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Omnitsky Kosher Delicatessen5775 Oak Street, Vancouver
Terrible
By chartwell of port moody (58 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

Used to be a great deli for many years under different owners. Had the worst pastrami sandwich of my life. It was small & so salty I could barely finish it. Sort of self serve & asked for water which you needed to fight the salt but never got it. The sandwich was small & got cole slaw which was ok & it was $ 14.75. Never go back

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Zefferelli's Spaghetti Joint1136 Robson Street, Vancouver
Excellent Italian Dinner
By dianalee of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 10:03am [Dine in]

We came in for a birthday celebration on Thursday and the place was packed. Our reservation was for 7 pm but when we arrived at around ~6.30ish there was hardly any room to move around. Once we got to our seats, everything went by smoothly. The atmosphere is very warm, calm and welcoming, and the staff is precise and attentive. Our tortellini gorgonzola was delicious, as were the rest of the dishes. Coming here at first might not be very appetizing, small stairs going up to the second floor but once you get inside and try the food is it definitely worth it. Plus, the view you get from Robson is unparalleled.

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Slice of Chicago5812 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Mistaken order... gone right?
By dianalee of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 19, 2015 - 10:57pm [Delivery]

I had never heard of this place until recently when I saw an ad of them online. Called them up to double check, a standard practice I do with every new place I am going to eat. Call me paranoid but after inquiring them and checking up their website, I was convinced.

The pizza took a little longer than expected to arrive. I mistakenly ordered the special preparation of my pizza, deep dish style and apparently it needs to be heater for longer because of its shape and the amount of sauce and cheese that go into it.

We had the house special with LOTS of toppings - pepperoni, mushrooms, ham, green peppers...and on and on. You name it. The taste was delicious, but a little too much for me. I prefer their normal style pizza, but my roomie really liked the leftovers.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Great Indian
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant a few times , twice in the past three weeks. The delicious smell of curry hits you as soon as you open the door. I must say they are very consistent. I love tandoori chicken and theirs is some of the best I have ever had. The right amount of spice, pipping hot and juicy, never dry. Quite the feat as I have had some very dry tandoori chicken at some places.

Their curries are delicious as well and always spiced the way you want it. If you want hot be warned , their hot really is hot. I also love their naan. Always order the garlic naan, hot and fresh.

As for service I have never had a problem. Usually there when you need them. For me, this is one of the best Indian Restaurants in Vancouver.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Good but too tiny
By michwilliams of vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 1:20am [Dine in]

Kintaro has been a staple for me as long as I can remember. It serves classic ramen noodles in the most tasty and inventive ways. While there are the standard options to choose from, it is also home to the cheese ramen. Not for the faint hearted, it is actually quite thick, and the broth is a little too salty for my taste (apparently not for my bf's). Im not much of a cheese fan; the spicy garlic option is much tastier in my opinion.

And while the ramen is one of the best I've had, the experience could do with a little improvement. At least in my most recent experience. Service is extremely slow and the server can be a little disinterested in serving you sometimes. Going in groups of more than 3 is a problem, as the place is tiny and is full of people. We always have to wait to get seated and once inside it is quite narrow and cramped which makes one get claustrophobic.

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Slice of Chicago5812 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Great impression of Chicago pizza
By michwilliams of vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 11:28pm [Delivery]

Upon recommendation from a friend, I decided to get some pizza from this place. I wasn't really sure about it but the prices seemed decent and the website looked reliable, so I decided to place an order. I got a Chicago chicken deep dish crust and found it's taste interesting, but in a good way. The pizza was thick, almost like a pie, and I had to eat with with a fork and knife. I've never been to Chicago but this pizza was pretty good. It comes with lots of cheese and tomato in this style, which was a plus, especially after a long day at work and school.

The delivery is timely; the delivery boy even waited for me once when I took forever to come down. This is the second time I am ordering from the experience I found them to be good enough for my money.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
An All you can eat that you can actually eat
By michwilliams of vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

For a place that advertises themselves as having an all you can eat lunch buffet, it is pretty good. The food did not look soggy or old and untasty. There's lots of places that are close to university which are cheaper but this one takes the cake for the food. The chicken curry is delicious - I love the fact that they have made the sauce thick and consistent and not too watery. I got the low spicy level and still managed to enjoy the taste. My roomie opted for the aloo gobhi and eggplant and found an array of vegan dish dishes to try from. The dine-in menu can be a off our budget to make it a regular place to eat, but for the lunch buffet or daily deals it is good enough.

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Wings1162 Granville Street, Vancouver
If I Could Only Give A Zero For Service
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 9:35am [Dine in]

Second time in this place in the past three weeks mainly for their $3.00 Pabst Beer Happy Hour special and the big screen tv to watch the ball game right up at the bar.

Came in was greeted by the hostess immediately, told her I was going to sit up at the bar. Proceeded to sit at the big long bar table with exactly two other people there. Plunked myself down and waited. The bartender was consumed with something on the phone had his back towards me no acknowledge yet of my presence, no glance my way , no "just a minute be right with you". So far hasn't even noticed me. By the way, I am huge.
Ok, here comes someone else behind the bar. No acknowledgement of my presence from this guy either.
Walks right by me and goes to this couple one stool over because they wanted to pay their bill. Still no glance my way, no acknowledgement of my presence from bartender number two. They aren't even busy.
I thought okay after he takes care of this person I am sure one of them will ask me if i want something because that is why I am sitting at the bar at a restaurant that serves both beverages and food. Bartender number one, the guy on the phone when I first got there has now left the bar area is doing something else. Bartender number two takes the money from the couple paying they leave and he disappears. The invisible man grabs his bag and leaves Wings most likely never to come back again.

A lot has been said about the lousy service in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland in general. I have received some excellent service at places, mediocre but most often lousy, inattentive just plain bad service. You really have to shake your head. Serves expect tips, 15 per cent, 20 per cent in some places now they expect you to hit 25 per cent on the debit or credit card machine. In my view, many don't earn it. Is it lack of interest in the job they are doing, boredom, pure laziness? Many times it's not because they are run off their feet and they are just too damn busy. I believe a lot of the poor service you receive is also because of poor training and leadership.

Anyway, that's my little "service" rant about Wings.

First time there ordered their happy hour wing special. For a place with the name "Wings" in their name they should stand out and excel at what they present. For the most part these were sad. A small portion with more bone and skin than anything else.

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Yolk's1298 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Great breakfast
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

We hit Yolk's at their funky place on Hastings and Clark last weekend for breakfast and really enjoyed it. Wife had a double smoked bacon double eggs on lemon truffle hashbrowns with sharp white cheddar and I settled on their apparently famous chicken and waffles. Wife's hashbrowns were yummy, I pinch as many as I could get away with. The 2 pieces of fried chicken were juicy and crunchy and made a nice contrast with the sweet waffle. Probably the best chicken and waffles I've had in a while. Service was smooth and friendly with our chatty servers. Great breakfast experience, very reasonable prices.......we'll be back with friends while they are still at this location.

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Bistro Wagon Rouge1869 Powell Street, Vancouver
ce n'est pas Paris jolie but close
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (43 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

Bistro Wagon rouge is an unpretentious bistro located by the port (Powell + Victoria). The food is pretty good. Slightly lacking in flavour for the variety of dishes we tried-saying that, I would order them again.

They don't take reservations but are pretty good seating you as soon as they can and they are realistic as to the length of your wait. It is very bistro like in the sense that you are elbow to elbow with fellow guests.

The bread came out warm and was perfectly accompanied by the pâté we shared. The hangar steak was cooked well, and bigger than expected. The mussels were slightly underwhelming but the fries and homemade mayonnaise made up for it. They had bruschetta type appetisers that went down a treat. Our friend really couldn't get enough of the beef tartar. The duck special was a pleasant surprise.

Service is great considering the restaurant is as busy as it is. The kitchen staff are friendly too and not scowly at all when you have to go past them to get to the washroom. Despite the space limitations, it is run really quite positively.

A definite recommendation to try.

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Jimmy's Tap House & Restaurant783 Homer St., Vancouver
What a overpriced mistake.
By foodyummm of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 28, 2015 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

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.

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Honolulu Cafe3340 Kingsway, #240, Vancouver
They'll Fill You Up
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 25, 2015 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

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!

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Le Do Vietnamese Restaurant2292 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
BAD service & food is lousy.
By cthai8888 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 21, 2015 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

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.

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Cafe Zen1631 Yew St, Vancouver
Some secrets are meant to be shared.
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (43 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

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.

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Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
Friends were impressed
By rnathan of Richmond (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

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.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
AYCE Indian buffet
By radsah34 of North Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

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.

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Sushi Mart1668 Robson Street, Vancouver
All for the complimentary Miso Soup and Green Tea
By as_545 of surrey bc (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 11:21am [Dine in]

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.

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Rodney's Oyster House52 Powell Street, Vancouver
A Good Time Had by Both
By leonard h of Vancouver (39 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2015 - 11:45am [Dine in]

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.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
I got a fish curry - with a twist
By as_545 of surrey bc (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2015 - 3:00am [Dine in]

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.

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La Pentola della Quercia350 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good food but pricey
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 10:16am [Dine in]

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.

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