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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
I been Foo Foo'd
By rob12151 of Salt Lake City, Utah (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

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!

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Flying Pig, The1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Good food and service
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2015 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

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.

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Fat Mao Noodles217 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Gotta Go Early
By wahine of vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

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.

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Japolo Sushi & Pho2807 West Broadway, Vancouver
Terrible.....Just Terrible
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

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

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Sweet Cherubim Natural Foods & Restaurant1105 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
So Thankful to the Manager
By garlicqueen of Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2015 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

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.

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ARC Restaurant900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
Wish they had more lunch options
By Spicerum of Kitsilano BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2015 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

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.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Very Busy Place
By Spicerum of Kitsilano BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2015 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

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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Kamei Royale1030 W Georgia Street, #211, Vancouver
One of the nicest Japanese in Vancouver
By Spicerum of Kitsilano BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2015 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

This is one of the Oldest Japanese restaurants in the Downtown area. Place is busy all the time. Service was pleasant and quick. Food was tasty and nicely done. I always prefer AlaCarte. Again considering the area prices are reasonable. Quality of food and freshness was outstanding. And its my go to place when I crave Japanese.

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Hawksworth Restaurant801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
A great Dining Room
By Spicerum of Kitsilano BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2015 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

This is another one of the nicest Dining rooms in this Expensive city. Food was reasonably good but this place lacks big time in Service. Whats about this city good servers are hard to find. Or they need more training to interact and basic server skills. Please smile. Anticipate. We have to wave everytime and felt we were bothering them. Its a great location. Great room and I wish they had better service to go along with the food. Drinks were awesome.

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Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Just another Coffee Shop
By Spicerum of Kitsilano BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2015 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

In the Chic Alberni St its a busy place. If you need cakes do need to pre order or you can pick up whats not sold. Prices are on the high side, considering the location I wont complain in Vancouver. But lacks in quality and service. Hope they had more selection available for take away pastries.

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Don Francesco Ristorante860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Good Italian Food
By Spicerum of Kitsilano BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2015 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

Great location on Burrard St. Very convenient to meet up people. Good Italian food with good Old school service. Lot of Game to try and good selection of wines. Seems a bit pricey but considering the location its very reasonable. Will keep coming back. This absolutely is one of the nicest restaurants in Vancouver.

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Pink Peppercorn Seafood House1485 Kingsway, Vancouver
For A Couple of Hours Our World Was Very Nice Indeed
By leonard h of Vancouver (39 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

A trip down Vancouver memory lane to a Cannery spin-off, complete with dated but charming seafaring decor. Our server's nickname was Teddybear, and he was a teddybear. Glasses of wine and food portions were generous. The salmon cake appetizer was really good, big enough for two people. The Salmon Wellington was a beautiful throwback to one generation ago when Beef Wellington was the star on many menus. Flavors were subtle. The freshness of the fish was prominent because of that. Still, a little overcooked, and the pastry was not the greatest, but it was delicious nevertheless. My partner's halibut was fine.

Pink Peppercorn no doubt would have been the best restaurant in BC 50 years ago, and it sort of feels like you have stepped back in time there, but now the big gun chefs are here from all over the world, competition to be new and exciting and unique is fierce in Van, many millions are pumped into decor, and old school can't quite compete anymore if fine dining is what you're after. But I think Pink Peppercorn has most of the other guys beat in restaurant finesse, which is cultivated over time, and from genuinely wanting to bring the customer joy.

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Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar, The905 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Nice but expensive beer. Extremely loud.
By Kelvin_Brown of North Vancouver, BC (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

Went there on a Friday night with friends.
Nice beer but expensive.
Extremely loud throughout. Do not go in if you want a decent conversation, you will come out hoarse from shouting !
Conveniently & centrally located. An easy to find bar, with a pool table & shuffleboard games upstairs.

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Salam Bombay755 Burrard St, Suite 217, Vancouver
Nice but over-priced food. Exploiting it's central location
By Kelvin_Brown of North Vancouver, BC (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

We'd heard great things of this restaurant from friends, some of whom originate from the sub-continent, so we thought we'd give it a try last Friday evening. We'd also travelled extensively through the sub-continent & love Indian food, even though western menu items tend to bare little resemblance to the Indian dish of origin. Most dishes have been modified to suit western tastes, esp. by British culinary influences.

It's centrally located in the heart of town & is relatively easy to find. It's exploiting it's location & potential high clientele turnover in the price factor, but I was somewhat let-down by the whole experience.

The place is extremely neat, clean & tidy inside. It is popular & by selecting a window table you can watch the world go by on Burrard whilst you eat.

There was a great range of food, but it was extremely expensive for what you got. One poppadum "cut" into 4 cost $3.25 & each pickle offering was $3.25. Veg. options generally start at $15.75 & meat dishes from $18.75.

I like my curries extremely hot & asked accordingly on ordering, but had to send it back because it was so bland. It was meant to be lemon & coriander-based, but was weak in flavour & lacking substance. The dish that came back was different altogether - more tomato-y based. All our meals were somewhat watery, thin & on the small size. The garlic nans were great though.

There was no draught beer. There was a good range of bottled beer, prices of which started from $7.

It was a very expensive Indian, the bill for 4 coming to $160 !

Good to have tried it, but we wont be going back.

Just go to Vaades in North Vancouver, it's tons better value for money & has an absolutely excellent range food..

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Service lesson to be learned here
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2015 - 10:11am [Dine in]

J, her hubby and their son stopped in while enjoying the sunny Vancouver weather. For an early dinner, the place was packed. After a good half an hour wait, we finally managed to get a seat. Normally I wouldn't feel the wait but the kiddo was really getting worked up about not getting served. Really want to thank the server for being comprehensive and talking to him all the while. Brownie points for that!

Once we were seated, things moved rather quickly. Our order was taken and appys started arriving. For the first time, I liked the pakoras over the samosas. Kudos to the one who recommended it. J and I especially enjoyed our chicken methi. It was probably one of the best I've had in a while.

More than the food, the service was excellent. The waiter was patient with us, even when the kid spilled all his drink on his shirt. Water constantly refilled was probably a sign from J who found the food a bit too spicy.

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Flying Pig, The1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Don't know what happened this time
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2015 - 7:06am [Dine in]

I am usually a sucker for comfort food, and so every time I make it to Vancouver, the Flying Pig is the place go to. Without question. There's something about this place that keeps on drawing me back, not sure if it is their pulled pork poutine or what, but the ambience is great. I love the nonchalant feeling to this place - it's like everyone is not too worried or hurried in having a good time - but all within the limit of course.

This time around, things weren't such as pleasant. We arrived for an early dinner only to find ourselves with a line-up at the door. Comprehensive and normal. Nothing to worry about. We were told the wait was going to be half and hour maximum but ended up waiting more than an hour. Okay, we can deal with that. What we couldn't deal with was the rude staff and manager. Had it not been for my friends, I would have left. Hoping this was a one time thing and won't happen again.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Best service and best French restaurant ever
By lauremeyer03 of V5K 1S6 (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

Best service and best French restaurant ever. We went here to celebrate the anniversary of my parents over lunch last week. We had baked escargot, lobster tempura/ scallop salad, lamb shank ( juicy and tender), salmon/ prawns / halibut ( melt in your mouth) platter, lamb chop and grand marnier souffle (soft and puffy).
We love this place. We had already made another 2 reservations for next month.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
This Place is Always a Good Deal
By nhvangurl of Kitsilano (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

We had a pretty good meal here on Monday with a couple of my co-workers. I am no first-timer here, but what first captivates you of India Bistro is the ambience. Nicely decorated but kind of small, it worked. Where we get seated didn't really matter. Keeping our voices down wasn't really a speciality.

The food is made to perfection each time, I have yet to catch them serving something half-hearted. Portion sizes justify the price. The naan is soft and pillowy, and their chicken dishes are superb. But what really blew us away this time was the rasmalai. Thanks to the persuasion of the waiter, one of my co-workers finally tried it out. His tricks to adding water or milk to make it more edible for others.

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
Ganache takes the cake
By nhvangurl of Kitsilano (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

Ganache Patisserie is one of those places you can never get bored of because their pastries are so good. Their caramel-chocolat pastry is one of the most delicious things I have tried, even though it has so much chocolate in it (not a big chocolate fan here). And it's not just me, I still feel it still manages to draw a crowd despite being high-priced. I like coming in the mornings when it is not too busy to eat some cake or get some croissants. That, with some fresh coffee, alone can really set your mood and get you going for the day.

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Au Comptoir2278 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
The Height of Arrogance! We will NOT be back!
By djoe of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

We were so happy to find this place, the decor is cute, like in France — the waiters all dressed the part and they were even French. However, everything stopped being cute as soon as we started to (or should I say, tried to) interact with any of the arrogant waiters.

We sat at the bar and ordered drinks and some pomme frites. At one point the bartender made some drinks right in front of us and I tried to talk to him and he just contradicted what I said — I said, "wow, so close you can almost taste the drink" (the bar was super narrow, so he literally was right where we were) and he said "ah, maybe smell them". No biggy I thought, then I asked him something in French (I lived in France when I was younger, so I speak some French) and of course he immediately answered me in English.

Then when my partner accidentally knocked over his champagne glass (because the bartender had left all of his drink mix stuff right in front of us), he merely came over and said "would you like to order another drink?" Not, oh darn, can I get you another drink or anything.

I also heard the waiters talking and whenever a customer came in and wanted to sit in the window (like we did), they said "no, we have to save it for a table of 4" - but then some wanna-be big shot guy came in with his girlfriend, they let him sit there, even though they didn't know him either.

Anyway, we were very unhappy with the service and or civility with this restaurant. For sure we will not be returning.

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