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The Lunch Lady, Vancouver, BC
Award-winning

The Lunch Lady

4.8
4.8
756 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Vietnamese
Enjoy award-winning Vietnamese street food in the heart of Commercial Drive! Lunch Lady is not your average pho joint – dishes showcasing the PNW’s best ingredients, craft cocktails, and Michelin quality service makes us a crowd favourite with locals and international guests alike. Come and discover our modern and soulful dishes that are distinctly authentic to Vietnam. We look forward to serving you!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Vietnamese, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Thu 11:00 am–2:30 pm Fri–Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:45 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (604) 559-5938
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian & Pacific Islander
  • Executive Chef
    Benedict Lim
  • Catering
    We are pleased to announce that we are now offering catering! <br />To browse our catering menu, visit our website at thelunchlady.com. For all catering requests, please email info@thelunchlady.com. <br />Please note, 48 hours advance notice is required for all catering orders.
  • Private party facilities
    For all private dining and buyout requests, please email management@thelunchlady.com.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighbourhood
    Commercial Drive
  • Cross Street
    Commercial Drive &amp; Napier St.
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 756 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

756 Reviews
  1. Marshall

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First experience. Loved the vibe in there - food was excellent.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing. Can't wait to go back to try other menu items. Service was prompt and explained the dishes well. Thanks!

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  3. GerriT

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the whole experience! Food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. Our server was very attentive and it made the evening a memorable one! Will keep coming back! Thank you.

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  4. vnsagoo

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything on the menu is delicious. Food comes out very fast and servers are very attentive.

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  5. AimeeR

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is the 3rd time I’ve been here. The crab fried rice is flavourful and can be made milk/dairy-free (which is fantastic for me!). The portion size of the fried rice is enough for 2 meals (I hope the portion always stays as big). The beef carpaccio is delicious with plenty of fresh basil. Great attentive and friendly service as well.

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  6. jonloo

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everyone in my dining party loved their meals - the prawn fritters, beef pho, and fried tofu with vermicelli - and we'll definitely be back again. We were super cozy in the heated outdoor seating area and appreciated having the natural light around us. Highly recommend...but remember to book early.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and delicious food. Want to go again.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service! Highly recommend!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic. We ordered the Family style, which the best way to go as you get some of their most popular dishes. We would order everything again! Ivy, our server, was wonderful. She was extremely attentive, knowledgeable and engaging. Thank you for a memorable meal

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  10. AprilC

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I enjoy Vietnamese food, but their Wagyu pho soup base is quite plain. While the ingredients are fresh, it lacks that special something. On the bright side, their service is good.

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  11. Steve

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, beverage options, vibe and service!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the “family style” sharing meal for 4 people, at $50 pp it felt like amazing value. Every dish was enjoyable, our servers were super helpful, and the outside enclosed patio was nice and quiet versus eating inside. Want to come back and try the lunch menu!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Incredible meal!! Turmeric fish + calamansi margarita = love!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Rhode Island

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wagu Beef Pho is best I’ve ever had - so flavorful, noodles awesome and gluten free! Thank you

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  15. SarahH

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had been wanting to dine here for a long time because we’d heard such great things. And all those great things are absolutely true! We had a late lunch and it was still packed, so be sure to make a reservation. The staff are friendly and clearly happy to be there. The food was INCREDIBLE! Delicious, light but very filling, beautiful to look at and sheer pleasure to eat. The pho broth was deeply flavourful. The beef carpaccio was a revelation - very good quality meat with an array of fresh herbs, peanuts and crispy onions. The lemongrass tofu with vermicelli and spring roll was stellar. I can’t wait to eat here again!

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  16. kathleenc

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    You know there will always be good, delicious food in the restaurant!

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  17. SandiP

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was amazing! It was our visit and she found out we were from out of town and she went above and beyond to make our meal and experience memorable.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food, incredible service, great vibe! Will return!

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  19. Sheldon

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service only surpassed by the incredible food. The tasting menu for 4 is the perfect way to experience the Lunch lady and try each delicious meal.

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  20. Boyd

    Vancouver

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    seriously delicious food - the tables are awkward to sit at but who cares!

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  21. FergusKobe

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family had the most amazing time at lunch, lady. Food was delicious. We were seated right away. Service was awesome Can’t wait to go back

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was recommended to us by a friend. SO and I decided to have our anniversary there. Did not know it was a 2 time Michelin place until we got there. Ambiance was wonderful, vibrant but not grungy, classy but not stuffy. We were running late on a reservation and they held our table for us. Ordered the An Choi for 2 (full course meal). Food came quickly and every dish was flavorful and well presented. Real palette pleasers. On the pricier side but given the substantial dishes included and our special occasion it was worth it! They even gave us a bonus dessert at the end to help us celebrate. Our server Ivy was informative, timely, and cheerful. All other staff helped us immediately when she couldn't. Don't usually write reviews, but one of the best dine in experience we've had the 8 or so years we've been in Vancouver.

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  23. Cynthia

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the beef noodle soup, one of the best in town

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  24. JessiP

    Vancouver

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our second time around and this was a totally different experience. Right from the start to end everything was exceptional. The dishes we ordered and service from jess and the others made our evening thoroughly enjoyable

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  25. TashaL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food with great variety of veg and meat options. Super friendly staff and ambiance is lovely and simple. Would recommend and will be going again!

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  26. amyluang

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a treat!! Impeccable service as always and the food was delicious!! Celebrated my birthday early with a friend and was treated to a special dessert! Thank you so much for making the occasion so wonderful!!

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  27. JoyceS

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and overall experience is exceptional. Flavors are so unique. Service is excellent.

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  28. duncanp

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing…our server Ivy was so helpful

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  29. SKYVR

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time at Lunch Lady. We had a reservation for lunch and were seated immediately upon checking in (note that this place is very popular and there always seems to be a line up so reservation are a must). We had the fried tofu and vermicelli bowl, grilled chicken and pork skewers with vermicelli, and the prawn fritters, plus the sticky rice cake for dessert. All were delicious other than the fritters which were on the greasy side. Our server was fantastic and we had a great experience. Will be back to try the pho soups and carpaccio which we have heard are very good.

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  30. JDCanada

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I'll admit that I had very high expectations of this place and had been wanting to come here for awhile. Everything was very good and of high quality - however, I was not blown away by anything, which I had hoped to be. I would still definitely recommend it though :D

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The octopus skewers were to die for, haven't been able to stop thinking about them tbh. Also got fried noodles and the cornish hen, everything was so delicious. Literally kept wanting to order stuff just to try how good everything else is. Definitely some of the best food I've had in some time!!

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  32. ERIKAR

    Monterrey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good. But, I consider that the time allowed (1 hour) to dine in is too short. I understand it is a busy place but it was simply a factor that made me feel pressured all the time and not even think about ordering dessert.

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  33. AmandaK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never ever had a bad meal here or bad service. Always exceeds my expectations.

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  34. Lovely

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good and will recommend to friends. Services were ok. There are rooms for improvements.

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  35. JenniferS

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My new favorite place. Everything was great and family menu was great value!

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  36. RachelC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been a few times and never disappoints! Best pho in Vancouver.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Not for pescatarian diet because most item have pork broth. When asked for vegan item with seafood added, tasted like any other Vietnamese places that would do the same but far more expensive. The Vietnamese coffee tasted like regular local grounds in a slow drip and was charged $6/each. The lime soda was not good (because it wasn't pickled lime like we grew up with). Guess you have to like alcoholic beverages and meat/pork to appreciate this place. My family are from south Vietnam and we use to own restaurants back in the refugee camps. My mother and I were not impressed by our meals. The service was nice.
    The Lunch LadyResponded on April 22, 2024
    Hello, We apologize for any disappointment caused by the limited options for your pescatarian diet, especially considering your family's background in Vietnamese cuisine. Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we're sorry to hear that your experience with us did not meet your expectations. We would like to learn more about your experience to improve our offerings. Please feel free to email us. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, and we hope to have the opportunity to impress you in the future. Warmly, The Lunch Lady Team.

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  38. HenryW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered the An Choi-Family Style for 2. Every dish was delicious, service was great! Highly recommend! Can’t wait to come back.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First two courses of the family meal were excellent, the noddle dish was not very good. Dessert was excellent.

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  40. BradJ

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Maybe our expectations were way too high, but we found this restaurant really underwhelmed. In a city so rich with great restaurants of all cuisines and all levels of cuisine, we really found it puzzling how this restaurant received a Michelin Bib Gourmand. That designation should represent a standard level of quality, and it definitely did not in this case. We ordered 5 dishes for the 3 of us; none were great, 2 were fairly good, 2 were barely average (and overpriced for what they delievered), and 1 was inedible (the octopus was so chewy we couldn't finish it. Their chef needs to go to Europe to see how it's done properly). And our server might have been new to the world of waitering, because although she was polite and meant well, she was very inexperienced and provided a level of service I might expect at a casual greasy spoon...and even many of them are far better. Never asked us how our food was, and didn't take notice of the octupus left on the plate when clearing the dishes; basic waitering tips. Again, probably good intentions, but inexperienced execution. We're not hating on her; she just needs a lot of training, so that's the owners responsibility. I will say though that the food servers were quite good and they thoughtfully described each dish they were bringing, so thank you to them. Overall, food and service were sub-par, but the atmosphere and some of the flavours were good enough to give it a fair rating. But truthfully, save your money and go to any number of places that can easily out-do this place in every way.
    The Lunch LadyResponded on April 22, 2024
    Hi Brad, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Your comments have been relayed to our management team for further review. We apologize that your experience did not meet your expectations and understand your disappointment. We strive to deliver exceptional food and service to all our guests, and we regret that we fell short in your case. We sincerely appreciate your honesty and hope that you will consider giving us a second chance to impress you in the future. Please know that your feedback is invaluable to us as we continuously work to improve and provide the best possible experience for our guests. Thank you again for your feedback, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. Warmly, The Lunch Lady Team.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Lunch Lady using the Order Online button. The Lunch Lady also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Lunch Lady also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 559-5938.

The Lunch Lady is rated 4.8 stars by 756 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Lunch Lady

1046 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W9

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross Street
    Commercial Drive &amp; Napier St.
  • Neighbourhood
    Commercial Drive
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Thu 11:00 am–2:30 pm Fri–Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:45 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Vietnamese, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian & Pacific Islander
  • Executive Chef
    Benedict Lim
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (604) 559-5938
  • Catering
    We are pleased to announce that we are now offering catering! <br />To browse our catering menu, visit our website at thelunchlady.com. For all catering requests, please email info@thelunchlady.com. <br />Please note, 48 hours advance notice is required for all catering orders.
  • Private party facilities
    For all private dining and buyout requests, please email management@thelunchlady.com.
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