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polskaVancouverSince November 17, 200716 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)


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Denny's622 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Surprisingly not bad
Submitted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 1:55am [Dine in]

Went in for a quick breakfast recently and was not expecting much. Was pleasantly surprised with the food and service.
I had a build your own slam with bacon ,sausage, eggs poached medium, hash, and wheat toast. He had the chicken fried steak thingy plus eggs, hash, and toast. Both of us had coffee. After a few crappy breakfast experiences (I almost never eat out for breakfast because its so easy to make at home and because it usually sucks in most restaurants) this was a nice change. It was a tad greasy but not overly so. The best way I can describe it is deliciously sleazy but not too sleazy.
Service was prompt and friendly.
32 bucks for 2 breakfasts and 2 coffees with tip is ok valuewise.
Ambiance.....well its denny's.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Loved it!!!!
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2008 - 8:00pm [Dine in]

Been here once before and was shopping on south granville with the bf when we decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner. It was around 510 pm and we walked over to vij's thinking they opened at 5pm. We were wrong. They open at 530pm but we were glad that we came early as there was already a line snaking up the sidewalk to get in.

Doors opened at exactly 530 by Vikram Vij himself and everyone was sat promptly. By 6pm there were no tables left. We were sat at a small round table by the windows. Water was poured and we were brought complimentary chai tea. We took a while to decide and in the meantime we were offered complimentary bite size apps by a couple different servers carrying baskets of them around the restaurant. Nice touch.

We finally decided on 3 entrees to share. (I know. We're pigs. We couldn't help it. It all sounded so good.) We got the saag paneer and lentils with chapati to start and the classic lamb popsicles and a beef shortrib dish for our mains. All of the food was soo delicious. I'm not an expert on indian cuisine so I have no idea what its supposed to taste like but I loved all of our choices. I don't even know how to describe them because I'm not sure of what spices were used to prepare them. All I know is that it was hot, fresh tasting, and served with complimentary rice and naans on the side. I would go back in a heartbeat.
A note on the service. Our server was such a pro. We chose not to order any bevvies because we wanted more room for food and sometimes servers give you a nasty look or their attitude changes when you don't order a drink (because they think you're cheap and are going to stiff them) but our lady was wonderful. No attitude whatsoever.

Ambiance is pleasant. Its a small intimate room. I would guess about 60 seats. The one thing I could fault them on is the size of the tables. Our round table was not very big at all. It gets a little crowded once the entrees come out. Crowded as in not one more thing would fit on the table. But thats a small complaint.

Value is great. For our 3 entrees with a 17% tip it was $92. There was basically enough food left over for another person to eat a full meal and we were both stuffed to the point of bursting. A note for those who drink. Vij's has a selection of bottles of wine for 35$ or the same ones are 9$ a glass. Quite reasonable for a high caliber restaurant.

We'll be back again.

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Moderne Burger2507 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Good not great
Submitted Friday, December 5, 2008 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

Stopped by with the bf for some burger goodness. I really liked it and so did the bf. There are only 4 burger options (beef, turkey, salmon, veggie) on the menu as well as fries, sodas, and milkshakes. Thats it. We both had the beef burger platter with cheddar cheese added on with the fries and a pop each. The burger was very fresh tasting and even had a little pink in the middle (which I like). It was not oily or greasy at all. I also liked the fries. One thing to note about the burger is that it is not seasoned at all. Both of us had to salt and pepper our burgers to bring out the flavor. Also my boyfriend sat facing the kitchen and saw one of the cooks reach into a bin or something and grab some fries so they are definately NOT cut to order, however they could be cut daily as they did not taste like frozen McCains product.
Ambiance is ok. Booths are comfy and its clean.
Service is also ok. Nothing amazing. They come take your order, bring your drink, drop off your food, and then clear your table and bring your bill. Satisfactory but they missed a step. No one asked us how our meal was. If we'd had a problem we would have had to wave someone down.
This places downfall unfortunately will be the prices. It is simply too expensive for a burger joint (even though it is a good burger). It was 35 bucks for our two platters and pops with a tip. Ouch. And we didn't even have a shake (5$) or a lot of add ons(1.25$ each) for our burgers.
The burgers come with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and special sauce. Thats it. Cheese, bacon, fried onions, mushrooms, etc. are all 1.25 extra each. That can make for a VERY expensive burger if you like all that stuff.
One final note. If you go with another person I suggest one person ordering a platter with the fries and the other person just getting a burger. Neither myself nor my bf ate all of our fries. The portion is humongous and definately enough for two to share.

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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
Cool location, meh everything else
Submitted Friday, September 12, 2008 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

I've passed by this restaurant a few times and always passed it over in favour of some other place in gastown/yaletown/downtown. Thurs afternoon, I wanted to go to Jules but they only have a limited menu between 230 and 500 and my boyfriend wasn't feeling anything on it. He suggested we try chill winston.
First impression is great. The huge patio just looks so inviting. There was also a man on one of the streetcorners playing the saxaphone and chill had turned the music off so diners could enjoy it. I figure they have some sort of agreement with him because he stopped playing at 4pm and they turned on the canned music at the same time. The canned music was kind of a bummer after the sax but decided to not let it affect my ambiance rating.
The ambiance is unfortunately for chill the best thing is has going for it. Everything else just falls into the decent category.
We were seated promptly at a patio table by a friendly hostess and then we sat there forever before being acknowledged by a server. It was at least 8-10 minutes which is unacceptable for a place that is not even close to half full. The weird thing is that we were seated in between two already sat tables. So we see one server do a food check at the table to the right and then walk away so we just figure we're not in her section. And then we see a different server at the table to our left taking a mans drink order and then walks away as well. So at this point we're kind of confused since it been at least 5 mins and no one has said hi to us. Turns out the server to our left is actually our server. She brings the guys wine and then takes our order. By this time we're ready to order our food as well so we just order everything in one go. It just seems poor form or perhaps inexperience to not have taken our drink order as well after she took the mans next to us. It would have saved her a trip and not left us sitting with no service for so long.
My boyfriend ordered the tuna tartare and I had the halibut burger with salad. The food falls into the decent to solid category. Nothing horrible about it. Nothing great either.
Value is only decent as well. For those two food items plus 1 pint of beer each plus tip it was 48 bucks. Not a great value for an underwhelming experience.
Hate to say it but I agree with the previous reviewer who says that this place could be so much more with its amazing location. I don't think I'll be back. There's way too many better options nearby.

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Tequila Kitchen1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Can not believe how good it was....
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

Went out on a friday night for my sisters birthday. We were downtown and decided to try this place after a recommendation from my boyfriend.
We were seated by a friendly woman who asked us if it was our first time here. We said yes and she welcomed us and let us know that everything is made in house and that they have an open kitchen if we wanted to take a look.
Our server was nothing short of amazing. I can say with all honesty that I have never had better service at any restaurant in my life. It was refreshing to have someone be a step ahead at all times. We never had to ask for water, drink refills, new silverware, etc, etc. He was really friendly, not snooty at all, and he knew all about the product he was serving and selling. I HATE when you go out somewhere and have a question about the menu and the server doesn't know and doesn't bother to find out. He explained every dish that was sent out so we knew exactly what it was. Kudos to this server. A true professional.
Now for the food. Can't remember everything we had (we had a lot of tasting plates) but I'll try. Started with tortilla soup-loved it-super flavorful without being overly salted. Some sort of cheese dish with flour tortillas-good but probably wouldn't order it again. Shredded pork on flour tortillas- delicious, perfectly spiced. We also ordered one of their prix fixe meals to share. It came with a trio of appy's of which I only remember one-the fish tacos- best I have ever had. I would come back for this dish alone. A soup course- shrimp broth i believe- again very flavorful without being overly salty. The main was a steak and a poblano pepper stuffed with a sausage filling. Amazing!!! And a dessert which again I don't remember. We also order a second dessert to share. We were blown away with the taste of the food here. For the price I have never had such quality, fresh-tasting food anywhere.
Also a note on the drinks. I believe all the coctails on their list were made with tequila. Not an issue for me but could be for some people. They also have a small wine list. I had 3 margaritas and loved every sip. They were made with fresh lime juice on the rocks. A true margarita- not that crap that comes out looking like a slurpee.
I couldn't be more pleased with my experience here and highly recommend this place. Please please try it out. You won't be disappointed. I will most definately be back.

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Olympia Pizza3205 West Broadway, Vancouver
Solid take out
Submitted Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

Came here after my disappointing curry at the eatery. I was still hungry and was looking for something safe. Greek fit the bill. Its pretty hard to screw up greek food.
Ordered the spanakopita dinner to go with no rice, extra greek salad and extra tzatziki. It was 16 bucks. The order came up quickly and I was on my way.
Got home and yay, they got the order right. No complaints as to taste or seasoning. But really, you have to suck bad to screw up such a simple order.
Just a note for those who get takeout. I had no napkins or plastic cutlery in my bags. No biggie because I was going home to eat but for those who might not be going home, make sure you ask if you need these items.
I would come back here for dinner based on the taste of the food and price. The inside of the restaurant is standard greek looking. Kind of rustic and homey.
Solid food, decor, and service. Good choice for takeout. Will be back to dine in one day.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
Gross curry bowl
Submitted Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

Went on a friday very early....5pm so there was no thumping music club vibe yet. I hate sushi but the boyfriend loves it so I often have to compromise on restaurant choices. He really wanted to go here so we went.
We ordered the veggie gyoza to start. I ordered the chix curry bowl with noodles and he ordered 3 different rolls. My chix curry bowl came with a basic salad to start (iceberg lettuce, tom, and cukes). The dressing on it was tasty. Gyoza were satisactory as well. Now comes the bad part (for me anyways). My curry was awful. Just gross. I had 2 bites and couldn't eat anymore. It was waaaay over curry powdered. Thats all I could taste. My boyfriend tried it and thought it was disgusting as well. The noodles were also overcooked. My boyfriend loved his sushi but this is not his review so thats why the low food rating.
I guess the lesson learned is don't get anything that is not sushi or japanese type food.
I won't be back but for those who like sushi this is a funky (allbeit tired and worn) looking place. I can see the appeal to the UBC crowd. Service was decent but it was early when we went and not even close to packed yet.
Next time my boyfriend wants sushi from here it will have to be to go.

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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
Best scam ever.....
Submitted Monday, April 14, 2008 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

I have to throw in my two cents over the debate about Salt. I've been once and will never go again. It's my own fault really. I went under the impression that this place was a restaurant, which for those of you who have not been, Salt is most definately NOT a restaurant. It is a wine bar which also serves charcuterie and cheeses. There is no kitchen here.

I can't fault the food that they serve. It was all delicious as was the wine I had. Service was solid. But I won't go back.

This is one of those places that really makes me wish there was a value rating on dinehere. When I got my bill it was a little shocking. 70 bucks for 2 glasses of wine and 2 charcuterie and cheese plates. Ouch. Very pricey for vancouver.

To the owner of this place. Bravo sir. You are truly a brilliant man. You are running the best scam ever. Paying servers 8 bucks an hour, no high priced chef, no kitchen, cheap rent because you are in the ghetto. You have opened the ultimate money maker. And people still go here because it is "cool" and "hip". So kudos to you. You got me once but never again.
And this is only because of the price. If it was a little more reasonable I would probably be willing to come back. But for 70 bucks I felt like I'd been had.

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Tandoori King8017 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Next time we won't get whitey food
Submitted Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

Was recommended this restaurant by an indian friend. He claims its the best in town.

We ordered the butter chicken and lamb curry with 2 types of naan breads. Both were tasty. There was nothing amazing about the food but there was nothing wrong with it either. I just wasn't "wowed".

Service was decent. There was only one other table in there because we went for a late (9pm) dinner so there was no way the service could have sucked unless they really wanted to ignore us.

Ambiance...not so much. Very pinkish early 90's decor. Didn't really bother me as I wasn't out for a romantic or a hip experience. It was clean and the bathrooms were clean so I was satisfied with that.

It was a little over 40 bucks for our two dishes, two types of bread, and one beer so a good value for a dinner out.

When we mentioned to our indian friend what we ordered he laughed and said that we got the whitey dishes. Apparently next time we should try the chicken tikka and the vindaloos and we will be more impressed.

I liked the food for the price and will be back.

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Keg Caesars595 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Solid rating
Submitted Friday, February 29, 2008 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

Went last night for a quick casual dinner. Usually the Keg is a solid choice and this was no exception.

Food: standard keg fare. 2 people had prime rib beef dips, 1 had small cut of prime rib. Nothing wowed us but we had no complaints either. Also had a bottle of wine which was decent.

Service: i don't really understand all the complaints people have with service at the Keg. One of the reasons I go back is that the service (and food) is always dependable at this chain. Again nothing wowed us here but we were never lacking for anything, all the quality checks were done, no attitude or grumpiness from the server, all in all decent service.

Ambiance: i know what to expect at this location and as other reviewers have noted its totally like going back to the 80's. They definately need to renovate and redecorate this place. Its not totally hideous but its definately not modern looking by any stretch of the imagination.

Value: hate to say it but the Keg prices are starting to get a little ridiculous. Especially for a place that doesn't provide the atmosphere to go with it. Obviously still cheaper than gotham, mortons, hys, but not the deal it used to be. Wouldnt mind so much if they redecorated and i felt like i was actually going out for a nice dinner but when you go to the keg it just feels like a dennys or an old style moxies.

Overall: a solid meal with solid service. Interior of the restaurant could use redecorating. Price is getting up there but not so high as to keep me from coming back.

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Bistrot Bistro1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Solid meal but expected more somehow...
Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 1:21am [Dine in]

Food: Had boeuf borgignon (sp?) and it was good but not great. Mash potatos were scandelously rich as noted by previous reviewer. Loved them.
Service: Went on a thursday night and did not have to wait long for a table. The place was packed. Service was solid but I'm glad I read the bill as server charged us for the wrong wine. She was very appologetic and corrected it right away.
Ambiance: As noted by previous reviewers this is a small space and to maximize it they really pack in the tables. Very crowded. If you are slightly larger in size you will not be able to fit in the space between tables to get to the banquette without moving your table to make some room. At most there is 10 inches between tables. At most but probably less, more like 8 inches.
Overall: Solid but not great or outstanding in any way. Would probably consider going back if only due to the price. Dinner for 2 with wine was 80 bucks with tip included.

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Nando's Chicken2064 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Richmond nandos is so much better
Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 12:51am [Dine in]

So the boyfriend and I hop in for a quick bite before work. We usually go to the nando's in richmond off 3 road and LOVE it. Its never disappointed us.
So we get there at 130 and order and pay. Its 1:35 when we sit down. For those unfamiliar with nandos...you order, pay, they give you a number, and then bring your food out to your table.
Normally we have never waited longer than 10 mins at our usual location. We waited so long here that my boyfriend had to go put more money into the parking meter so we didn't get a ticket. When he came back we still didn't have our food. As a side note it wasn't even that busy in there.
It arrived a couple minutes later at about 2:00 I ordered the chix pita...it was meh but i was starving. My bf got the double leg meal and one of the legs was burnt. Not just a little but very obviously so. The kitchen guy put the black burnt side facing down on the plate so he obviously noticed but didn't care.
After waiting for so long we didn't have time to complain because we were going to be late for work.
Will not come back to this location.
Go to the richmond one instead.

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White Spot5880 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Service made the difference
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 1:36am [Dine in]

Went here with the parents recently. There was a wait at the door I assume because it was sunday around noon (all the after churchers coming in). We were seated within about 15 minutes.

Food was standard white spot. Stick with the burgers and simple stuff and you can't really go wrong. I did notice that the top of my burger bun was a little hard but nothing to get all worked up about.

We had amazing service from a lovely girl named Freda I believe. She was one of those servers who is just constantly on top of things. Always noticing if your water, coffee, or pop is getting close to being empty and offering refills. She was just really pleasant and on top of things.

I don't have high expectations for chain restaurants in terms of food or service. Food was what I expected. Service was way better that expected.

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Q4 Ristorante2563 West Broadway, Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 1:19am [Dine in]

Went with a party of six about a week ago. Thought dine out was over but quattro has extended their dine out menu until the end of Feb I believe. Anyways 4 out of 6 had the dine out. I had pasta and the other person had the duck breast.

No complaints about the food at all. The dine out main entree looked small but once everyone was done their meals they realised it was just the right size. Duck breast was perfect as was my pasta.

Never been here before and was surprised by how small this place is (this is not a complaint, just an observation). I expected it to be bigger. Definately an upscale feel.

Service was the only thing I can maybe complain a little about. Not that it was bad. It was just definately snooty. Perhaps because we weren't all dressed up to the nines? We were very casually dressed, not jogging pants casual mind you, but jeans and sweater (not sweatshirt) casual. Maybe the server thought we wouldn't leave him a good enough tip and that we were dining out of our league. There was nothing that I can quite put my finger on. Nothing rude outright. Just the tone of voice. I can't quite explain it but I almost felt like I was being ridiculed. Like I wasn't good enough to dine here. I don't think anyone else in my party caught onto it (I was with my parents and some friends) but it kind of irritated me. Obviously I didn't let it ruin my evening as I still gave this place an overall 4 rating.

Next time I'll dress up and see how it goes.

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Nevermind3293 West Fourth Ave, Vancouver
Our Server tried to rip us off!!!!!
Submitted Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

I was last here about 8 months ago and will never go back. Ever. I was there with 4 others. A party of five on I believe it was a thursday night. They had tequilla and sols on special. We had one order of nachos. Not horrid. Not great.
So we're finished and our bill comes. It was 218 and some change. It gets passed around and everyone agrees to pay 50 bucks leaving our waitress about a 15 percent tip which is very good considering her service was nothing to rave about. Anyways I'm the last one to get the bill and I notice an autograt has been put on. WTF??? There was at no time 6 people in our group and I don't know of any where that autograts parties of five. The autograt has not been circled and the server NEVER mentioned it. We start talking amongst ourselves and she must have heard because she comes up to us and is all " oh is there an autograt on that?? I must have hit 6 guests instead of 5. Our system automatically autograts parties of 6 or more. LIES!!! I had been there before with more than 6 people and never been autogratted. I'm a server too and actually read the bills. B*tch was totally trying to scam us. If we had left her 250 she would have ended up with an almost 60dollar tip. Anyways she took off the autograt and the bill came to 187 and change. The rest of the group wanted to stiff her but we left 200 so she at least didnt have to pay out of her own pocket to tip out.
And i don't want to hear from subsequent reviewers that this was an accident because it totally wasn't. Girlfriend had a super worried look on her face like we were gonna ask for a manager and complain. Which we didn't because its bad karma to get another server in trouble.
Anyways, a warning to all who patronize this place. READ YOUR BILL CAREFULLY.
I will never go back.

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
It began badly.......
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

We had a reservation for a party of 5 for 7:30 on a thursday night. We show up on time and the restaurant is packed and we are told our table will be 15 minutes as the group currently seated there is just finishing their meals. Ok fine, its sucks but whatever. 15 minutes turned into an hour and 15 minutes. We didn't get sat until 845. I understand that you can't force people to leave but come on. Don't take reservations if you can't guarantee people a table. 30 minutes would have been bearable but over an hour when you have a reservation is ridiculous. They did bring us a round of wine and a round of kir royales on the house to appease us and were very apologetic. It was not a good start. However the rest of the experience was totally solid.
Service: Our server was wonderful. Very professional, nice but not overly fakey nice. Attentive but not hovering.
Ambience: Very cool little room. Noisy and packed. Very lively. Patrons were definately a mixed bag. Couples, groups, young, old, yuppies, cool kids, they were all there. Note: If you are looking for a romantic quiet type place this is definately not it.
Food: The food is truly what made up for our wait. I would have been so bitter if we had waited for over an hour and the food sucked. We started with the mussels and escargot. I have never had such tasty mussels. My mum and sister had the filet of beef and raved about it. My dad and boyfriend had the cassoulet. Also delicious. I had the salmon and it was perfect. It was actually medium rare! So tender and juicy. And the mashed potatoes it was served with were so creamy. We also ordered 3 desserts to share. Creme brulee, creme caramele, and an apple tarte dessert. All were superb.
Overall: I would have given this place a higher mark had it not been for the ridiculously long wait when we had a reservation. It was generally great but with a crap beginning.

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