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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Our pick for date night
By mannyb of Van area (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 22, 2016 - 12:46am [Dine in]

Dee and I are doing a thing to kind of help us bond/ spend more time together and tonight (well, yesterday night to be honest) it was date night. It was my turn to pick the restaurant of choice and so this is the product of it.

I dragged my fiancee to India Bistro yesterday because I wanted good curry and knew that if not now, then never. She was a bit hesitant at first because of the calories and whole "trying to stay fit" attitude but I somehow managed to convince her. Whether it was the weather or her tiredness, she caved in.

Lets just say that the leftovers still satisfied my tastebuds today. We had a banquet consisting of veggie samosas, chicken tikka, palak paneer, biryani and jogan rosh. The classics played well their part and delivered taste. The chicken blended magically with the spices and sauces and just dipping your spoon into it made you hungry. As for the jogan rosh? It was on fire, literally. Lamb and chills apparently make you feel the burn. The waiter watched me gulp down glass after glass of water. Dee also had trouble eating it despite having built a huge tolerance to spicy food.

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Score on Davie1262 Davie street, Vancouver
Cool atmosphere crappy food
By 99north of Squamish (32 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 8:47am [Dine in]

After reading all the hype about this place we finally decided to try it out for brunch.?
The service was mediocre at best and the food not good
The big breakfast was so over cooked, potatoes like fried up rocks, poached eggs like golf balls
Awful food, toast had been sitting out a long time before it came to me, likely pre cooked, so dry and shrivelled up, yecch!
The perogies were so over cooked you could hardly cut them with a steak knife, unreal bad.
Likely the worst breakie I have ever had. Wife's French toast was passable, but there was snotty uncooked egg on the bottom,,,!
Suffice to say whoever is in the kitchen isn't on the ball, maybe we just happened to get a cook having a bad morning, but it wasn't good
The value for the price paid was NOT good,,pretty expensive for the portion and quality
We won't be back
Too bad, I have read some good reviews about Score but this isn't a good one for sure

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Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar601 West Cordova, Vancouver
Overrated
By cyberspace of vancouver (89 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:35am [Dine in]

Went to Rogue as I was meeting a friend for lunch. Had the Ruben sandwich and it was not good at all. Very greasy and meat was too fatty. My friend had the chicken burger and it was also very average. Service was decent but the food quality for not good for the prices that they charge. It was $17 for Ruben sandwich. There are much better places around town the one can go for lunch. I will not go back.. Décor was good at the restaurant.

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Ashiana Tandoori Restaurant1440 Kingsway, Vancouver
A Vancouver Institution
By yvr1953 of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:10am [Dine in]

Restaurants come and go but Ashiana has been a temple of fine Indian food for many years on the Kingsway. The owner/chef and his wife always extend a warm welcome and the food is wonderful. I've been eating here since the 80s(!). Last night's dinner was another great experience. Highly recommended.

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IHOP - International House of Pancakes950 West Broadway, Unit 200, Vancouver
pancake all-you-can-eat
By thirdperson of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 12, 2016 - 9:39am [Dine in]

IHOP is short for international house of pancake - a typical restaurant chain similar to Denny's. The only IHOP in Vancouver is located upstairs near Broadway and Oak street. Clean casual ambiance with televisions available and over 20 tables. Only problem is that there tends to be customers waiting to be served during busy periods. During mid January to mid February, limited promotion is available for various breakfast meal combos with all the buttermilk pancakes you can eat. However customer must ask for special breakfast menu. Regular menu lists a wider variety of foods at higher prices. Best deal is the $8.00 regular breakfast which consists of eggs, hash browns, bacon or sausages with pancakes. Two pancakes are initially served per plate and customers can order more. Their pancakes are light, warm, fluffy and delicious. On the table, there are 4 types of syrup - blueberry, strawberry, butter caramel and maple. Also there is unlimited pot of coffee for under $3.00. Overall, decent food that is served reasonably prompt by friendly attentive waitresses. Good value for breakfast that I would recommend.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Could have been more spicy
By louie of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:53am [Dine in]

Walked in for their lunch buffet on a weekend. For it being 2 pm on a Saturday, there was a wait. I can take that as a good sign since it is a popular place (also, being West End and Davie, what more can you expect?) We didn’t wait too long for table for two which was nice.

I’m not new to Indian food but this is my first time at their lunch buffet. We ended up trying almost about everything. For it being $11.95 per person, it was pretty decent.

I did like a bunch of things but found the butter chicken to be a little under-spiced, something super common in Indian restaurants here to appease the Canadian tastes. Good thing is, chicken to sauce ratio was good. Even the rice (plain) alone was good enough to eat on its own. Water was always present, although I could handle the spices a lot of others seemed to really need it. I would give its buffet 8.5/10

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Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant703 Denman Street, Vancouver
Best thing is free parking
By pc7999 of Burnaby (48 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

The title says it all here. Free parking is the only good thing going on for this restaurant. Food was bad, service was mediocre at best and yet they charge like a mid range restaurant.

Their menu looks good. Lobster tail, bisque, prawns, risotto, rack of lamb, and on and on but their don't know how to cook them properly. Overcooked, sauces that are clearly store bought, over seasoned and not to mention warm beer.

There are so many restaurants on Denman so just keep walking and keep looking.

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Falafel King1110 Denman Street, Vancouver
Worst experience ever
By mannyb of Van area (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 29, 2016 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

All the reviews here are old, so I'll give it to them for it because I also used to be a regular. The falafel used to be so good but this time around it was almost inedible. The meat does not taste food and the chicken (or lack thereof) did not make me happy.

My major problem though, is the cleanliness. The table we sat in was completely wet but in a mucky style and we had to hound down a worker to get it cleaned. The same goes with the floor. Completely took my appetite away.

I hope they address this issue asap so that I can erase these bad memories.

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Radicle Juice3088 Main Street, Vancouver
Great juice place
By petemaneats of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 29, 2016 - 5:04pm [Take-out]

Surprised Radicle has not had any reviews until now. This place has literally been my favorite stop for lunch ever since it opened. It is only a few blocks away from where I used to work but I still make the trip down nonetheless. The juices are a bit on the pricier side, but you can feel that it is made completely from natural materials. Not to mention that if you buy their tumbler for $3.00 and keep on bringing it back, you can get 50c off your next purchase. The General is one of my most recent favourites, and the acai bowls are to die for.

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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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