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rooatlasvancouverSince November 2, 200811 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value2.5 (2.4)
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Displaying 1 - 11 of 11 Reviews Found
Society Restaurant & Lounge1257 Hamilton St, Vancouver
bad communication between staff
Submitted Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 8:00pm [Dine in]

we were sat down at a table, 8 of us at 11p.m. took our drink orders - I ordered 2 and told her that would be it for the night. It was crystal clear we weren't eating.
Before the drinks came the waitress told us we had to move because we're not eating....and that was an issue.
I told them I was very thirsty and would wait for my drink and then leave at which point I was told there was more to it and I had to leave *now* upstairs.

I've never been there before and asked to be shown where to go. At the top of the stairs the bouncer told the waitress that he couldn't possibly let any more people in - the liquor inspector was coming...

Apparently not a compelling enough reason, we passed by him and entered the top floor. The waitress said she would bring up our drinks and switch our bill to the waitress upstairs. I asked her to point out our waitress, and she said she would bring her over.

I didn't see her until I had finished my drink and started on my friend's.

I had already made it clear I would pay for mine and my friend's but no one else in the group of 8. This was forgotten or whatever. So when the waitress came along asking if I wanted more and I asked for the bill, I ended up with another drink on my bill. I explained that it wasn't my responsibility and she took it upon herself to ask me who it belonged to..... As if it were my responsibility to know that. She dropped the revised bill down without making eye contact, oblivious to the fact I had a credit card in hand to give to her.

more time goes by and she comes around again with a payment machine.
I don't tip.
She looks at me like I'm the jerk. I look at her with no guilt. She looks at me like I'm a jerk, this time from across the room. I get looks from her for a while, and I keep my guiltless face, though were I not cognizant of who I was with I would have mirrored her facial expressions.

Someone came by to semi-apologize, realizing something went wrong but not sure what, exactly, it was.
I appreciated this.
She offered for me to fill out a comment card, but I told her a dinehere.ca response was more suitable.

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Beefy Beef Noodle House4063 Main Street, Vancouver
I wonder if the serving staff ever reads this
Submitted Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

So I've given up tipping them. They don't deserve it. Not the best idea since they'll probably remember me...

Three of us were there for dinner. I stepped out to make a phone call while someone else ordered. When the tea arrived I was sitting back again with the other two. two tea cups were placed on the table. It took quite some time to get their attention to get another tea cup. each time a dish came out it was placed on the table and no eye contact was made and they'd walk off. each time no individual plates were brought with it. that's once for tea, twice for soup, thrice for rice dish. And water was never topped up.

as we are about to leave someone comes by to ask us how we're doing...

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Meat & Bread370 Cambie Street, Vancouver
gastown lunch synonymous with meat & bread
Submitted Sunday, July 3, 2011 - 9:34am [Dine in]

Its a little expensive, but if you go around the neighbourhood looking for a better sandwich at a cheaper price... let me know!

consistently delicious. Fresh food, huge glass windows, expect a line-up at lunch time, best to avoid the rush if you're in a hurry.

this review needs to be longer, this review needs to be longer, this review needs to be longer,

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Helm, The1180 Howe, Vancouver
not as advertised
Submitted Sunday, July 3, 2011 - 9:01am [Dine in]

The helm is trying to sell themselves as a fancy restaurant and a nightclub at the same time. Not like pub by day and club by night, but at the same time.
It doesn't work.

When I went to their website, which has since changed to add more friendly women in party mode and a soundtrack to fit, it was sleek looking with chandeliers.

Our server was good, but only because since she was training on the job I disarmed her nervousness and turned the conversation to a personal tone.
She couldn't tell me anything about the wine list (understandable). I asked for a taste of one that sells by the glass. I didn't quite like it, and asked for a taste of another that goes by the glass. She came back to me telling me the bartender was 'uncomfortable' opening up "another" bottle... I was surprised. Still am, but maybe that's just me?

Its not a big menu, and two of the items we wanted were unavailable.
Our dishes were interesting, but not great for the price.
It was also hard to have a nice dinner when the music blasting was clubbing shit. One song which lasted for a few minutes, the beat was created by the sound of a woman was being fucked.

There's two rooms at the Helm. the back room is the dining room "area", which seems to also support a VIP area. Lets just say its awkwardly designed....especially when the people who look like their on their first stop of the night come through the 'nice dining' area wearing clothing you'd expect to see at the roxy.

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Wicklow, The610 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
3 times a charm-ender
Submitted Sunday, July 3, 2011 - 8:41am [Dine in]

I wont be back.

Ive been here before, but only for St. Patricks day. It's always super busy and their service is never great. But I always chalked it up to being there on a busy day. I was there on Canada day and it was only busy on the patio.

We, of course, wanted a patio. The two annoying things about this was a) we had to stay on the premise while we waited for our table (out of the sun) and b) they couldn't move our beer tab over from the bar to our future table. If that were just it, I'd just be annoyed and move on...

I had to ask for water. It came much after the beer arrived.

All five of us ordered food. I ordered a meet pie, my partner a lamb pie. Everyone got their food at the same time except my partner. I didn't time it, but by the time he got his food everyone was two bites from being done. Within that time frame, our server came by twice to say that the food was two minutes away....

When she brought the food out, although very apologetic, her solution was to "buy" us another beer. About 4 of us still had half a glass of beer in front of us. But even if we had finished the beer, this is still not an acceptable solution. We mentioned twice that this would be taken to-go since everyone else was already done. She still wanted to bring another beer out. Not even comp. a beer, but to bring out another.

When then bill came, it was wrong (we were charged for more beers than we ordered). We pointed it out and she went to fix the bill. When the bill came the second time it was still incorrect.

Opened the to-go food at home. The only difference between the meet pie and the lamb pie is that the lamb pie comes with garlic bread. Go figure.

I gave their food a 3/5, not because it was good, but it was what we expected. pub fare.

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Cinema Public House901 Granville St, Vancouver
I dont have anything positive to say about the experience
Submitted Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 11:28am [Dine in]

I was at Cinema for the first time yesterday.

We entered cinema and asked if we could be on the patio. the hostess responded with "are you planning to eat?" We were, and it seemed as if we had said no then she would have said no to being on the patio. weird.

We note on the menu in it says "all our vegetables and cheeses are locally souced and organic". Organic feta, really?

So when our server comes back we point this out. "ALL" of your cheeses and vegetables, really?!
Him: Yes.
Us: wow. that's great. where does the feta come from?
Him: I dont know, i'd have to ask the chef

We ask about the specials. I had been to their website prior to visiting; what he says is different from their website. Aka: halibut & chips for 11$ We order. I hold on to the drink menu in case i want something more than water.

It takes forever for our food to come.
It smells of urine from the ground. sidewalk needs a power washing.

food comes. There is no feta on the salad. the fries look and taste like McCain fries. limp, soggy, luke-warm. I ask for a dressing. Server looks confused. Me: "like, ketchup or whatever you serve with fries..." we ask for a menu and point out to her, our hostess, that feta comes with the salad. "Oh" she says "maybe they're out"
Is this a reasonable response?
Feta is brought in a bowl. She takes away the drink menu so fast i dont have time to ask for it back.

The server comes out. So, I hear there was a mix-up with your order?
Us "yeah, we didn't get the feta"
Him "yeah, it doesn't come with feta..."
Us "yes, it does, we confirmed it with the hostess, we looked at the menu again. So, where is the feta from?"
Him "Oh, the chef just got back. She says it comes from the distributor"

Hostess comes by. I have to ask her for more water. she takes my glass, holding it by the rim and walks away. great, if there wasn't a straw i'd be licking her 5 fingers....
She does not fill my partner's 1/3 filled glass.

The salad was fine, but harldy worth 14$
the outdoor plastic chairs are very uncomfortable
the glasses that our water came in were old and worn.
the albertan beef in sandwich was tasty for the first few bites, but since there were no other flavours it got old, quick. Also not worth 14$

I fill out a form provided in the bill holder. So this shouldn't be a surprise when Donnelly gets the CC

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Gen Sushi1933 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
never missed. great quality
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

Ive only ever done take-out. Most of the time Im offered tea while I wait. Rolls are large (but not too large). The rice is always great. The wasabi is always fresh. the ginger isn't neon pink - its the dull yellow that tastes better. the take-out chop sticks are the wooden ones that are rounded, not square. can easily recommend scallop and eel. california roll: fake crab and avocado are melt-in-your-mouth delicious

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Horrible service
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

At first, the service was good. As soon as I had a complaint, not only did i get attitude...but in a subsequent email to the manager I was accused by him as being a liar. No need to go into detail about what happened from start to finish. Essentially, both lambs were over cooked. We didn't have time to send it back and go somewhere else or whatever. The desserts were overpriced slices that tasted bulk bought; just like at Milestones.
In the email I sent to the manager to explain what had happened the day before then talked to our server. She denied telling us that the lamb is consistently overdone. She denied that she told us she went to the kitchen to "yell" at them. She denied that our lambs were overdone. "It just looks that way in the sunlight" (this was canada day)
And considering their ambiance is nature, they haven't done much to accentuate those features. Uncomfortable chairs, tables too close to each other. The 3 they get is only because they are in false creek. Boo-urns to them. Will not go back.

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Mitra Canteen3034 Main Street, Vancouver
best falafel around
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

This place is so well priced for how much good food you get. I've always done a carry-out because it doesn't look comfortable to stay. its loud and really hot because of the open cooking of meat.
Always huge portions. the food is put together in front of you. you can ask for more toppings if you want. Parking is ok in the area; but since it only takes less than 10 minutes to order and receive it doesn't really matter if you park in a permit only spot. They are always really friendly, accept debt.

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Hoshi Sushi Japanese Restaurant2825 West Broadway, Vancouver
best unagi nigiri in town
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

its more expensive nigiri than most places; but the value is there. Melt-in-your-mouth value. that, a california roll and an order of salmon sashimi and you'll be set till dinner.

there are booths, but the style remains the same feeling no matter where you sit. whatever temperature it is outside is basically what it is inside. the front door opens a lot.
prompt service, like most sushi places. parking is a bit hard to get, paid on broadway and a lot of permit only on 8th, etc.

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Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant8100 Ackroyd Road, #80, Richmond
P.O.V. from a carnivore
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

My extended family chose Bo Kong mostly because it is vegetarian, but also because the dishes mold itself after meat/poultry/seafood dishes. (presumably, carnivores find tofu more appetizing when it looks like food we like. and/or vegetarians too like to try and fool their stomach and mind.) People who would like this food: people who want to eat meat but are forced onto an all tofu and vegetable diet.
The wonton was undercooked. Kudos for making dishes 'look' like carnivore dishes. but the only difference were the sauces. They could have saved a lot of time by putting out a pile of (differently textured) tofu and having a variety of dipping sauces. That being said, the vegetarians in the fam. seemed to enjoy.
As well, i was put off by the slightly false advertising. I asked the server if the "fresh oyster" was really seafood, she exlained it was an oyster mushroom. ok, fair enough, but fresh??!!
value rating is unknown as I was a guest.

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