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crankytheturtleSouth VancouverSince November 25, 20073 Reviews
Average Rating
2 (2.2)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
  • Ambiance2 (2)


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Mr. Pickwick's Fish & Chips8620 Granville St, Vancouver
Decent Fish & Chips Marred by Bad Service
Submitted Friday, January 6, 2012 - 9:53pm [Take-out]

I've ordered food from this place about 4 times and I won't go back for 5th time. Each time I ordered, they seem to take long to make the food, and always seem to be out of stock of some items. I only order here because it's the only nearby fish & chip place. Don't understand why so few fish & chip places exist in Vancouver. This review is based on a culmination of experiences there.

This is a simple fish & chips place with a puny "dine in" area, we're talking maybe 2 tables? It's a simple concept where 99% of what they cook is deep-fried. It doesn't take long to prepare and deep-fry food, so I don't understand why the service is so slow.

One time I ordered from them and they said it would be 20 minutes. I decided to wait a bit longer and went there after 30 minutes and the food still wasn't ready and it took another 10 minutes before it was ready. I noticed a sign that some things were out of stock, but I didn't order any of those items so it didn't bug me. When I went home with the food, I found out they forgot the gravy for my poutine.

Another time I ordered in advance and they didn't tell me until I went there that they didn't have one of the things I ordered. No apology or compensation offered. This was very disappointing because it was someone's meal. Why couldn't they tell me over the phone that they were out of stock to give me time to order an alternative?

The most recent time I went was the most disappointing. I ordered in advance, and when I went there I saw a sign saying they were out of stock of a bunch of items, including one of the items I ordered. This was just a side dish so it didn't upset me, but it was still a bit of a letdown. I went home with the food, and we realized we didn't get any of the items we ordered, it looked like someone else's order. We called the restaurant to let them know, and they didn't apologize or seem concerned; the guy gruffly said we'd have to wait 20 minutes if we want the correct order. I decided it wasn't worth the trouble and just ate what we received.

I'm used to slow service, and can forgive a place when it makes mistakes. What I don't like is when a place is unapologetic when they make mistakes. When I called him to let him know about the mistake, I tried to sound polite and pleasant, but his tone made me feel guilty. His tone is the reason I won't go back and why I won't recommend the place to anyone.

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Dijo's Pizza & Panzerotto2838 Hastings St East, #116, Vancouver
Typical Hole in the Wall Pizza Place
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 9:22pm [Dine in]

This place is okay. I was really hungry one night, didn't know where else to go, so gave it a shot. I had one Panzerotto and one small pizza. The place was small, I wouldn't have even known it existed if it wasn't for Dinhere.ca.

The food was a bit bland, I didn't like the pepperoni (tasted like cheap pre-packaged stuff from the grocery store), but I must say that at least the toppings were plentiful.

The pizza is okay if you're really hungry, otherwise if you want good pizza, keep looking.

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Soho Bar and Grill7090 Lougheed hwy, Burnaby
I Really Wanted to Like This Place
Submitted Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

I live within walking distance of this place, so I was hoping it'd be a nice place to eat when I feel like going out but don't want to drive/take transit.

Unfortunately, it wasn't good.

To start, I thought the booth they sat us in was small and a bit claustrophobic, it was as if installing the booths was an afterthought. Also, the light above the table was far too low, for my liking, and was putting an annoying glare on my glasses.

My girlfriend ordered coffee. When they brought it to her, they admitted it was from an old pot and was probably cold. They offered to bring her a new one if she wished. Why didn't they bring a fresh cup in the first place? I ordered a root beer, which they don't have. Why are places reluctant to sell my favorite beverage? They even admitted that lots of people order it.

Afterwards, we got an order of wings. The wings weren't bad, good amount of hot sauce. But they didn't include ranch/bleu cheese dip or any carrots or celery like most places do.

For the entrees, we both had pasta. I had chicken alfredo; don't remember the name of what my girlfriend had. The alfredo was passable, but didn't taste any better than something you'd get in the freezer section of a grocery store. The garlic toast was dull and flavorless. My girlfriend said her pasta was bland.

Like I said, I wanted to like the place, but I just can't recommend it.

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