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Secret Location

4.2
4.2
145 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary European
Secret Location answers the question about whether to go shopping or go out to eat by providing both for those in Vancouver. The tasting room provides European inspired cuisine with multi-course meals, pastries, artisanal coffee and an extensive wine list so that shoppers won�t need to shop at Secret Location hungry. The tasting room at Secret Location offers lunch, brunch and dinner. The cuisine is unique with such choices as a BLFT sandwich, which has bacon, lettuce and tomato, of course, but two more special ingredients � foie gras and a fried egg. During dinner hours, give the smoked sturgeon and caviar, Margret duck ham, butter poached lobster or the octopus & artichoke a try.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary European
  • Hours of operation
    Monday, Tuesday: 11am–5pm Wednesday to Friday: 11am–late Saturday: 10am–late Sunday: 10am–5pm
  • Phone number
    (604) 685-0090
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Montgomery Lau
  • Private party facilities
    We create memorable experiences for small parties, grand dinners and elegant events. Design a contemporary European evening in our visually stimulating Tasting Room. Work with our executive chef and in house pastry chef for distinct canapés, multi-course meals and unforgettable desserts.
  • Private party contact
    Omid Karimy: (604) 685-0090 ext. 2
  • Neighborhood
    Gastown
  • Cross street
    Carrall Street
  • Parking details
    To the right of the restaurant there is public parking after 6pm. Additionally access the parkade located one block west on Water Street.
  • Public transit
    Waterfront Station<br />Chinatown Skytrain Station
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 145 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 0.7Value

NoiseModerate

145 Reviews
  1. JacquelynN

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great, knowledgeable staff. It's absolutely beautiful and prices are not over the top expensive.

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  2. meggyfin

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was 90% awful and left me with a stomach ache and much regret. If you're going to spend some $$$ and want a great experience with the Vancouver foodie scene, avoid this place.

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  3. MatthewK

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Place is great! tasting menu is definitely worth it.

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  4. noname

    New York City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Dish with interesting sauces, but no bread to wipe up the sauce with! Then, $4 for bread!! $20 burger= too much.

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  5. Heidi

    Vancouver

    67 reviews

    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Still Hungry! Food was delicious but portion was very very tiny which it didn't fill me and my friend. Even having good food in this restaurant but making sure entree is big enough for customer to feel full before get out the door is also very very important! In this restaurant, you might get full only if you order at least TWO entree on top of appetizer, dessert, otherwise, you really need to go McDonald afterward!

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  6. TSCL

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there for brunch on Sat. The place was quiet and relaxing. Loved the interior, the service and the food. Liked everything but except for the music. The pop music At the background might work at night but it's really really weird during the day considering it's a high-end designed, hotel-like restaurant. It could have ruined the whole experience. Other than that everything is great.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Secret Location is a place where is suitable for business meeting, dating, and afternoon tea with friends. I ordered scrambled egg white, and it came in a relatively small portion. The taste was very complex and dynamic. I would recommend you to give it a try if you are a calorie counter and also a foodie.

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  8. RezaY

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Very expensive. The environment looks good and the location is perfect. However the food is really poor. We ordered chicken and lobster and we couldn't really finish it because it didn't have a good taste. We pass on the desert too. Valley was so expensive $12

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very personable experience, the atmosphere upon walking in was very inviting and warm. Exceptional food by Chef Montgomery and his team, followed by a meticulous service from the front of house. Great overall experience, our first time here and many more to come.

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  10. kbpmv

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Two people for lunch. Plates very artfully arranged. Meal taste and variety was lovely. Bit pricey for lunch $100 no alcohol. Shared three appies and one main. There was not one other guest in the restaurant and we arrived 12:15-ish and stayed through 130pm.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible!

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  12. Dinerev

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding foodie restaurant. Everything handcrafted and nuanced , worthy of a Michelin star.Avant-garde setting with excellent waitstaff knowledgeable about the wine choices and pairings.

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  13. angel333

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    the environment was good. food not good as expected, and we waited for about half hour after we ordered. service was ok. not recomented to my friends.

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  14. Bonny

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was fantastic! The waiter and the sommelier were very attentive. Not only did they ensure we had everything we wanted but were happy to make changes as required by allergies. Their suggested wines were exemplary!

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  15. Anon

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a stellar restaurant and at the cutting edge of the Vancouver scene.

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  16. AndreL

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food was excellent

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance was perfect for brunch and they made us very comfortable while indulging our request to take our group photo. My friend says they had great great presentation/plating and the complimentary pastry (churros) were a present surprise

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  18. ros2dine

    Vancouver

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant, great food, wonderful atmosphere. Tables nicely spaced out and very comfortable. Servers were great and very pleasant and always had a smile. We went for the Italian Tasting dinner and it was totally unbelievable delicious. Each course was beautifully presented and delicious and we were not rushed which made our evening very enjoyable. Thank you to Chef Lau and his staff for a wonderful meal and most wonderful and enjoyable evening and congratulations on your new restaurant.

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  19. Pleasant

    Vancouver

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I was surprised that the restaurant was far from busy. The decor and service were great. The food was fantastic.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu and the servers were complicated. What to focus on; the food or our conversations? We chose the latter, and so I really have no idea what I ate. While I do recall the food being quite excellent, it would perhaps be better enjoyed as predominantly a dining experience to get the most out of their incredible attention to detail. Rather pricey at about $150 per person.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    This was a very odd dining experience! The food was actually really quite good and the waiter was knowledgeable and well spoken. The menu was fixed and offered some interesting and creative ideas, albeit a bit unusual. The Arctic Char with olive paste and edible mud was amazing. Atmosphere very bizarre but also intriguing. Both warm and cold this place left an impression for sure but half the time I felt like I was dining at Holt Renfrew. We were told the seats that our butts were parked in were very high end designer and expensive but not comfortable at all. Overall way way overpriced ( 44.00 for two glasses of ok red) but we had a great time!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for the Valentines Day six-course tasting menu that was inspired by Greek Gods , and the food was just phenomenal. I hope to come back at some point to try more from Chef Lau.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, its good for girls gathering !

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It is a good restaurant . More interesting

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambience was awesome. Love this place

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  26. SD1FOODIE

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Very complex and unique collection of courses. Service was fantastic. We had been in Vancouver for over a week and went to many fine dinning establishments. This was our last and definitely favorite experience. Highly recommended

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  27. LaRubia

    Los Angeles

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A cozy window table looking out over a model being photographed on Water Street was the perfect setting for a lovely Boxing Day brunch. Our waiter, Nye, was the perfect amount of attentive, letting us be except when we needed our glasses refilled or a little dessert. My lobster hash was awesomeazing, and the husband loved his potato pancakes (at Nye's suggestion he added poached eggs - perfect). Our dessert was the most amazing, beet-based creation - who knew that chocolate and beets would work so well together? Every staff member we encountered was perfectly charming, all making for an experience that was, wait for it, perfect.

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  28. Anissa

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was good, but the decor and ambiance is very austere.

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  29. Anon

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tasting menu was incredible. It's among the top restaurants in Vancouver.

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  30. VanessaStar

    Vancouver

    74 reviews

    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I took my mom to Secret Location for her birthday this Friday night. It was our first time here as well. I called to restaurant to let them know that this will be a birthday event and upon our arrival to our table, there was a birthday card waiting for her - how lovely and thoughtful of restaurant. We tried the tasting menu and it was a good choice. Everything was very well done and nicely presented. The price is higher than other fine dining restaurant in Vancouver but it was worth it! Chef Lau actually came out and chatted with us and told us about his background and the idea behind his dishes. Since my mom is allergic to nuts, the chef actually made us a special dessert that was nut free - just for her!! I'm super impressed with the way we were treated in the restaurant. Can't wait to return to try their brunch.

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  31. Kuma

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I was looking for a good restaurant to take my best friend to for a belated birthday dinner and went to Secret Location based on a recommendation from a co-worker. I made the reservation online via Open Table and made a note informing the restaurant that it was my friend's birthday and it would be great if they could write "happy birthday" on the dessert. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were promptly approached and seated. The restaurant was not busy that night eventhough it was a Friday night. Perhaps it was due to the rain? After looking at the menu, the both of us decided to try the tasting menu. The decor and atmosphere of the restaurant was stunning, as was the food. The dishes were almost too beautiful to eat and the service was great. The waiters were very attentive and seemed knowledgeable about their menu and food. Our issue was that the plates were tiny. By the end of meal, neither of us were really full even after 6 plates of food including dessert. Only 2 of the dishes stood out; everything else tasted bland. One of the dishes I felt was plated incorrectly. It had deep fried rice crumbled on top, but the plate they served it on was raised in the middle, therefore the rice spilled all over the table the minute we tried to pick anything up. The most disappointing thing was that "happy birthday" was forgotten on my friend's dessert. When we first got to the restaurant, I even approached our server and asked him specifically if they could do it and he promised that he would make sure it happened. So eventhough I made a note on my reservation AND asked our server the night of AND the restaurant wasn't busy, they somehow still managed to forget my request. The meal was average especially considering how much I paid and I was disappointed they forgot to write "happy birthday", but my best friend enjoyed it there so that's really all that mattered to me. I'm not sure I will go back....maybe for brunch.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a quiet Thursday evening and not many others were in the restaurant. The service received was top-notch, very friendly and knowledgable. This was a very unique experience and would recommend it. Very different from any Vancouver restaurant experience I have had recently. We went with the $95 tasting menu accompanied with the $45 wine pairing. May be considered pricey but worth it; great tastes and satisfying.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place for brunch . Super yummy food and amazing service!

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  34. JamesK

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Secret Location was a really good find. The Service was outstanding and the food serious but with enough playfulness to be really interesting. I love a restaurant that puts out great quality without losing the fun! Go for the tasting menu it is well worth it.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place & nice food

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  36. WylieR

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were hesitant to sit at the chef's table but that only lasted for a very brief moment. Our evening exceeded our expectations in every way possible.

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  37. KMD34

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Having had brunch several times at Secret Location we were expecting something "special indeed"....well..expectations exceeded. The experience hit tell of our buttons. A very warm welcome. The room is very comfortable...can't think of any restaurants in town that compare to Secret Location's style sense..it is a special place for sure. The service was unmatched..from our greeting..friendly and warm..to our seating..through the evening..simply impeccable! I felt a strong sense of appreciation and respect from all encounters with all the staff. This respect aspect is evident in the food as well which was so well presented and prepared. Each course was thoroughly explained along with the wine pairings. The creations presented..in this writers honest opinion..we're not only beautiful..not only tasty..but imaginative..creative to a degree of which I find inspiring..invigorating. That's how we felt after leaving Secret Location..invigorated! A big thank you to all at Secret Location for making the time we spent with you the most memorable of experiences.

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  38. EatLoveEat

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding service and unique dishes. A little on the pricey side but everything was executed very well. Will definitely return.

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  39. Jenm

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service! I never have to ask for more water. It's always refilled by servers promptly. Love the ambience and the food was brilliant! Every dish is like an art on a plate. So pretty, so delicate, so very delicious.

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  40. ToddH

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic.

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Secret Location offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 685-0090.

Secret Location is rated 4.2 stars by 145 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Secret Location

1 water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2H9

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Carrall Street
  • Neighborhood
    Gastown
  • Hours of operation
    Monday, Tuesday: 11am–5pm Wednesday to Friday: 11am–late Saturday: 10am–late Sunday: 10am–5pm
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary European
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    To the right of the restaurant there is public parking after 6pm. Additionally access the parkade located one block west on Water Street.
  • Public transit
    Waterfront StationChinatown Skytrain Station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Montgomery Lau
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (604) 685-0090
  • Private party facilities
    We create memorable experiences for small parties, grand dinners and elegant events. Design a contemporary European evening in our visually stimulating Tasting Room. Work with our executive chef and in house pastry chef for distinct canapés, multi-course meals and unforgettable desserts.
  • Private party contact
    Omid Karimy: (604) 685-0090 ext. 2
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