Boiled ribs covered in BBQ sauce, literally mashed boiled dry potatoes, old dry vegetables steamed vegetables. Any other pub would have been better. Burgers and sandwiches do not qualify for second half price entrees. I would not have mind the terrible food if they actually honoured the 50% serving entree as advertised, but when the food is that bad and at those process we could have ate better anywhere else.
If you're the sort of person who is put off by abrupt, non-verbal service without a smile just don't come here.
The first couple of times I dined here I was quite ticked by the service. I have come to realize, that's the way it is. So when the server slams down your plate without a word and quickly walks away don't be offended , that's just how they do things.
If you're a clean freak avoid this place as well. Quite frankly this is an old, dirty, greasy restaurant. Whatever you do don't take a walk to the men's washroom and peak in towards the kitchen. It's not a pretty sight.
If you can just ignore those first two things I mentioned you will probably enjoy Honolulu. Tasty, big dishes of food at a very good price. My favorite is the chicken curry.
So bring it on, slam down that plate of curry I'm ready for it!
It used to be good, however, now a day, not too many customers. First of all, I don't eat pork, I ordered the #23, seafood & pork noodle soup. I've specifically asked them not to have pork.
The waitress brought me my soup and surely, there are a lot of ham (AND ONE PIECE OF SHRIMP & a shrimp cracker) in my bowl. I've told her that i ordered it without the pork and she said to pick out the pork. She said 'the next time, just ask for seafood ONLY'.
First of all, when I ordered the item on the menu (#23 seafood & pork) WITHOUT the pork, shouldn't that clue in as seafood only?
Anyway, i've told her that there's no seafood in my soup, she asked me to dig DEEPER and finally I've found a shrimp. She said, there you go.
I was so pissed...I've NEVER EVER EVER go back there again. She is rude and because of that, I will never recommend anyone to go there again.
Here is the picture of the pork that was in my bowl.
I don't understand how this place has escaped my glutenous attention. Seriously, it's a lovely brunch joint that specialises in Bennies.
There wasn't a line up when we arrived, just before 10 (Sunday) but the place filled up quickly. Seating space is a premium. Squeeze in, it's rather tight.
Service was good. We had three separate wait staff to ask for our order and quite happily gave us more time because we couldn't choose. They were speedy, to get your order, bring the food etc. The place flowed well even when it was packed.
The menu is pretty comprehensive. One bonus is that if you can choose which benny you want, you can get a half and half order. The hash browns were hot and toasty. The benny was really well done. The muffin was perfectly toasted - crunch yet soft enough to mop up the yolk.
I'll be back for sure.
We came in looking a little lost, but our server sat us where we had an excellent view of the Vancouver Harbour. For two Brits, the beer menu did not disappoint and we enjoyed the IPA. The food was pretty good also and I enjoyed the chili. Two of us had the small fish and chips, also very good.
Decided to try out the lunch buffet at India Bistro. Every day they offer an all you can eat. I headed at there at about 1pm. As hungry as I was, the line up and fullness of the place made me believe that I was going in for a joyride.
After talking to a couple of people, I headed out to serve myself. The buffet selection is decent, at the least. A mix for both vegan and non-vegans alike, it is a meal to please everyone. You can find vegetarian curries and meat curries as well. I went conventional and served myself some butter chicken.
The chicken was great. Not too spicy, and not too cooked. Just perfect. I loved going back for a second helping. The rest was okay, but the chicken really stood out for me. Good for going on an empty stomach.
Best value sushi in the area.
There's a lot of sushi in Downtown and the surrounding areas, but this one is probably the one of best value I have been to. It is usually quite stuffy, but once you get a seat everything falls into place.
I love coming here for miso soup, really. This, with their complementary green tea are unbeatable. Rolls are excellent, I honestly would continue coming as frequently even if they were to double the prices. No compromise over fresh sushi.
We went at Happy Hour, called Low Tide there, and were pleased with all aspects of our fare - the price, how it was presented, and how it tasted. We ordered the fried oysters, potato-encrusted scallops, and Haida Gwaii candy. It was all fresh and delicious. It came on a giant platter alongside a big, beautiful salad for two. We also got a basket of delicious bread that was flecked with cranberries and walnuts. They didn't charge for the bread, and were even happy to give us a refill at no extra charge. I wish they hadn't given us so much butter though; that was a lot of butter wasted at the end. I wish more restaurants were more mindful of waste; they'd save money, and it's the right way to be. My beer was cold and inexpensive. Good time had by both.
We walked in on a Friday at around opening time only to find the restaurant almost empty. It was pretty early for authentic curries, but our hunger got the best of us and we just went for it.
There was an open buffet going on, but we decided to skip it and order straight from the menu. Having been to countless Indian restaurants before, we knew exactly: garlic naan, fish curry (or at least that’s what I understood from the server) and some aloo gobi.
We started off our meal with some drinks while we waited for the food to arrive. The first to come was obviously the naan, which was delicious. The fish curry came medium spicy, which was great to still feel the flavor, but not get overwhelmed with the taste and have to be constantly resorting to your drink to bring down the level of spiciness. It was a little different from what we are used to, because it was brought in a different kind of preparation, but whatever they did made it extremely tasty. This goes without saying, but the aloo gobi was on point, as always.
Overall, it was a very gratifying meal. The taste of the fish curry, although different to what I have usually experienced, did wonders to our meal. A great way to stretch the limits of my experience with Indian cuisine.
We had a great evening at La Pentola. It was a special occasion and we decided to have the 7 course meal. You just tell you server at the beginning what allergies and foods that you do not like and they serve you dinner accordingly. The meal costs $60.00 and consists of 3 appetizers, 2 pastas, 1 entrée and 1 dessert. The food was very well presented, imaginative and had great flavors. The only item that I found to be just average was 1 of the appetizers – humbold squid server with runner beans. I did not find it that interesting. I guess I prefer my squid served calamari style.
The ambiance is okay. My husband said they are probably aiming for casual elegance. The room is softly lit in the evening but we were seated near the bar so it is not like there is a great deal of privacy. I also did not care for the dress code or lack thereof. All the servers worn jeans and couple of them looked at least presentable but some of the staff looked down right scruffy like they had just come from the beach. One of the servers even had flip flops on. Not really good considering the prices that they charge. That being said the service itself was terrific. When I mentioned at the beginning that they dishes seemed to be coming out of the kitchen too quickly and we wanted to relax and enjoy our meal they were very quick to respond to our request and thereafter always asked if we were ready for the next course.
Had a party of 6. We got there around 9:30pm. The hostess made us wait outside even though there were a table for 4 and a table for 2 that was next to each other. So we waited about 15mins outside. That should have been a sign to go elsewhere! Then we were seated, menus were given, but no water was offered except are you ready to order? So we ordered. When the cakes and drinks arrived the waiter could not even remember who ordered what! That was the last we saw of him. We had to ask for glasses of water. The waiter never came around to offer refills or even ask how things were!
Here is the the kicker! When we asked for the bill, they automatic added on 15% for tips for service of non existence! There was no signs or even was mentioned by the hostess or server about the automatic 15%. So really here is your crap and we really don't have to serve you and we will charge a tip! Truth of the matter, the desserts aren't even closed to be good as it used to be! I know there is a lack of late night dessert coffee places, but I would stay away from this place cause its not what it used to be!
I ordered the eggs benny to go, asked for soft poached, no ham and no fruit extra potatoes. Eggs were rock hard, and its not like i had to walk far i literally work 5 minutes away, i asked for soft so they would be medium when i got to work, I had extra ham and maybe 3 pieces of barely cooked potatoes. This place used to be good, but that was the worst Ive had there. Not worth what I paid at all, Id rather go to whitespot or even tim's
Came out of curiosity, was looking for something close and despite the reviews ( here and on yelp) I was quietly optimistic. Well, you know what happened to the curious cat...
I guess depending on what type of lenses you're wearing this place can be described a hole in the wall, a gem, a place for cheap eats. I saw it as run down but was willing to give it a go.
Greeted by the owner, she seemed friendly enough. Unbeknownst to us, she is also the chef, the server and the one who mans the phone and till.
We ordered a #6 (beef pho) and a pork on vermicelli with spring rolls. The food came pretty quickly and there was a good selection of veg. Granted the soup for the pho was hot, it was rather bland tasting. It tasted more like hot water with a sprinkle of meat fat flavours. There was an adequate portion of meat/tripe etc. The spring rolls were thinner in diameter but were tasty, as was the pork vermicelli.
Overlooking the dirty water filled mop bucket surrounded by the flies from the garbage filled recycle pop cans in the toilet was one thing. I mean the toilet itself was clean, there was soap and an abundance of bleach and disinfectant on the shelves. Whether they are regularly used are clearly another matter. However, finding three separate black short hairs in the pho confirmed that the likelihood of us returning is nigh on slim.
Seems a shame to be honest, as other customers came in, they seemed to be regulars and were willing to overlook the minimum food health standards I'm quite partial to. The owner remembered the regulars' orders. On another table, one guy was saying that he frequents this place at least once a week - to each their own we say.
On pleasure trip in the Vancouver area 8/26 8/27/15.
Ate down the street the night before.
Went in around 2:00PM
Asked for outside seating in the shade, was seated in the sun. Asked if seating could be changed to shade, "Host said move over to the next table, almost completly sunny as well.
Finally took a seat inside.
I ordered the spicy bison pasta. Yikes. It had no flavor that my pallate liked. The bison was strange. Noodles were the High Point.
My wife ordered the chicken and waffle. The chicken was good. Waffle had an odd flavor.
The server was effective, noproblem there, but the hosts did not bring a warm feeling, too busy being cool. (Chillin).
For the money and overall experience I would pass the next time...
Cool Restroom arrangment!
We had a wonderful dinner here. We arrived at 5:30 and did not have to wait for a seat. We were given a lovely window seat that was great for people watching. It’s a very busy restaurant and the tables are very close together. It is not the place to go if you’re wanting a nice romantic dinner.
The service from our server Joshua was amazing. He described the dishes very well and made recommendations of items that were his personal favorites. A nice sliced baguette was brought to our table while we perused the menu. The portions seemed to be fairly large so we decided to forgo appetizers and concentrate on the entrees. My husband had the pork rack with pulled pork poutine. It was very good. I had the beef short rib in a red wine reduction with bone marrow. It was delicious and the bone marrow was heavenly on the baguette slice. We decided not to have dessert as we were full. The service from Joshua throughout the meal was truly exceptional. When he presented the bill he had written a comment on the back of the bill thanking us and telling us that he had enjoyed waiting on us. What a lovely gesture. The menu is small but we found have many items that interested us.
We would return for sure.
As usual, we had to check out the restaurant to see what the hype was all about. One of our goals was to try the braised duck noodles and the Taiwanese beef noodles. No such luck as they were already sold out.
The place opens at 11:00 am and we got there at 12:30, had to wait 15 minutes for a table and by the time we ordered, the dishes were sold out.
Since we were already there, we ended up trying the: cold sesame noodles, the braised tripe salad and the scallion pancakes.
The scallion pancakes were light and chewy, not heavy like some places; these were very good. The braised tripe salad was just okay. There were few pieces of tripe, more cilantro and there was a little kick to the tripe for those who like things spicy. Now the sesame noodles, some may like it but for me, the noodles tasted starchy as if it wasn't even cooked yet.
Although this first visit was okay, we will have to come back and try the feature hot noodles. As for the value, based on what we ate and the portion size, it was a tad on the high side. So for now, this is a conservative review until we try the main features.
Tonight a friend and I went out for Vietnamese food. My friend had ordered a Pho'Beef; and I just had an order of chicken wings. We were seated right away, but that's as good as it good.
It took forever for a waitress to come and take our order; the food came quick.....My friend complained that their Pho was watery; and those wings? five of them for $6......and they were small. Most EXPENSIVE wings I ever had; AND the worst. I LOVE Chicken Wings, but those were GROSS. Never had I used those words "Chicken Wings and Gross" in the same sentence
We finished, of course the waitress never shows up, so we went up to pay our bill and complained....And instead of the cashier "just pretending" That she cared and just say "Sorry about your experience" tried to justify and defend the crappy food"
Not Recommended. I'll never be back and neither will she
I normally do not leave reviews and just read them but I felt that I had to leave a review after my experience at Sweet Cherubim last week. There was a small issue with my order but the way the manager handled it was really nice. I was surprised at how apologetic the young lady that works there was. and maybe the manager was in a really good mood but they definitely redeemed themselves after not only correcting my order but by throwing in something to try and make it up to me. They were really nice about the whole thing. I usually feel really bad about mentioning things like that because I know how busy restaurants can get and I have dealt with my fair share of eye rolls, so this was definitely a surprise. It was extremely busy and they handled it really well. I made an account just so I could say thank you.
This is another great place to hangout in Vancouver. Excellent dining room with nice view. This was recently remodelled and it looks good. The servers were very pleasent and the food was good. I had to take some friends and they were not happy with the lunch options and had to compromise with what was available. Hope they add few more options with seafood and rice.
This is another one of Vancouvers old Restaurants and looking at it you can see the rundown. Tried the highly recommended lamb which didnt blow me away with the soggy luke warm accompaniments. The place is considerably cheap and you definitely get what you pay for. Not a place if you want to impress some one.
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