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stevendroweVancouverWeb siteSince September 25, 200844 Reviews
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3 (3.1)
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Fish House In Stanley Park, The8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Ambiance OK Food So-So
Submitted Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

The ambiance of the restaurant was above average I would say, pleasant decor, clean, and presented as a high class restaurant.

The service was good, maybe a little nervous or unsure of the menu though.

The food, well, not so good.

We had the fish and chips. Presentation was interesting but a little cumbersome. The fish looked as though it had come straight out of a box bought from the freezer at Safeway. It wasn't that particularly tasty or spectacular. If you are expecting British style fish and chips then forget it.

Also had the grilled salmon cakes that came with a salad, walnuts and feta cheese. The salad had too much dressing on it, way too overpowering. The salmon cakes were ok, not spectacular, a little dry, they tasted much better soaked in tartar sauce...which took the taste of the cakes away.

The best thing they gave us was the mini croissant at the beginning of the meal. If the restaurant focused on those croissant rather than the seafood I might go there again!

The toilets were clean and presentable although a little difficult to find. No good if you wheelchair access as far as I could see since you have to go down a flight of stairs to get to them.

The was a recce to see if we wanted to bring our family here, the answer to that is we won't.

Sorry, I really did want to mark the restaurant higher but couldn't.

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Andales Mexican Restaurant3211 W Broadway St., Vancouver
Bad Mexican Food
Submitted Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

We tried this restaurant tonight on a Groupon.

The service was ok, they seemed quite jolly. There were certainly more staff than there were customers!

The ambiance was ok although the decor was quite tacky. Everything looked clean at least.

We ordered the Chicken Enchilada and Chicken Chimichanga. It was a bit strange that the food arrived in less than 2 minutes after we ordered it. I had a tomato on my plate and it was warmer than the Chimichanga, when the food arrived it was luke warm and just a minute later it was fairly cold. It had probably been warmed up in a microwave...but not quite enough.

The food tasted really bad, the worst Mexican food we ever had. In fact, we've had better Mexican food from a ready meal bought in Safeway!

They asked if I wanted a box for my leftovers, I said no, they took my plate away and within a minute they had boxed the leftovers for me. I couldn't be bothered to argue with them but the leftovers went into a garbage bin a block away.

$15.99 for a bad tasting and semi-cold Chimichanga is not what I call value for money.

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Charm Modern Thai and Bar1269 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Expensive but Good
Submitted Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

We came to this restaurant because we bought a Groupon for it.

We thought the restaurant had a nice design, some Thai influences with a modern twist, I would say this is an intimate place to eat.

Service was good, the only mishap is they forgot our starters but it was rectified quickly and received a free juice as an apology. That was nice. They did look after us well.

The food was much spicier than I had anticipated so I was even more grateful for the extra juice!! The Thai Springs rolls were great, $6 I thought was expensive but certainly the size of them were bigger than we had anywhere else so it was a good price. Our favourite dish was the Pineapple Braised Short Ribs, it was really good, although that wasn't as spicy as we envisaged. We also have the salmon and linguine, on the 2nd Anniversary Menu, that was VERY spicy and almost blew my head off, but it was good too.

The bill for the starter, two mains, rice, one juice and tea came to just over $50-00. More than we would normally pay for food but it was good and we would go back there again.

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Shanghai Kitchen, The2106 West 41st Street, Vancouver
Opening Night Nerves
Submitted Monday, June 27, 2011 - 11:04am [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant on its first day of operation, there are bound to be some glitches so keep this in mind when reading this review.

We were sat down and given tea immediately. It seemed that other people didn't have so much luck and saw some waiting for over 5 minutes in a half full restaurant. There did seem to be some lack of communication between the staff.

We ordered Shanghai Dumplings, Long Beans and Sweet & Sour Cod. When we received our Cod it had turned into Pork. When querying with the Waitress what dish we had been given, and told her that we had asked for Cod, she told us that item wasn't on the menu. We said it was on the menu so she asked us to prove it, she seemed a little put out by our query, she got the menu and we showed her the item. We were a little put out by the attitude, we decided just to accept the Pork rather than argue with them, the Cod dish was $19.50 which is very expensive so we just tried to view it as having saved $10. The waitress did come back to us a little later to check to see if we had resolved things out with the other staff.

We've had MANY Shanghai Dumplings in our time and I would say this restaurants rate a 5/10, not the best but they were ok. The Long Beans were good and they had reduced the spice to order, however for the price it wasn't good value for money. The sweet and sour Pork was...ok, but we were a little disappointed by the earlier confusion.

During the meal I watched some of the staff struggle with the tables, they hadn't quite figured out how to open them up or close them down.

We did like how they continually refreshed our tea, you don't see that in too many places.

The big question is...would we go there again? Our experience on this first night didn't enthuse us to go back there soon, but maybe one day.

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Dave's Fish & Chips3460 Moncton St., Richmond
Good Service, Food OK (not British)
Submitted Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

The service was very good, everyone who took care of us was very cheerful, attentive and quick.

For 48 years I have eating in British Fish and Chips shops and I'm afraid, like others in the Steveston area who claim to be authentic, are not! Maybe I am deluding myself that I expect an equal quality on the other side of the world!

However, this fish was so much better than other restaurants in the area, that is the biggest bonus we got coming here. The other food we ordered was....ok.

On a side note, I ordered Cranberry Juice which was seriously watered down, so for $1.95 it wasn't worth it.

The price of the food was ok, its what I would have expected to pay.

The owners obviously have gone to a lot of trouble to ensure there is a nautical feel about the restaurant and it works.

The big question is: would I eat there again?
Answer: yes.

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Pajo's Fish & Chips12011 7th Ave, Richmond
Small Fish, Expensive, Not That British
Submitted Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

We were looking forward to trying this place but was a little disappointed.

The restaurant seemed to be very popular, a decent line, service was quick though.

The Fish:
We asked for a large Cod and Chips. It stated that there would be 2 and a half pieces of fish. However, this seemed to be like 1 piece of cod broken into 2 and a half pieces. There also seemed to be more batter than fish. It did however taste ok, nothing special.

I would call these soggy French Fries. They were nothing like British chips from an authentic Fish and Chip shop. The chips tasted below average.

I would expect to get two of these meals for the price we paid, not one.

I think the location of the place is pretty good but if the food is not that good there is no point going there.

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Marble Slab Creamery1184 Denman Street, #103, Vancouver
Very Expensive
Submitted Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 4:05pm [Take-out]

I am agreement with other people who have left comments.

When we arrived the waiting line was fairly short compared to when we left.

I didn't think the concept was original, you line up and choose your ice cream, choose your cone/tube then choose you topping. I have seen this concept for 10 years now. They make their own cones on the premises which I have never seen before, but I prefer tubs so I lost the benefit of this.

The taste of the ice cream was ok, nothing really special. We had melon and french vanilla

$7.95 each is WAY to expensive for what we got. We could have got a whole tube of ice cream from the store for 10 times that much and would have probably tasted better.

I wish we'd walked down the street a bit and got something from Safeway. This restaurant is for people with more money than sense.

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India Chef Cafe, The5351 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Good Indian Cafe Food
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

We were waiting for this restaurant to open for a while since this is the only Indian restaurant in Kerrisdale right now.

The cafe has about 6 tables and is probably intended more for a take away but we ate in and have a pleasant experience.

We had two main courses each as part of their all day lunch special. I had Butter Chicken, Channa Masala, Nan, rice and a Mango Lassi all for $13. The portions were generous.

The food was good, it wasn't over spicy, just right for my tastes. They gave me a mountain of rice and decent size main courses, actually I was really stuffed after it!

We had intended to try this place at lunch time but there were a lot of students waiting from the school opposite so we tried it for dinner where there was less of a scrum.

The owner and other member of staff were very friendly, keen to do business and knew other customers names even though they had only been open a couple of weeks or so.

I would definitely recommend the restaurant if anybody is in the area, its certainly more welcoming than the awful White Spot nearby!!

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Kitchen, The2110 West 40th Avenue, Vancouver
Good Quality Korean Food
Submitted Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

This is a very small restaurant with only 4 tables, it is often full as its very popular in the neighborhood.

The restaurant isn't glamorous looking but it is clean. The decor looks German!

The place looks family owned and therefore receive an extra friendly welcome.

The portions of the food are large and cheap for the quality. We tried the Pan Fried Dumplings which were really good. Also had the Bi Bim Bob which was plentiful with exception to the lack of beef, this didn't worry me but if you are expecting a lot of it you might be disappointed. Also had the Squid with Rice, Sweet Spicy Sauce and Vegetables, this was also a great dish and the spicyness of the dish was made to order, we asked for mild.

We would go there again.

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King Buffet4600 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Very Good for a Chinese Buffet
Submitted Sunday, July 4, 2010 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

We don't usually frequent buffet's that often but pleased we tried out this restaurant. One of the members of staff let us see the buffet area before we decided to eat there.

There was an excellent range of food and what we tried was very good. I particularly enjoyed their beef stew, it was amazing, meat was so tender. I also enjoyed their BBQ Pork Buns. In fact everything was good. There was a decent selection of desserts, we particularly liked the swiss roll and Chinese Steamed Sponge.

Most of the food was presented in buffet style counters however the Dim Sum came in bamboo containers. I saw a small selection of food for those who weren't keen on Chinese food.

The Dim Sum was very popular, unfortunately people were running and pushing to get the fresh stuff when it came out and taking all they could carry (a bit greedy).

Three areas of improvement:
1) The buffet area was small and was a backlog of people at the Dim Sum area.
2) The Dim Sum area should be in a different place, this was also the staff access point to the back area of the restaurant
3) The bathrooms were very slippery and I almost fell over

Service was good, we were served tea as soon as we got to our table. I got my soda within a couple of minutes. The gave us tea refills constantly. They cleared our plates often. We got our bill within a minute of asking for it.

The restaurant looked clean, the tables and chairs were really comfortable and the decorations were nice.

$10 per person for an all you can eat buffet with food of that quality was fantastic. It is $6 to take out your lunch and $16 for dinner.

I would go back to this place but go with a more emptier stomach!

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Red Robin803 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Nothing Imaginitive but Edible
Submitted Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

We had a Mushroom Burger and Salmon Caesar Salad. My partner like his Burger, he says it was pretty good. The salmon I had was dried out as though it had been sitting around for far too long, the salad was good (hopefully you can go wrong with a few lettuce leaves!!). The menu was limited, standard American fare, not very imaginative at all.

The service was pretty good, the staff looked happy, a little false happiness and scripted "my name is **** and I am going to be your waitress today" - gimme a break! They were quick and attentive though.

It was a clean and well maintained restaurant, quite pleasant, music wasn't too loud, clients on the whole behaved themselves with a couple of exceptions.

It wasn't too badly priced I guess, $30 in total, could have been worse.

Would I go there again? Probably not.

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Golden Harvest4818 Main Street, Vancouver
Service a bit sporadic!
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

When we arrived around 11.45 the restaurant was busy and had to wait about 5 minutes, which was not that bad. It was a lively restaurant that's for sure.

We were offered something to drink and choice of tea right away. We don't often get a choice of tea.

We checked the Dim Sum we wanted on their order form but they never came to pick it up, so I went to the front and handed it to them. I wasn't happy with that.

One of the members of staff obviously knew the people at a table next to us because he spent most of his time there chatting. A couple on a close by table couldn't get anyone to bring them the bill despite this staff member standing there chatting with his friends, eventually they got up and asked for the bill and when they had signed their paperwork they took it back to the front counter.

Our food came out pretty quickly. All the Dim Sum items were kind of average tasting, none of them tasted bad, but definitely not outstanding. The Xiaolongbao was probably my favourite item I had.

The restaurant was smart enough, didn't really notice it being dirty. The floor in the bathroom was quite slippery and felt as though I would go head over heals at any moment.

We were the only people in the restaurant who got our leftovers packed for us, others were just given boxes. That member of staff was particularly friendly to us and his cheeky smile and flirty eyes made up for the sporadic service we had received earlier.

Would I recommend this place? Kind of a nice local restaurant if you don't want the trek further field.
Would I go here again? Yes I probably would, if I was in the area.

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Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe1511 Anderson St, Vancouver
Service with a smile
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

We were meaning to go to this restaurant for some time, every time we had passed it seemed to be crowded. The night we went it was empty, probably due to the weather.

The service was great, lovely person who served and took or order.

We both had fish and chips, one of us had the cod and the other the salmon. Both were very good although I preferred the salmon. Not as authentic as getting cod and chips from a British Fish and Chip place but its probably wrong to make comparisons. The chips were of average size which is good for me as I am not a french fry fan.

Being on Granville Island I probably misread this place to be posh being in the location it was but it wasn't. It was like a typical cafe. It looked clean and nothing was falling apart so that was good.

So I would go to this place again but it wouldn't be a regular probably due to the location being a little out of our way.

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Ajijiman Hanabi4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3050, Richmond
You Get What You Pay For!
Submitted Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

Just wanted a quick snack on our day of shopping so I decided to get a Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich from this place in the food court of the Aberdeen Shopping Centre.

It was $3.96 including taxes, very cheap and as my review title suggests you get what you pay for.

The actual bread roll was large, with two very small pieces of chicken which were unfortunately completely tasteless and fatty, two slices of tomatoes and a small piece of lettuce. I took the chicken out and ended up with just a salad roll basically.

The service was decent enough, they seemed friendly. It would have been value for money if there was anything worth eating in the sandwich. The place looked clean enough but since this was in a shopping mall I can't judge the ambiance on the restaurant itself.

I wouldn't go back here again.

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Spicy Court Chinese Restaurant5638 Cambie Street, #101, Vancouver
Very pleasant
Submitted Friday, November 6, 2009 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

First time we have been here, just over the road from Oakridge Canada Line station.

Greeting was very nice, they actually asked us what type of tea we wanted, we have never got that in a Vancouver restaurant before. So nice of them to ask us.

We were a little nervous being alone in the restaurant with no other customers but it filled up quickly.

The food came quickly, it was very good. I had sweet and sour fish and it was as equally nice as the best places I've had this in.

The staff were extremely polite and courteous to us, and this seemed to be the case for other people arriving. It looked as though they had a lot of regular customers as they knew some people coming through the door.

The restaurant looked pleasant enough inside, and clean as well. I found the shouting from the kitchen a little distracting. Also their phone was going off and could be heard throughout the restaruant.

Would I go back to this restaurant?
Yes, I am very likely to return.

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Lively atmostphere, long lines, good food
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

Luckily we arrived at the restaurant, at 6pm, just before the multitude of crowds arrived, I guess for the live entertainment. Around 6.45 there was a large line of people outside the restaurant.

The food was very good and imaginative, quite a lot on the plate, and could only eat half of it! I had one of their veggie burgers and it was pretty good with loads of stuff on the side, the sauce was the most memorable. The amount of food did put me off a little bit.

There was certainly a lively atmosphere in the restaurant, quite noisy. I had some problem hearing the waitress. The service was good, our waitress was a little power house and fell of energy, very quick.

The one negative thing in this place was the heat, it felt very humid in there and was starting to get a headache.

The live entertainment had problems kicking off at 7pm because there was some problems with the equipment. When he finally got going 15 minutes later, 5 minutes before we left, we couldn't hear the act because it was actually too noisy in the restaurant.

I would likely go again...every now and again, not too restaurant.

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Bellaggio Cafe773 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Great Find
Submitted Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

We were just walking this neighbourhood for somewhere to eat and pleased we walked past and decided to go into Bellaggio.

Greeting was very nice, some of the staff were down to earth and another was extremely well mannered as though he had worked in top class restaurants. Looks like the owner hired the right balance of staff.

We ordered three dishes between us and for this type of restaurant and the quality of the food though it was really value for money. Really nice light tasty "cuisine", just enough but not too much, or too stodgy.

I thought the restaurant was decorated really smartly, extremely clean and very comfortable. It could attract all types of people.

Really pleased we went there, would definitely go there again and recommend it to anyone.

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Pho Tan Vietnamese Restaurant4598 Main Street, Vancouver
Good Food Good Server VERY Reasonable Prices
Submitted Monday, October 5, 2009 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

This is our second visit to the restaurant. The new owners have been there since May 09 and looks better than the previous residents, we didn't go in prior to this as it looked dirty.

The good is excellent, both times I have had sandwich which were good but also tried others food and especially love the beef stew with noodle soup!! I always have their Vietnamese coffee as well, always delicious.

The service is quick and friendly, very attentive and ensure we are happy. Everything is served fairly quickly.

This isn't The Ritz but its very clean and welcoming, certainly above average for the price range they charge for the food.

This is local to us and would come back on a regular basis.

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
Xiao-Long Bao's Were Great!
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

This restaurant was recommended on the Translink's Buzzer Blog for great food and near the Broadway City Canada Line station, so we thought we'd give it a go and wasn't disappointed.

We only order a couple of items plus rice since we wanted a light lunch. The long beans with pork were great, quite a large dish, too much for two people and we took some home. The best was the Xiao-Long Bao which were REALLY GOOD! Probably the best we've had since arriving in Vancouver a year ago. I highly recommend them.

Service was good, very friendly and courteous staff, very attentive yet left us alone to enjoy our meal at the right time.

We paid $22 for all our food and drink. For the amount of food we got we thought is was very good value.

The restaurant was very smart, clean, the staff looked smart and relaxed. Probably my only criticism would be how narrow it was but they had arranged the tables and chairs appropriately.

I would definitely return to this restaurant at my earliest opportunity. They have coupons on their website!

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Original Flavours of India1232 Robson Street, Vancouver
Bit Like a Building Site but Food OK
Submitted Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

I will start off with ambiance, generally it was OK apart from some guy putting up shelves when we had just started our meal. The sound of drilling drowned out our voices. Apart from that it was acceptable.

Service was good, probably asked too many times if we were OK but generally quite attentive and the person had a smile.

Food was alright, but nothing really outstanding. We had Chicken Korma, Chicken Tandori, Garlic Naan and Mango Laasi. Certainly enough portions were decent but taste was average, nothing to write home about. I have probably been spoilt but the above average Indian food in London UK.

For an "average" tasting meal the price seemed to be a little expensive.

The big question, would I go here again. Probably if I fancied Indian and if I was in the area but wouldn't go out of my way.

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