Deutsches Haus at the Vancouver Alpen Club

Hey everyone!

Fathers Day just past by and this year we decided to ditch the usual dim sum idea and ventured out to a German Restaurant located on Victoria Drive. From the exterior of the building, I would never expect this place to be popular! They have a front and back entrance and also two sided parking! This place is big enough to host wedding events and parties! When we arrived, there were plenty of tables available but majority were reserved. Eventually, the place was packed full of people.

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Strike – Aberdeen

Hey Everyone,

So the ever-changing food court stall by the washroom at Aberdeen’s food court has now changed to Strike! This is the same Strike that is also at Garden City and Alderbridge where the self-carwash is and K-Mix, except this Strike specializes in sandwiches and wraps. 

Personally I love sandwiches, so I was very interested to see just how good their sandwiches were, since that’s all they sell here basically. 

The look of the stall is very modern, with all menu boards being digital on 3 vertical screens. There’s a large chalkboard-like display beneath it, showing the structure of their sandwiches. With such a display, one would think they would be experts at sandwiches, and that they should be uber delicious! They really hyped it up for me!

After browsing their menus, which swap from English to Chinese after a few seconds on each language, I decided to go with their Strike Signature Burger Patty Sandwich Meal $8.25. Seeing as it was named their “signature” sandwich, it should be their best one, so I had to give that a try. The meal version, which costs $3 more than just the sandwich, comes with a drink and your choice of fries or green salad. I chose an iced lemon tea and fries.


At first glance, this looks like an ok sandwich. It’s a double layer sandwich with two ingredients in each side. The bread is toasted and looks pretty good. However, immediately you can see that this sandwich looks pretty dry. You don’t see any spread or sauce dripping from it, let alone in it at all! When you bite into it, your fears are confirmed: this is one VERY dry sandwich. There might be a light layer of butter/margarine spread on the inside of each bread slice, but that’s it! No other sauce or spread is anywhere to be found. I may love sandwiches, but if it’s one thing I hate, it’s a dry sandwich/burger. No matter how good you think your ingredients are, or how well the sandwich is put together, if the sandwich is dry, I’m going to have a bad dining experience. The burger patty is very thin as you can see in the photo, and there appears to be only one slice of tomato in the middle of this whole sandwich. What kind of sandwich uses only ONE slice of tomato in the middle? What about the rest of the surface area of the sandwich layer? The other veggie in this sandwich is shredded cucumbers instead of the expected lettuce. Sure cucumbers is a nice change, but lettuce would have helped provide more moisture in this sandwich, and the tiny amount of cucumbers could not carry the responsibility of providing enough moisture to offset the lack of spread/sauce. Overall this sandwich was horrible because of the hype it generated through its menu and displays, and could not even deliver a decent tasting sandwich! Jess makes sandwiches WAY better than this one on the regular, and that’s not even an exaggeration!

To solve the dry sandwich problem, the next best solution would be to drink more of my drink per bite of sandwich. This however, proved to be a failure as well, because Strike could not even make a proper iced lemon tea! It’s one of the simplest and most common drinks of Asian restaurants/food courts, so how could one go so wrong? There’s no sweetener added whatsoever! Whether it be honey or sugar or syrup, whatever it is that usual places add to give it that sweet tasting flavour, Strike did none of that! It just tasted purely of cold tea. The lemons were not squished inside already like some places do, but that’s not a big deal as I can do that myself with the straw. However, even after releasing the lemons’ flavour into the drink, it’s still far too bland to be helpful at all. 

Lastly, the fries! At first the fries seemed to be ok. They were over-fried but seemed to be ok during the first few pieces. Later on, it was clear that these fries barely had any potato in them. Each piece is predominantly fried batter, and the bare flavour of the fries did not holdup well. 

They seemed to be only using half of the stall so far, as the left side was quite empty, so maybe they’re prepping for a more expanded menu? In any case, this was a horrible dining experience, and it is definitely a onetime place to try, just to see how bad the sandwiches are. The drink was bad, the fries were bad, and their main product, the sandwich, even their “signature” one, was atrocious! Maybe it’s the curse of this stall to never have success, or maybe Strike is just that bad.

Food:
2/5

Price:
$

Overall:
2/5

Thanks for reading everyone! Try this place out if you dare, and let me know your opinion!
– Phil
 

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Melt’s Grilled Cheese at Rogers Arena

Hey Everyone,

Jess and I recently attended our first Canucks game this season and saw some new food options at the concession stands. We saw a sign for grilled cheese sandwiches, and I LOVE grilled cheese sandwiches, so I had to try one! Now they marketed this quite heavily inside the arena because right when you enter from the outside, there’s a huge sign hanging from the ceiling advertising the NEW grilled cheese sandwiches and which section to buy them from. They also run ads about it during commercial breaks on the jumbotron, telling of how this is part of the new lineup of foods that the executive chef is introducing. It tells of him wanting to bring that homemade goodness that he used to experience as a child or something and wanted to share that with the fans. 



When arrive at the section with Melt, there will likely be a huge lineup already, unless the hype has already died down by the time you’re reading this. They mass grill them here and then add the additional ingredients, if you choose those options, afterwards. The grill is prepped with melted butter first of course. After a bunch are ready, they stack them up and bring them to another table for the additional ingredients if you ordered them. 



I ordered the classic grilled cheese $7.50 with no extras as I wanted to see just how good they can do a classic grilled cheese. When I finally received my sandwich and bit into it, I was actually quite disappointed. Maybe it’s because they stack them up instead of bringing each individual sandwich over, as the sandwiches are not crispy at all when you receive them. The bread is all soft and soggy from being stacked with the other sandwiches, which definitely takes away from the experience of eating a grilled cheese sandwich as I want that crunch of biting into the grilled sandwich. The cheese they use is cheddar, which to me did not taste that great in this sandwich at all. I’ve had grilled cheese from Mom’s Grilled Cheese and I’ve also had grilled cheese from my own mom, and both are much better than this by far! At Mom’s you have the option of picking what cheese you want in your sandwich. At my own mom’s, we use Monterey Jack cheese which is AMAZING for grilled cheese. The cheddar being used here is bland and combined with the soggy bread, I would consider this a disgrace of a grilled cheese sandwich! 


If that executive chef is trying to promote this as something from his childhood, he better have them rethink how they’re making these sandwiches (STOP STACKING THEM TOGETHER) because I doubt his childhood grilled cheese sandwiches were this bad. I get that they’re trying to mass produce the sandwiches to get the line flowing faster, but they’re killing the quality of the sandwich by doing so. I think the bread was sourdough bread, which in my opinion didn’t help it either, as I’m not a big fan of sourdough, especially soggy sourdough. 


Overall, this was overhyped and I was greatly disappointed. Definitely one of the worst grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve had! Don’t waste your time in this long lineup; you’re better off spending your precious intermission time lining up elsewhere (like the washroom!).

Food:

2/5

Price:

$

Overall:

2/5

Thanks for reading everyone, and happy eating! (just not here)


– Phil
Melt's Grilled Cheese-Rogers Arena on Urbanspoon

Vivacity Restaurant

Hi everybody,

I went to the above mentioned restaurant tonight and I’m super pissed off and disappointed with their HORRIBLE manners & service. The woman manager came over bringing food, pushed my bf on the arm several times while he was eating something & expects him to move away while he was eating… I told HER to move aside and wait till he’s done, gave me a dirt shiet look and walked away. SHE, as a waitress should NOT push her customers and expect them to move aside just so she can put down her dish, she didn’t even say excuse me. One of our main dishes didn’t even arrive by the time we were done all our food so we were asking the guy manager what’s taking so long. He answered in a rude way saying there’s nothing he can do… They provided the worst service ever and I do NOT recommend anyone to spend their time and money there because they do not deserve it. I am not even exaggerating. As a customer, you should experience a wonderful time at a restaurant…but I can say I never had such a horrible experience before. Also, the dishes were extremely small for what it is. I can find better quality, better atmosphere, better service elsewhere. I don’t need to come here for HORRIBLE service. Everyone deserves better than this. They do not know how to respect their customers nor do they know how to provide great customer service. Also, they dropped a lettuce slice on the floor and they didn’t even bother picking it up, they just kicked it under the table. How dirty is this….? I hereby declare I will never return.

Service:
0/5

Food:
2/5

Price:
Varies, depends on what you order.

Overall Rating: 
2/5

DISLIKE TO THE MAX.
I did not enjoy.
Msjesschan

Vivacity Restaurant 名都海鮮酒家 on Urbanspoon

Deer Garden

I always hear my family coming to this place for dinner but I’ve personally never tried it until one day they’ve decided to bring me there. They are famous for their personal customizable noodle soups so I was really eager to try it out! This is on the second floor of a very small plaza. They have very limited parking space and considering a lot of them has personal reserve parking signs on them for other restaurants, it is pretty tough to find parking. Also, that area is very busy so I would highly recommend car pooling with people if you guys decide to come here for dinner! 


I ordered the “original fish soup, sliced beef, fish tofu with rice noodles (thick)” ($7.95) and I ordered a cold lemon tea which was an extra dollar.
The portions were huge! It’s such a good deal and I would highly recommend here for cheap and delicious food. I was actually highly impressed at this place UNTIL I saw something that COMPLETELY grossed me out. I didn’t finish this at the end so I told the waitress to help me wrap up my noodles for me. I saw her grabbing my bowl and took a plastic takeout bowl to the dirty dishes bin that they have and started pouring my stuff on top of that dirty bin in to the takeout bowl. My noodles were half dangling on the edge of the takeout bowl. After she was done pouring with one of her hands, she SNEEZED into her available hand and TOUCHED my half dangling noodles on the edge with her CONTAMINATED hands! That TOTALLY grossed me out and I just left what she wrapped up for me at the restaurant because there was NO way I’ll ever eat that again. Also, the fact she had the GUTS to do it right in front of my face and thought it was okay, she definitely has hygiene problems. 

Now I totally understand that a lot of restaurants may be pretty disgusting but we just can’t see it with our own eyes of what happens behind the scenes. So TODAY I went back with my family for dinner there and yet another HUGE disappointment. (don’t say I didn’t give this place a second chance.. because I did)

Today my Mom ordered the noodles and guess what she found in her food? A SHARP piece of plastic. If she was just eating carelessly without noticing (which a lot of people do) she could’ve been hurt. I was completely grossed out and I told myself I’ll NEVER step into this restaurant again. 

I had wayyy too many bad experiences at this place, so I would HIGHLY recommend you guys to not come here. But if you guys find it okay, then go ahead and risk it, its your own choice. 


Service:
1/5 (one word: crappy)

Food:
3/5 (Food was actually decent, but will NOT return because of the reasons listed above.)

Price:
$

Overall Rating: 
2/5 

did NOT enjoy.
Msjesschan

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Yan’s Garden Restaurant

While heading down to Coquitlam mall my family and I decided to eat lunch at this dim sum restaurant. According to my dad this place is pretty good. The parking lot is pretty big so there were plenty of spots available. First impression of this place was not what I expected. It’s very old and not noticeable at all! They have two sides to the restaurant, one side is the main sitting area and the other side has a karaoke machine and can host parties. The place is pretty big and they do have a lot of tables. When we got inside to the restaurant, most of the tables were filled and I was quite surprised! This dim sum place is one of those older style restaurants where they have those carts filled with dim sum and it goes around the restaurant. I do like dim sum restaurants like these because you don’t have to wait as long for them to make the dim sum!


This is Stir Fried Dao Miu. It was pretty average.


Fried Chicken Wings! This was actually pretty good, my brother cleared this plate up!



I’m not sure what this is called but it has shrimp and some veggies inside. It wasn’t that good and when we got it it was all cold already! Very disappointed.


This also has shrimp in it but its steamed and it wasn’t bad. 


This is sweet and sour pork and this was mainly what I ate. I didn’t find any of the other dim sum dishes appealing so I was really liking this dish. 

 Typical Shrimp Ball (aka.Ha Gao).

Last but not least we got bbq pork noodle wrap. 





Overall, I thought the food was not that great plus by the time they got around to our table the food was already cold. 


Service:
2/5


Food:
2/5


Price:
$


Overall Rating:
2/5


Enjoy!
Msjesschan 

Yan's Garden Restaurant 潮樓海鮮酒家 on Urbanspoon

Food Court Corner- VINA Vietnamese

 Vina has been around for quite some time but I’ve never taken the time to give it a try. Finally I’ve decided to give this place a go, the food was average and for what it is worth I think it is definitely over priced. They have several locations in malls and according to my mom apparently they have an actual restaurant in Downtown but that was from LONG time ago so I don’t know if that still exists. I went to the Oakridge Mall location which is located in the food court. Depends on what hours you go it may be super busy or not so much. I went during lunch time so it was pretty busy overall at the food court. Parking at Oakridge is easy because they have a pretty big parking lot either outside or underground. The only trouble you’ll be having during lunch time is searching for a table at the food court. 

I ordered the lemon grass chicken with spring roll and salad. (Around 7 dollars) This meal does not include a drink so I had to purchase a Nestea on the side for an extra dollar. So in total I spend around 8 to 9 dollars there including tax. At first I expected the portion to be a bit bigger since in their pictures it looks huge. When I got it the chicken weren’t that big and it was quite disappointing since I love my chicken. The only good part about the chicken is that they provided the vinegar sauce that I love from Vietnamese restaurants so the plain chicken was still bearable. I rather go to an actual Vietnamese restaurant then eat this at the food court. At least at a restaurant the portions are a lot bigger (depending where you go) and also it’ll be around the same price.



Service:
N/A


Food:
2/5


Price:
$


Overall Rating:
2/5


Enjoy!
Msjesschan

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