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putnamBurnabySince September 23, 20074 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


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Anducci's6011 Hastings St., Burnaby
, with a side of pretense
Submitted Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 4:39am [Dine in]

The whole affair was mediocre; the swill that came out of their beer tap, the excessively loud music, the price/quality mismatch...
I may give it yet another shot, because it’s locally owned and a stone's throw from my home, but my first experience was second-rate. I will avoid the meat next time, because this slab was low on taste, tough as leather, and cost more than size and quality would suggest.
The servers did the best they could with what training they were given, but, on the whole, the staff floundered. Maybe their turnover rate is high, because they all seemed brand new. They hire selectively, so the girls all look good.
The atmosphere was inconsistent. The menu was so informal, it may as well have been written in SMS shorthand. They had me seated on some uncomfortable steel chair that looked like modern art gone awry. The décor and the price suggest that they try to be a restaurant for adults, but it feels much more like a spot for teens with disposable income. Identity crisis.

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Moldovanos3701 Hastings Street, 102A, Burnaby
Reminds you where the floor is
Submitted Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 3:25am [Dine in]

A birthday party is just leaving as we arrive, the restaurant empty otherwise. There are two on staff, cook included. We order our food and drink, and a young family of three, plus one old man, sits down shortly after.
Twenty minutes more passes before our food is trotted out of the kitchen and served to the other table. They realize their mistake almost immediately, because the young couple doesn’t recognize what had arrived, and we are starting up a small fuss across the room.
Instead of correcting the problem before the food is touched, the staff stands by and whispers to each other, and after a short while, the old man begins to eat what is in front of him.
Finally, after three minutes of everybody in the restaurant watching the old man eat our food, it is collected and brought it back to the kitchen. Ten minutes again before we are given new, unspectacular food.
They offer us a drink on them, so we order a round. It turns out, only the single cheapest drink is complimentary.

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Vita Bella Ristorante4544 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Somewhat inconsistent.
Submitted Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

We were wandering along one evening looking for a place to eat, dressed somewhat casually, and decided to give this place a try. The manager/owner lady greeted us warmly, but then the server made us feel as though we were the unworthy who had just stumbled into the Ritz. She was somewhat pretentious, which didn't match the easy going atmosphere that the rest of the place had.
The food was good, but any questions we had or comments we made when asked how were were doing were answered with the attitude that "this is the way it's done in Italy." Some people seem to get the napkin placed on their lap with flourish while others do not. I suspect that the waitress watches movies and takes notes, then tries out a new guest-pleasing move from time to time.
I can sympathize with those who felt as though they had intruded on a private function. It seemed like every cousin and uncle they had walked through the front door, helped themselves at the bar stood around and chatted, then left. I have no problem with a small family-run restaurant, but when I pay above average prices, I expect a little more professionalism, and I don't expect to feel like a stranger in the corner during a family gathering.

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Bombay Bhel4266 Hastings St., Burnaby
It's your standard lightly spiced curry for white people.
Submitted Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

Ambiance is pretty acceptable. The layout can be a little awkward when you are seated in the middle row, separated from the next couple, a foot and a half over, by a sparse potted plant. They should consider throwing up a partition. Maybe even some Indian style drapes. I'm here to chat up my woman, not hear you chat up yours.

I am in no position to question the Indian-ness of the cooks and owners, but they do not serve authentic Indian food, if that is what you are expecting. It is to India what Boston Pizza is to Italy.

That being said, it tasted real good. Their hot is what most should call medium. Still comfortable to eat, but not bland. It's one of my favorites in the area, and I go back once a month or so.

Service is hit and miss. I shouldn't feel like I'm imposing when I accidentally drop my fork on the floor and ask the server for a replacement. You also need to ask to have your empty plates removed if there is anyone at your table who is still eating. It must be a policy they have there. Sometimes I shovel food down at a pretty good pace, and would like some room to rest my elbows when I finish.

I like the vindaloo. If you must try the butter chicken, save it for your second or third visit, because most of the menu options I have had are better than that one.

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