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Fish Counter, The3825 Main Street, Vancouver
Deep Fried Goodness!!
By richie_rich of vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Hello there,

A buddy of mine gave me a jingle to see if I was interested in some fish n' chips. The only problem was I did not want to venture to New West nor North Burnaby to one of our main staples.. I did a quick search on the web and this place popped up with high regards. We decided on Friday at 2pm as we were thinkin that it might be too busy at 12 or 1.

The fish shop is located across from an car repair shop with Sun Sui Wah restaurant just up the corner. Parking is fine....I was lucky to find a 1h free parking just down a block and a half. My buddy found his spot up the block on a sidestreet. There were also paid parking on Main but they were all taken. As you step in...fish shop/condiment sales to the left side...cashier/ordering in the middle and cooking stations to the right. Seating?? One fixed corner table at the right front side with the main menu board above...stool counters to the right and bench to left of the door. There were also a pair of wooden benches outside. So extremely limited seating but gives a feeling of a wharf.

Anyways, I decided on a one piece halibut with requested well done fries and grabbed an orange soda on the left front side (limited selection as well). The grand total for my lunch was roughly 15 bucks and they gave you a number for pickup. As I was paying I made a comment about the tank of spot prawns ...$24 bucks per pound..WOW!!....I remember last year they were only 8 to 10 bucks per pound. I sat down on that little awkward table. My buddy.....I fought out got the same thing but with rootbeer. We waited for about 7 to 10 minutes for the call.

Verdict......fish was super fresh and flaky.The batter was light, crisp and not overly coated. The fries were crispy and not greasy..in fact I could not finish it. The tartar sauce was homemade and just the right zip. The side slaw was ....well...alright... cabbage and kale mix but the dressing needed more of a punch. Otherwise excellent FNC. My buddies verdict...the same...excellent.

Final thoughts.... Highly Recommendedl!! They take both cash and debit/cc as payment. Will definitely be back...might try out that oyster poboy or clam chowder or both. Thanks for reading.

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Sushi Tengoku10194 152nd Street, Surrey
Terrible food, flies everywhere
By yellowcat of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 12:10am [Dine in]

Just came back from lunch with my wife and son. We went there quite often. This time when I walked in I noticed the restaurant was terribly hot inside. It seem the air conditioning was not working. We ordered beef bento, chicken teriyaki bento and beef yakisoba. While waiting for our dishes, I saw flies flying everywhere and landed on the table. Finally the dishes came. We were all disappointed. The beef yakisoba portion was really small when compare to previous we had. The beef was cold in the bento. Salad was not fresh. The avocado was blacken in the sushi maki roll. How could you serve blacken slimy avocado? Should be in the garbage.

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Fresh Slice800 Carnarvon St, #340, New Westminster
Call me crazy, but I like Fresh Slice Pizza
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

I don't care what anyone says. It's not "Pizza Hut" it's not "Dominoes" it may not even be "Panagopoulos" but I don't care. I like their pizza and pasta.

You can't go wrong with a butter chicken pizza with white cream sauce, or plain chicken with or without BBQ sauce on it (at least at this place) and their pasta, Fine, not restaurant style, but I love getting their spaghetti with white sauce (chicken added) for a cheap price.

Certainly an alternative for a cheap spending night......oh, but if you want to have a pizza night order from here.......why spend $24 at the other places when this is good

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
For AYCE and a big crowd was surprised how good service was
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

Came here with some friends this weekend.

I usually don't want to go to AYCE sushi joints; as I tend to fill my self up too much, but we went anyways.

This place is a bit more expensive than regular sushi places that I have gone to, but found the taste and quality was better......and for the first time did not have missing items, or items that we didn't order be brought to our table (I think other sushi places bring items to our table that we didn't order on purpose) and also surprisingly; didn't have to wait too long at all for our food and there were a lot of us.

So if (or when) I do go for AYCE sushi again......This will be the place

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Brew Street Craft Kitchen3224 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Great New Restaurant in PoMo
By portmoodyfoodie of Port Moody BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

We were excited to see this restaurant change in Port Moody as it was lacking a modern yet casual fare place to eat. It used to be the old Golden Spike, an old man bar by day and party scene by night with 80's interior. They did a fantastic job with the inside renovations. With stained wood beams, wrought iron fixtures, mood lighting with those old school funky light bulbs, wood tables, comfy booths; it gives off a rustic yet sophisticated style restaurant/bar. Kind of a reno'd Milestone's feel. There are always fresh bouquets of flowers throughout giving it a little extra "ah". It's open, with the top floor having a cozy fireplace, TV's throughout to watch sports and a nice sized bar featuring 50 different beers with local breweries like Yellow Dog and Moody Ales. The food is typical pub fare; calamari, wings, mac and cheese ( add in's available), salads, cheddar ale soup, burgers etc. All very tasty and priced like most pubs. Staff have been friendly on both occasions we have been here. Parking lot is always full since it opened, however we didn't have to wait for seating both times. Although it is kind of a sports bar, kids are welcome. Can get very busy on hockey nights, especially during playoffs so get there early! Overall, I think this is a worthy place to come and grab lunch or dinner with a group friends or family. They also do brunch on weekends!

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Pint Public House, The455 Abbott St, Vancouver
Cheers!
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

I quite like this place. Just on the edge of the sketchy part of town the pub has a huge open feel to it if you sit at the bar. Large open windows let's the sun come in and gives you a chance to watch the various characters go by.

Word of warning, the beer and cider prices will knock your socks off. Last visit I ordered a pint of Lonetree Cider, something new I am told by the bartender to replace the same old same old Strongbow. A pint of this cider will set you back almost a ten spot, even made the bartender wince when I asked how much it cost.

Here's the trick or should I say the value of this place. Go during Happy Hour between 3-6pm. For every order of a pint of beer or cider you get "free" wings. That's right, for that 8.50 beer or near 10.00 cider you get a nice order of fresh, hot wings.

They have a long list of sauces to choose from, my favorite is the Thai Chili. These wings are good too, nice and meaty, and they give you at least ten to twelve big one's. So do the math. An order of wings at any other bar would be at least ten maybe eleven dollars. During Happy Hour along with your pint they are "free", so for me that is quite a good deal. I have ordered more than one pint and they are quite happy to give you more wings.

The staff are nice and attentive. There when you glass runs dry, friendly too.

Take note, my review is based only on the Happy Hours special and their wings I have never been there any other time and have never ordered anything else off the menu.

Outside Happy Hour specials if beer is that much the rest of the food better be amazing.

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Mezbaan3499 Kingsway, Vancouver
I won't recommend
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

The food was mediocre at best. I ordered my mango chicken non-spicy but it came out spicy. My husband ordered his dish spicy and it was not. I think they just got the two mixed up. We didn't complain because the food didn't taste that good anyway, and a little spice wouldn't have made much difference. The restaurant looked like it needed some cleaning and the water glass felt greasy. I don't think I will come back and won't recommend it.

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Omnitsky Kosher Delicatessen5775 Oak Street, Vancouver
Who Knew Moving Was so Expensive?
By spdracer of surrey (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2015 - 11:13pm [Take-out]

I am a long time customer of Omnitsky, (over 15 years at least.)

It has always been a great place to enjoy a good quality shaved roast bed sandwich on rye. Service was always pleasant and a great place to chat with the employees or the owner about current events. Before they moved from the Cambie Street location I would give them 4-5 across the board.

Now the bad... As usual I ordered my heated roast beef on rye with dijon without even looking at the menu. My wife was not very hungry so she ordered a small potato salad for take out. When I got to the check out my $8-9 sandwich was now $13... OK I thought to myself Vancouver is getting more expensive to live in.. so I can swallow this 30-40% increase in price because the food is good. But when I looked in the bag the potato salad was not there, (at least I thought.)

As it turns out the thimble of potato salad that was INCLUDED on Cambie now was an extra $3.75! AND no kosher pickle was included anymore. When I brought this to the attention of the staff in the kitchen, (all new by the way,)... all they said rudely is "It's been that way as long as I have worked here." Now certainly I can't be the first person to complain about a 8-9$ sandwich going to almost $20 with tax, so I asked the man at the check out. He was not new to the store and confirmed that many are complaining. He said that it was because the new rent was so expensive. For this rating I have given the Service a 1 and continue to do so despite the fact that this man was sympathetic to my position... and I do so because the women in the kitchen were so rude and uncaring. (They made me feel cheap and like I was bothering them for asking about these changes.)

Before I left, I took the potato salad out of the bag and asked the people in line behind me if this looked like $3.75 worth of food? (The container is about the size of a toonie and maybe 3 cm high.) All of them said that it looked like it was about "$1 worth of food... maybe $1.50 on the outside"

I really like the owner and would like for him to respond to this and change some pricing. I realize that things will get more expensive over time but to raise the price 100% (if you include the potato salad,) and hire staff that are 10% as good as the old staff is a recipe for disaster.

I hope that this is not a trend that we will see in Vancouver restaurants... or our great culinary gems may be a victim of the the overall success of our City's popularity.

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Fish Shack, The1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Good pre-game lunch
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2015 - 8:03am [Dine in]

We stopped in at the Fish Shack for a late lunch before the Canada-Swiss FIFA game. We got a table near the front entrance patio which was nice with the breeze. I can understand some people's complaints about the close quarters among tables. Service was fine.

Our calamari appetizer was pretty good, a different breading, not as crunchy as most but the aioli was very tasty. Fish and chips for both of us. My haddock was very good, crispy batter, lots of fish. Hand cut fries were perfect. The horseradish coleslaw was a bit overdressed with dressing running out into the fries, making some soggy. Wife's cod was also good but a bit small so I shared some haddock with her. She didn't care for the Asian coleslaw, it was very overdressed and didn't appeal to her at all. But generally she loved her F&C.

$58 for two with tip. Overall, other than the slaws missing the mark a bit, it was a good pre-game lunch. And Canada won. Yea!

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Okonomi Sushi Restaurant13448 108th Ave, Surrey
Don't let appearances deceive you. They have great Japanese food
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 9:52am [Dine in]

The restaurant is in a somewhat run down area of Surrey but don’t let appearances deceive you. It is a very small restaurant but we were very warmly greeted as we walked in the door. It is a very casual restaurant and there is not much in the way of ambiance but the service was very good and the food was served in generous portions and very well prepared.
When we first ordered our waitress told us that we had probably ordered too much food. We were thinking the portions sizes would be what we generally get at Japanese restaurants that we’ve dined at. We received complimentary bowls of miso soup, very tasty and it was served with spoons for those of you who do not like to just pick it up and drink from the bowl. We had an appetizer of gyoza and they were also very good. Ebi Suomono was served with 2 good sized shrimp that were very tender. Most of the time when we order this dish they just have a few tiny shrimp in the bowl. We also had the following dishes. BBQ short rib on special. It came on a sizzling platter with mushrooms and onions on the bottom that had soaked up the flavor of the sauce and meat. Delicious. Chicken teriyaki was also a very generous portion and came on a bed of cabbage and mushrooms. Shrimp tempura was one of the best shrimp tempura that I’ve had. The batter was very light and crispy. It was not at all oily. Heavenly. We had 2 bowls of rice with our dinner. For dessert we finished off with tempura ice cream. I think I would rather just have plain ice cream, however the presentation of the ice cream was lovely with chocolate sauce drizzled over top and a sliced strawberry.
The total tab for this feast was just under $40.00 before tip. The service was very good. Our waitress was so cheerful and she checked on us frequently to ensure that we had everything we required.
We would definitely return to Okonomi

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Wonderful Szechuan Restaurant1238 Ross Road, North Vancouver
Worst service experience of my life.
By elord1993 of Lynn Valley (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 3:04pm [Take-out]

I have had two pretty awful experiences with this restaurant, and it's safe to say after the last one I will NEVER go back there.

The first time was a few months ago during exam week at university. Myself and a couple buddies ordered food from Wonderful Szechuan and had it delivered to the school (Cap U--not that far from the restaurant, but none of us had cars and it was pretty late at night). As we were unpacking the food we realized they hadn't given us chopsticks. The cafeterias on campus were closed and of course nobody had any utensils lying around. What kind of Chinese food establishment doesn't include chopsticks with take out or delivery?? So we called the restaurant and they REFUSED to bring us chopsticks and even had the audacity to tell us that including chopsticks in a delivery was a "special request", which makes absolutely no sense. They were incredibly rude and stubborn over the phone and we had to eat our food with our fingers. Disgusting.

Deciding that maybe this was a one-time bad experience (and because I've worked in customer service for years and know sometimes bad things happen and didn't want to make a big deal of it), I went back to WS last night after a long work week and just wanting some chow mein. I ordered the shredded pork chow mein at the restaurant for take-out. When I got home I opened it and it was some sort of rice meal with egg. Not even close to what I ordered. So I called the restaurant to tell them they had given me the wrong order, and they told me to come to the restaurant and they would exchange it. Again, I don't have a car, and in any case I didn't think it was fair that I had to go all the way back to the restaurant because they had messed up. So I asked to have the right food delivered to me. The girl on the phone told me they were very busy and only had one delivery guy, and it would take at least an hour for him to bring me my food. It was about 7:30 at this point and I was hungry, but I let it go and just asked for it to be delivered ASAP. The guy shows up and gives me nothing but attitude, then demands that I give him the wrong dish they had given me. This is AN HOUR AND A HALF later, might I add, almost 9 o'clock, so of course I had eaten a bit of that dish, because I was HUNGRY and they took FOREVER. The guy proceeded to get angry that I had eaten some of it, raising his voice and saying "You should't have done that, you can't do that, why would you eat it if it wasn't what you ordered??" They NEVER told me on the phone they would want the other food BACK, and it never occurred to me that they would, because why on earth would they? It would just go into the garbage, would it not? It was COLD and definitely unsanitary if they tried to give it to someone else.

This is where it gets truly appalling. The guy then TRIES TO COME INTO MY HOUSE, and when I tell him to BACK UP he demands to use MY PHONE to call his boss. I refuse to let him do that, and then he yells at ME to call his boss and talk to her about all this. Then he demands to see how much of the food I had eaten. I showed him--probably more than half the container remained--and he said "it's almost all gone". Then he TOOK MY FOOD AND WALKED AWAY. So not only did I not get the food I actually ordered, but he took the food that I PAID FOR, so I was left with eleven wasted dollars and NO FOOD. I live in a basement suite and as he was leaving he bent down to my open window and yelled "F*CK YOU" at me through the window.

Horrified, I called the restaurant immediately and told them exactly what had just happened. The manager came on the phone and proceeded to chew me out in exactly the same way, questioning why I had eaten the food. Then she demanded I come down to the restaurant and they would refund me, but made no mention of if I would actually get my food. I refused to go down there, and then she HUNG UP ON ME.

I have never had a more awful, horrifying service experience in my life. The delivery guy was extremely aggressive and I am a young woman alone in my house--it was terrifying. And they basically stole from me because they took away the food I had actually paid for, not to mention being incredibly rude and stubborn. Worst experience ever, screw that place. Never going back again.

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