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Spotted Prawn Bistro, The

1055 W Hastings
Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 646-0667
Neighbourhood: Downtown


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Good location. Spacious.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 1:30am [Dine in]

Sticky/dirty tables and chairs--no, it was not the patio I was experiencing. The fish was steamed to perfection. If it wasn't for the sticky tables and indifferent service from the manager/host and his bored expression except when he slaps one of the 2 fine waitresses' posterior, I might consider returning for a visit to give it a fair chance. The wait for the food takes forever even though there were few tables to serve. One of the only 2 waitresses also must act as the bartender between serving dishes and taking orders and cleaning tables and getting slapped on the backside. I don't know how it used to be, but it must have gone downhill since then.

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Expected more
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

Food: Reminds me of Earl's and other food chain restaurants - nothing imaginative or original. Had the ling cod while my dining compadre had the chicken teriyaki bento box. California rolls were hard and had the taste and texture of being made last night by someone who didn't know how or shouldn't be making sushi. Teriyaki sauce tasted the same as the sauce that came on my ling cod. Bread was cold and had been briefly shoved in a microwave.

Service: Server spotted us and walked away. Had to be seated by a chef who was sitting near the entrance. We were served in timely fashion but nothing out of the ordinary or did I feel very welcome.

Ambiance: Nothing special. A little disappointing for downtown and the hip place it strives to be. Glasses were extremely dirty. Tables and chairs look worn and old. View of the non-exciting street.

I was expecting more since I last spotted their name in the entertainment book in the section with a lot of other upscale restaurants. Will probably not return since there wasn't enough here to warrant going out of my way to return. If I wanted this food, service and ambiance, I would visit the many food chain restaurants that've taken over the lower mainland. Actually felt bad my sister had to pay for lunch. I'll hit you back the next time we eat together! Sorry!

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Stormy Weather Menu
By teemsum of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 20, 2006 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

We came here on a Monday night for the Stormy Weather 3 course set dinner.

For $ 29.95, there's a choice of Butternut Squash soup (which was excellent) or Spinach Salad, followed by Surf n Turf (steak & 4 prawns) steak was excellent, Risotto with 9 Prawns & Chorizo sausage, Pacific Ling Cod or Stuffed Chicken Breast.
Dessert was a sampler of 3 flavours of creme brulee (but we could only make out 2 flavours: coffee & vanilla). My friend liked it but I thought it was just ok.

There were 4 tables including ours and one server.

He brought us the soup & said he'd be back with the bread but it wasn't until much later & by that time, we'd finish the soup.

We ordered tea & he forgot to bring the milk.

Don't order tea at this place. They keep the water in coffee carafes. The water is not hot and it tastes like coffee.

Finally, I told him that the water wasn't hot at all & he went to the espresso machine to get hot water. The water cooled down quickly.

The risotto came smothered in shredded cheese which made the dish very salty and it had artichokes in it which added a sour taste.

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Great Prawns
By peppe of Burnaby (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 12:40am [Dine in]

We went there for an office lunch, group of 14. The food were good, and the prawns were fresh. However, service was questionable. When our director, who is the one picking up the tab, asked the server to get some missed cuteries, the server responded, "I only have so many hands". And the director wasn't even demanding, it was one of her few requests. Anyways, after the meal, a number of us ordered coffee and some cups actually have coffee grinds in it. So after waiting for the busy server to return, he didn't seem to believe us and had to see it. We showed him and he returned with better coffee. Other than that, the food was great and would recommend it to any prawn or seafood lover.

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Good Place for a Business Lunch or After Work Meal
By Dining2009 of vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

It may not be cheap, but the prices are quite reasonable for a Downtown restaurant in a high profile location in the business district near the waterfront. The tapas are obviously their specialty and I have to say if I were to go back again, I would just order more appies as opposed to an entree. Having said that, the tapas were very good and it is a good location to meet colleagues for lunches or drinks after work. I recommend it.

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The Spotted Prawn is Now Closed
By JB_Hungry of Burnaby, The Heights (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2008 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

I averaged a lunch at the Spotted Prawn at least once a month. It was close to the office and the food was not bad. I know that the SP wasn't a big hit for everyone, but for the $$ and the location, it was good enough for me.
Lunch time could get very busy and even with full staff, there could be a lot of waiting around for your bill or even dessert.
I guess it doesn't matter now, as the Spotted Prawn is closed and there are no plans to reopen in a new location.

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