:30 and there was another 30 minutes left on happy hour. We looked at the menu and did not see any happy hour menu so we had to ask our server (same guy who greeted us). He pointed out the wines that were available during happy hour and was about to walk away. I asked him about appetizers that had happy hour pricing and he told us what was available. If you have happy hour you should have happy hour menus and not be so reluctant to tell your clients what your happy hour specials are.
Our meal was reasonable as we stuck to a couple of glasses of wine and ordered 2 appetizers off the happy hour menu. We had calamari, a happy hour special. It would not be worth the regular menu price. They were very anemic looking calamari and just not very interesting. We also had the chicken wings off the happy hour menu. They were not very interesting and with just 8 small wings on the plate definitely not worth it if you were paying full price. The prawns were okay but didn’t have a great deal of taste. The best appetizer we had was the bone marrow but no better than Flying Pig on the next block and the rest of the food at Flying Pig is far superior.
Overall we were very disappointed and would not return.
We ordered a second glass of wine before happy hour was over and waited and waited. Finally I interrupted our server while he was standing at the bar talking to one of his co-workers and asked if we could have our wine. It’s not like they were busy.

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Pho Goodness1183 Davie Street, Vancouver
the name says it all
By chelsgirl of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 8, 2016 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

Boy oh boy. I am not a fan of naming restaurants certain things like "great" or "good" because if something goes wrong then the name becomes ironical but pho really is goodness here. This is a tiny, family run business that sells amazing pho. The lineups give away the great taste but really everyone's just coming for their veggie pho. AH-MAY-ZING. They also have other items like the spring rolls which are quite delicious as well.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Butter chicken craving
By bevrh of richmond (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 8, 2016 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

I came to eat here yesterday to satisfy my girlfriend's butter chicken craving, and it did just that.

The place had an empty spot when we arrived (which is why I chose it to begin with) so we sat down immediately. We knew what we wanted: butter chicken for the lady, and some lamb for me. We also ordered some plain naan and rice.The food did not come out pretty quickly, and the restaurant was more than half full. I don't know whether I made a bad choice, but I must say that the butter chicken was immensely better than the lamb rogan josh I ordered. Still good enough to satisfy me for the next three hours in class though. It may not be the best Indian in town, but I'd probably say it was amongst the top in West End.

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Indian Oven2006 4th Avenue West, Vancouver
bad body odour within half hour of eating here…
By floodedsky of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

Today I had a late lunch at the Indian Oven on Fourth Avenue. I decided to order two appetizers - paneer pakoras and veggie samosa - and mango lassi. The mango lassi was so sickly sweet it was like a milkshake. The paneer pakoras looked unappetizing and tasted bland like deep-fried bars of something white. I was able to finish only half of them. I asked the waitress what kind of milk paneer was made of… cow, goat, what? She didn't know. I asked her to ask the cook, who said he didn't know, but that he orders it in. They don't know much the food they serve? Whoa! Within half an hour, I noticed a stench around me. It was me! It was the worst body odour imaginable. I never have body odour, so it was obviously the result of eating the questionable food I ate at Indian Oven. Yuck!

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Wally's Burgers2661 East 49th Avenue, Vancouver
Burgers and fries are not made on premises.
By Foodcriticbc of vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 1, 2016 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

When I think of a burger place I expect burger and fries made on premises. The burger and fries are both bought ready to cook. If I remember Wallys on Kingsway everything was made on premises. How can I place that specializes on burgers by the patties already done.
The place is nice and the service is good but the food tastes average at best. There is so much sauce its hard not to get dirty. The shakes are made from scratch and are good.

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Josephine's Restaurant2650 Main St., Vancouver
terrible.
By markcosco1990 of Van Area, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 1:47am [Dine in]

Save yourself the hassle guys, do not go here. Time to face the music Josephine, providing horrible customer service and sub par food does not make it in Vancouver. I went here the other day for some lunch, and got some kind of undercooked mess. I asked to talk to the owner and Josephine came over and continued to tell me that there was nothing wrong with her food and it was all in my head. I couldn't believe that a person would go out of their way to be so rude to a customer. Wish I could get my money back , as I will not support such a horrible person. Josephine you really need to take a long hard look at yourself and make some changes.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Chilly, yet still amazing
By dianalee of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 28, 2015 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

We were a group of 7 celebrating my sister's graduation (medical school, no biggie) and decided to come here to eat and enjoy the view. I had been here once and loved it but this time around it was a little chilly. Should have paid another visit during the summer.

The waiter was amicable from the get go, and got us started with some crab and shrimp cakes. Amaziiiiing! Came with a great sauce made out of mango(?) I believe. The beef tenderloin was cooked to perfection, and I took a little bit of my mom's halibut to try and it was excellent. The prices are normally what I wouldn't pay for on an average meal, but since we were celebrating it was a good excuse to splurge.

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Cafe Luxy1235 Davie Street, Vancouver
Gone downhill...
By chelsgirl of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 28, 2015 - 1:32am [Dine in]

I used to come here a lot for a quick lunch. Their pasta was delicious, came in huge portions and very cheap (but not cheap as in low quality). And don't even get me started on their tiramisu. Was in the West End doing some errands and decided to stop by for old times sake. Shouldn't have. It seems to have gone downhill. The pasta tasted canned and nothing fresh, which wasn't the case before. I'm not so sure I'll be back.

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Cafe du Soleil1393 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Hipster dive
By DrNo of Main St. Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

Went for brunch with my 4yr old son for his birthday as read the place was kid friendly. That may be so, but food quality + taste was lacking (even for veg), the place was dirty, and the servers seem like pot heads waiting impatiently for their next smoke break and not really interested in much else. Basically a cafeteria rather than a restaurant. Would not recommend nor go back.

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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
Mediocre food, abysmal service
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2015 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

This was a very disappointing evening.
There is seating downstairs and upstairs as well as patios on both levels. We were seated on the upstairs level. The upstairs is the more formal of the two with white linen tablecloths and a more formal atmosphere. They have a couple of tables on the outside patio upstairs and they looked very nice. It is a beautiful room and the menu prices are not unreasonable if the food is good (it was not) and the service is good (absolutely one of the worst experiences I’ve had service wise in a restaurant.)
Water was brought to our table reasonably quickly but after that it was a good 20 minutes before anyone asked if we would like a drink. Dinner took over 2 hours and we had l glass of wine each, 1 entrée each and a shared dessert. A table of 2 ladies beside us had appetizer, entrees and dessert and were finished their dinner and we still had not received our entrée. They sat down 20 minutes after we did. I guess if you’re 2 attractive ladies you can expect better service. For entrees my husband had the lamb shank that he said was very good. I had a ½ Cornish game hen that was overcooked and came with very bitter kale and potato rosti. We waited well over ½ an hour from the time we ordered dessert until it was brought to the table. We shared a pecan tart. I’ve had better pecan tart from Safeway. I told my husband that I should give them my recipe for pie crust as their crust was lacking any flavor and slightly on the tough side.
It is really unfortunate because it is a beautiful room and the prices are reasonable for the Yaletown area but the food was not good and the service is a joke. My husband is generally a very generous tipper but I told him that the service was so bad that he needed to adjust his tipping accordingly.
We would not return. There are too many really good restaurants to give this one another try.

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