We've been to the Richmond location where they really delivered on food quality and service, therefore when we had out of town visitors we chose Sun Sui Wah, Main St. Location for a casual meal after airport pick up. We were 5 and ordered roast duck, free range chicken, lettuce wrap, scallops and veggies, salty spicy deep fried tofu and sauteed snow pea shoots. The waiter tried to talk us into a soy chicken instead of the steamed ginger chicken we wanted but our visitors wanted the ginger dish so we stuck with ordering that only to be told 10 min later by the waiter that they were out of that and only had the soy chicken left. We said that was fine but he should have been honest in the first place, that was annoying. The best dish was the snow pea shoots, hard to go wrong with that. The duck was dry and probably the worst chinese style roast duck I've ever had in Vancouver and I would say we've had that in about 50 different chinese restaurants. The free range soy chicken was ok, just ok. The filling for the lettuce wrap (pork) was bland and anemic looking. The scallops and veggies were fine, and for the price a good amount of scallops. My son ordered a coke and it took them 15 minutes to bring it. The whole meal was completely underwhelming and if I hadn't experienced the Richmond location first I would not have any clue as to how Sun Sui Wah holds the reputation they do in Vancouver for being one of the best Chinese restaurants. By the way, I am Chinese so I know about the off the cuff service style in these restaurants but the service here was even less remarkable than say, Hon's, so that's not up to snuff. Maybe dim sum is really the only thing they do well or maybe we hit them on an off night, nevertheless we probably won't go back there any time soon.
Sunday night, don't feel like cooking or doing dishes, no kids around for a change. We surfed around for a new place to try and settle on Wishes and Luck. We frequent the Drive alot and this place looked interesting. We arrive with no reso's around 8:00 pm. There aren't a whole lot of seats (35?) and the tables were full (good sign) so we sat at the bar. We are happy bar stool dwellers so that was not a problem. Usually we find bar service to be more personable because you are so close to the action. Here we had 2 bartenders working in a not very large space, yet oddly they were both rather shy and reserved. We ordered wine and a Negroni, followed by beet salad, pork bites, tartare, and meatballs. Strangely even though we were practically sitting on top of them we had to initiate asking for everything from the (maybe they're a couple?) barkeeps who were very busy slicing, dicing, mashing, swirling behind the bar and didn't seem to have any time left over to serve us (only 2 guests) sitting at the bar. The beet salad was outstanding, tricolor beets, goats cheese, nicely dressed. The pork bites, we didn't like, kind of dry and honestly can't remember anything else about them except we wouldn't order them again. They forgot to bring our meatballs and then when they did, they said it was on the house, but they appeared on the bill anyways. We paid and left without saying anything. Funny thing is that the owner (Dolly?) chased after us to apologize for not taking the meatballs off the bill, she seemed genuine when she said next time you come in we'll do something special for you. The thing is to do something special for people the FIRST time they come in. We may or may or may not return but nice to know she actually cared enough to run down the street after us, we give her 10 points for that, no 15 points, she had heels on.
Last Saturday we had a nice treat, chauffered in an SUV limo, dinner at this gold standard of a steakhouse, pampered for a few hours. The room was elegant, the food classic, the service impeccable. We ordered iceberg wedge, spinach salad, beefsteak tomato salad, calamari, rib eye steaks and blackened ahi tuna with roasted beets, asparagus and mashed potato sides. All the food was well prepared and nicely seasoned. Excellent dressings on all the salads. Great wine selection with some surprisingly reasonable selections, although if you're at all price conscious you really should not come here because dinner for 4 could easily set you back a mortgage payment on the average Vancouver condo. We were seated on the upper level at an excellent table overlooking all the action. The service as expected was unobtrusive, understated yet always there, and well timed. We did feel that the steaks, while tender and tasty, was not the best we've ever tasted, although to be fair we've had some amazing steak. It is not dry aged, rather wet aged 30+ days, so we were told by our waiter. Anyway, enough first world whining... It was an elegant meal with good company, fine wine and classy service. And at least we didn't get shot (ha ha).
Because we practice the fine art of breakfast cookery at home we don't often go out for the morning meal, but on this particular Sunday we didn't have breakfast or lunch so decided to finally come for a 2:15 pm "dunch" because every time we drive by we say, "we've got to try that place". It was surprisingly busy still at that time and there were 2 or 3 other small parties waiting at the door when we arrived. but it didn't take long to get seated. It's very basic inside. They erased all traces of the brave bull, quick paint job, table and chairs, and bam, breakfast joint. Didn't hire any designers here, and who cares for a cheap n cheerful breaky? Except it's not cheap. Hubby ordered the special eggs benny with avocado fritter, side of bacon (extra), side of home fries (extra), me, benny style eggs on arugula and lemon truffle potatoes. The food took AGES to come, easily over 30 minutes, seemed like an hour for my tummy. Way too long to wait for breakfast food. By the time it came we were both so hungry we would have eaten cotton balls sautéed in butter. Thank goodness the food was tasty, but not very hot. The portions were fine for us because we are both watching our waistlines but they weren't generous portions by any stretch. Our waitress was saccharin sweet and narrated each thing she was about to do, "I'm going to get some more water for you now", "I'm going to get some more coffee for you now". If it was actual breakfast time when some people might be sporting hangovers, her life could be in peril. Still, the food was definitely flavourful, although the hollandaise was a little thin for my liking. The coffee was good quality and we saw some yummy looking waffles and beignets cruise by our table. Our bill came to $40.00 for two breakfasts and 1 bottomless coffee. We were kind of surprised. So, finally I'd say we would come again if there were no line ups but we wouldn't wait in line again just to have to wait a long time for the food. Also, I noticed on the menu they put 18% gratuity on large parties... really? For this kind of service? I would expect that at Gotham's where we had dined the night before, but no way at Yolk's. Craaazy.
The food was in comparable with the authentic Chinese restaurants. They have incredible customer service. My plates were always taken away when I was done and my glass of water was always kept full. The prices are kind of expensive, but for the quality and size of the portions I would say it’s worth it. The vegetables are always crisp and well marinated. The vegetarian hot and sour soup is pretty good. I especially liked the Fried Pea Pods, Chinese Mushroom, and Bamboo Shoots.
I can't believe we've never been here before even though we've driven by the establishment many times. The indoor decoration gives the traditional Indian vibe. That clearly translates on their food, which was out of this world. I used to like the Indian restaurant in my hometown but this is my new favourite. I was with my family when we ate at Handi. We enjoyed and shared the Garlic/Basil Naan, Eggplant Bhartha, samosas, Beef Curry, chicken tikka and my personal favourite the Lamb Methi! I can’t wait to go back to Handi restaurant!
Spoon Kitchen is great new spot for Thai & Malaysian food! It has very tasty dishes at a reasonable price. They take a modern twist on Malaysian food, which are very appetizing and eye pleasing with all the food presentation. Good thing their food taste great as it looks. I would recommend you to order the Coconut Tiger Prawns! Beef Rendang & Roti are also great best seller choices.
So glad we found this place! They have the most delicious crème brûlée creations I've ever tasted and I don't generally even like crème brûlée . Clearly, the owner is passionate about his craft and very proud of his creations, as he should be. We had the dulce de leche, durian and the panda coconut. Everything’s a taste of Heaven!
CinCin Restaurant and Bar takes the traditional flavors of Italy and adding a contemporary sophistication, makes you feel like you’re in Italy. They have amazing food and service in. Plus, desserts were the best!! Service was great, who checked up on us regularly. Also, staff explained each food item that arrived to the table. That extra attention to detail was a plus. It was nice of them to remind us what we ordered and what was on each plate. Never leave the place without trying their desserts!
I feel special whenever dining at Absinthe Bistro. For starters servers welcome you very warmly, making you feel at home. Their menu is tweaked on a weekly basis making me look forward to visit every week. Value for money is worth it as you can already have a 3 course meal for only $35. To top it off, their food taste authentic, very close to the food I’ve eaten in France. It is the perfect place for a date, or an intimate dinner with friends. Absinthe Bistro has definitely made my list of go-to places for affordable French food in Vancouver.
Sura has been my favorite restaurant in Vancouver. They're also by far serve the most authentic Korean cuisine. You can tell they pick the only use the best ingredients. If dumplings in other Korean restaurants would come from frozen packages, in Sura they make it from scratch. The service is always excellent even if they’re full packed with customers. Upon oredering, everyone gets their own banchan and boricha.- a roasted barley tea - at no charge. Whether you've never had Korean food and want to start off on a high note, or you like Korean food and want the best of it in the area, you should check them out.
I like going to Cactus Club because of its modern environment. All staff are dressed very nicely and they offer excellent service. I also commend them for their comfortable seats and clean washrooms. It is the best place to catch up with friends. I usually order their burgers. It was huge, had really good meat, gluten free bun, and came with a side of yam fries. Delicious and very fulfilling! What makes my dining experience special is their spectacular view. I’m always blown away on how beautiful it is. Best time to view would be at sunset. Cactus club is definitely one of my favorite places to dine.
Timkee Kitchen is one of the Chinese restaurants I keep coming back to. I typically order their pork BBQ, beef with broccoli and the chef`s best creation, Orange Peel Chicken. Surprisingly, they do not use MSG on all their dishes but still maintain the excellent, flavorful Chinese taste. It`s best to go to Timkee with family and friends because their portions are huge, enough for sharing. Service is friendly and casual but can be a little slow for impatient people. I would advice to either come during off/slow hours or simply getting some take-out.
Looking for authentic cheap Mexican thrills?? Adelitas may look sketchy from the outside but it is one of the most highly-regarded Mexican food restaurants in Vancouver. Delicious, authentic and innovative Mexican food is a point pride of Adelitas. I always start off with their Nachos filled with toppings that are perfectly stacked together. I also like ordering their Burrito as they serve everything up in Mexican Freshness. The best part is that they open till 11pm on most nights, which is perfect for those late night cravings!
We took some people from Ireland for lunch to the Water St. Cafe this past Friday. What a mistake.
The service was non-existent even if the server used his French accent to suggest we were 'fine dining'.
The caesar salad for two was wilted iceberg (why not romaine) lettuce with splashes of brown. The croutons so hard as to loosen your fillings. Our four meals were something that anyone could replicate with less than fresh ingredients in any kitchen. How do they charge $24 for three tiny pieces of veal scallopini with two small potatoes and a slice of bell pepper?
The server was slow in taking the hint our meal was over. At a cost of $150 (small tip included) for four people I think there are many other places in Gastown to dine where the service and food is better!
Came here for Saturday brunch. The eggs benny was disappointing, luke warm and eggs were over done. The sides were disappointing - hash brown potatoes were not hot and the fruit salad looked like it came straight from a can. The bread they use for french toast was thin - prefer thicker texas toast
I have been here for dinner service and the food is so much better - perhaps they have different chefs?
Bottom line is there are better choices in the South Granville Neighbourhood for brunch like Luke's or Heirloom
beautiful evening in Vancouver. we looked for a great patio to eat outside and chill Winston is a natural choice. unfortunately the evening is ruined because of poor service and poor management. long line up outside even if many tables are available. waitress is rude to customers and management seems disorganized. sad.... such potential. after a few hours, we just had to leave and finish our beautiful evening at a nearbyJapanese restaurants that was happy to have customers.
great food great service Wanita and the crew made the magic happen authentic indian with a great taste. The chicken masala and lamb curry divine. Tandoori wings as starters not to be missed . They went above an beyond with making sure our party was well fed and served. Nice oyster bay NZ merlot finished the meal of nicely. Thanks for a great night
Discovered this place last week and decided to give it a go. It is actually quite spacious inside (approx 12 tables and is eclectically decorated. There are several neon signs hung on the walls that surprisingly don't draw your attention as well as a mélange of wall art. Tables and floor appeared clean and tidy.
The soup that came with the pho was rather sweet and the accompaniments that came with the pho were sparse. We also ordered the marinated pork vermicelli. We were expecting marinated pork belly but got marinated grilled ham - so you can imagine our disillusionment. Overall, I would say the food is alright. Definitely nothing to write home about. 2 stars in general seem harsh, if half stars were available, I would bump them up to 2.5.
Service was ok. Swift and efficient.
I don't think I'll be going back soon, I'll give it another go in a couple of months. Perhaps.
I have been here a few times. The food is ok. I do find it to be expensive for what it is.
Last time I came with friends; I had the chicken and ribs combo and fries. It was ok, but no better than Swiss Chalet, and I can get it cheaper there. I do like the glaze that they put on their chicken and ribs....the fries seem to be portioned not so well, but thats the least of it really.
I can't really say much; but it really is a bit pricy for what it's worth I think. I'll probably come back if it's a friends or family function (Like I would have a choice to reign on someones parade....ha ha) but just coming for a casual night out with friends, I would probably advise against it
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